As you go through your divorce, you and your spouse will transition from being wedded partners to a relationship that is focused on your roles as co-parents. You'll still be in each other's lives for many years -- even when your kids become adults.
Back-to-school time can be especially challenging for families where the parents are separated or divorced. If this is your first fall living apart, you're probably still figuring out how best to deal with your kids' school and extracurricular activities this upcoming school year.
Most divorcing couples who have kids want a good co-parenting relationship because they understand that this is what's best for their children. However, how they deal with each other during the divorce as they work out property division, support and child custody agreements often sets the tone for how they will deal with each other as they co-parent their kids. If a couple can remain amicable throughout their divorce, they're taking an important first step toward a positive, effective co-parenting relationship.
If you have an estate plan in place, you'll likely be making some changes to it as soon as your divorce is final -- if not sooner. Chances are you no longer want your soon-to-be ex to have powers of attorney over your health care and finances should you become incapacitated, for example.
Many Texans find out only as they go through the divorce process that their spouse has opened credit cards or taken out a loan or line of credit in their name. They may be responsible for many thousands of dollars in debt they can't afford to pay off and left with a credit score that makes getting credit in their own name difficult to impossible.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of most kids' childhoods. When their parents are divorcing, having the consistency of games, lessons and other activities can be extremely important to kids. However, too often, co-parents' disagreements over which extracurricular activities are appropriate and/or affordable can threaten these important outlets for their children.
For many people who are battling drug and/or alcohol addiction, spending time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility is their best chance for getting clean and sober. However, if you're a parent, checking into rehab may mean losing custody of your children -- at least temporarily.
As you go through a divorce, you're going to be making financial decisions that could impact you for the rest of your life. Moreover, you have to make these decisions at a time when your emotions are probably all over the place.
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).
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.