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The benefits of parallel parenting over co-parenting

There are many ways to parent a child. Sometimes this looks like two parents working together to raise a child in the same household. However, in other situations, this may look like each parent parenting the child in each of their households due to a divorce or a separation. Because child custody can look vastly different from one family to the next, it is important to consider certain factors when developing a parenting plan.

While there is a push for co-parenting for divorced and separated parents, this is not always feasible. Some matters may involve domestic violence, which could give cause to establish a sole custody situation. Others involve high conflict, making co-parenting a losing battle. Thus, it is important for parents in Texas and elsewhere to note the advantages and disadvantages of parallel parenting when compared to co-parenting arrangements.

Guiding you through a high asset divorce

For some spouses in Texas, they did not see a divorce coming. Even when a relationship is rocky, spouses may be under the impression that they will be able to make it work. Unfortunately, roughly half of all marriages end in divorce. Because of this, it is important for spouses young and old and those in short and long-term marriages to fully understand how this process will impact them now and in the future. In other words, it is essential to know how property and assets will be split, and in cases of a high asset dissolution, what can be done to protect significant accounts

One or both spouses to a marriage have likely worked hard to accumulate the property and wealth they currently have. Thus, there is a lot at stake during a divorce. At the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., our legal team is available to help divorcing spouses in the Sugar Land area understand their options and how best to protect their assets during a high asset divorce.

How can you protect your finances in a divorce?

While planning a wedding can be a large production, ending a marriage can sometimes be an even bigger event. Although it is not a happy and momentous event, it is one that requires both spouses to make serious and life altering decisions. Those going through a high asset divorce in Texas have added concerns regarding their personal wealth, especially if it comes from a family business they seek to protect from the divorce process.

How can you protect your finances in a divorce? Having significant investments, stocks, bonds, real estate and business ventures can make getting divorced an even more complex and emotional matter. For divorcing spouses in Texas and other community property states, these assets will require a 50-50 split. For those seeking to protect these assets from such a division or any division at all, it is important to understand what steps could be taken.

Raising a child with autism? Get the right custody schedule

As a parent with a child who has autism, it's important that your child has access to the schools and services they need to grow up to be as independent as possible. As you probably know, having to live in a specific school district and needing specialized programs can lock you into living in one area. That's something that has to be accounted for in your divorce.

One thing that you will need to talk about with your spouse is how you want to handle child support. Child support is assigned based on guidelines the state has in place, but when you have a child with special needs, there may be additional support needed. Who will provide health insurance to your child? Who will take them to and from programs, and how will those travel costs be paid?

Victoria Secret model ends year marriage with DJ Ruckus

Getting married is a major commitment. It is a life event that couples in Texas and elsewhere will experience when it is clear that their relationship is solid and they do not want to be with anyone else. In contrast, when it is clear that a marriage is no longer working, a couple will likely take steps to end it through divorce. Whether this has occurred months or decades after they initially tied the knot, divorcing couples will have to go through the process of ending their union. And, even when it is an amicable process, the divorcing couple will have to make serious and major decisions that will impact them.

According to recent reports, Victoria Secret model Shanina Shaik and husband DJ Ruckus have split. After only a year of marriage, the two have decided to part ways. Supposedly, things began to go awry between the two a few months back. The couple has been unable to get their marriage back on track, which has prompted their divorce filing.

The divorce process in Texas

Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. Two people may fall in love and get married, believing that they will be together forever. But people change and grow apart. Because of this, there is the ability to end a marriage as well. Whether it is an amicable or hostile parting, couples in Texas should familiarize themselves with the divorce process, as this can help them navigate the ups and downs of dissolution.

In order to file for divorce in Texas, at least one spouse must have resided in the state for at least six months. Additionally, the spouse filing must have resided in the county filed in for at least three months. However, how a couple proceeds with a divorce in Texas depends on whether the divorce is contested or not.

How are retirement assets split in a divorce?

When individuals in Texas and elsewhere get married, they are unfortunately faced with the thought that this may not work out. No one likes to think about divorce or a relationship failing, but with the divorce rate in the nation still hovering around 50 percent, it is important to consider this as a possibility. Whether a marriage has lasted only a few years or several decades, the wealth brought into the marriage as well as the wealth accumulated during the marriage needs to be addressed during the dissolution of a marriage.

How are retirement assets split in a divorce? Retirement accounts can be a hot topic in the divorce process, especially in a wealthy divorce. This often makes up a notable portion of one's wealth and, in some cases, this portion of wealth could be split between the spouses.

Helping you find a custody plan that works for you

The end of a marriage brings about many changes. It turns a married spouse into a single individual, it causes one or both spouses to move to a new place, it results in property being divided and it causes children involved to split their time with their parents. It can be difficult on parents to go from spending all of their time with their child to only half the time or less. However, establishing a custody arrangement is necessary.

For divorcing parents in Texas, their children are often a focal point. They may be the reason they seek to get out of a hostile marriage, and their best interests are what fuels them to request a certain child custody arrangement. At the Law Offices of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., our skilled attorneys understand that there is no one size fits all custody arrangement. Thus, our law firm can help you find the custody plan that will work best for you and your children.

Child custody and relocation

When parents split, the dynamics of the family often change. In some cases, one parent takes on the role as custodial parent while the other parent serves as the noncustodial parent. While the noncustodial parent does not see the child or children as much, they are still part of their lives. Even though the child custody arrangement allows for frequent visitations, if a custodial parent seeks to relocate, this could cause an alteration to this arrangement.

There are many reasons that can bring about a move. For most, it is new job opportunities or the need for a fresh start. However, when a custodial parent in Texas or elsewhere seeks to relocate, it is not automatically approved because he or she is the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent has the ability to object to the move, allowing for the court to make a decision on the matter.

Fathers, you can fight for custody in a Texas divorce

Many fathers consign themselves to a life of back-seat parenting of their children because they mistakenly believe the Texas family courts thumb the scale in favor of the mother. But that is not necessarily true.

In earlier years, here in Texas — as in most other states in America — there often was a judicial presumption that, lacking any blatant evidence to the contrary, children were better off in the custody of their mothers after a divorce.

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