The holidays are certainly not the time when people want to think about family law matters. However, it is often a time when these issues are front and center. Those in Texas and elsewhere who are seeking a divorce or who are already divorced need to consider how best to develop a working child custody plan. In addition to establishing a workable custody schedule, divorced parents often need to work out any financial issues that relate to the child or children involved. When custody is determined, divorced parents will often work out a child support arrangement as well.
Raising a child can be a costly task. A child from newborn to majority requires much, and for single parents here and other states, it can be difficult to provide these needs on his or her own. Thus, in these predicaments, it is often necessary to seek child support from the other parent. This financial support ensures the needs of the child are met by providing monthly, weekly or yearly payments.
Divorcing with children can be a challenging time for parents in Texas and elsewhere. Nonetheless, parents will eventually reach an agreement with regards to parenting time and financial support of the child. When child support is involved in a divorce settlement, the amount paid can vary greatly. In some cases, parents split most costs and child support is enough to set aside income differences between the parents. However, other parents have larger expenses to address, especially if a custodial parent is caring for a child primarily on his or her own or a child has high expenses due to certain factors.
When parents part ways, this is an emotional and challenging time. It is not only a process to move on from the failed relationship, but also a process to address the needs of the child. This can look vastly different from one family to the next in Texas and other states. However, what matters is that any issues that arise are resolved with the best interests of the child or children in mind.
Divorce in Texas means many things. It means no longer being a couple. It also means assets and property are no longer shared. Finally, it means learning to be self-sufficient. Although most households have two working spouses, it is still common to have one spouse that makes most or all of the money. This can make it difficult for the other spouse post-divorce, as they may not have the funds to support them. In these cases, spousal support may be his or her best option.
Because family is our lifeline and the most important part of our lives, legal issues pertaining to family can be emotionally charged. No one wants to think about the possibility of a family splitting up due to divorce. Parents especially may be unhappy with the fact that after the divorce is final, they may no longer be able to see their child on a daily basis. However, this is a reality that many families in Texas and elsewhere must face when parents decide to part ways through divorce.
Just because a couple's relationship is going strong, it does not mean that nuptials are impending. This is true whether or not children are involved. What often happens in these matters is that the couple will live like most married spouses. They will purchase a house together. Because this is a major purchase, one does not go through this process lightly or even quickly. Just like married couples, there is no guarantee the relationship will last. Thus, it is important for unmarried couples in Texas to consider ways to protect this purchase.
Only a mere four decades ago, when a child's parents were no longer in a relationship with one another, the only people concerned about visitation rights were the parents themselves. Today, this matter is much different. As grandparents in Texas spend more time with their grandchildren, even some taking on parental responsibilities, they seek to protect this relationship. Divorce can be messy, even causing the ties with in-laws to break. This can present challenges when establishing child custody, especially if one parent obtains full custody while the other is awarded visitation rights.
As previously discussed, parents in Texas raising children with special needs face different challenges than parents that are not. Because every family is different, these unique factors come into play when parents decide to divorce. The costs associated with raising a child are often a concern, especially when parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. Thus, parents with special needs children need to consider the costs associated with raising their special needs child when requesting child support.
Although they may look alike on the outside, no two families in Texas are the same. Each are dynamic and built on their unique experiences. And while some families go through similar events, the factors that make up a family can make these extremely diverse experiences from one family to the next. Take divorce, for example. If it is just two spouses, this process will be vastly different than it would be for a family with children. And, if parents have a child with special needs, this can make the divorce process more complicated and delicate when compared to others.