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Resources for grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren

Grandparents in Texas who seek to gain custody of their grandchildren face some challenges unique to the state. They also usually deal with general issues associated with the process. For example, many custodial grandparents who are not currently caretakers experience stress regarding discipline and communication. Grandparents can often benefit from learning about these problems during the legal custodianship process, even if they have raised a child in the past.

Texas mother stabs father of children

Child custody can be one of the most contentious disputes in a divorce case, since both parents often believe they have the best interests of their children at heart. Emotions may be running high for parents getting divorced, especially if they are unable to reach a compromise on custody or visitation arrangements. It is less common for divorcing parents in Texas to become violent in a custody dispute, although it can happen.

How does child custody work in separation agreements?

Texan parents may sometimes need a break from each other, but might not want an actual divorce. This is where separation agreements come in. They allow you and your partner to divide up assets, finances, property and more, without having to legally sever your marriage. But where does your child fall in all of this?

Best interests of the child in Texas

Under the Texas Family Code, the red thread running through all the law governing a parent-child relationship with respect to conservatorship (i.e. parental responsibility) and possession (i.e. custody) is the principle that the best interest of the child is “the primary consideration of the court.” The Code, in fact, articulates a statement of public policy that children should have a relationship with parents who have “shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child.”

The benefits of joint custody

When Texan parents get a divorce, it's up to them to decide how they want to raise their child. While each situation is different and requires its own unique approach, some studies have shown that joint custody might be a better option in regard to the health and happiness of the child.

What is decided on during divorce mediation?

As someone going through a divorce in Texas, you understand intimately that it's more than a cut-and-dried severance and a small stack of papers, especially if a child is involved. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we strive to help minimize this complex and often stressful process so that every party deals with as few issues as possible and the child's best interest is protected.

How can I navigate summer vacation with an ex?

Summer vacation time is once again right around the corner and kids all over Texas may be excited to be out of school for a few months. If this summer is the first one after a divorce for your family, it will no doubt be a different type of summer for you and your kids. How can you make sure your children are able to fully enjoy their summer break with this magnitude of change in their lives?

Letting your child know about the custody situation

Divorce can be messy, and parents in Texas may be tempted to keep their child in the dark for as long as possible so they won't have to witness it. Unfortunately, it's crucial for children to be informed about any custody changes or the divorce on a whole, and keeping them out of the loop may actually do more harm than good.

No-fault divorce comes under fire

As divorce rates decline around the nation, and according to the Houston Chronicle, fall even faster in Texas, one lawmaker has introduced a bill to re-attach fault to divorces. A Republican representative out of Fort Worth, Matt Krause, has proposed an end to no-fault divorces in the Lonestar state. Krause believes that removing “insupportability” as grounds for filing divorce and forcing a couple to assign blame to one party in order to end the marriage could help to preserve these unions.  

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