Your co-parent has been out of your children's lives for some time and now is seeking to renew contact with them. Maybe they moved a long distance away after the divorce and are now relocating back to Austin. Perhaps they weren't allowed to see the kids because of substance abuse or mental health issues, but have sought and been awarded visitation or shared custody. Maybe they've been incarcerated and are now being released.
As part of your custody agreement that designates how you and your co-parent will share custody of your children, it's important to draw up a parenting plan. This plan will provide more detail about how the two of you will deal with various parenting issues as your children grow up.
The bond between grandparents and grandchildren can be a strong one. However, when parents divorce, grandparents sometimes find themselves cut out of their grandchildren's lives. Their former son- or daughter-in-law may have primary custody of the kids and not want them to be around their ex-spouse's parents. Sometimes their own child may not make the effort to let them see their grandkids (or may not want them to).
Deciding to divorce is a big decision on many levels. Not only will it impact your personal life, but it's sure to do the same to your finances.
Sadly, some divorced parents refuse to abide by the terms of their child custody agreement. They deny their co-parent the access to their children that they're entitled to. Custodial interference is more than a violation of a custody order. Here in Texas, it can also be a felony.
Some of the best aspects of being a parent are making memories with your child. While any day can be a special day with the right planning and attitude, there are certain times of year where your family is more likely to create memories that have a lasting impact.