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Supervised visitation: Frequently asked questions

Supervised visitation is an excellent way for parents to spend time with their children in a controlled and safe environment. Although most parents subjected to supervised visitations don't choose to have these arrangements by choice, these parents may be able to see supervised visits as a positive because -- if not for supervised visits -- they might not be able to see their children at all. If a judge has ordered supervised visitation in your child custody case, you might benefit from knowing the answers to the following questions about the process:

Strategic planning for your parenting agreement

Wouldn't it be wonderful if divorce were pain- and stress- free? Wouldn't it be great if two spouses simply had to walk into their local courthouse, spend a few minutes signing some papers and walk out divorced? Unfortunately, due to the complexity of dividing marital assets, this kind of simplicity isn't likely to be possible. Especially, it will not be possible for two parents who need to consider and decide a wide variety of important matters pertaining to their children.

I just realized I'm a dad: Can I establish paternity?

Imagine a one-night stand led to an unintended pregnancy with a woman you barely knew. Through friends, you learned about the pregnancy, but the woman denied you were the father. After the baby was born, you followed up to request a blood test, but the mother said that the baby wasn't yours and refused to submit to testing.

What are the signs of a cheating spouse?

By entering into a marriage with another person, the vast majority of spouses are right to assume that their husbands or wives will be faithful to them. This means that the husband or wife will not engage in sexual behavior or other forms of emotionally intimate relationships with other people. Unfortunately, not all spouses are capable of being faithful in this regard, which is why infidelity is one of the most common causes of divorce.

Parenting provisions that cover other relationships

Our children develop meaningful relationships with a lot more people than just their mothers, fathers and siblings. Children, for example, might build a relationship with one of their parent's romantic partners, an aunt, an uncle, a family friend, a coach or a teacher. Some of these relations might be good for the child and some of them might be bad for the child, so parents might want to put some guidelines in the parenting plan that seek to allow and/or limit the nature of these relationships.

Parenting plans and your child's community involvement

When your child is a toddler, his or her entire world revolves around you and your partner. Whether you were married or partnered when your child was a little tyke -- or living separately and apart -- your little one depended on you and your ex for everything.

Can children request a change in their custody?

Residents of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, often find themselves in child custody situations. Some of those situations are the result of the parents getting divorced or separating if never married. In each case, child custody arrangements are made by the parents themselves or by the court. Either way, a challenge that often arises is when the children say that they want to live with the current noncustodial parent. Many parents have questions about what effect that can have.

There are many great child custody arrangements

Many Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, parents raise their children together in one family home. However, sometimes the relationship between the parents ends, and they wind up living in separate residences. When both parents still want to maintain their relationships with their children, they need to make child custody arrangements.

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