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Disabilities and child custody disputes

There are all sorts of different factors that can affect how child custody is awarded. Sometimes, these factors are completely out of a parent’s control. Unlike drug addiction and financial irresponsibility, some people are disabled, and this could have an impact on their ability to secure custody. Even though those who are disabled are protected from discrimination in many areas, it is important to realize that a parent’s physical and mental well-being can affect their ability to have custody of their child. Therefore, if you are physically or mentally disabled and you are preparing for a custody dispute, you should take this into consideration beforehand.

It is always helpful to be prepared, especially when it comes to child custody. You should be ready to prove that you are fully capable of providing your child (or your kids) with the care that they need. Moreover, you should be ready for any potential hurdles that could arise, such as a former spouse attempting to show that you are not able to take care of your kids. Also, you should not give up or feel defeated and hopeless, especially since many parents who have disabilities have had no problem securing custody of their children.

Should you ask for the right of first refusal?

If your child's other parent has many work or social engagements and events to attend, you may wonder whether he or she will leave your child with a babysitter or family member frequently during his or her parenting time. The goal of a parenting schedule is to allow each of you the opportunity to develop a strong parent-child relationship, and neither of you can do this if your child is with someone else.

You may want to talk to your attorney about the pros and cons of a right of first refusal clause in your standard custody order.

Starting a new job and family law issues

When it comes to family law matters, there are many concerns that people may have and various challenges that may be encountered. Sometimes, major life changes can have an impact on people from a family law standpoint, such as starting a new job. For example, if you are required to pay spousal support or child support, these obligations could be affected by your new job. Whether someone takes a lower-paying job which makes it more difficult for them to stay current on their alimony payments, or they take a higher-paying job and are required to pay more in child support, these can be significant stressors.

First of all, it is imperative to have a solid understanding of the various ways in which your life may be impacted by a new job. When you are prepared for what may lie ahead, you will likely be in a better position to handle potential challenges. Also, you should be aware of your options. For example, you might be able to modify your child support order if necessary due to earning less. Moreover, you should be prepared for the obligations you may need to take on as a result of your new job.

Fathers’ rights in the digital era

In recent years, technology has changed many aspects of life. This is especially true when it comes to personal relationships and the way in which information is shared with others. Moreover, there are a variety of issues that fathers may need to take into consideration if they are preparing for a divorce, in the middle of a difficult custody dispute or are struggling with post-divorce family law matters such as child support. Technology can be used to one’s advantage, but it can also be detrimental in different ways.

When it comes to fathers’ rights, there is an abundance of information available online. Those dealing with divorce matters may be able to find support through numerous online platforms and they may be able to inform themselves with regard to family law matters they are dealing with. On the other hand, some people may run into problems if they are not careful. For example, someone may share pictures or information on a social media site which could be used against them in their divorce, especially if they are going through a custody battle.

Developing a healthy plan for long-distance parenting

After your Texas divorce, it may have taken you a while to get used to a new routine with your child. However, new changes are in the works, and you will soon be moving to a new town. At W. Tyler Moore, PC, we help parents modify possession and access schedules that allow them to maintain a strong parent-child bond.

Your relationship with the other parent is more important now than ever. Many factors, such as when you visit your child, will be determined by the possession and access schedule, but others may be less formal. Our Family Wizard points out that all long-distance parenting matters will depend on cooperation and communication with the other parent.

How can I prepare for a child custody case?

A child custody case is often intimidating for parents. You obviously want to present yourself in the best possible light, but you also want to refrain from bad-mouthing the other parent, which most courts look down upon. To ensure you're properly prepared for your case, Very Well Family offers the following advice. 

If you're seeking sole custody, familiarize yourself with the better parent standard. In most cases, the court wants both parents to share custody equally unless it's shown that one parent offers a higher level of care than the other. Proving you're the better parent can be quite difficult, barring circumstances involving abuse or neglect. You may want to establish that you were responsible for the majority of caregiving while you and your spouse were married. If so, the court will be reluctant to deprive the child of this stability. 

3 tips for getting through your divorce in one piece

No one weds someone believing it will end in divorce. However, the truth is, the divorce rate is not decreasing too much, and if it is, the lower numbers point more to couples not exchanging vows.

When you find yourself going through a divorce, the stress can seem unbearable. Take a look at these three tips to help, and speak to your attorney for additional guidance and support.

Asserting paternal rights for unmarried fathers

In the 1950s, it was rare for a child to be born to an unmarried woman in Texas or anywhere else in America. In fact, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, only 4% of children were born to unmarried couples in America.

By 2008, this increased to 40%. During this time, the role of fathers also changed, with men actively participating in the raising of their children more than ever.

Can you relearn how to communicate with your ex?

When the relief of finally being separated from your ex and on the road to divorce has begun to settle in, you may breathe a sigh of relief at the thought that you will not need to communicate much more. However, if the two of you have shared children together in Texas, it might be worth your while to reassess your initial thoughts. 

Co-parenting or sharing custody of your children with your ex, however that may look, will undoubtedly require you to communicate on a frequent basis with the person you have been determined to never talk to again. While it may be difficult to lay aside your dislike, understanding the tactics that can support you in this effort is imperative to your ability to relearn how to communicate with your ex in a manner that is cordial and respectful. Your efforts to do this will undoubtedly have many positive effects on the functionality and synergy of the custody relationship you have. 

How can you establish paternity?

Are you half of an unmarried couple with a child in Houston? Establishing paternity can be crucial for you if so. While state laws automatically assign paternity to the husband in a married couple, that is not the case for those who have decided against marriage at the time of the child's birth. This can potentially cause a lot of problems in the event of a separation.

According to FindLaw, the first and easiest way to establish paternity is by being present at the birth of your child. In doing so, you can sign a form that essentially gives you the same legal rights and responsibilities that a married couple would have. A voluntary acknowledgment of paternity (or another similarly named document) can be signed even if you and your spouse never get married. If this is done at the time of the child's birth, the father's name can be included on your child's birth certificate.

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