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Plan how you’ll discuss divorce with your child

As unfortunate as it may be, many people go through the divorce process every year. Some are able to put their relationship in the past without much stress, but others find that there are details that make this extremely challenging.

If you have at least one child with your soon to be ex-spouse, you can be rest assured that matters of custody and support will come to the forefront at some point. For this reason, you need to make plans in advance.

An underage drug offense could damage your child's educational hopes

Even the brightest and most promising of teenagers make mistakes in judgment. Many teenagers experiment with drugs, from nicotine and alcohol to marijuana and even harder substances. A large number of teens who try a drug a few times won't experience any long-term ill effects.

Thanks to strict federal rules, however, your child could bear the weight of a teenage mistake for the rest of his or her life if charged with possession of illegal drugs. That's why you need to retain an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as you know of your child's arrest or charges from a drug offense.

How small business owners can protect their company in divorce

Divorce will have dramatic implications on every part of a person's life. For business owners, a divorce could even imperil the company's future.

If you find yourself in this position, there's no better time than now to answer key questions to ensure that your business will remain in good hands after your divorce is finalized.

Elements Of A Good Parenting Plan

When mom and dad decide to end the marriage, the kids are often left feeling stranded and unstable in a world where they aren't sure what is going to happen. As parents work through financial and emotional issues related to divorce, an important piece of the puzzle is creating a parenting plan that works for your family. Every family is unique, but there are general guidelines that should be followed when creating a parenting plan.

Keeping your inheritance safe from divorce

Texas is a community property state, which means that any property attained during the marriage belongs to both spouses. Since inheritance money is considered separate property, there's a good chance your spouse will not be entitled to any of it in the divorce. However, this is not always the case! Factors such as where you host the money and/or how you've spent it could alter who gets what in the divorce.

Dividing Unusual Assets And Debts In Divorce

Many types of community assets can be easily identified and valued for the purpose of division during the divorce process. Examples of these include bank accounts, brokerage accounts, and retirement assets. This also applies to debts incurred entirely during the marriage. The treatment of other types of assets and debts can be problematic however.

Planning For Divorce Provides Many Benefits

When a marriage is headed for a breakdown, one spouse often comes to that realization sooner than the other. If you are faced with this situation, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your rights and interests. These steps can improve your position as you enter into the divorce process:

Marital Misconduct Can Cost A Spouse Dearly

When it comes to divorce, Texas is a "no-fault" state. This means that you do not have to state a ground when you file a petition for divorce. You only have to say that your marriage has become "insupportable because of discord or conflict of personality". In other words, you can divorce for the simple reason that you and your spouse don't get along with each other. The question of possible marital misconduct by one spouse does not come into play until later in the process, when property division and alimony issues are decided. When looking at these issues, the court can take marital misconduct factors into consideration. This means that a no-fault divorce can result in something other than a 50-50 split in community property.

When divorcing parents have teens

Teens can have very different needs and a very different life situation than younger children. So, it is no surprise that some unique concerns can arise for parents when it comes to their teens, particularly when life-changing events occur, such as divorce.

For one, the matters that will be the biggest areas of concern when it comes to important child-related divorce issues can be different when it comes to a teenage child. For example, the types of expenses and the types of parental decisions that tend to arise in relation to teens can be quite different from those that arise in relation to younger children. This could have impacts on what divorcing parents view as particularly important issues to address in child custody and child support matters related to their teen. Divorce attorneys can help parents with taking into account the specific details of their teen and their teen's needs when developing strategies for child custody and child support negotiations and proceedings.

The importance of avoiding custody exchange conflicts

Among the many things that the coparenting relationship generally involves after parents split are custody exchanges. These exchanges are when the kids go from one parent to the other (such as when one parent is giving the other parent the kids for that parent’s visitation time).

This may seem like a simple enough process on its face. However, given the strong emotions a parent may feel regarding their children, custody/visitation issues and their ex, exchanges can have the potential to get complex. For one, sometimes, parents get into conflicts during custody exchanges, such as arguments over issues regarding the kids or other matters.

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