Coparenting after a divorce ideally involves communication between the parents on big issues as well as small ones. However, not all spouses have an amicable split and may experience difficulty working as co-parents even when each should know that it is best for the child.
For many parents, sending an adult child off to college can be emotionally difficult. It is the first time that your child will be on their own for an extended period. College is the time when teenagers experience more independence, taking their first steps into adult life. Naturally, you want to do as much as you can to prepare them for this important step.
A generation or two ago, it was common for women to drop out of college to start a family, even as the men finished their degree and went to work. More recently, some spouses (either father or mother) put their career on hold to raise a family. Whatever the reasons, many are finding it necessary or desirable to return to school to get an advanced degree or updated training needed for a new job. Some divorces settlements will make special accommodations to spouses going back to school. You may wish to consult with an experienced Board-certified Family Law expert attorney in regard to your legal options before your final decree of divorce has been signed by the Court.
You divorced your ex-spouse for a reason. But even before the divorce is final, it is abundantly clear that parenting plans mean that you will still have to work together to successfully raise happy and healthy children.
In our modern age, many couples make the decision to live together before getting married. This can be an appealing arrangement: You get to spend time with your loved one while also saving money on rent and necessities.
There’s an old saying that love hurts. Love may hurt emotionally, but it should never entail physical violence. If your relationship has become violent, it may be necessary to take out a protective order against the person who once claimed to love you. In Texas, protective orders, also known as orders of protection or retraining orders, can be used to protect individuals from a domestic partner who may try to harm them.
No matter how carefully you plan your life, there are bound to be events that are out of your control. Some of these events may be family issues like divorce, child custody or an order of protection. When life throws you one of these curve balls, you may be totally unprepared. Managing your day-to-day routine can be hectic enough without a new, complicated legal issue on your plate.
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.
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.
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.