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Stepparent adoption: don't navigate this complex process alone

Texas readers know that family law matters can be complex, especially when they pertain to children and child custody. For some families, adoption is a great way to legally establish a relationship between a parent and his or her stepchild. While stepparent adoption is a family law matter that seems easy in theory, you would be wise not to traverse this matter on your own.

If you have the goal of adopting your stepchildren, it will require the termination of the other biological parent's legal rights, even if he or she is not present in the life of the child. Before you initiate this process and work to accomplish this objective, it can be helpful to learn more about your rights and options regarding this matter.

Why would a minor want to be emancipated?

It seems that as soon as a children become teenagers, they are testing independence and demanding to be treated like adults. For some teenagers, this may be a practical legal option. Minors who are in extenuated circumstances sometimes petition the court to become legally emancipated from their parents.

Emancipation can be a painful process—for minors and parents alike. If you are a parent, the choice may seem bewildering: Why would a child want to leave their home and try to make their own way in the world? In this post, we will examine some reasons why minors may seek emancipation.

Adjusting the paternity on a birth certificate in Texas

When a baby is born in Texas, the state issues a birth certificate in order to document important details such as the child's name, date of birth, sex and parentage. For most people, their birth certificate will remain the same for the rest of their lives. For others, it may be necessary to amend certain details--whether the birth certificate is yours, or your child's.  If a child is born during a marriage, there is a legal presumption that the husband is the biological father of the child.

One of the most common reasons for amending a birth certificate is to amend the paternity by adding or changing the father's name. If you wish to amend the paternity or parentage on a birth certificate, Texas has a set of procedures that you must follow.

Divorce priorities: Keeping kids' best interests in mind

When you got married, you never dreamed you would one day be sitting your children down to tell them you were getting divorced. Life's not perfect, however. Your main concern now is how to help your children fare as well as possible while adapting to a new style of Texas family living. There are a number of methods to help you avoid major problems and overcome challenges that will likely surface along the way.

The key is keeping your children's best interests as a central focus in all court proceedings related to their care. When children witness their parents being willing to cooperate and compromise, they tend to be quite resilient when adapting to post-divorce lifestyles.

Despite Texas medical marijuana win, challenges remain

Many argue that Texas came late to the table in acknowledging the potential value of marijuana as medicine. Approval of its use under the Compassionate Use Act only came two years ago. As of Sept. 1, 2017, there are just three licensed medical marijuana producers for the entire state, and critics say rules for prescribing the drug are so restrictive that there's concern few patients will derive any benefit.

Another aspect of this issue that remains unclear is what implications there might be in the context of parenting relationships with children. While this is something most people might not think much about, attorneys experienced in helping clients establish parenting and child visitation plans are aware of the challenges that medical marijuana treatment can present. Overcoming them can be complex.

Same-sex divorces can have unique challenges regarding financial issues

Same-sex couples have been able to get married and divorced here in Texas for a couple of years now. However, such couples can still encounter unique challenges when navigating family law issues. For example, challenging issues regarding financial matters can come up during same-sex divorces.

One reason for this is that one of the factors that can play a role in a court's decisions regarding divorce financial matters such as property division and spousal maintenance is how long a couple have been married.

Where have all your assets gone? Perhaps your spouse is hiding them.

When you reflect upon all the time and effort you put into building your life and business in Texas, you might be amazed at how quickly time has passed. Does it seem like yesterday when you were a newlywed, with big dreams of launching your own company, raising a family and perhaps taking vacations from time to time? As time went on, you brought many of those plans to fruition and are glad to have clear memories of the journey to your success.

When you finally realized that your marriage was heading for an inevitable divorce, you knew you'd likely face various challenges regarding visitation with your children and division of marital property. You probably assumed, however, that everyone would play fair, and proceedings would be as swift and painless as possible since you and your spouse both want to get on with your lives. It didn't take long for you to realize that was not the way things were panning out. Your first clue may have been when you noticed money missing from your joint bank account.

What factors might predict divorce?

Every marriage is different. The individual circumstances of a married couple can impact many things. This includes what level of divorce risk is present regarding their relationship.

What things are possible predictors of a divorce? This is among the topics divorce research has looked into. A recent CNN article went over some of the factors that research has associated with increased likelihood of divorce. These include:

Hidden assets: Winning this high-stakes game of hide-and-seek

Divorce is hard, and it is normal for both parties to have concerns over their financial well-being after the process is complete. However, this could lead one party to hide and inaccurately value assets in order to keep more than what is his or her fair share of marital property. This is particularly common in Texas high-asset divorces when there is much at stake.

You may be certain that your spouse is hiding assets, but what can you do about it? It feels like an overwhelming situation, but you have the right to take action and exercise your right to pursue a fair property division agreement. When dealing with hidden assets in a high-stakes divorce, you may find it beneficial to secure experienced guidance.

Hidden assets: Winning this high-stakes game of hide-and-seek

Divorce is hard, and it is normal for both parties to have concerns over their financial well-being after the process is complete. However, this could lead one party to hide and inaccurately value assets in order to keep more than what is his or her fair share of marital property. This is particularly common in Texas high-asset divorces when there is much at stake.

You may be certain that your spouse is hiding assets, but what can you do about it? It feels like an overwhelming situation, but you have the right to take action and exercise your right to pursue a fair property division agreement. When dealing with hidden assets in a high-stakes divorce, you may find it beneficial to secure experienced guidance from a Board-Certified expert family law attorney.

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