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Parallel parenting is an option for those who can't co-parent

Divorce in Texas is not easy. It can be stressful and costly in regard to money, time and emotion. The process is even more challenging when there are children involved. Determining the specifics of the child-rearing part of life after divorce can be the most difficult part. Roughly speaking, parents can move forward with one of three situations: sole custody, parallel parenting or co-parenting.

Birdnesting and other ways to give kids stability after divorce

"Birdnesting" is the name of an approach to child custody for divorced parents that may help children in Texas better adjust to this change. Experts advise that this arrangement is best if it has a limited duration. During birdnesting, parents alternate living in the family home while their children live there full time. Parents usually also take turns living in a small apartment nearby.

Handling real estate in a divorce

When people in Texas decide to divorce, they may face a challenge in determining how to handle the marital home. Texas is a community property state; in most cases, each spouse would be entitled to an equal share of the property. Even so, deciding how to evaluate the property in the divorce can be difficult. In the first place, it is important to determine the amount of equity that the couple has in the home.

Dealing with taxes during a divorce

Spouses in Texas who are thinking about divorce should consider the financial issues linked to the end of their marriage. Financial concerns often keep people in an unhappy relationship long after they first want a divorce. However, some of the most important financial issues that come with the dissolution of a marriage aren't about which spouse walks away with which assets. Divorce can have a significant effect on taxes, so it is important to consider tax issues when going through the asset division process.

Can I represent myself in my own divorce?

When divorce comes knocking on your door, you may find it tempting to get the whole thing over with and file for dissolution of your marriage using forms from the internet, or by otherwise representing yourself in your divorce case. After all, your friend's brother did it, and everything turned out fine for him, right? How complicated can getting divorced be?

Child custody after parents are deported

Kinship caregiving is becoming more common for children in Texas and across the country. There are a number of factors that have led to the placement of kids with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members. Compared to foster homes, children generally have better outcomes and stronger support when placed within family networks. While some of these situations are formalized through the state's child custody system, many informal kinship care agreements also exist outside state documentation.

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