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Custody and visitation for unmarried parents in custody dispute

Much like a divorce with children is a difficult and emotional process, ending a relationship that involves a child is also challenging. Unmarried parents face similar issues when it comes to determining custody and placement of the child; however, these parents face different issues that are unique to this matter. While they do not have to go through the added issues like property division or spousal support, unmarried couples must first establish parental rights. In other words, unmarried fathers in Texas must take steps to establish rights as the father to the child in question.

When parents are unmarried, the mother is awarded sole physical custody. However, if a father seeks to take action, he could obtain some form of custody or visitation rights. It should be noted, however, that a father couldn't win custody over a mother if she is a good parent.

What does modern joint custody look like?

No two families are alike. Each family has its unique qualities and challenges. Thus, when parents decide to divorce, these diverse qualities impact what the family will look like post-divorce. Specifically, this will effect a child custody arrangement. While not all parents get along, especially in a high-conflict or domestic abuse situation, some parents are able to come together and collaborate. In these matters co-parenting is likely the most effective way to parent post-divorce.

What does modern joint custody look like? With the divorce rate still around 50 percent, it is no wonder why more and more children are raised by divorced parents. While it may not be healthy for parents to remain together, this does not mean it is unhealthy for parents to maintain a relationship with their child, especially if a strong bond was made during the marriage. Because it is difficult to ensure children are not negatively impacted by this arrangement, divorced parents have gotten more creative when it comes to designing a joint custody agreement.

Protecting your interests in a domestic partnership agreement

A domestic partnership is an option for couples in committed relationships that choose to remain unmarried. By registering as a domestic partnership, both parties can enjoy certain benefits and protections. Like all family law decisions, it is beneficial to carefully consider all options before moving forward with this option.

If you do not want to marry but want to have legal protections in place for various contingencies, this could be a positive choice for you. Before the legalization of same-sex marriage, domestic partnership was a popular choice for same-sex couples. However, it remains an option for all types of Texas couples. 

Helping you obtain the best custody arrangement for your child

For most parents, their children are everything to them. They will do anything and everything to ensure that they are well cared for and his or her safety and wellbeing are protected. For some divorcing parents, this means collecting evidence to prove that they are more equipped to care for he child than the other parent. Child custody disputes are never easy to go through; however, they are sometimes necessary to ensure the needs and safety of the child.

It is never easy to reduce, limit or deny visitation of the other parent; however, when it comes to the best interests of the child, this might be a necessary step to take. A marriage could end for a wide variety of reasons, one of them being because of an abusive situation. At Katie L. Lewis, P.C. Family Law, our skilled legal team has dealt with this and other custody and visitation issues and disputes. We are dedicated to guiding our clients in the Dallas area through this process, ensuring they understand their rights and options.

Tax plans and the impact on spousal support payments

New tax laws will take affect at the beginning of 2019, and they will have a significant impact on certain family law issues. The changes to the laws could affect your divorce. In fact, if you are currently in the process now, there might be reason for you to work to finalize the divorce by the end of the year.

Under current divorce laws, the individual paying spousal support is able to deduct the amount he or she pays for tax purposes. However, under the new laws, that will no longer be an option. Both legal and financial experts suggest attempting to resolve ongoing divorces before the new laws complicate divorce proceedings.

Using a postnuptial agreement to avoid losing healthcare

Getting married means two individuals unite to become a single unit. It also means that assets and property combine as well. This will occur with any Texas marriage unless a couple takes the time to include a prenup in the union. However, if a couple decides to forego the prenuptial agreement, it is still possible to include such a document in a marriage. A postnuptial agreement could be used to address various issues, providing protection in certain situations as well.

For some couples, divorce can seem like a troubling end to a relationship. There are certain aspects in marriage that can make divorce seem unappealing. Take for example healthcare. With rising costs and a constant uncertainty on how healthcare will look for individuals and couples, some couples decide to forego divorcing and draft a postnuptial agreement instead.

Jenny Garth has prenup in third divorce

Marriage is a serious step to take. A couple is not only sharing a life together, they are sharing everything they bring into the marriage, which includes finances. Because the divorce rate in the U.S. has lingered around 50 percent for some time, it is reasonable and practicable to consider divorce a possibility even before the "I do's" have been said. A prenuptial agreement can help marrying couples determine what would happen if a divorce occurs, protecting him or herself throughout the process.

According to reports, the Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth and husband Dave Abrams are divorcing. Her 37-year-old soon-to-be ex-husband filed for divorce back in April. The document cites irresponsible differences, and the two have agreed to the date of separation as August 2017.

Is a malicious parent derailing your child custody plan?

Child custody is often one of the most difficult and contentious issues in a Texas divorce, and the difficulties associated with it do not always disappear simply because the process is final. In fact, your child's other parent can do certain things to make it difficult to abide by your custody plan and maintain a strong relationship with your children. 

When a parent acts maliciously toward you after divorce, it often comes in the form of interfering with your rightful or court-ordered parenting time. You may be unsure of how to adequately handle what many call malicious parent syndrome and resolve any remaining conflicts, but you do not have to deal with this on your own.

How can divorce mediation help family law matters?

When married couples in Texas decide to end their marriage, they must undergo some form of process to officially and legally end their union. Traditionally, this is completed through litigation in a courtroom; however, many divorcing couples are concerned with the process being costly and lengthy. Thus, alternative methods are often sought. Divorce mediation is frequently used to navigate the divorce process, helping spouses reach an amicable agreement.

How can divorce mediation help family law matters? It is always tough when children are involved in a divorce. It is an emotional time, and parents can find it difficult to curb their conflicts. Legal proceedings have a tendency of causing conflict, which could result in the children being exposed to a harmful environment. As a mechanism to reduce this conflict and provide a lasting a positive outcome, mediation can provide many benefits to divorcing parents.

Assisting you through prenuptial agreement drafting

For most individuals in Texas and elsewhere, getting married is a goal. However, with the divorce rate still lingering around 50 percent, some might be apprehensive about taking the plunge. Thus, it is becoming more and more common to take steps to protect ourselves if divorce does happen. Sure, it is very unromantic to talk about divorce before getting hitched; however, this is now a vital step to take whether your are wealthy or not.

A prenuptial agreement is no longer just for the rich and famous. Divorce can be extremely messy, causing it to be both lengthy and costly. As a means to reduce this, prenuptial agreements are entered into. This document does not only provide more ease when going through dissolution but also ensures certain assets and property is protected from distribution during the property division property.