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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.

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.

When can one modify a child custody order in Texas?

When parents go through a divorce in Texas, they generally result in the parents having a child custody order. These orders govern which parent will be making decisions for the children and when each parent will have the children with them. These initial child custody orders are made either by the agreement of the parents or by a judge after analyzing a number of factors to determine what is in the child's best interest.

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.

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