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Military families should plan for their children's care

There are many military families in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas. When those families break up, the number one question is how to best address taking care of the children. That can be a challenge for military family law, since military members are often deployed to many different locations, including dangerous ones, to which their former husband or former wife will not accompany them.

Deployment in and of itself, provided children are not exposed to unsafe conditions, should not suffice to prevent a military member from getting custody of their children. However, stability of residence is often a key factor in civilian child custody decisions and is fairly a key factor in military custody decisions as well. After all, children do need stability.

Understand how the child's best interests are determined

One of the primary concerns of a child custody case is determining what is in the child's best interests. This is something that is easy to forget because the parents in these cases often think about how various arrangements are going to impact them instead of thinking about the child.

Several different points are in the picture when you are trying to determine what is in the child's best interests. Some of these points are important in some cases, but not others. It is imperative that you think about your child's unique circumstances when you are trying to make a case for his or her best interests.

3 options to make the holidays work for your family

The holidays are fun, but they can also be hard. You're divorced, and your kids split their time with you and your ex. Usually, this goes very smoothly, but you find it complicated around the holidays because everyone can't realistically be together at the same time.

Making it work requires planning ahead. It requires cooperation. If you're dedicated to it, though, you and your ex can find a solution. Below are three options:

What you need to do for a deployment divorce

Military service members are trained to follow protocol, and they're extremely good at thinking on their feet. As such, if the service member you're married to has told you that he or she wants to get a divorce, you will need a plan -- and you'll need to stay creative and flexible with that plan -- just like your spouse is going to do.

The issues relating to a military divorce are different and more difficult to navigate when your divorcing spouse is currently deployed. As such, let's take a look at the steps you should take if you're getting divorced while your spouse is in the middle of his or her deployment:

  • Consider contacting a lawyer: You may want to shop around for a lawyer familiar with military divorces, and visit at least three different lawyers before you decide which one is right for you. Your lawyer will guide you through your divorce and protect your legal rights and interest.
  • Find a mental health counselor: No matter how tough you think you are, divorce is not easy. You may need to speak with a mental health counselor to help sort out your emotions. The experience can be very helpful and rewarding.
  • Get your documents in order: Gather all of your financial documents and other information pertaining to your children and your marriage. Your divorce lawyer will give you a list of everything you'll need to collect.
  • Get a handle on your finances: The better you understand your finances -- including monthly bills, debts and assets -- the better you'll be at navigating asset division, which is one of trickiest parts of any divorce process.
  • Establish your separation: You'll want to establish the moment when you became separated from your spouse. You may not need to wait until your service member comes back from deployment, and it's important to establish the date of separation as soon as possible.

A prenup can make your company separate property

You're a company owner and now you're getting married. You want to protect yourself and your business in case you get divorced. You're just being realistic. You've been building this company for years and can't let anything compromise your vision or your success.

You may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. You can have it written so that it specifically shows that your business is a separate asset and your spouse has no claim to the company.

Visitation in Texas

When parents of young children separate in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, areas separate, they often want to know about the future of their children above all other matters. Those parents should understand the things that affect child custody and visitation decisions. In Texas, the custom is to assign parenting rights and responsibilities to both parents barring some compelling reason to the contrary. The formal decree that details those rights and responsibilities is called a Standard Possession Order (SPO).

An SPO will establish which parent has primary custody of the couple's children and which parent will get visitation. The noncustodial parent's visitation is based in part on how far they live from the custodial parent. If they live within 100 miles of the custodial parent, they will get visitation on the first, the third and the fifth weekend of each month. They will also get Thursday evening each week, alternating holidays, like Christmas every other year and about 30 days during the Summers.

Can a local celebrity keep a divorce private?

Here in Fort Worth, recent reporting uncovered that public documents pertaining to some local high profile divorces are notably absent from digitally searchable public records databases. While different parties provide varying explanations for how this happened or whether these records were intentionally withheld from public view, they remain absent from the city's digitally-searchable public records. The county contends that these records are simply misfiled or withheld for valid reasons.

It is possible that these absences are due to acceptable rates of human error, but there are also other important issues to consider. In general, county records are regularly pulled from online availability if some attorney involved in the case notes that certain collections of documents contain sensitive material.

Understand how to handle the divorce process

A divorce is a challenging situation even in the best of circumstances. When you are going through one, you have to be sure that you understand the points that are going to come into the picture. You can't always predict your ex's moves, but you might be able to use your knowledge about him or her to make a guess about what is going to happen.

We understand that you probably want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. One way that you can work on this is to work with your ex through mediation to get the matters of the divorce hashed out. This isn't always easy, but it can help you get the process over with faster than going through a trial.

There may be an interesting reason for the tendency to divorce

Many Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, marriages last from the moment that the couple says "I do," to the moment that "death do they part," with decades of bliss in between. Some marriages, however, end in divorce, and there are a variety of reasons why that happens. Causes range from unfair laws and biased cultural structures to financial problems and infidelity.

Intriguingly, some people are now claiming that another reason may be genetics. This is being looked at as a possibility in a new study led by a psychology professor who works for Virginia Commonwealth University. The study, done in cooperation with researchers from the Lund University in Sweden, looks at Swedish families who have been affected by divorce and seeks to determine if there is a genetic proclivity for divorce.

Modifications can be made to divorce decrees

Many marriages in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, end in divorce. When that happens, family law allows for modifications of the divorce decree. Modifications are rarely made in regards to property division, but are made often in child-related areas, such as custody and visitation. Indeed, within one family, modifications may be made several times between when the children are young and when they graduate high school.

Parents can informally make modifications by agreement. They are free to do, provided that the modifications are in the best interests of the children. However, their duties and rights will not officially change unless the modifications are approved by the court.

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