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September 2016 Archives

Myths and realities regarding child custody and domestic violence

Texas residents may have heard of some common myths surrounding domestic violence and child custody. When these myths are believed, they could hurt the families in these positions, and children particularly are more at risk of exhibiting signs of post-traumatic stress into adulthood.

The importance of prenuptial agreements

Premarital agreements are not exclusive to just high net worth couples. Texans with modest assets may have good reasons to create financial agreements before they get married. Prenuptial agreements can be valuable to those who own a business with other people, who have children from a previous marriage or who expect to inherit a large amount of money in the future.

A divorce doesn't have to be dreadful

So often, we hear divorce horror stories. A couple spends months, or even years, in court battling over assets, property and their own children. They drain their savings and neither party gets what he or she wants in the end. Children are left angry and hurt. No one wins.

Retirement account concerns for divorcing baby boomers

According to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, people over the age of 50 were twice as likely to get divorced in 2014 as they were in 1990. For people over the age of 65, the likelihood was three times higher. This means that older adults in Texas and throughout the country might be concerned about the security of their retirement accounts when their marriages come to an end.

How to help a child adjust to a divorce

When Texas parents get a divorce, they might worry about how their children will be affected. However, they can take steps to minimize trauma and disruption to their children's lives. It is important to try to keep things as consistent as possible. Some changes, including new partners for parents, new schools and a new residence, might be impossible to avoid. However, if parents can work to reduce any unnecessary disruptions and help children through transitions, the process might be less difficult for all involved.

What rights do I have as a grandparent in Texas?

As a grandparent, your house is supposed to be a fun and happy place where your grandchildren can come and just enjoy being kids. However, what happens to those visits if the parents decide to divorce? If your grandchildren are already living with you, and you are providing them with food and other necessities because the parents are struggling, can you obtain legal custody over them? What rights do you, as a grandparent have under Texas laws?