Child Custody & Relocation: Understanding the Law

Life is complicated after a divorce. If there are children involved, the agreements you make with your co-parent spill into all other areas of life. Sometimes the agreements that work well initially become contentious when changes present themselves. With a major life change like relocation, a comp...

How to Manage a Co-Parenting Schedule

After a divorce, the majority of couples with children enter into a co-parenting agreement for the benefit of their children, most taking advantage of 50/50 time. During this time, it's important to properly manage the co-parenting schedule to ease the stress on all involved. The Importance of Co-P...

Applying for a Passport for Children When You’re Divorced

Divorced parents who want to apply for a passport to travel internationally with their children must provide additional information beyond the standard passport application. When the passport office is satisfied that the parents have met all the requirements, they will issue a five-year passport to ...

Judges Prefer Effective Custody Arrangements Over Traditional Splits

Child custody has long been one of the most emotionally charged aspects of a divorce. When both parents want to play a role in their children's lives, creating an amicable custody arrangement can be difficult. In the past, judges often defaulted to primary maternal custody, with fathers receiving a...

It’s Not Your Parents’ Custody Agreement

Parents are becoming increasingly creative with their child custody agreements. They believe that the usual practice of awarding primary custody to one parent and visitation to the other could be harmful to a child. The goal of non-standard custody arrangements is to minimize disruption in the child...

Lessons Learned From Celebrity Child Custody Battles

Divorcing celebrities often seem willing to spend lots of money on custody battles, the results of which are seldom much different from the arrangements of people who don’t live in the limelight. Some recent examples of celebrity child custody battles include: Deadpool star Morena Baccarin and ...

10 Tips for Making Supervised Visitation Work in Texas

Supervised visitation is an unfortunate consequence of divorce for some parents. A court often orders it if one parent has problems with drugs, alcohol, mental illness or other issues. Alternatively, the parent may have the subject of a successful parental alienation campaign by the other parent. E...

Can Unmarried Fathers Obtain Custody?

Texas family law is gender-neutral—at least, it in theory. Courts presume that children do better when both parents are involved in their lives. But there are some big holes in the law and its application that can leave certain fathers at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining child custody and...

Grandparents & Custody Rights, During & After the Holidays

You are anticipating the upcoming holiday season and anxiously await visits from your children and grandchildren. But what happens if your grandchildren's parents won't let you see them? Do you have any rights during holidays or during the year? Unfortunately, Texas law is not very grandparent frie...

Effective Co-Parenting When Your Ex Lives Out of State

After a couple divorces, it takes a while for everyone to adjust. Even parents need some time to absorb everything that has happened and settle into a new home or city. Some parents need to move away from their hometowns for job-related reasons or to be closer to other family members needing help or...