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June 2017 Archives

A prenup to plan for a blended family

Texas families come in all shapes and sizes, and so have the blended families resulting from remarriages. Blended families have their own set of issues to deal with and resolve and one of these is how to plan for the financial health of the whole family when these two sides combine. One way to do this is by drafting a prenuptial agreement.

Fathers still often not awarded primary custody

Although there have been major advances in gender equality, men in Texas and elsewhere are still not generally being awarded physical custody of their children following a divorce. In fact, the mothers are being awarded physical custody approximately 80 percent of the time.

Making a child support agreement outside of court

Texas parents who are ending their marriage and who have one or more minor children might want to consider negotiating a child support agreement instead of going to court to have a judge make the determination. They may do this in informal negotiations by themselves. Another option is for their respective attorneys to take the lead.

Nesting as a form of physical custody

When going through a divorce, it is especially important for Texas parents to be mindful of how ending their marriage can impact their children. While changes will occur, there are many ways parents can make the process easier. One option they could consider is a nesting arrangement.

Coping strategies for children to deal with divorce

Good communication can be an important tool for Texas parents who want to help their children adjust to a divorce. Parents should try to talk to children about the divorce early on because children will notice signs such as parents sleeping in separate bedrooms or one parent moving out. They need reassurance that the divorce is not their fault and that their parents will still take care of them. Their questions should be answered, and if children do not ask questions, parents should regularly check in with them and keep the lines of communication open.