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...

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 ...

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...

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...

How can I file a petition for sole custody?

Family law courts have mostly moved away from awarding one parent in a divorce sole or full custody of a child. While the importance of both parents spending equal amounts of time with their children is recognized, exceptions do exist. If you are going through a divorce in which you believe joint or...

What factors play into dividing community property?

Life continues to change long after a divorce is final, and, in some cases, these circumstances could necessitate a change to an existing divorce order. In Texas, there may be some aspects of your divorce order that are eligible for modification, but it is critical to have the assistance of an exper...

3 things to know about grandparent visitation rights in Texas

As Bob Dylan once said, "The times, they are a changin'." This is true in many ways, but perhaps the most apparent is the evolution of the current family structure. The standard nuclear family composed of a father working outside the home to provide for the family while the mother rears the childre...

Post divorce tip: Set kids up for successful return to school

School is just around the corner. Kids and parents alike are excited for that first day. Some are excited to meet a new teacher, new friends and maybe even start at a new school. Apprehension is likely mixed in with this excitement, but parents that have recently finalized or are going through the ...