A new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau statistics reveals that the scope of Texas families has changed. Texas family law courts, which have dealt with divorce, alimony and child custody issues for married and heterosexual parents, are seeing a greater number of families defined by non-traditional relationships.
Divorcing couples in Texas have a lot of decisions ahead of them. Among the most contentious of those decisions is child custody. Often, both parents feel that they should receive full custody. This emotional topic can cause some parents to take matters into their own hands, as in this recent case.
The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that more than 3 million children did not live with either one of their parents in 2009. Almost 60 percent of those children were being raised in the homes of their grandparents.
As psychologically challenging as a divorce can be for many Texas couples, especially for spouses who did not see the end of the marriage coming, most divorce consultants say pre-divorce is not the time to neglect important money matters. The financial steps taken on the way to a legal divorce can make a tremendous difference in a post-marital life.
Of the 1,500 children who were victims of international parental abductions in 2010, less than 600 were recovered and brought back to the United States. The State Department estimates one-third of those children were taken to Mexico by way of border states like Texas.