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August 2016 Archives

Establishing parenting rules after a divorce

Texas parents whose marriages have ended usually understand the importance of looking out for the best interest of their children. Emotions run high, and the experience can be traumatic for kids. One way of providing a sense of security and safety to children is for the parents to come to an agreement about certain standards of behavior. Unfortunately, sometimes parents disagree on rules for the kids, which can lead to confusion for the children and increased hostilities between parents.

Mediation may help resolve divorce issues

When Texas couples whose marriages are coming to an end can't agree on the terms of their divorce but want to avoid having a judge make the decisions for them, mediation may be a good compromise. With mediation, a mutually agreed upon neutral third party works with the spouses to resolve the divisive issues. Mediation usually is less expensive and quicker than a courtroom battle.

The adoption home study in Texas

As part of the adoption process, most states will require that potential adoptive parents go though a home study. This is true even if a home study was already conducted prior to becoming a foster parent or kinship caregiver. A criminal background check may also be conducted in conjunction with a home study. As part of the home study process, a possible adoptive parent may be interviewed several times.

Divorce fact and fiction

Texas residents should understand true and false claims regarding divorce matters. There are many claims that are simply untrue, do not apply to the factors of a certain case or do not comply with a particular state's law.

Study links male unemployment to greater likelihood of divorce

Many individual reasons could lead a couple in Texas to choose divorce, but a Harvard sociology professor has identified a husband's unemployment as a contributing factor. Despite shifts in gender roles over the generations, heterosexual men are still expected to be employed full time.