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June 2016 Archives

Changes To Child Custody Plans Must Go Through The Legal Process

No matter how tough a child custody dispute may be, after it is resolved it is common for parents to fall into a rhythm. They adhere to the schedule. They work together. As the years pass, they may agree to changes here and there. Eventually, the schedule may look completely different than the original arrangements.

Why do some divorcing couples choose mediation over litigation?

Sometimes Texas couples put off filing for divorce because they fear the trauma and unpleasantness typically associated with litigated divorces. Fortunately, other options are available that not only allow couples to make many of the important decisions related to their post-divorce lives, but it is also less time consuming and less costly. Family law mediation provides divorcing couples with a platform to peacefully negotiate contentious issues.

Are the Texas child custody laws flexible?

In Texas, child custody is known as conservatorship, and visitation is called possession and access. While the courts have guidelines for both custody and visitation, they know that each family has unique dynamics. For that reason, child custody is flexible, and each set of parents may find a way to fit conservatorship into their lifestyles.

The Singer Famous for "American Pie" Finalized His Divorce

Don McLean, the artist known best for the hit song "American Pie," ended his marriage earlier this month. The divorce comes after several high-profile incidents involving Mr. McLean. Most recently, he was arrested in late 2015 for an alleged domestic violence incident.

Parents who refuse to pay child support subject to penalties

There is a division with the Texas Attorney General that enforces child support obligations. This division was specifically created under Texas law that requires the state to find "child support evaders". A child support evader is any parent, mother or father, who is trying to avoid his or her child support obligations. This program, the "Evader" program, identifies them and levies punishments, if appropriate. This post will go over this program and the potential penalties a parent could face if they try to evade their child support obligations.

The merits of child custody mediation

Mediation encourages a collaborative process between divorcing spouses. But mediation does not have to be limited to dividing up the marital property and debts, it can also contribute to child custody disputes. Using mediation to resolve child custody disputes is a relatively new legal invention but it is gaining traction. This post will go over the pros and cons of mediation for child custody disputes and if it may be a good fit for you.

7 Myths About Divorce In Texas

There is no doubt that divorce is stressful. However, much of the stress is the result of misunderstandings about how divorce works. Here are some of the most persistent myths about Texas divorce and the realities behind them:

Tips to finding the perfect mediator

Collaborative law arose as a way to bring ex-spouses together. Study after study has shown that it is healthier for divorced couples to leave one another on amicable terms. Divorce mediation is one of those tools designed to enable this to happen. However, it isn?t for everyone. Both of you need to want divorce mediation to work. That means both of you need to be comfortable with your mediator and the process. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process.

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