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May 2016 Archives

Are the wishes of children considered in child custody rulings?

One of the many questions a divorcing parent may have is whether any consideration will be given by the court to a child's wishes related to child custody decisions. Under the Texas Family Code, a child over the age of 12 may testify in the private chambers of the judge, but the primary considerations related to child custody will be based on the best interests of the child. A mother in another state explained how frustrating it was for her daughter when the court refused to let the girl testify in her parents' divorce proceedings.

Don't forget to address future finances during property division

Navigating a divorce is rarely easy, especially when trying to do it without professional guidance and support. It is not uncommon for a divorcing spouse in Texas to focus on the property division process under the community property laws of the state and to neglect consideration of post-divorce financial needs. Both short- and long-term financial requirements of the soon-to-be single person must form part of the planning.

Child custody and shared parenting need both parent's commitment

Texas parents who are considering divorce or who are in the process of getting divorced will likely have many concerns related to post-divorce parenting. Joint child custody and shared parenting seem to be gaining popularity because many believe it is in the best interests of the children to continue existing relationships with both parents by spending equal amounts of time with them. While we often read about high-profile couples committing to shared parenting after divorce, the success of such arrangements is seldom published.

Complex divorce of Paul Haggis and Deborah Rennard finalized

After an extensive legal battle, the Oscar-winning director and screenwriter, Paul Haggis, and Texas actress Deborah Rennard can finally move forward with their lives. A settlement has been reached in this complex divorce. Haggis reportedly remarked that the divorce will have him writing more checks than screenplays.

Is birdnesting a suitable option for parenting in joint custody?

Divorcing parents in Texas will likely be aware of the many different ideas friends, family, online sources and more have about parenting time after a divorce. Joint custody is gaining the support of many, but people are often unsure of how to manage parenting time in a manner that would least affect the children. An option called "birdnesting" is considered by some, with mixed reports about the success of this method of parenting.

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