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Recognizing signs of parental alienation

Separating from or divorcing your child’s other parent is rarely easy, and it can lead to considerable stress and strife between you and your former partner. If the situation between you and your child’s other parent is especially acrimonious, you may have valid concerns about your former partner trying to turn your child against you.

While regrettable, this pattern of behavior is common enough to warrant its own term, and if it is happening within your family, you may be a victim of parental alienation. Parental alienation can have devastating effects on family relationships, and it can make an already tough time even harder by disrupting or harming the relationship between you and your child. If you suspect your child’s other parent may be working to turn him or her against you, be on the lookout for signs of parental alienation, which might include the following:

How to divorce-proof a second marriage

No one plans on getting a divorce the first time, and after that experience, they are unlikely to want to suffer through it again. Yet, the statistics for second marriages are not encouraging. The Gottman Institute shares that second marriages have a divorce rate of more than 60 percent. Some speculate that the reason is due to marrying too soon or no longer fearing divorce, while other factors include greater independence and not having shared children to consider.

Whatever the reasons, the high number does not mean you are doomed if you decide to marry again. There are ways you can reduce the likelihood of another divorce and better prepare for if it does happen despite your best efforts.

Common obstacles when reconnecting with your child

If you have not seen your child in some time, or do not get to visit as often as you would like, it can be difficult to resume an active role in his or her life, especially if the other parent has not been supportive. Despite the obstacles ahead, doing so is undoubtedly a worthwhile pursuit, but it is important to be prepared for potential difficulties.

The following are three of the issues you may encounter as well as how to best address them. 

3 things to consider about divorce after a baby

Having a child with your spouse ushers in a new phase of your lives. It will be filled with love and growth as you learn to care for your family’s new addition, but for many parents, it also precedes new stress and contention. While friends congratulate you on your new arrival, you may find that your marriage is struggling under the pressure of expectations and parenthood. Needless to say, you are not alone.

Babble cites research from the Relationship Research Institute indicating that for parents who were married at the time of birth, 13 percent of their marriages will result in divorce. If you are a new parent who is considering divorce, there are a few things you should know about your situation.

3 tips for changing an existing custody order

Not every child custody arrangement is meant to stay the same forever. While some orders may remain consistent until children become adults, this does not make sense in certain situations. A custody decision may become untenable once your life changes or your children become older. 

There are a lot of reasons you may need to edit an existing custody arrangement. If you or the other parent experiences a change in income or is planning to move away, a child custody modification may be necessary. Here are some tips for changing a custody order.

3 tips for winning custody

In your heart, you know you want custody of your children. But what you may not know is what you need to do to make that desire a reality. Child custody is a topic that may make your emotions run especially high. Negotiations and battles over your children may get overwhelming if you are not ready.

With the custody of your kids on the line, how do you stay sane and make the right choices? Here are some essential guidelines you should follow as you pursue as much custody as you can get.

Gray divorce involves special considerations

If you are among the many Texas residents navigating their way through a divorce later in life, know that you are not alone. Couples over the age of 50 are now divorcing at increasingly high rates, and divorcing later in life often involves special considerations you may not face if you divorce at an earlier age.

Per Kiplinger, the divorce rate among couples over 50 has about doubled since the 1990s, with many married couples finding that, once children have left the family home, spouses have little in common without them. Others find that they are used to spending a certain amount of time by themselves and with their partners, but, should one or both parties in the marriage retire, the constant togetherness can lead to arguments and problems. Regardless of your reasoning for divorcing your husband or wife later in life, know that doing so involves unique issues and considerations with regard to:

3 tips for getting a lot of visitation with your child

As a father, you want to see your kids as much as possible. If getting as much visitation time as possible is one of your main goals during your divorce, it is important to follow some important steps. You may encounter some obstacles as you attempt to win a custody battle.

Even though it is illegal for courts to discriminate against fathers, you should be ready to fight hard for your interests. Here are some general rules for seeing your children as much as possible.

Dispelling 3 divorce myths

If you are heading for your first divorce, the realities of ending your marriage may be new and surprising to you. This foreign process may lead you to ask friends and family about divorce or even search for tips online. When this happens, you can expect much of the information you get to be wrong or misleading.

Buying into divorce myths may cause you to make decisions that will end up hurting you. This is why you should talk to a divorce attorney to inform you about the process. Here are three myths about divorce you should not believe. 

Why children fare better when they know their fathers

Familial relationships can prove incredibly complicated, and they often change and develop over time. If you are a father who does not have custody, or primary custody, of your child, know that your presence in your son or daughter's life, even if minimal, can have a major impact on overall well-being.

Known as "the Father Effect," the collective benefits of a child having a father in his or her life are substantial. While children who only see their fathers here and there typically still experience the Father Effect to some degree, children who have fully engaged fathers are even more likely to reap the benefits of the time spent together. Research shows that, by you being active in your son or daughter's life, he or she is:

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