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Myths about non-custodial parents

In Texas and other states, there are many myths about what it means to be a non-custodial parent. All it really means is that the person does not have physical custody of their children. They may be a legal custodian of their child, but for one reason or another, they are not the primary caregiver. Non-custodial parents usually have visitation rights, pay child support and participate in their children's lives regularly.

Why child support isn't extortion

Parents in Texas who are divorced must generally help provide for their children financially. This is true regardless of the relationship that they have with the child's other parent. While some feel that paying child support is akin to paying a ransom, the goal is to make sure that the child has sufficient resources to grow into a productive adult. There are many misconceptions about the system that could be fueling someone's beliefs about paying child support.

Parents can help kids get through divorce

When parents in Texas decide to divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Of course, many people know that children can suffer when their parents separate, but by being conscious of how they interact with each other and the kids, parents can help to mitigate these effects. Experts note that marriages that are full of conflict, infidelity, contempt or abuse can be particularly dangerous to children's well-being and can teach damaging messages about relationships for the future.

The termination of child support comes with unique challenges

Texas parents who find that divorce is the best option are often faced with many questions regarding child support. In virtually all cases, one parent will end up being required to provide some amount of financial support for minor children. However, this typically depends on factors like the balance of custody, visitation rights, wages and the amount of financial means needed to provide for the best interests of the kids.

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.

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.

Parallel parenting plans can work for many exes

Texas parents headed for a split are often concerned about the potential for conflict in their co-parenting relationships. While the best parenting situations are child focused and collaborative, there is hope for those who have trouble communicating with their exes. With planning and commitment, a parallel parenting arrangement can be successful and even serve as a bridge to a less acrimonious situation after passions have cooled.

Parents may struggle with child support orders

When parents in Texas go through a divorce, they may struggle with the changing relationship with their children. When both parents want to play an active, involved role in their children's lives, child support and custody issues can be contentious. In many cases, both parents feel as if they haven't received fair treatment in family court, especially if they're not fully satisfied by the outcome. Even more, both working parents may struggle with financial issues, balancing time with career and children and child support payments.

Planning for a new academic year after divorce

Parents going through a divorce in Texas may consider how the split will affect the upcoming school year for their children. The beginning of every academic year is often marked by both anticipation and anxiety as children look forward to new classrooms, teachers and even friends. When kids are adjusting to sharing time between both parents' houses, the back-to-school season can gain some additional confusion and stress. However, divorced parents can work together to make the first school year after a separation more positive for the children.

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