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How to get your child's other parent involved after the divorce?

You have always been the parent who takes care of the primary responsibilities such as going to school conferences, shuttling your child to various sporting activities and making the doctor and dentist visits. After your Texas divorce, though, you may expect the other parent to start participating more. After all, his or her time is now limited by the custody schedule, and these responsibilities provide opportunities for more interactions with your child. How can you encourage more involvement?

Preventing adoption before paternity is established

Many men in Texas may have casual relationships or lose touch with former significant others and later find out that a child will be or has been born. While some may want to deny paternity, others may want to become a father in every sense of the word. However, without a marriage certificate, there is a chance that the child could be adopted without any say from the biological father, ending any rights he may have had.

False domestic violence accusations and divorce

Our law firm understands the variety of complex issues that can arise when it comes to domestic violence cases. On the one hand, victims may suffer at the hands of an abuser or fear that their children are being abused. Domestic violence is an area of family law that can be especially emotional and it is pivotal for those affected by this matter to carefully assess their rights and options. However, we also are aware that some people in Texas have been falsely accused of domestic violence. In fact, these false allegations can also be incredibly upsetting and disruptive.

Establishing paternity in Texas

When a child is born to an unmarried couple in Texas, he or she does not automatically have a legal father. Instead, the biological father and mother have to take steps to establish his status. Once this is done, a father has all the rights and responsibilities of paternity, and the child receives all of those benefits and more.

Helping your child thrive during a divorce

If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce in Texas, chances are you have begun to weigh the consequences and decisions that will follow your decision. Some of these include outcomes tied to parental visitation, alimony, spousal relocation and even separation of assets. However, if you have children, you may find that many of your concerns are centered around the needs and well-being of each of your children. At Fabio + Merrill, we understand the often-emotional complexities of family law. 

What could happen if I fail to pay child support?

Many family law issues can create problems for parents, such as custody battles and divorce-related stress. However, child support can be an especially hard topic for some people to work through, such as those who are unable to pay what they owe and custodial parents who cannot afford to raise their children. In Texas, it is critical for parents who are facing child support challenges to address their circumstances at once.

Procedure for stepparent adoption

Stepparents have a big role to fill. Generally, they are standing in for an absent parent. In many cases, they are stepping into the absent parent’s shoes when that parent no longer has contact or a relationship with the child. For many stepparents in Texas, this means taking the steps to adopt the child and become a legal parent. At Fabio & Merrill, we see many stepparents in this situation and want you to understand the process and procedure before you begin this journey.

When a child requests a custody modification in Texas

In a Texas divorce, parents may have taken a number of factors into consideration when discussing the child custody arrangement. Even though they want what is best for their child, they may also have made some decisions during the negotiations based on what they wanted as parents. If the child does not agree with the arrangement, he or she may be able to do something about it.

What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

In a divorce situation, it is often the children who suffer the most. They love both of their parents and are left feeling as if they need to choose between them. However, this is not the way things have to be. It is possible for you to make a Texas divorce easier on your children by simply considering their rights.

Make the most of your summer visit with a noncustodial child

If you are among the many noncustodial parents across Texas who are looking forward to some quality time with noncustodial children this summer, you may have some trepidation about how your upcoming visit may go. At Fabio & Merrill, we have helped numerous clients navigate the complexities of child custody and custodial relationships, and we can offer an informed, experienced perspective that may help you do the same.

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