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.
When you and your spouse got married, you didn't draw up a prenuptial agreement. Perhaps you were both young adults struggling to make ends meet and pay off student loans. Maybe neither one of you wanted to broach the subject.
No matter how ill-equipped you may believe your child's other parent is to be a mother or a father, seeking to terminate their parental rights is a big step. Courts don't do that without good reason. Unless a legal parent agrees to give up their parental rights (for example, if the child's stepparent wants to adopt the child), the court will need to see grounds that a parent's rights should be terminated.
When parents choose to raise a child separately, it is rarely easy to figure out how each parent will share the responsibilities and privileges of parenting. If the couple never marries, they may work out an informal arrangement between themselves to determine how to share parenting time (although this is typically unwise), but if the couple divorces, they must reach a custody agreement approved by a Texas court. If they cannot reach an agreement, the court will determine this arrangement for them.