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Stand up for your child custody rights in Texas

When you're going through a divorce in Texas, you probably have a lot of questions about what will happen to your children and how you will split up your marital property. Fortunately, with the right help, it's easy to work out exactly what you want and to have the help needed if your ex doesn't want to give you what you need. You deserve to have parenting time with your children; you have in the past, and there is no reason you shouldn't spend time with them now.

When you have children, you may want to seek child support, a modification in child support or the enforcement of child support. You could want to change visitation rights or seek custody of your child if you weren't given full custody rights.

What children need during the divorce process

As one of our Texas readers, you don't dream of going through the divorce process. While some people are able to move on from a partner in a fast and efficient manner, others are in a much more difficult position because one or more child is involved.

When a couple goes through divorce, any children involved are going to be faced with a variety of challenges. Along with this, they will be put on an emotional roller coaster that they may not know how to deal with. As a parent, you must have a plan in place for helping your child make it through the divorce process.

Are there different kinds of child custody in Texas?

Child custody comes in many forms in Texas and other states. You may think of it as either being joint or sole custody, but there are different types than those and a variety of differences even in joint or sole custody cases. Physical custody, for instance, is the most commonly known type. This is when a parent has physical custody of a child and can have the child live with him or her. Joint physical custody is also possible. This type of custody is when both parents are allowed to have their children with them for shared time.

Another kind of custody is known as sole custody. This is when a child will primarily live with only one parent. The other parent will have limited custody or visitation rights in most cases. Sometimes, the other parent isn't in the picture or doesn't have visitation rights due to a number of reasons.

Helpful information when seeking child support

Many of our Texas readers, as well as others throughout the United States, find that they are due child support from their child's other parent. While some people are more than willing to pay what is required of them, others continue to hide and hope that they can get away with this.

Regardless of where you live, there is helpful information that you can collect before speaking with your local child support office about your situation.

What factors lead to higher risk of divorce?

All of our married readers are well aware of how difficult it can be to keep a good marriage going strong for many years. While some people live their entire life married to the same person, others go through at least one divorce.

There are things that people can do to keep a strong marriage. There are steps they can take to avoid divorce, even when things get bad.

Post-divorce modifications may be necessary for Texan divorces

When you've been through a divorce in Texas, you may think that once it's finalized, you don't have to worry about it anymore. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Post-divorce modifications and enforcement efforts may have to be made to help you get what you want out of your divorce, even if it has already been determined by the courts.

Lives change after divorce. Maybe you will get a new job or lose a source of income. Maybe your ex will decide to take a new job overseas, and as a result, you'll have full custody of your child. There are many reasons your divorce decree could have to be modified, and those are just a few.

Gina and Pat Neely heading for divorce

Texas is well known for its high quality food, with many people in the state proud of their skills and experience in the kitchen. While some are natural born cooks, others have learned quite a bit from others, including Gina and Pat Neely, well known stars of the television show Down Home With The Neelys.

In addition to their television show, the duo has published cookbooks and even have their own restaurant. Unfortunately, things could be getting messy in the kitchen soon enough with the couple recently announcing their intentions to divorce.

Child support guidelines can be a challenge to understand

If you find yourself on either side of the child support battle in the state of Texas, you know that there are many details that will govern your situation. Unless you are on the same page as your child's other parent, down to every last detail, there may come a time when you need to seek legal assistance and head to court. This can help ensure that everybody involved -- most importantly your child -- is being treated in the appropriate manner.

Even though child support guidelines in Texas are straightforward, this does not mean they are simple to understand. Guidelines take a variety of details into consideration, including the following:

You have a right to modify your divorce decree in Texas

Have you discovered that you need to modify or enforce your divorce decree in Plano, Texas? Fortunately, although this is a difficult thing to do sometimes, you don't have to do it alone. There are several reasons you may need to modify your divorce decree, and it should be done as quickly and easily as possible.

For example, if you or your ex want to relocate and have children, that can certainly cause a problem. You may want to prevent a move that would disrupt your right to visitation or you may be a custodial parent who needs to move to be closer to family or for a new job. There could be restrictions on your actions or the actions of your ex, so it is important that you look into the legal options you have at that point.

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