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How can a military family set up custody arrangements?

Custody arrangements can be hard to set up when you're in the military and divorcing. You may not have a steady schedule, or you might find that your schedule doesn't line up well with your spouse's.

Being in the military should not have an impact on your ability to share time with your child, but there are some things to consider. For example, do you know what you'll do if you're suddenly deployed? What happens if you have to stay late during a drill or have meetings you weren't expecting? Preparing for contingencies is very important for military families, especially when the parents are divorced.

Be prepared for your custody case in Texas

When you are worried about losing custody of your child, nothing else matters to you. That fear can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. You should know that most parents are treated fairly by the courts. Men or women are not preferred over the other.

The myths that surround child custody can make the entire idea of custody and visitation daunting. You might be fearful or worried about how your spouse will act in court. Fortunately, your attorney will be there to help.

Here's what to know about your military divorce

Military divorces are all different. They have many factors to consider, such as which party was a service member, how long the couple has been together and if there are children involved.

There are many differences between civilian and military divorces. Here are some common questions and answers.

Judge recused in transgender child custody case in Texas

Parents sometimes disagree about how to raise their children, especially when they are divorced. That's what has been happening in a case in Texas between two parents who disagree about their child's claim of being transgender.

On one hand, the child's father believes that he accepts dressing like a boy when they're together. The child's mother claims that her son wants to be referred to as a girl and enjoys dressing as girls do.

Is a prenuptial agreement a good idea for you? Learn more

Prenuptial agreements are fantastic if you want to protect yourself and your spouse in the case of a divorce in the future. No one goes into a marriage thinking that it's going to end, but the reality is that many marriages do fizzle out and result in divorce.

There are some things that you need to know about prenuptial agreements, though. Understanding them better can help you decide if they are right for you.

Get help and negotiate for your fair share during divorce

As someone who is struggling with divorce, you might feel like your world is tumbling down around you. You may not want to see your estranged spouse or might feel that you are better off not asking for anything and walking away.

The fact about divorce is that it can be very difficult. That doesn't mean that you should give up what is legally yours to avoid conflict. One thing your attorney will help you do is to determine what you want and what you need from your marriage. Your attorney can take the lead in negotiating with your estranged spouse or their attorney so that you can still get the assets you need without necessarily having to discuss the situation with your spouse.

Can grandparents try to obtain visitation in Texas?

In Texas, grandparents do not have the same rights as some other states may allow for. Part of the reason for this is that the United States Supreme Court previously ruled that grandparents don't have a constitutional right to visitation with their grandchildren. This is because it's up to parents to determine who gets to see their children in the majority of cases.

In Texas, visitation refers to having continuing contact with a child. As long as the parents of a child approve, grandparents usually have a right to visit with their grandchildren at any time. Sometimes, parents limit those rights for good reason. Other times, they limit those rights out of spite, but most grandparents won't have a case.

As children age, you may need to change your custody schedule

Child custody modification is something parents don't always want to think about, especially if the initial custody plan was difficult to come up with. Still, as children age and situations change, there may come a time when it's necessary to adjust your custody schedule.

Take, for example, the time that passes and the changes that occur between the ages of 7 and 13. At 7, your child may go to school and come directly home. They may have few afterschool events and be happy spending time in the house. By the time they're 13, they may have many sports activities or afterschool events to attend. They may want to spend more time with friends or be active in afterschool activities that require you to take them to and from various locations.

Why is it important to have a thorough parenting plan?

Custody concerns are always the most significant issues in a divorce case. Usually, both parents are good parents who want what is best for their children, but they may disagree on what "the best" really is.

For parents who cannot agree, it's important to take steps to manage your adult relationship and limit its impact on your children. Even if neither of you can agree on how to raise your children right now, the parenting plan and custody arrangements you come up with will answer many of the questions and concerns you have today.

What can you do if you're unhappy with your marriage?

Sometimes, you'll find yourself in a situation that you're unhappy with. In most cases, you'll find a solution and move on. For more significant situations, like your marriage, you don't want to make a rash decision. That's why you've waited so long to talk to your spouse about divorce.

A divorce isn't necessarily what you want, but you aren't sure what else would help. Fortunately, there is a way to decide. You can talk to your spouse.

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