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If this is your first Christmas after divorce or child custody order was entered, you may be filled with dread about the upcoming holidays. The children will soon be getting out of school for the Christmas break, and they will be with the “other” parent until noon on December 28th. That first Christmas without them […]

How much does having an affair affect your child custody battle? In other words, if someone cheats, does the other parent get the kids? This is a common misconception. Affairs might not be as important as you think when determining who gets custody of the children. Having an affair does not mean you lose your […]

You may have seen descriptors for attorneys letting you know whether or not they are certified by the Texas Board, but what does this really mean? And how important is it that your attorney have this qualification?

Custody in Texas is normally awarded to the parent who has had the most hands-on involvement with the child prior to the divorce or custody battle. Here are three reasons why even someone who has clearly had more hands-on time with the child might still lose custody.

Read your divorce decree or child custody order. if it doesn’t specifically address passports, you will not be able to get a passport for your child without the other parent’s notarized signature and a copy of the front and back of their driver’s license. If you are the mother and there is no father listed […]

Whose responsibility is it to provide clothing for a child when he/she goes to visit their other parent? We want to encourage children to think of both of their parents’ homes as their own. One of the things that can help this, is if both parent buy and keep clothing for the child, as well […]

In Texas, custody may be decided by a judge or by a jury. In most cases it will be a judge. Both a judge and a jury are prohibited from considering gender in making the decision of whom the child lives with. However, both judges and juries tend to bring their own preferences with them […]

The first question is, do you have a current decree or child custody order? If you don’t, you need to make an appointment to see an attorney immediately. You need to file paperwork. If you can do it before the move, you are much better off. The longer before the move, the better, so be […]

Easter is not one of the holidays divided up in a Texas Standard Possession Order. That means that unless it was specifically written in for your decree, Easter goes to the parent whose weekend it would otherwise be. Since Easter moved around on the calendar, there is no pattern to how it falls in the […]

Can you spank your child in Texas? Reasonable corporal punishment is legal in Texas. In fact, many schools in Texas allow school personnel to spank a child if a parent consents. However, this is a controversial topic. What one parent sees as reasonable, another parent sees as abuse. As a divorce and child custody attorney, […]

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