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Would bird-nesting work for your family?

The way that people divorce has radically changed in the past few decades, especially for those with children. Gone are the days when a mother automatically received primary custody of the children and the father received one night a week and every other weekend for visitation.

These days, many couples want to continue to share parenting responsibilities despite the divorce. They each want to remain as involved as possible and recognize that their children need both of them to thrive. This has led to more couples sharing custody than ever before. In fact, this concept continues to evolve, and you may decide that a relatively new, and some would say radical, way to share custody would work best for your children -- bird nesting.

Are you thinking about mediating your child custody issues?

If you are like most Texas parents, you hope to minimize the impact that your divorce will have on your children. That being the case, neither of you wants to risk your divorce degrading into a contentious court battle that could make the process harder on everyone, especially your children. So, you and the other parent decided that you didn't want to go to court to resolve your issues.

However, when you attempted to reach an agreement without any help, your negotiations came to a standstill. This may be when you began to consider mediation, but you want more information before making a decision regarding whether it will suit your situation.

To litigate or not to litigate: That is the question in divorce

You may have seen the breakdown of your marriage coming long before it finally happened, or you may be one of many spouses in Texas who ended up filing for divorce when a cataclysmic event occurred that caused irreparable damage to your relationship. Either way, you will need to make a number of decisions before you can walk away with a divorce decree in your hand. In fact, the very process by which you choose to seek a settlement may be the first choice you make.

It's no secret that many divorces take place in court and involve aggressive litigation with highly charged emotions on both sides. This is often the case when spouses disagree about important issues and are unable to resolve their differences on their own. Perhaps you and your spouse are still on good speaking terms and are usually able to engage in amicable discussions when it comes to family matters, especially where your children are concerned. If so, then negotiation outside the courtroom may be a plausible goal in your case.

How can you help your kids live comfortably in 2 homes?

After a divorce, you may feel like your life has turned upside down. Of course, if you have children, you may also need to consider how the change has impacted their lives. They may struggle with the new living arrangements, and sometimes, those struggles may manifest in a variety of ways. During this time, you may want to be as compassionate and understanding as possible.

One important aspect that you and other parents may want to pay particular attention to is providing consistency for your children. If you and your ex-spouse share custody, your children will likely spend a considerable about of time in two different homes. Going from place to place can quickly become stressful for kids, and you may want to do your best to make the transitions easier on the children.

Can virtual visitation help when custody time is limited?

When parents divorce or separate, it is the children who often suffer the most. Figuring out the best custody arrangement is not always easy, and sometimes life demands or the need to relocate make it difficult for one or both parents to get the time with their kids that they really want. Is there any way to improve custody time without changing the amount of physical time children get with each parent?

Any way you slice it, turkey day may be stressful after divorce

If you are one of many parents in Texas whose summer agenda included getting divorced, you may be feeling a bit anxious and worried about your first upcoming holiday season ahead. It's likely been quite some time since you were single, and celebrating the holidays as a single parent may present additional challenges in your festivities. It's quite possible, however, not only to survive your first post-divorce holiday season (and future ones as well) but to actually enjoy yourself and build happy memories with your kids.

Several key ideas may help you set the tone for a successful Thanksgiving and holiday season to follow. Even if you have a fairly solid plan in mind, it doesn't necessarily mean there won't be any snags; if you focus on your children's best interests, know your rights and where to turn for help in a pinch, you can usually overcome even the most difficult obstacles.

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.


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