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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.

The pros and cons of 'bird's nest' custody arrangements

It's no secret that divorce or parental separation can leave some pretty deep emotional scars. This is what keeps most parents up at night when considering a divorce or separation. Not only do kids feel like they have to choose between parents, but they also need to adjust to living in two separate homes.

Can you deviate from your parenting plan?

As we discussed last week, summer vacation often means divorced and separated parents will be switching to a different parenting schedule. After all, with kids out of school and vacations planned, your regular routine just doesn't work. Or, maybe you've agreed that your kids will spend the summer living with their other parent.

Who's going to pay for summer camp?

As the school year winds down, you've likely begun to think about your summer plans. Your kids certainly are. Unlike previous summers, though, this may be your first summer flying solo as a single parent. Or, you could be considering divorce or already in the midst of the process. Whatever your situation, this summer will bring unique challenges to you.

How shared parenting is changing custody agreements

Options for child custody arrangements for divorced parents in Texas might include the children living in one home while the parents alternate staying there or schedules in which the child spends roughly equal time at each parent's home. In the past, custody schedules tended to favor mothers, and fathers might get visitation rights that allowed them to spend alternate weekends and perhaps a few hours on a weekday with their children.

How to negotiate a parenting agreement

Texas parents who are getting a divorce may want to work toward an agreement that is good for their children regardless of how much conflict exists between them. It is possible for them to set aside that conflict and co-parent successfully if they follow a few tips.

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