Child Custody Archives

USDA pushing states to tie SNAP to child support

On May 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a memo urging Texas and other states to take better advantage of available child support cooperation requirements to help custodial parents receive the child support payments they are due. The USDA wants states to begin requiring that parents enter into child support agreements to qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

Important documents in child custody disputes

Spouses in Texas may want to file for divorce if they are unable to get along. If spouses cannot agree on child-related issues such as custody and visitation, a contested court hearing may be necessary. Presenting documents as evidence may be persuasive to a judge.

The challenges and advantages of parallel parenting

Texas parents who are getting divorced may hope to establish a healthy co-parenting relationship with each another. However, if there is a great deal of conflict, this may not be possible. An alternative to co-parenting is an approach called parallel parenting.

How 'birdnesting' may make shared custody easier post-divorce

Regardless of how amicable a split is, the end of a marriage can present several challenges for anyone in Texas, especially when children are part of the picture. Unless sole custody is granted, children are likely to have to split their time between two homes. Some parents wishing to minimize this type of transition for their kids are exploring their options with what's termed "birdnesting."

Regaining rights to a son or daughter

Parents in Texas who have lost custody of their children may not understand why this happened to them. However, they should understand that they may still be allowed to have visitation or other rights to their children. If they want to get custody back, it is important to understand why it was taken away and comply with any court order to help rectify the situation.

Co-parenting when the school year begins can be challenging

Divorced parents in Texas and around the country generally try their best to put their differences aside when the welfare of their children is at stake, which is why family law judges tend to order co-parenting arrangements whenever possible. Psychologists have found that the children of divorce fare best when they spend time with both their fathers and their mothers, and this is especially true during the start of a new school year.

How to be a good parent after a divorce

Parents in Texas may be able to dissolve their marriage, but they are not able to put an end to the relationship that they have with their kids. This means working together with the child's other parent to raise a son or daughter. To increase the odds of being an effective parent after a divorce, it is important to focus on the child's best interest.

How to plan a parenting schedule

Following a divorce, it can be difficult for Texas parents to negotiate a parenting schedule with their former spouses. However, it's an important process that helps children adjust to their new living arrangements. Experts say that it also demonstrates the willingness of both parents to put their children first.

How to prepare for being a custodial parent

There are many benefits to being a custodial parent in Texas or any other state. For example, this parent is generally involved in helping the kids with homework, providing advice and helping them to pursue their passions. A custodial parent will likely be more involved in some or all aspects of a child's life, even if the other parent does have visitation or other rights to that child.