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Child Custody Archives

The benefits of co-parenting

When parents in Texas decide to end a marriage, the biggest concern is often the custody of the children. Traditionally, primary custody was often awarded to the mother. However, these days, shared parenting or co-parenting is becoming a popular child custody agreement among parents, and many states have already passed statutes favoring 50/50 periods of possession, which trend seems to be continuing. By co-parenting, children can spend equal time with both parents, which can have positive effects on emotional and psychological health.

Can I modify a custody order if my ex is an addict?

If your ex-spouse's drug or alcohol use contributed to the conflict in your marriage, you likely have concerns about his or her ability to care for the kids when when you are not present. Perhaps this wasn't an issue when you were married because you were always on hand. Now, however, there may be days at a time when your spouse has responsibility for the children.

Custody disputes over embryos

The ability to have children has caused a lot of stress to marriages over the years, sometimes even tearing the couple apart. Since the first test tube baby in 1978, medical advances involving in vitro fertilization (IVF) have enabled thousands to overcome obstacles to start families. The process involves using sperm to fertilize the egg and then freeze the conceived embryos.

Celebrating Easter and other Holidays with a blended family

Having a blended family is not always easy. One of the most perplexing difficulties for blended families is navigating the holidays. Which side's traditions should you follow? What will your custody schedule look like? What if the children feel sad, or confused?

Custody and concussions: When parents disagree about football

When a mother and father are going through a custody battle, they often disagree on what is best for their family. While some custody battles may devolve into petty bickering between spouses, the majority of parents simply want to do what each believes is best for their child. Their arguments may revolve around a child's religion, education and medical care. Sometimes, issues like extracurricular activities and sports also come into debate.

Can grandparents get custody of their grandchildren? Pt 2

There are many situations in which grandparents may need to take custody of their grandchildren. In our last blog post, we discussed two legal arrangements that are common in grandparental custody cases: Power of attorney, and foster parenting. Our post today will conclude this two-part series on grandparental custody by exploring three more custody options for grandparents.

Can grandparents get custody of their grandchildren? Pt 1

There are many reasons why grandparents may need to obtain custody of their grandchildren. Perhaps the biological parents are going through a difficult time, or the state has declared that the home environment is no longer safe. Whatever the reason, many grandparents are left wondering how to obtain custody of their grandchildren--and whether this is even possible.

A few tips for sharing custody over Christmas

Child custody arrangements aren't exactly what most people want to spend their Christmas holiday thinking about. But for divorced parents, custody schedules are an everyday reality that does not magically disappear over the holiday season. As a divorced parent, you probably understand this firsthand.

Helping transitions go smoothly

There are many things about which a divorced parent may be nervous when it comes to what will happen with their kids in the new family situation following a divorce. This includes how the transition will go when their child is going between their house to their ex's house, and vice versa. Such transitions are a very common thing when a divorced couple is equally splitting shared custody or when a custody arrangement includes generous visitation time. 

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