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Getting through the holidays during a divorce with children

Like other Sugar Land residents before them, some couples are facing a holiday season during the end of their marriage. Getting through the holidays may be difficult enough for the parents, and it can be even more challenging for the children. Fortunately, a divorce with children does not have to ruin this time of year.

What to do if the other parent denies or interferes in visitation

Not every couple who divorces can fit into the co-parenting mold that is so popular these days. Parents who go on vacation and spend holidays together with the children may represent a smaller portion of co-parents than people think. Talking to other Sugar Land couples who share parenting time with their children after a divorce would probably back this up. In fact, a certain percentage of parents find themselves in a situation where the other parent denies or interferes in visitation with the children.

Establishing paternity in child custody cases may be challenging

Since not all parents are married, state law provides a procedure to establish paternity. Once a court rules a particular man is the legal father of a child, he gains all the rights and responsibilities that go with being a parent, including pursuing child custody. Proving that a particular Sugar Land man is the biological father of a child seems like it would be easy, but without the cooperation of the mother, it can prove anything but easy.

Preparation is key before a child custody hearing

No one expects a relationship to end when it begins. Sadly, not every romance lasts forever as they do in books, movies and on television. Instead, a couple may end up relying on a stranger to make decisions that affect their future as they end their relationships. One of those decisions could affect the children's futures as well. When it comes time to go to court for a child custody hearing, preparation is key.

Putting parenting plans to the test as the school year begins

Sugar Land parents whose divorces were finalized over the summer are about to find out whether their child custody arrangements will work as well in reality as they do on paper. As the school year begins, they may be reviewing their parenting plans to make sure everything is in order. If they addressed some of the following in those plans, starting a new school year may go more smoothly than they think.

Child custody and the best interests of the children standard

Most Sugar Land parents want what is best for their kids. During a divorce, this means coming to a child custody arrangement that gives them the easiest transition into a new lifestyle and the best chance to thrive moving forward. Whether a parent is heading to court or working out an arrangement with the other parent, he or she may want to better understand what the court considers in determining the best interests of the children and what can be done to ensure the kids remain the primary focus.

Unexpected co-parenting expenses to consider in parenting plans

Most divorcing couples do their best to resolve all financial matters during the divorce process. In fact, resolving almost everything at that time is a legal necessity, especially in high asset divorce where many assets are in play. However, exes with shared children may find that over time, certain costs such as extracurricular activities, summer camp, insurance or phone bills may arise that were not considered in the original settlement. Here are some tips for Texas families broaching these issues in their parenting plans.

Consider college expenses in parenting plans

When couples divorce with young children, paying for college may be far from their minds. However, child custody plays an important role in a person's eligibility for financial aid in university. Some Texas colleges will consider the income and assets of both parents' households, including shared assets with new spouses, while others only look at the custodial parents' finances. Different divorce agreements and a parenting plan may also result in different obligations to pay for college expenses.

Disputing rights to possession of a child can lengthen divorce

Getting a divorce can often take a long time, and many people seek ways to shorten the process. This is sometimes possible with mediation, but other time contentious issues like rights to possession of a child require added attention. While it can be necessary for some Texas divorces to involve a judge or multiple rounds of disputes, it is important to remember that this process can lengthen the divorce process.

Breastfeeding may have impact on parenting plans

The dissolution of a marriage can understandably be complicated, especially for those with children. However, it can be even more difficult for parents in Texas who have a breastfeeding child. In light of this, breastfeeding can certainly have an impact on a child custody case, including on the parenting plans created during a divorce proceeding.

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