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

Identity Crisis

We live in a world which affixes labels to us from the moment we are born, and tells us that these labels define who we are, and what the world expects from us.  Losing a label can be terrifying.  However, finding your true identity is life-saving. On the day we are born, we are given many labels:  gender, birth order, a first name and a last name.  These labels provide the first clues as to Read More

Breaking the News: 6 Tips for Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce

For many divorcing couples, the moment they dread most is telling their children that they are splitting up. It’s important to approach this conversation with care; research indicates that children remember the moment of finding about their parents’ divorce for the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to make that memory a little less shocking. Choose a Safe Place and a Time When You Don’t Have Other 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

Divorce After 50 Can Pose Many Challenges

Divorce rates for individuals over the age of 50 has nearly doubled since the 1990's, and has roughly tripled for those aged 65 and older. In 2010, roughly 25% of divorces in Texas and throughout the country involved people within that age range. Ending a marriage at a later age can have a variety of emotional and financial impacts that shouldn't be ignored. After division of the marital estate, there is less time 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

Don’t Neglect Yourself! 5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity During Divorce

Divorce brings a lot of emotions to the surface—painful feelings, bittersweet memories, unhealthy thought patterns, and unrealistic expectations—but very few people remember to give themselves the care they truly need to get through this time. Divorce isn’t a process to just power through; trying to suppress your feelings can cause more pain and hinder your healing process. Maintain your mental and emotional health Read More

Tips For Considering Financial Stability In and After a Divorce

Spouses in Texas who are getting divorced should consider certain steps to protect their financial interests. These steps range from creating a post-divorce budget to changing passwords when needed to understanding what the divorce is likely to cost and how that cost will be paid. The process of developing a post-divorce budget can be simple, while contemplating property division can be complicated. For example, Read More

Slow Down to Avoid These Common Divorce Mistakes

Divorce is often a painful process, and that is understandable. It involves many complex emotions and some of the most difficult decisions a person must make. For that reason, many spouses want it to go quickly and be over with as fast as possible. Unfortunately, in their rush to make a clean break and move on to the next phase in their lives, some couples make critical mistakes that can jeopardize their financial Read More