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The process of appealing child custody rulings

When child custody rulings are issued, they are intended to serve the best interests of the child. However, parents in Texas who are going through a divorce may not agree with the judge's decision. In most cases, it is possible to appeal the order assuming that it is final and complete. A ruling is final when a hearing has occurred and there are no further court dates scheduled regarding the matter.

Planning for a new school year after divorce

When parents legally split in Texas, each party still shares important responsibilities when it comes to caring for their children. This includes making the transition to splitting time between two households during the first school year following a divorce as seamless as possible. If efforts are made to put together a solid game plan for everyone involved before school starts, the post-divorce adjustment process can be a time to clearly establish expectations, goals and boundaries.

What parents can expect during child custody proceedings

Any parent with children going through a divorce in Texas may have understandable concerns when the court has to make important custody decisions. While there is no way to know the outcome of such proceedings with absolute certainty, parents may be able to reduce their anxiety by taking steps to be as prepared as possible when a custody hearing is scheduled. This generally means having solid arguments lined up, bringing the right representation and supporting witnesses, and looking and acting like a responsible adult.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's contentious custody fight

Couples with children filing for divorce in Texas sometimes prefer to settle custody issues with mediation in an attempt to reach mutually agreeable terms. This is also true with some celebrities in the process of ending a marriage. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie initially wanted to maintain their privacy by attempting to work out custody issues with mediation. However, things have since turned contentious between these former spouses. For instance, the Department of Children and Family Services failed to find evidence of allegations of physical and verbal abuse toward an older son.

Co-parenting requires long-term emotional commitment

As many Texas residents know firsthand, co-parenting can be a challenge. This is true even for ex-spouses who separated on relatively amicable terms. When a child grows, new challenges could push an ex-spouse's emotional resolution to the limit. This is especially true if each spouse has their own parenting style.

What not to do when creating a parenting schedule

During a divorce, dealing with custody issues can be difficult for some Texas parents. That's why it's important to create a fair parenting schedule. To avoid problems during the scheduling process, however, there are certain things that parents should avoid.

Dispelling some common myths about noncustodial parents

When parents separate, children typically live in one home and visit the other. Because these children spend most of their time with one parent, noncustodial parents are the subject of many myths that are not true across the board. Rather than judging a noncustodial mother or father based solely on the fact their children don't live with them full-time, it's important to look at each situation individually. Many noncustodial parents in Texas are very involved with their children.

9 ways to combat parental alienation

While there is some debate over whether parental alienation is truly a psychological condition, no one doubts its harmful effects on parent-child relationships. When one parent attempts to undermine the other by emotionally manipulating children to turn against the other, the situation can spiral out of control if not handled properly.

Fathers can seek full custody of their children in court

Although many Texas parents believe that the courts will not grant fathers full custody of their children, this is not the case. While it is true that courts generally prefer for parents to share custody in at least some form, there are situations where the court may decide that it is in the children's best interests to give sole custody to their fathers.

Film looks at race and fathers in child support system

Some Texas noncustodial parents who fall behind in child support payments may do so because they cannot afford them. A study by the Urban Institute found that parents who earn less than $10,000 per year owe 70 percent of child support debt.

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