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Speak with your attorney if you want to seek primary custody

Child custody is a common factor in divorces in Texas. When parents decide that they can't live together anymore, they have to determine how to take care of their children. Some parents nest, which means that they stay in the marital home. Others sell their home and move to apartments, making their children travel back and forth. In some cases, one parent takes on custody and the other gets none, such as in cases of abuse.

Every situation is different, which is why it's so important to talk to your attorney about your relationship with your children and what it would mean to you to have custody. As a parent, you are generally in a position to seek custody of your child, and most courts will want to see parents split their time around 50-50. That way, the children involved can still see both parents a fair amount of the time.

Why is having a prenuptial agreement a good idea?

As you approach your marriage, one thing you've heard people tell you time and time again is to think about having a prenuptial agreement. Personally, you've always felt that asking for this agreement was like telling your fiance that you don't trust them.

The reality is that a prenuptial agreement has many benefits for you and your fiance. While it does help manage factors that come into play during divorce, it can also be used to make sure all your assets are disclosed and that you both understand the debts or assets that are coming into your marriage from both sides.

What do you need to include in a parenting plan?

If you and your spouse haven't sat down to talk about a parenting plan yet, it's time to do it. Your parenting plan is an important part of your divorce agreement and the custody arrangements you put in place.

It can be difficult to come up with a parenting plan that you want to use, but with careful consideration, you and your spouse can come up with a parenting agreement that you agree with.

You can fight relocation to keep your child close

You love your child, but you and your ex-spouse did not get along as a married couple. As a result, you separated and divorced. You had a good custody schedule, where both of you spent around 50% of the time with your child. Everything seemed good for a while, but now your ex is asking to relocate and take your child with them.

Your ex-spouse has said that they don't want this to become a battle, but you think it's unreasonable to move away when you both have custody rights. Your child already has a good school, friends and family here. Your ex-spouse argues that they'll be able to get a better job, put your child through a better school and provide more toward their future if they move.

DNA poses a risk to military families, the Navy alleges

Here's something you may not have thought would lead to divorce: mail-in DNA kits. Military leaders have spoken out in the news to suggest that military members don't use these tools. Why? While they can be a fun way to learn about your heritage, they also could lead to unintended consequences by showing who you're related to.

Take, for example, a DNA test you take to learn more about your family. You could be shocked to find out that your child, who was also give a test, isn't actually related to you. You could find out that an aunt or uncle is not who you thought they were or that you are actually related to your spouse and didn't know it. All of these potential issues are why the military has suggestion caution.

How long do you have to separate before divorcing in Texas?

Divorces can be tedious. They can be lengthy processes that take many months, or even years, depending on the circumstances.

Your attorney's goal is to make sure you can move on with your life and obtain the assets and protections that you deserve. While fighting for what is right might take longer, it can be in your best interests to do so.

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.

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