As a newly-single dad going through a divorce, you have a lot on your mind. You are preoccupied with issues like property division, alimony and child custody. You are also learning a lot about the process of divorce.
The upcoming tax deadline may be among your upcoming chores to respond to in a timely manner. In fact, there are probably only two other topics that weigh heavier on your mind: Your divorce, and your child(ren).
If you are a single father, you may be wondering whether it is possible to obtain full custody of your child. Some single fathers worry that the court will automatically grant custody to the child's mother out of a misconception that women are inherently more nurturing than men.
A growing movement in Texas and the rest of the United States is the movement for fathers' rights. The participants in this movement argue that family law courts should follow a standard of granting fifty-fifty parenting time in custody decisions whenever possible. These fathers--and some mothers--have become increasingly vocal in their advocacy for equal parenting time. The movement came close to scoring a major victory for equal parenting rights this year with a recent piece of legislation.
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.
Fathers play a very important role in children's lives. Not having a father involved in a child's life can have many ramifications for a child. A recent study suggests it could even impact a child on a cellular level.
For many fathers, being a dad is an incredibly important part of their life. According to Pew Research Center data, around 57 percent of fathers point to parenting as being an extremely important aspect of their life.
Child custody is often the most emotionally charged and contentious part of a divorce. Even in an amicable split, child custody can be difficult for the parents to agree upon. Many fathers in Texas feel that fathers' rights are limited when it comes to equal child custody during a divorce, something they say would be corrected by the passage of a bill before the state legislature.
Children are often the innocent victims of divorce, subject to decisions that can affect them for the rest of their lives. In regards to infants and toddlers, some parents in Texas and across the country, along with renowned psychologists, have had concerns over a mother's relationship with her infant child being negatively affected when the child has frequent visitation with their father that include overnight stays. But the results of a study just released by Arizona State University shows that no matter what their age, children benefit from spending time with each parent, including sleepovers at both homes.
One of the most powerful mental blocks that any Texas spouse can encounter during the end of a marriage is the force of inertia. Once an individual becomes mired in the details of a divorce or child custody case, it can become difficult to move forward. That leads to wasted time, additional stress and often increased legal fees. It is important to have a plan of action for addressing divorce inertia.