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What situations are paternity tests helpful in?

Texan fathers like you may find yourselves in a bit of a tricky situation if you and your partner ever get a divorce. In these trying times, the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, will be here to explain the benefits of getting a paternity test done and why you may want to consider it.

How do you recognize emotional and psychological abuse?

It’s easy to recognize domestic violence when the abuse is physical. If your spouse has ever harmed you or your children, you know that he or she is abusive. It can be hard to leave an abuser, whether the abuse is physical or emotional. However, it may be even more difficult for Texas residents to recognize the latter type of abuse.

What is an inconvenient forum and how may it benefit you?

It goes without saying that change is the only certainty in your life. For instance, you may have obtained a Texas divorce in which you received primary custody of your children. Your employer subsequently may have given you a wonderful promotion that necessitated your moving to another state with your children, and the Texas court gave you permission to do so. Now, several years later, your ex-spouse, who still lives in Texas, wants custody of your children for whatever reason. Do you have to go back to Texas to litigate this new custody issue? Maybe not. Per Section 152.207 of the Texas Family Code, you may be able to avail yourself of the inconvenient forum statute.

Can you help your child transition during your divorce?

You and your spouse are wrapped in the ever-complicated process of getting a divorce in Texas. While you are consumed with making important decisions about finances, living arrangements and alimony support, you are also faced with the difficult decision of telling your children that you and your spouse are separating. Once the news is broken, you have to be prepared for your children to respond. Sometimes, their reaction may be surprising and require you to be extra vigilant and aware of their needs to help them adjust in a way that is positive, productive and effective. 

How does the mediation process work?

You and your spouse are preparing to file for divorce. You have some disputes, but neither of you feel very enthusiastic about going to court. In fact, you are both amenable to the idea of resolving your disagreements through mediation, but you aren’t sure if this is the right choice, especially if you want to protect your children from much of the heartbreak. This is a valid concern for you and other Texas couples going through a divorce.

How do I avoid panicking if CPS investigates?

Your first thought when you find out someone has questioned your parenting abilities is likely to be anger. Your second reaction may be fear. What if Child Protective Services takes your children away? Does a social worker have the power to remove your children from the home based on hearsay from another person? This is a valid concern that you may share with many other Texas parents.

Co-parenting strategies

In the midst of a divorce, Texas residents have a seemingly endless list of things to address. Decisions must be made about everything from what to do with a house to who gets the dishes and more. Eventually some matters are resolved but one item that continues on is how to co-parent with a former spouse. This is no easy task but there are things each person can do to help make parenting after divorce positive for the children.

What can happen to a child after parental rights are terminated?

The road can be rough for children in Texas who are living in an unstable family situation. In some cases, the courts may decide to terminate parental rights for the children’s protection and well-being. If this occurs, other complications may arise, and it is important that a child you love be given the support and security he or she needs in such a situation.

The challenges of raising your grandchildren

Like any grandparent in Texas, you love your grandchildren and want what is best for them. However, at the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we know that many grandparents across the country are faced with the unexpected task of raising their grandkids instead of having the pleasure of watching their children raise them. If you have custody of your grandkids, this task can be rewarding, but it also comes with unique challenges.

What is the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

If you are a Texas parent whose children’s other parent is from and/or has family ties to another country, you may worry that (s)he will take your children overseas for a visit and refuse to return them. In the event this should happen, you may be able to avail yourself of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This treaty among 98 countries gives parents like you an expeditious method for getting your children back.

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