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Choosing a co-parenting plan that works best for the children

Coping with divorce can be stressful for all parties involved. In Texas, it may be especially hard for the children to come to terms with living with only one parent at a time. Custody agreements and co-parenting plans seek to make this difficult process as suitable as possible for both the parents and the children.

Kids shouldn't suffer because of a divorce

When Texas parents get divorced, their children must live with the consequences of that decision as well. Therefore, it is important to have some idea of what they will be thinking when hearing the news for the first time. The first thing that a parent should stress is that the divorce is not the child's fault. It is also important to stress that he or she is allowed to love and have relationships with both parents.

Developing a parenting schedule after a divorce

Divorce can be a difficult process for a lot of people in Texas. When a divorcing couple has kids, the divorce can get even more complicated. That's because even though a couple may wish to go their separate ways, they may have to stay in contact in order to share parenting responsibilities.

Hague Convention rules for international possession disputes

International travel is increasingly simple for people in Texas and all over the world. The ease of international travel and the presence of international opportunities for employment make it more likely that a person will move and live abroad. When combined with a marriage, divorce or children, this can give rise to complicated issues of child possession. For example, there may be questions as to which country's laws are applicable when a parent removes a child from the country.

How to deal with a difficult co-parent

Co-parenting with a toxic parent in Texas can be challenging after a divorce. It's important to avoid engaging with a difficult, manipulative parent. Staying focused on the children and setting boundaries is key. Exes may want to use an online parenting portal, which also documents all communication, or find another way to document and manage communication.

Creating a parenting plan for a baby

Caring for a baby can be challenging regardless of the relationship status between the child's parents. However, it can be even more challenging for parents in Texas who are divorced, separated or otherwise not together. As a general rule, infants do best when they have a predictable routine, and they tend to thrive when given a chance to spend time bonding with both parents.

Making child support agreements outside of court

One way that child custody agreements can be decided upon is in court. However, some Texas parents opt to decide on child support using a more informal process. There are two main ways that child support agreements can be reached, including using alternative dispute resolutions and informal settlement negotiations.

Recovering child support in state or federal court

Some parents in Texas who are divorced or separated from the other parent of their child may be paid child support. However, in some cases, the other parent may not make those payments regularly. When this happens, the recipient parent might be able to go to state or federal court to compel the parent to pay support.

Research examines abuse, alienation in custody disputes

Fathers in Texas may still get custody of their children even if the mothers of their children accuse them of abuse. Among the mothers in a study conducted by a professor at George Washington University Law School who were accused of parental alienation and who also said their child was being abused, none had their abuse claims substantiated in court if the father's claim of parental alienation was substantiated.

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