5 Considerations to Help You Prepare for a Custody Hearing

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that the number one thing that keeps them awake at night is worrying about their children. If you’re preparing for a child custody hearing because you and your former spouse could not come to your own agreement, you may be worried, afraid, and possibly even angry that the other parent took things to this level. While no one can blame you for being in a heightened emotional state, Read More

Parenting Time With Infants

While many infants born in Texas live with both parents, there are situations in which relationships end before or soon after a child is born. In these situations, child custody and visitation issues are often a significant concern. Infants have unique needs that must be respected as parents strive to work out a reasonable parenting plan. There is a process of adjustment for both parent and child as they Read More

How Do Texas Courts Define the Child’s Best Interests?

There’s a lot of uncertainty during the divorce process. For many parents, the most fearful part is the issue of child custody. If you and your ex-partner are unable to agree on child custody arrangements, the court will determine conservatorship and possession issues based on the best interests of the child. What constitutes the “best interest of the children”?  There are many factors that the court may use in Read More

New Laws in the Texas Family Code – Do They Affect You?

By Desireé Marie Bedasa of Hargrave Family Law posted in Children on Thursday, September 5, 2019. On September 1st hundreds of new laws went into effect in Texas, including laws that raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 and laws that allow women to pump breast milk anywhere they want. But the question we all want to know is: What laws went into effect that may affect Read More

Preparing for an Empty Nest Divorce

Graduation season is upon us. I am preparing to launch my firstborn from high school into the next phase of his life. It is an exciting time. It is also a time of significant shifts in family dynamics. For many partners in a marriage who are watching their only child, or their youngest child, leave "the nest," it is not uncommon for this season of life to bring with it a period of contemplation and a yearning for Read More

Motherhood: Holding On and Letting Go

Watching Prince Harry and Meghan marvel at their newborn Archie reminds me of the moment I met our newborn, William, for the first time. My role in this world changed, as I became responsible for the life of another human being. I remember riding home from the hospital with our newborn in the car, thinking how much the world had changed from the moment I walked into the hospital. For the first time in my 28 years of Read More

Co-parenting an infant requires a lot of cooperation

More than likely, when you envisioned having a child, you never anticipated that your relationship with your baby's other parent would end, especially when your child was just an infant. For many new parents, that is an unfortunate reality. Now your primary focus is your new baby and making sure your child has everything he or she needs to have the very best start at life.  This means making sure that Read More

When Your Ex Isn’t Paying Child Support

Child support is a legal, financial obligation that is clearly outlined by Texas courts. But it's not uncommon for noncustodial parents to make late payments or completely neglect their child support altogether. If you're a custodial parent whose ex-partner isn't providing support for your child: It can be frustrating.Put stress on your entire life.Impact your ability to provide for your children Read More

10 General Guidelines For Helping Children Through Divorce

Even during the most civil of separations, divorce can be a confusing experience for children of all ages. Children can't fully comprehend how their own lives will change, nor can they understand their own emotions, which can include a mix of fear, anger, guilt, shame, sadness, and anxiety. Divorce is not easy for anyone, parents or children, but there are some steps you can take to lessen the Read More

4 Common Questions About Child Custody You Need to Know

Determining how decisions will be made for the children, how parenting time will be allocated between the parents, and how the children's expenses will be paid are some of the greatest stressors for many parents facing divorce. Ideally, parents will work together to come up with a plan to resolve these issues. When parents can't reach agreements on their own, a parenting facilitator may be appointed to help the Read More