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3 tips for fathers who want to change a child custody order

Sometimes a child custody agreement does not remain intact forever. There are various issues that arise after divorce that may cause your child custody order to change. Perhaps your financial situation has changed significantly or your child has grown up and has stated his or her desire for a different arrangement.

Fostering relationships between children and noncustodial parents

Your ex is certainly your ex for a reason, but one thing he will never be is an ex-parent. Even if you now have full custody of your children, it is important and beneficial in most situations for your children to maintain and foster a relationship with their noncustodial parent.

How can you prepare for a child custody battle?

If you are getting a divorce and anticipate a dispute with your spouse over child custody arrangements, it is important to be prepared. An attorney that focuses on family law matters can help parents prepare the documentation and other evidence they will need to demonstrate why a particular possession and/or access arrangement is in a child's best interest.

4 ways to prepare your child for two homes after divorce

No matter how you look at it, divorce is not a fun event to go through. It is hard on the parents, the kids and even the pets. Switching from one home to two is often difficult for children, and they may have a serious adjustment period. As their parents, you want what is best for them, but the reality is that they are going to be splitting their time between two homes. To make it a little easier on them to accept their new normal, there are a few tips to help them adjust.

Proving paternity when the mother is married to another man

As a father, when you are seeking custody or even just visitation with your child, there can be many obstacles standing in the way. Of course, you'll have to establish paternity before you can even get the ball rolling with requesting custody, but there are other things that can make this process extremely difficult. For example, the child's mother being married to another man.

When fathers haven't seen their kids in a long time

When you are a father and have been unable to see your children in a long time, the first moment you get together can be uncomfortable for one reason or another. The children may be angry that you have not visited them even if it wasn't your choice, or they might be battling the mixed emotions of happiness and confusion.

3 types of child custody crimes in Texas

When it comes to divorce, the ugliest part is often establishing custody of minor children. Custody battles not only do harm to the children, but they can harm to the parents as well. If you are angry with how your ex-spouse is handling this issue and frustrated with the time it takes for the court to order a resolution, you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands. This is a bad idea as there are three general ways you can commit a child custody crime in Texas, as outlined in the state's penal code.

What types of child custody are there in Texas?

During a divorce, deciding on child custody can often be the hardest part. Most of the time, parents want to keep access to their children. However, usually, the judge drafts a plan that splits up time between the petitioner and the divorcee in a fair and safe way. It is important to know the types of child custody in Texas so that you know your options during the proceedings.

Moving away from child custody to co-parenting

Many states have hopped on the co-parenting trend in recent years. The shift from emphasis on child custody to the promotion of co-parenting arrangements has benefitted many families and children. If you are going through a divorce and wondering what the best thing for your child is, co-parenting certainly offers one option that may suit your family's needs. You can move towards such an arrangement and better understand how it differs from custody by reading the following.

Consequences of disobeying child custody orders

Child custody orders are (usually) a paragon of compromise. The court tries to act in the best interests of the child, and that (usually) means including both parents in the custody arrangement. Unfortunately, compromise is another word for "everyone is unhappy settlement." Sometimes that unhappiness can lead parents down unwise paths.

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