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What should I know about child support as a father?

If you’re the non-custodial parent in Houston, you may have concerns about paying child support. Having the right information is crucial in this case, both to avoid being penalized as well as to take the proper steps if you feel your parental rights aren’t being respected. Fatherly offers the following tips to help dads stay on the right track when it comes to child support and other issues.

Make payments on time

How can you make visitation go more smoothly?

For both children and parents, visitation is crucial to preserving a sense of connectedness both during and after divorce. However, for many Texas divorcees, it can take some time to get to the point where visitation is actually effective. In the immediate aftermath of divorce, visitation is a frequent source of conflict in which parents focus more on punishing each other than they do on the well-being of their children. If you and your spouse have recently parted ways, and if you want visitation to work, there are certain steps you can take to make visitation successful for everyone.

According to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Courts, parents need to work together to make visitation a positive experience for all parties. Though the path to a positive experience will vary for all families, the Courts provide general recommendations that may serve to help all families.

How your child's situation plays into the custody arrangement

Arranging a child custody agreement may quite possibly be the most challenging part of finalizing your divorce in Texas. Often, you may find that you are at odds when it comes to agreeing with your ex about who should assume the primary care of the children you share together. At W. Tyler Moore, PC, we understand the challenges that divorcees face in planning their future. 

When the courts get involved in negotiating your child custody agreement, you can anticipate several important factors to be weighed and compared in making a final decision that will work to the best benefit of all of the parties involved. Of everyone the agreement will affect, your children and their needs will take precedence in deciding specific factors of the agreement including where they will live, which parent will assume sole custody, how holidays will be spent and how much child support will be required of each you and your ex. 

Arranging child custody requires preparation

When people are divorcing in Texas, but have had children with their ex, they will need to reach some agreement on who will care for the children and at what times. Decisions regarding holidays, travel and parental roles will need to be discussed to a point to create an agreement that will provide clarification for the parents and stability for the children. 

As people prepare to go to court to negotiate a legal agreement regarding the care of their children, they should prepare themselves beforehand to be able to go forward with confidence. According to verywellfamily.com, parents should be armed with the correct legal documents that have been filled out in their entirety with all of the required details. This information should be organized and accessible throughout court meetings. They should also dress appropriately to boost their own confidence and to build their reputation as someone who is dependable and professional. 

The benefits of mediation in a high-value divorce

You have many options on how to approach your divorce. There is traditional litigation, where you argue in court and let a judge determine the outcome. On the opposite end is an uncontested divorce, where you have no disagreements on terms, a common method for those with no children or assets.

What if your case is too complex or full of conflict for the uncontested route, but you do not want to go to court either? You may find that mediation is the right choice for you. In fact, the court is likely to order you to try it first anyway.

How can you prevent divorce from ruining your role as a father?

Continuing in your role as a father when you are going through a divorce from your spouse in Texas can be troubling during the first little while. Especially if your children are struggling to understand what has happened to the relationship between their parents and have shown feelings of resentment or anger towards you. Fortunately, despite the difficulties you are currently facing, you have the power to continue to be a good father as you work through the new challenges in your life. 

As soon as you recognize that your marriage is drawing to a close, be forthright with your children in letting them know that this familial change will not affect your love for them or your commitment to their wellbeing. Discuss your concerns openly, being careful not to bash your ex in front of your children. Take adequate time to listen to your children and help them work through their emotions as they come to terms with what has happened. 

What happens when one parent lies during custody proceedings?

Texas child custody proceedings are some of the most hotly contested and emotionally trying aspects of divorce. As a result, it is not too surprising when one parent fails to play by the rules and fudges the truth a bit. A parent may do this to gain more custody or maintain the custodial rights he or she already possesses. Though untruths may come from a place of love and caring for the child, lying under oath is illegal and can result in disastrous consequences for the dishonest parent. If you are in the midst of a child custody battle, and if your child's other parent has lied during the proceedings, FindLaw urges you to bring the untruths to light before the judge finalizes custody documents.

If you fail to bring the untruths to light before the judge finalizes your documents, you still have an opportunity to right the wrong done to you. Texas courts allow parents to petition for a modification if one or both can prove a significant change in circumstances. The courts consider falsifying testimony or documents as such a change.

How can I create a parenting schedule?

Co-parenting in Texas is no easy feat for divorced couples. While you naturally want what’s best for your kids, you and your ex may be at odds when it comes to things like scheduling or making decisions about healthcare and academics. To help your co-parenting efforts and reduce stress between you and your former spouse, Very Well Family offers the following insight.

Expect to make sacrifices

How can I deal with the holidays as a single father?

The holidays can be tough for single fathers in Houston. While it’s supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, you may find yourself feeling lonely and out of sorts. These feelings are perfectly valid, and many single fathers experience them this time of year. Live About offers the following tips in this case, which can help you cope with some of the negative aspects of the holiday season.

Practice self-care

How counseling can help you through divorce

When people announce they are getting a divorce, the most common response from others is something along the lines of "I hope you have a good attorney." While having an excellent family law attorney is very important as you move through your divorce, there is another type of professional support that can also make your experience less traumatic.

Many people do not consider working with a counselor during a divorce, for a variety of reasons. They may feel there is a stigma surrounding counseling and that they do not want people to see them as weak or unable to handle their situation. The truth, however, is that counseling can be a valuable asset in helping you achieve your goals in divorce.

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