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How can I have a friendly divorce with my ex?

Divorce is an adult matter that some children get dragged into. If you have children at home, make sure that you are handling the divorce in a friendly manner so that you can make the transition on your children easier.

Besides helping your children out, you and your ex can both reap the benefits of a friendly divorce. The thing about this type of divorce is that you and your ex have to work together if you are going to have a friendly divorce.

Ensure your child's needs are covered in child custody cases

The life stages of a child are all amazing. As you watch your child grow, you realize that the needs of the child change often. This is an important thing to remember when you are involved in a child custody case.

We realize that this is just one more aspect of your divorce to fret over, but we are here to help you learn about the options you have to ensure your child's current needs are met.

Special considerations for infant child custody cases

Child custody cases that involve infants pose some unique challenges when trying to determine when the baby will spend time with each parent. The answers aren't always easy to find, but the parents must think carefully about the baby as they try to decide what they are going to do.

One of the things that might make this challenging is that the baby needs very specific care on a specific schedule. These young children can't just go with the flow of things like an older child can. In fact, it is often necessary for a baby to remain primarily with one parent.

Child custody: is there a bias against fathers?

It's a common question that many attorneys get from divorcing dads. Most have heard that the courts have traditionally favored women in custody agreement, seemingly tossing the father aside as an unnecessary component of the post-divorce family unit.

The statistics certainly seem to show an institutional bias against men. In fact, according to the most recent census data, men get custody only 17% of the time. In addition, dads get less financial support than moms. There's also no shortage of stories where the court awarded custody to the mother despite evidence that — 1. The mother was unfit; or 2. The father was better equipped to take care of the child. However, as Mark Twain once said, "Data is like garbage. You'd better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it."

Think about the terms of the divorce that will end your marriage

Going through a divorce is a trying time that can really grate on your nerves. As you are going through the different procedures, you have to make sure that you are thinking about your best interests. This is something that you can't do alone, so it is best to have someone on your side who knows what to watch for in these cases.

Recently, we discussed why alimony payment records are so important. If you haven't hit the point in the divorce that you are thinking about alimony, you should still know that keeping records is important. Some of the records you should keep include copies of any payments you make related to the divorce. You should also keep track of what you spend on the children's medical care and other similar expenses.

Understand why recordkeeping is important for alimony payments

Spousal support payments are only components of some divorces. When this is a factor in your divorce, you need to know what kinds of records you should keep. The last thing that you want to do is to end up throwing away something that you will need.

Keeping copies of the payments is important no matter whose side you are on. These payments have tax implications that must be considered.

Think about what you hope adoption will achieve

We recently discussed how a new law in Texas might impact adoptions in this state. This new law might be troubling for some potential adoptive parents, but it is imperative to realize that the adoption will probably still be worth the effort. This is true even if you do have to put a little more effort into the process.

When you are ready to adopt a child, you need to think carefully about what lies ahead. As you probably know, raising a child isn't always easy. When you adopt a child, you might face some additional challenges that people raising their birth children don't face. Some of these challenges are more pronounced when you adopt an older child.

New law impacts what agencies can turn adoptive parents away for

The laws in this country have a way of changing often. One of the laws that has recently changed in Texas has to do with adoptions. Some people worry that it might have a negative impact on some of the 20,000 kids in this state who are in the foster system or waiting for an adoption.

The new law gives providers who work with adoptions the right to decline to work with people based on closely held religious beliefs. At first glance, it might not seem like this will make a big difference, but let's take a few moments to ponder just how far reaching this could be.

Courts consider several points to determine the primary caretaker

The primary caretaker of a child is one factor that comes into the picture when you are in the midst of a child custody battle. The court will consider this as one of the factors when it is deciding where the child is going to live.

If you are working on the child custody matters through mediation or a similar method, you might not have to worry about the factors that the court looks at when deciding who is the child's primary caretaker. Instead, you and your ex would work together to come up with a custody agreement.

Married pregnant woman dies, fiance trying to prove paternity

The scope of family law is vast. In some cases, the circumstances surrounding the issue are so out of the ordinary that nobody really knows how they will play out. One such case is ongoing in Texas right now. In this case, the father of a newborn is facing uncertainty as he begins his life a single father.

The issue with this case begins when the baby's mother, who was still pregnant at the time, was involved in an accident. The accident was so bad that it led to her death. When she arrived at the hospital, doctors determined that the baby had to be delivered. This was one month prior to the woman's due date. Eight days after the crash, the woman passed away. Her death started a domino effect that is ongoing.

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