Although divorce is the last thing anybody would wish to go through, some Texas couples decide to file for divorce as soon as a marital crack appears. With the many aspects that will need negotiation, such as child custody, parenting and visitation plans, and property division, it may be easier to achieve mutual agreements if communication channels are still open. However, some suggest that rushing into a divorce is not advised.
It is not uncommon to hear remarks from noncustodial parents in Texas saying that they are only seen as a source for money. There is nothing farther from the truth. The most important responsibility of a noncustodial parent is to maintain a loving and close parent-child relationship. Although it is true that the parent with physical custody needs financial support, there is much more to being a parent, even if you don't have child custody.
Under federal tax laws, Texas parents are entitled to claim their children as dependents on their tax returns. Married couples who file joint returns typically claim the exemption collectively for their children. However, unmarried or divorced couples cannot file joint tax returns and may be unsure of who may claim the exemption. Even in a case in which one parent has sole child custody, under certain circumstances, the other parent may be able to claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes.
Litigated divorces often lead to permanent emotional scarring of spouses and children. The choices made by Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner related to the manner in which they want to handle their divorce have been an inspiration to many couples, including some in Texas. Their decision to hire attorneys to provide valuable support and advice during divorce mediation, rather than to fight their child custody and asset division battles in court, may ultimately benefit the whole family.
Unmarried fathers nationwide, including in Texas, may be interested in the child custody battle of a father in another state. After eight years, this father has not given up and continues to fight for sole custody of his child. While child custody laws may vary by state, the dynamics of unmarried fathers fighting for their parental rights may be similar.
Coping with the emotional trauma of a divorce is typically so difficult for both spouses involved in a Texas divorce that the intensity of their children's feelings is sometimes not recognized. While parents are discussing and negotiating matters such as property division, child custody and visitation plans, children are commonly left out of the discussions, leaving them confused and stressed. They may experience anger toward their parents, despite being reassured that they are loved by both.
It is not uncommon for visitation rights to be one of the most contentious matters of a divorce. Fortunately, divorcing parents in Texas have access to the combined knowledge and experience of the attorneys of Warmbrodt, Winslow & Associates. We recognize that the circumstances of every family are unique, and we endeavor to honor the parental rights of both parents while not losing sight of the best interests of the children.
In Texas, as in other states, a person cannot get married if he or she is already married to another person. After an ongoing complex divorce, Rep. Alan Grayson's legal battle recently ended when a court in another state granted an annulment. This ended Grayson's marriage to wife Lolita that had lasted 24 years but was apparently never legal in the first place.
Some unmarried fathers in Texas and elsewhere are calling for the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state legislators to revisit the due process rights of biological fathers. They believe that the current putative father registry that is mostly state-based would be more efficient if it is a national system that is well designed and widely publicized. Many fathers contend that they want their parental rights to include more than just financial obligations.
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.