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Working with an ex as a co-parent takes a lot of work

Now that you and your child's other parent aren't together, you have to figure out how to navigate the new relationship. The challenge can be considerable if you and your ex opt for a co-parent relationship instead of the more traditional parallel parenting method.

The co-parenting method means that both parents work together to keep things consistent for the children. This requires a lot of communication, negotiation and teamwork, which can be difficult since you are having to deal with your ex.

Who usually gets the house in a Texas divorce?

For most married couples, their primary home represents their biggest asset. The accrued equity, as well as any improvements or upgrades made to the home, can add up to quite a bit of money. It's natural that people going through a divorce want to know what their chances are of retaining the marital home. You may want to keep your home for sentimental purposes, or you may worry about your ability to finance another home because you don't have a down payment saved up yet.

The truth is that property division is different in every divorce. Unless there is a legally sound prenuptial agreement or clear proof one spouse owned the house prior to marriage, it can be difficult to predict how the courts will choose to divide a home or the equity established in it.

Visitation rights when parents live far away from each other


When parents get divorced in Texas, they must resolve a couple major issues involving the children. These issues are child custody, also known as conservatorship, and visitation, also known as possession. Custody determines which parent will make the decisions for the children and visitation determines when each parent will have the children in their care.

There are a number of different visitation schedules that the parents can agree to based on what is in the best interests of the children. However, it can get more complicated in situations when the parents do not live close to each other.

Basic steps to prepare for divorce mediation


When people in Texas are going through a divorce it can be a difficult time, and there can be animosity between the spouses. There is a reason that the couple is divorcing, and it usually means that they are no longer able to reach agreements on various issues. So, it is no surprise that they can have difficulties reaching agreements during the divorce. That is why some situations divorce mediation can be a very effective tool, especially for couples who are trying to keep costs down during the process.

Divorce mediation is a process where a third party neutral meets with the spouses and helps facilitate discussions and negotiations on various issues. However, the mediator does not make any decisions for the spouses and they are still in complete control over the agreements reached at the mediation.

Many people unable to register vehicles for unpaid child support


It is important for parents in Texas to provide for their children. This is true whether the parents are married, divorced, separated or were never together. When parents are no longer together, most of the time one parent is actually court ordered to provide for their child through child support. It is important that people pay this child support, for the sake of the child. There are a number of different consequences if parents do not pay the required amount of child support.

One of these consequences is that people may not be able to register their cars, which means that they cannot drive those cars. A new law allowed for this punishment if a person has not paid child support for at least six months. Since the law went into effect, 14,779 non-custodial parents have had their renewals denied.

When is one eligible to receive spousal maintenance in Texas?


When people in Texas are married, they generally share their assets. Both spouses' incomes may be used to pay for a home, food, clothing, recreational activities, entertainment and many other expenses. The couple may become accustomed to a certain lifestyle based on their shared income. However, if the couple divorces, they will need to learn how to live off just one income.

The general rule in Texas is that neither spouse is entitled to spousal maintenance in a divorce. This is a payment that one spouse makes to the other one, either temporally or permanently, so that both spouses can meet their monthly expenses after the divorce. However, there are a couple of exceptions to that rule and in certain situations one may be able to receive spousal maintenance.

Custody interference is a serious child custody matter

Many people who have child custody orders follow them without a problem. However, not all parents are that lucky. There are some parents who have to deal with an ex who interferes with the child custody order.

Child custody interference is a very serious matter. In almost all cases, the child is the one who suffers most. It is imperative that all parents understand the concept of custody interference so they can avoid doing it or report it when it occurs.

Parents' rights to child custody when they are not married


There are many parents who have children in Texas, but were not married to the other parent at the time the child was born. This is becoming more and more common. These parents are no less a parent than those who are married when they have children in a biological sense, but the law does not see them in the same way. Mothers always have legal rights to the child, but the fathers are treated differently.

If the father is married to the mother at the time the child is conceived, the father is considered the legal parent of the child and there is no need to establish paternity. However, if the father is not married to the mother, the father has no legal rights to the child until paternity is established.

Helping people through a collaborative divorce


Divorces are usually not something that people envision when they get married, but divorce is a reality for many marriages in Texas. People often times envision divorce as a messy process that will end up costing them a lot of money. However, this does not need to be the case and couples going through a divorce have options. They do not need to have everything decided by a judge, which can have a number of benefits.

One of these options is to utilize the collaborative divorce process. This is a process where the parties and the attorneys work together to try and come to agreements as oppose to the combative process of litigation. This process can be very useful for some couples, but it is not for everyone and before people enter into it they should fully understand the process before starting.

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