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Courts understand the importance of a dad in a child's life

Throughout the United States, including Round Rock and Austin, Texas, many aspects of society have changed over the last half century, including the roles of family members. Decades ago, it was common to assume that the father or "man of the house" would be the breadwinner. They would focuse on his career during the day or night to earn an income for his family, while the mother would stay home to take care of the children and the home.

What are the benefits of joint custody?

Texans know that divorces can get messy, and one of the most contentious decisions is child custody. Each parent wants what is best for his or her child, and often, these opinions vary between spouses. There are occasional times, however, that the relationship between two divorcing parents is still strong enough to allow for shared or joint custody.

Tips to prepare for child custody mediation, Part 2

Child custody mediation is, usually, a court-ordered face-to-face negotiation with the other parent. Sometimes the court will include a neutral third-party observer who will report back to the judge his or her assessment of the parents. As discussed in a previous post, it is critical that you take the mediation seriously, prepare for it, and do your best to present a strong front. This post will go over the remaining issues you should consider.

Scientific Frontier: artificial wombs and the legal issues

Artificial wombs sound like a concept straight out of a science-fiction movie. Children being born in vats or tubes, rather than biologically. Artificial wombs open up an entirely new area of scientific development that promises to upend current laws and how society addresses them. Everything from artificial wombs to designer babies is all within scientific reach in the next decade or two. It is thus incumbent upon society to understand these advances and determine how best to address them.

Can the government take child support from your social security?

Yes, not only can the government deduct your social security but they can do it for retirement or disability, and they can garnish up to 65 percent (or more in some situations). It is, therefore, imperative that you avoid falling behind on your child support payments or your financial situation could become even more precarious. This post will go over how your social security can get garnished and what you can do to avoid that result.

Tips to prepare for child custody mediation, Part 1

Child custody mediation is a process through which you and the other parent engage directly to come to a solution regarding the custodial arrangements of the child. During the mediation process and depending on your state's rules, you may or may not have legal counsel present. But you can always seek the advice of an attorney before and after the mediation.

How parental substance abuse can affect a custody case

There's no denying that Central Texas has been hit hard by the methamphetamine and opiate drug crisis, just as most other areas of the country have been. Substance abuse of all kinds, including alcoholism, rips families apart, with the most vulnerable population of all being its collateral damage - the children of the addicts. As such, it's important to understand how parents with substance abuse problems can face uphill battles concerning the custody of their children.

Can grandparents obtain visitation rights?

The short answer is, yes, it is possible, but it's hard ? especially if the parent is opposed to visitation. Most of family law focuses on the relationship between the parents and children, however, a growing area of law covers the method by which grandparents may obtain visitation rights. The easiest solution is if the parents consent or encourage the relationship. But if the parents are hostile, then the grandparents may bring an action to compel visitation with their grandchildren.

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