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Playing to win can help fathers achieve custody goals

In far too many cases, the phrase, "child custody battle," is not the least bit hyperbolic. Child custody disputes can become fraught with emotions and the time spent trying to work out an acceptable resolution can feel like a form of combat. And if you are a father who is facing having your conflict settled in a courtroom, it is best you go into the situation prepared.

Courts require valid reasons for modifying visitation rights

If you are a divorced parent and your ex has visitation rights, the two of you will be interacting as long as your custody agreement is in effect. Hopefully, you have found ways to peacefully coexist. But unfortunately, some divorced couples continue to have problems well after the final decree is signed. And perhaps you are at serious odds with your child's other parent, and you want nothing more than to modify the custody agreement to limit or eliminate his or her visitation rights.

There are many ways to stay close to your child while deployed

If you are a military parent, you face many challenges in regard to spending time with your children. This is especially true during times of deployment when you and your children could be half a world apart. At such times, it can be difficult to maintain the kind of relationship that you would enjoy if you were all living under one roof. But there are ways to stay connected to your children, even when you are far away serving your country.

Distance dictates visitation terms in Texas

If you are a non-custodial father, Texas law provides you with certain rights regarding visitation. These rights are part of the Standard Possession Order, which covers typical child custody situations. However, the specifics of your visitation schedule are contingent upon the distance you live from your child's primary place of residence.

Retirement accounts require proper valuation during divorce

Older married couples are divorcing at an ever increasing rate. And while it is often the wisest choice to end a relationship that is no longer working, those who are approaching retirement age face some very serious settlement decisions. The fact is, once you are in your 50's or 60's you will need to retain every possible financial benefit that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse acquired over the years.

Pride event features fun for LGBT families and friends

One of the most positive developments in American society has been the increased acceptance of those who are part of the LGBT community. Of course, we still have a ways to go before reaching full enlightenment and there may always be resistance in certain quarters. But still, we have good reason to believe that as time moves on things will continue to improve.

In fact, even in the traditionally conservative Lone Star State, there can be found signs of positive change. Take, for example, an event known as North Texas Pride. This annual event, recently scheduled to take place in McKinney, was started in 2011 and has experienced steady growth.

Employment opportunities limited for military spouses

Anyone who goes through a divorce will be faced with many challenges. The divorce process can be emotionally taxing as well as complicated. And if you are divorcing a military spouse, your challenges can be especially daunting. For one thing, you have spent the better part of your marriage supporting your spouse's efforts while certain aspects of your life have been set aside. And this could include sacrificing your career aspirations by following your spouse to his or her various locations of duty.

Consistent relationship with child affects custody case outcomes

In many ways, the issues faced by divorcing same-sex couples are no different from those faced by their different-sex counterparts. But child custody can present unique challenges. This is because even if both parties share in the parenting duties, it is possible that only one party is biologically related to the child.

And if you are the non-biological parent, you may feel you are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to gaining custody. However, being the non-biological parent does not mean you can't get the custody terms you desire.

Changes in expenses can call for changes in child support

The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus once said, "there is nothing permanent except change." This idiom can be applied to virtually every aspect of life. And if you have children, you can track their changes simply by looking at the markings you make in the door jam to measure their height. They grow so fast, and their needs can also change greatly over time. Where once diapers and baby food signified the greatest expenses involved in raising your child, you may now be facing new costs that are higher than expected.

The costs of childcare and education have constantly risen over the years and now typically eat up a healthy chunk of a parent's household budget. Couple these changes with ever rising costs of rent, food, and other necessities, and it's easy to see why many parents struggle just to make ends meet. 

Protecting children from divorce conflicts is vital

If you are a parent who is on the verge of divorce, your relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse is likely quite contentious at present. And if there are serious disputes as you proceed through the divorce process, it is possible that your animosity could increase.