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Child custody: Is shared parenting suitable for all couples?

When considering a divorce, Texas couples may have many questions, especially if there are children involved. Child custody decisions are typically emotional, and, while many profess shared parenting to be the best situation for children, it may not be suitable for all. However, deciding what would suit a family's particular circumstances may be difficult without the help of professionals.

Virtual visitation as part of parenting plan in child custody

The legal landscape of child custody is rapidly changing through advancing technology. Several states, including Texas, have enacted laws that will allow virtual visitation as part of a parenting plan in child custody agreements. Virtual visitation involves software applications such as Skype, webcams, and video phones, and could contribute significantly to maintaining regular communication between parents and children who are separated due to divorces.

Physical custody: Mother learns FBI found child abducted in 1992

A Texas mother whose child was abducted 23 years ago likely believed that she would never see him again. In 1992, the 1-year-old boy was with his father on a planned parental visit. The father failed to return the boy to his mother, who had physical custody, and disappeared.

Parents' child custody plan may affect children emotionally

Some of the most challenging decisions made in a Texas divorce may be decisions related to child custody. There are various schools of thought about the advantages and disadvantages of joint child custody. Splitting up a family is never easy, and both parents and children typically go through extended periods of adjustment. Regardless of how a chosen type of custody will impact on the lives of the parents, the ideal situation for the children and their individual needs must be the primary consideration.

How will parental rights affect a vacation with the children?

Newly divorced parents in Texas may be adjusting to their new, single lives and complying with all the specifications of their divorce agreements and parenting schedules. Nevertheless, some stumbling blocks may arise when one of the parents decides to take the children away for a vacation. Not only will the parent have to consider the legal requirements but also the parental rights of the other parent.

Are child custody orders in a divorce decree set in stone?

While a divorce decree is indeed binding, it is changeable. A Texas parent whose circumstances at the time of the divorce required him or her to agree to an ex-spouse having sole custody of their children may change. He or she may subsequently be in a position to spend more time with his or her children. This could be because of a change in employment that requires less traveling, or a medical condition that no longer presents a problem. Although not easy to accomplish, a child custody modification is possible.

Do fathers' parental rights allow them to stop adoptions?

When children are born to unmarried parents, paternity must be established legally in Texas in order for the children's fathers to have legal rights to those children. While some fathers ensure that this is done right away by signing an acknowledgement of paternity, fathers who are unaware of their children's births do not have this option, nor do fathers whose children's mothers refuse to sign paternity documents. What happens when fathers have not yet established paternity and want to exercise their parental rights to prevent their children from being put up for adoption?

Is child custody an option when caring for grandchildren?

When grandparents in Texas agree to take over the care of their grandchildren, their decisions may be emotional. The legal implications may only become evident later. In order to raise a happy and healthy grandchild, certain legal issues may need to be addressed. If the grandparents do not have legal child custody, the decisions they are allowed to make will be limited.

Child custody: What represents the best interests of a child?

Whenever the parents of Texas children decide to get divorced, those parents may have to deal with child custody issues. It is known that the primary concern of family courts is the best interests of the children -- but what does that actually mean? Is it merely based on a judge's interpretation, or are there some set standards for a child's best interests? There appears not to be a clear answer to that question, and in child custody negotiations, parents and children often have a different perception of the concept than that of the court.

Mediation can help couples to resolve child custody issues

Many divorcing couples in Texas find it impossible to agree on matters related to child custody, also known as conservatorship and possession of their children. However, they may also not be keen to having such important decisions made by a judge in the family court who has no knowledge of the family and its dynamics. An alternative option that many parents choose is mediation. In some divorce cases, a judge may order mediation for a couple to resolve their child custody issues.

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