The opioid epidemic is a national health emergency that impacts individuals, families and municipalities. Nevertheless, researchers were still surprised when they found a new connection between areas with higher levels of opioid prescriptions and addiction and grandparents over 30 who are actively raising grandchildren. While Texas does not see the highest numbers of addiction, the state does rank in the top tier of 1.76% or higher number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren. The national average is 1.38%.
One of the most common areas of dispute when parents divorce involves the parenting plan or custody agreement. Whether the divorce is a collaborative one or litigation is involved, it is generally believed that children are best served when both parents are active in the raising of the kids. Ideally, this means (depending on the plan) that both parents are involved on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.
Profanity-laden shouting matches and brawls are becoming new spectacles at sports games for kids, but it's not the children who are getting into fights. Parents are the problem. Recently, an altercation broke out at a North Texas youth baseball game among a parent and a coach.
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.
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.
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.
Preparing for an out-of-state relocation is always stressful. Preparing an out-of-state relocation while navigating the legal aspects of your child custody arrangement can be even more stressful.
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?
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.
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.