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When do grandparents have custody or visitation rights?

Family law issues are sensitive and complicated, particularly those pertaining to child custody and visitation. Any time there are children involved, there are also strong emotions involved as well, and it can be difficult for a Texas family to reach a reasonable conclusion regarding their concerns.

One of the most complex custody-related challenges that families can face involves the rights of grandparents. Grandparents can play an important role in the life of their grandchildren, yet when the kids' parents' divorce or decide to restrict access it can compromise this relationship. If you are a grandparent, you may find it beneficial to understand more about how you can protect and preserve this important relationship.

Can I change a custody plan after my divorce is final?

After a divorce is final, life continues to change for Texas parents. In some cases, these life changes are significant enough to merit a change to an existing custody order. Adjustments to custody and visitation schedules are not necessarily easy to obtain, but you may find that it is necessary and beneficial for your family to pursue one.

If you believe you could benefit from a modification of an existing custody arrangement, you may want to reach out for guidance regarding this possibility. This can be a lengthy process, but it may be the right step for you to take in order to protect the best interests of your children.

The parenting plan is the foundation for post-divorce parenting

It's tough being a parent. Children don't come with owner's manuals, and figuring out how to care for a particular child can often feel like being lost at sea. When a divorce gets thrown into the mix, the job may get even harder. You may wonder how to make the transitions ahead easier on your children and how to continue being loving and supportive parents even though the marriage has ended.

Fortunately, this may be the one time when you can have an owner's manual for raising your children. A parenting plan provides the foundation for how you and the other parent will raise your children after the divorce. Even though this is undoubtedly a difficult time in all your lives, it's also an opportunity to come together as parents and make conscious decisions about your children's futures.

Collaboration could lead to a stronger post-divorce future

When two people decide to divorce, it signals significant changes in various areas of life. From living arrangements to financial stability, it seems that much is at stake and everything is uncertain. In order to reduce the stress and complication of the divorce process, some Texas couples choose collaboration over a traditional divorce.

Collaborating instead of litigating is not the right option for everyone, but it could be the right choice for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Collaboration offers you the opportunity to reach an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone, including both spouses and any minor children. You may find it beneficial to learn more about the collaboration process and the benefits it may offer you.

Are kids at risk of developing health issues due to divorce?

Worrying about your children's health and general well-being commonly comes along with parenthood. You may try your best to ensure that they have a healthy diet, get enough exercise and keep stressful situations to a minimum. However, you cannot avoid all potential circumstances that could significantly impact your kids, and if you and your spouse have chosen to divorce, your children will certainly face considerable changes.

Though you likely understand that living arrangements will change as will parenting time, you may not fully know that the divorce could have potential health impacts on your kids as well. In fact, children of divorce commonly develop certain ailments more often than kids whose parents remain married.

3 tips for telling kids about your divorce

Whether you constantly fight with your spouse or you have just been drifting apart for years, this is probably a difficult time for you. You may be ready to divorce but are not sure how to break the news to your kids. You should be certain that you're going to file for divorce before you tell them, but once you know that, you will need to plan to have "the talk" with them.

Here are 3 tips to help you - and them - through the discussion.

Alternative dispute resolution options in divorce

Avoiding the trauma of the courtroom has become the preference of many divorcing couples in Texas. Most divorces are complicated affairs -- especially when there are children involved. Fortunately, divorce laws allow couples to choose to resolve their issues through alternative dispute resolution methods.

Not only can you avoid the confrontational atmosphere that typically accompanies the fight to win a courtroom battle; you can also avoid the sometimes high costs related to litigation. All these methods require is the ability of the two of you to sit down and discuss important issues along with the support and guidance of your attorneys.

Is there such a thing as a peaceful divorce?

Texas couples preparing for divorce often dread the complications and stress that they believe is an inevitable part of ending a marriage. While there is really is no such thing as an easy divorce, it is possible to minimize the contention in a way that allows for a more peaceful and cooperative divorce.

The collaborative divorce process is an option for couples who wish to avoid a costly and lengthy court battle. By working together per the terms of a participation agreement, collaboration allows both parties to have their voices heard and maintain more control over a final divorce order.

Custody plans for parents with non-traditional schedules

Child custody is one of the most important issues that must be resolved in a divorce, and it is a particularly complex issue for parents who have non-traditional or complicated work schedules. If you do not have a normal schedule, you may be wondering how to secure rightful parenting time while still juggling your career obligations.