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Child Custody Archives

How nesting may help children adjust to joint custody

Texas parents who are getting a divorce may be interested in sharing custody of their children, but they might also be concerned about how moving back and forth between households could affect their children's stability. One solution might be nesting. This is an arrangement in which the children stay in the family home and the parents take turns living there.

Virtual visitation after divorce

Divorced Texas parents may have some kind of virtual visitation agreement in place that allows the noncustodial parent to communicate with their child using text, phone calls or video calls. This may be especially useful if the noncustodial parent lives far away, but in some cases, custodial parents might wonder if they can cut back on or block this kind of contact.

Reasons for a child custody modification

There are several reasons that a Texas divorced parent might need to go to court to request a child custody order modification. A court will tend to believe that a child does best in a stable situation and is unlikely to make changes for frivolous reasons, but there are a few situations in which a court may make a change.

Scarlett Johansson divorce raises child custody issues

Movie fans in Texas have seen actress Scarlett Johansson in many films, and now she has made her real-life drama public after filing for divorce. Her intention to end her two-year marriage to a man from France raises questions about custody for their two-year-old daughter. The law encourages both parents to have regular access to a child, but the celebrity lifestyle of the actress and the potential that the father might want to live with the child in France create barriers to the shared custody arrangements now favored by family courts.

Co-parenting plans can reduce divorce trauma for children

Emotions often run high during divorce negotiations in Texas and around the country, but even spouses who find it almost unbearable to be in each other's company for more than a few minutes are often able to put their differences to the side when young children are involved. Much has been written about the traumatic impact that a divorce can have on children, but many of these problems can be avoided if parents are able to accept that their former spouses are doing the best that they can and generally act with the best of intentions.

How a mediator can help parents resolve conflict around a move

When parents in Texas divorce, they might agree that they will continue to live in roughly the same vicinity for the sake of the children. However, when one parent decides to move to live closer to a new partner, this might cause problems with child visitation times. The move may be disruptive to the ex-spouse's own life and their child's life, and they may resent the added commute. The parent may feel as though they are in the right by refusing to cooperate with the parent who moves.

How the Hague Convention helps Texas parents

The Hague Convention is a treaty that the United States is a signatory to and aims to keep parents from illegally taking children out of their home country. The goal is to return any children taken to another back to their country of habitual residence. From there, any custody or visitation issues can and should be resolved by a court in that country.

The primary caregiver role and child custody decisions

Texans who are having problems working out residential custody arrangements with their children's other parents may find it necessary to file petitions in family court. People who do so might wonder how judges make decisions about who will be given primary residential custody of their children.

Courts divided on parental alienation, abuse claims

Some Texas parents who are going through a divorce might be facing the loss of child custody due to parental alienation. Others may have aired legitimate concerns about abuse only to be accused of lying in attempt to alienate the child from the parent. While medical professionals are skeptical about the existence of parental alienation as an actual disorder, some parents do attempt to manipulate their child's attitude toward the other parent.

Divorced parents need to plan ahead for summer with kids

Summertime often brings new challenges for divorced Texas parents. School will be out, so their kids will have more free time. Vacations are a time for parent and child to build memories together. Custody arrangements may change if both parents want to take their kids on vacation during the break from school.