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The considerations of obtaining primary custody

Divorce is difficult on everybody impacted by the decision. This includes both partners, as well as any children they have together. The good thing is this: divorce doesn't have to turn life upside down for the children who are involved.

Unfortunately, this often is the final result because one or both parents don't have their child's best interest in mind. When a couple is able to reach an out of court agreement, regarding custody, there is less stress on all parties. However, this is not always the ways things work out.

Stephen Collins' divorce from wife of 30 years finalized

If you follow celebrity news, then you may have heard that the actor Stephen Collins' divorce has been finalized. Best known for his role in "7th Heaven," the television actor has been facing accusations of inappropriate conduct with underage girls and has been going through a divorce with his wife of nearly 30 years. Collins' wife was the first person to disclose the molestation allegations against him in court filings.

According to the story, the divorce judgment was approved in lieu of the fact that Collins acknowledged that he had acted inappropriately with three underage girls between 1973 and 1994. In 2012, Collins had gone to a therapy session that was leaked online, causing Collins to lose work. Interestingly, part of the divorce requires to destroy all but two copies of the recording. The copies are meant to be kept for 10 years in case of Collins needing to defend himself in a civil or criminal case.

How will children deal with divorce?

The divorce process is challenging from start to finish, regardless of past circumstances and the future goals of each partner. Things get even more complicated when one or more child is involved.

It is no secret that children can have a difficult time dealing with divorce. In some cases, parents overlook how their children are impacted, which can lead to even more issues now and in the future.

Questions related to divorce and property division

It is hard to go through the divorce process. Not only will this change your personal life forever, but it could do the same to your finances.

As you begin to consider divorce or move into the early stages of the process, it is safe to assume that you will have many questions. While some of these can be answered easily enough, others will require more of your attention.

Protect your children and your visitation rights in Texas

When you go through a divorce, your main concern is your children. What will happen to them if your spouse is given custody? What will your visitation schedule be like? There are a number of questions you may have, so it's important to work with someone who can help you get the answers you need.

Reaching an out-of-court agreement could be difficult, especially if your divorce is contentious. Because of that, Texas laws do allow for judges to make the final decision on the welfare of your child. Before you head to trial, your child-custody related dispute will need to be heard and worked on through mediation. The court will look into the best interest of your child, but if you and your spouse can decide on a plan, then this is something you could submit to the court as an ongoing agreement.

Signs that divorce may be forthcoming

When you tie the knot with that special someone, you hope you are able to live happily ever after. There are times when this doesn't happen, which leads to one party filing for divorce.

There are many signs that divorce may be coming, with some of the most common including:

Get heard during your divorce in Texas

Are you going through a divorce? Is it uncontested, meaning that both of you agree that you want it to go forward? if so, then your divorce should be easier to complete in a timely fashion and typically will cost less than a contested divorce. You may not have to work with a mediator if you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse can work together to split your assets, and no judge will have to order a decision or outcome as long as you can decide on a fair settlement between the two of you.

Although you both may get along and agree on the divorce, you still need to make sure you don't get the short end of the stick. Your rights are important; you put time, effort, and money into this relationship, and you deserve to get it back out of the relationship when you divorce. You'll need to make decisions about property division, visitation and child custody, child support, and other issues in some cases, so it's important that you make sure the divorce is settled with your best interests in mind.

Tips for setting up a visitation schedule

When parents separate or divorce, it is important for all parties involved to consider the well being of the child (or children) above all else. For some, setting a visitation schedule is a relatively simple task. This is typically the case when both parents are flexible, knowing that they should do whatever is best for the child.

On the other side, there are situations in which both parents disagree about what should and should not be done regarding the raising of the child.

What are the penalties for not paying child support?

When it comes to the collection of child support, nobody wants to jump through hoops. Instead, he or she hopes the other parent is responsible enough to pay the money he or she owes on time and in full.

Even with the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 in place, it doesn't mean that every parent who owes child support is going to comply with the request of the court. Some people, for one reason or another, continue to dodge this responsibility in hopes of getting away with it over the long run.

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