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Joint custody produces improved outcomes for kids

For many years, Texas fathers may have had good reason to be concerned that going through with their divorce would leave them estranged from their children. After all, one of the most important aspects to building a positive parent-child relationship is active presence and involvement, which can be difficult to do when parents only see their children a few times every month. In the past, many experts advised that mothers retain sole custody, especially for infants and toddlers, and even said that overnight parenting time with their fathers could be harmful. However, joint custody is now a preferred choice for family courts and child development experts across the country.

What to do about a business in a divorce

When a Texas business owner gets a divorce, the other spouse may be able to claim an interest in half of the company. Most of the property that either person acquires during the marriage will be considered shared marital property; although, that does not necessarily mean a business will be split 50/50 between divorcing spouses. If the business was started before the marriage, the amount it has increased in value is usually the portion that's considered marital property.

Parental alienation claims may cover for abuse

When couples in Texas decide to divorce or separate, it's almost always better if they are able to work together to reach a fair agreement on parenting issues, including child custody and support. However, in some cases, parents' vindictive behavior towards one another could cause severe emotional harm to the children involved. In other instances, abusive former spouses may attempt to manipulate the situation to perpetuate further abuse even after the divorce is finalized. Indeed, abuse may be a factor when divorcing parents are unable to reach an agreement to divide parenting time.

How a parent lives matters in child custody

Issues regarding child custody and visitation are of great importance to Texas family court judges, but applying the fundamental standard of formulating final orders based on the best interests of the child means different things to different judges. Not every parent has an ideal situation as two separate households are established post-divorce. It is important for the parent to explain to the court that the child's welfare is of the utmost importance and how they plan to support this goal.

Holidays can still be fun after divorce

Texas parents facing their first holiday season after a breakup are probably concerned about the logistics of getting through the season without causing their children any harm. Although every family dynamic is unique, there are some general guidelines that have proven effective for others who have traveled the same path. When parents work together, they can honor old family traditions and start new ones in a healthy and positive way for everyone involved.

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