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Ideas for enjoying visitation day with your kids

As a single, noncustodial parent, you may spend a lot of time alone after your divorce. The silence in your home could be deafening without your children present, which will make the limited visitation time you have with your kids each week that much more important. If you've only recently acquired child custody, however, and you're not accustomed to spending time alone with your kids, you may be wondering how you can make the most of your visitation time.

Here are three excellent activities that every single parent should try:

Do I need a prenup? Take our prenuptial agreement quiz

Most Texas residents can recognize the utility of a prenuptial agreement even if they believe it's not very romantic. The question is, when does the need for a prenuptial agreement trump one's concerns about "losing the feeling of romance?"

If you're wondering this before getting married, you might want to consider the following questions on our prenuptial agreement quiz:

3 types of child custody arrangements

When it's time to bring your marriage to a close, the decision to get a divorce will never be easy. This difficulty is only compounded when children are involved, and the parents need to determine how they will organize child custody.

There are many ways that parents can divide child custody. Here are three of the most common ways that might work in your case:

2 things that will help your post-divorce credit

Your credit is everything in the modern world. If you want to buy a home, a car or buy something on a credit card, it's vital to be in good standing with the various banks and financial institutions of the world. However, many spouses find themselves in difficult credit circumstances after they complete their divorce process. Here are two things you can do before and/or during your divorce to improve your post-divorce credit situation:

Get an independent credit card

Can I move away with my child if I share legal custody?

The ability of one parent to move to a new location with a child depends on the child custody arrangements in place between the spouses. These arrangements will be either in the form of a court-ordered child custody decree or a court-approved child custody settlement. Either way, the terms of the custody arrangements in reference to relocation must be honored by both parents.

Before we discuss this issue further, it's important to understand that a parent with sole legal and physical custody will usually be free to travel and move wherever he or she wants. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child lives. Legal custody refers to the parent's right to make important decisions on behalf of his or her child. Parents who share any type of child custody, on the other hand, will need to obtain permission -- either from the other parent or the court -- before relocating somewhere far away.

Should I get a divorce now or wait for things to improve?

The question of timing when it comes to a divorce is a highly personal one. However, for the spouse who asks the question, "Should I get a divorce now or wait for things to improve?" it may be far too late to save the marriage. Marriage and couples counseling have done wonders for countless Fort Worth spouses, but if you're not genuinely eager to heal your marriage and repair your relationship, you might want to consider calling it quits on your marital union and filing for divorce as soon as you possibly can.

Also, you might want to immediately end your marriage if you're suffering from one of the following divorce-causing scenarios:

What is a common law marriage in Texas?

The state of Texas recognizes common law marriage, which is also referred to as "informal marriage." Unlike a traditional marriage, a common law marriage comes about naturally without formalities or special ceremonies, but certain legal requirements exist pertaining to the relationship. If these legal requirements can be proved, your common law marriage will not have a lesser status than a legally formalized marriage.

What are the requirements to establish a common law marriage?

These 3 mistakes will make your divorce worse than it needs to be

There are certain things that divorcing spouses do, time and time again, that make their divorces much worse than they have to be. The list of divorce "mistakes" is long, and that's why separating spouses can benefit from working with an experienced attorney who can guide them away from common pitfalls.

Here are three marriage dissolution pitfalls that divorce lawyers are often helping their clients avoid:

Can I receive court orders for grandparents' visitation?

Grandparents do not automatically have the right to spend time with their grandchildren as a general rule of thumb. The parents must approve of the grandparents' visitations in order for them to occur. Nevertheless, in certain unique scenarios, a Texas family law court might intervene to ensure that the children can spend time with their grandparents.

Here's when a court might intervene:

Communication problems, fighting and divorce

One of the easiest ways to bring any relationship to a close is to simply stop talking. Relationships require an exchange of ideas and a sense of connection through words to flourish. It's also important for that communication to be respectful and healthy. If there is plenty of communication but it's filled with contention, aggression and fighting, this can also bring a marriage to a close.

Let's look a little bit closer at communication problems related to not enough quality communication and constant fighting in a marriage and how they lead to divorce:

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