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Does domestic violence affect custody rights?

Family courts throughout the country, and particularly in Texas, prefer to leave children in the care of their parents if they can justify doing so. However, instances of domestic violence do factor into the courts' decisions. If you have concerns about your ability to retain custody of your children because of volatility in your household, you may want to consider the legal tools you have to protect yourself, your child and your rights as a parent.

What justifies a protective order?

If you experience abuse in an intimate relationship or family interaction, you may have grounds to seek a protective order to keep yourself safe. In fact, you may have more grounds than you realize to seek out this protection, as courts now recognize numerous forms of abuse and offer protective orders as remedies.

How to provide a stress-free custody exchange

Have you recently divorced your spouse and are now involved in a child custody arrangement? Do you have an arrangement with the other parent of your child, which can be created even if you haven't been married to each other. Child custody exchanges can be very stressful and awkward, especially if you do not get along with the other parent. Here are some tips for making sure the exchange goes smoothly in Austin, Texas.

Does your marriage qualify for annulment?

Marriages can end several ways, and not only through death or divorce. In some cases, it is possible and advantageous to have a marriage annulled instead of going through the divorce process. If annulled, a marriage is literally removed from legal history, completely canceling the marriage and legal effects of the marriage. However, this is only possible in a few specific circumstances.

Remedies if a spouse won't obey a divorce order

Different individuals handle divorce with varying degrees of success and dignity. Unfortunately, some former spouses seem to have great difficulty complying with some aspects of a divorce decree. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this behavior, it can be very frustrating. Fortunately, the law provides remedies for just this circumstance.

New law grants privileges to faith-based adoption agencies

Despite objections from non-faith-based adoption agencies and other non-faith-based organizations, Texas recently passed a law granting faith-based adoption organizations the right to follow their "sincerely held beliefs" in the policies that dictate how they conduct their services. While it is still unclear how far reaching the law will intimately be, the flexibility it allows faith-based adoption organizations is fairly broad.

Do you need a cohabitation agreement with your partner?

These days, it is very common for couples to live together for some time before deciding whether or not to marry. While many people see this time as a risk-free trial to decide if marriage is right for them or not, it is much less risk-free than they might think. If you and your partner are living together or talking about moving in, you need to understand some of the risks this can present and the ways that you can protect each other from them.

Controversial new adoption law may allow discrimination

Governor Greg Abbot recently signed into law a controversial piece of family law legislation that features a number of potentially tricky legal implications. The bill allows for faith-based organizations that work in conjunction with Texas's child welfare system to deny service to individuals or families "under circumstances that conflict with the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs."

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