The legal term "conservatorship" is used in Texas to describe the responsibilities and rights of a parent involving a child. The adult given these rights and responsibilities is called the "conservator." Many people, however, refer to "child custody" when discussing responsibility for a child, such as in divorce cases. Texas has two types of child conservatorship: joint managing conservatorship and sole managing conservatorship.
How would you feel if you and your spouse wanted to end your marriage, but you couldn't because the state doesn't recognize that you are married? That's the problem facing some couples who were married in states where same-sex marriage is legal and then moved to states like Texas where it is not.
When estranged or divorced parents don't have child custody agreements in place, disputes can arise that can lead to legal problems and even potentially criminal charges -- not to mention stress and uncertainty for everyone involved, particularly the child. The case of a woman who was recently arrested in Texas for kidnapping her son is a case in point.
Texas has its share of bitter, high-profile, high-asset divorces. One is currently playing out in Dallas. It involves a real estate developer, his wife and their plastic surgeon. That plastic surgeon, according to the husband, had an affair with his wife and sold a 23-plus-carat diamond he had purchased as an investment to help promote a book co-authored by -- wait for it -- the wife.
Recently, we discussed a study showing that excessive Facebook use could be a predictor of impending divorce because it can indicate that at least one person is the relationship is seeking companionship and conversation -- at least virtually -- outside the marriage. However, technology and social media can continue to spell trouble even after the couple has gone their separate ways.
It's unlikely that viewing photos of your college roommate's kids or catching up with a former colleague on Facebook will destroy your marriage. However, devoting hours to social networking sites could be a sign that you aren't getting the attention and support you need from your spouse.
Divorce is a painful experience for a family. However, it's easy for couples to get caught up in their own pain, anger and other emotions without realizing what their children are experiencing. The divorce of their parents is a defining time for children. For too many, it impacts their own relationships in adulthood.
We all know that the illness or incapacity of a spouse can place a strain on a marriage. Now, a new university study has found that older couples have an increased likelihood of divorce if the wife becomes seriously ill.
Can Twitter use be detrimental to your marriage? According to a study by a journal called Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, it can. The author of the study, a University of Missouri doctoral student, surveyed almost 600 Twitter users about their use of the site. The study found that active users were likely to have conflict with their partners over the time they spent on Twitter and the amount of attention they gave to tweeting, responding to tweets and just reviewing the tweets of those they follow.
Some people may scoff at the idea of divorcing couples having custody battles over pets. However, many Texans cherish their four-legged family members and can't imagine not having them in their lives. We can fully understand how couples who go their separate ways may find the decision of where their animals will live a wrenching one.