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How should I deal with teenage behavior problems?

Most teenagers exhibit behavioral issues, but these problems are often exacerbated after a divorce. It's easy for parents to become frustrated when a teenager acts out, but many issues can be mitigated by taking the right approach. If you're dealing with a troublesome teen, Psychology Today offers the following advice. 

Set boundaries

The fate of your business—a focal point in your divorce

If you and your spouse are partners in the family business, its fate will become a major question during the property division phase of your divorce.

A prenuptial agreement may spell out the disposition of the business. However, if no such agreement exists, you and your spouse must make a decision. Here are three options to consider.

How can hidden assets be found during a divorce?

Both parties must disclose all assets during a divorce. This allows the court to make the proper decisions regarding asset division, which must be performed in a fair and equitable manner. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for one spouse to attempt to hide assets so they're not included in the process. To ensure your divorce progresses fairly, Forbes explains how assets are commonly hidden. 

The first step involves knowing the methods commonly used to hide assets. While every divorce is different, many spouses attempt to hide assets by inflating the amount of debt he or she is subject to. He or she may also claim that the asset never existed in the first place by attempting to conceal evidence of its existence. Another method involves transferring the asset, be it property or money, to a third party for safekeeping. A person might also claim that the asset was somehow lost. 

How can I deal with a toxic ex?

If you have children, you must maintain a relationship with your former spouse after a divorce. This is easier said than done when your ex consistently exhibits "toxic" behaviors, which can harm you, your mental health, and your relationship with your children. While you can't change a person's actions, you can control how you choose to respond to them. The Good Men Project offers the following advice to help you along. 

While it can be difficult, try your best to remain neutral. When your ex exhibits insulting behavior or attempts to goad you into a fight, refrain from responding. If you see this behavior is having an impact on your children, engage them in conversation about the matter but stop short of laying blame on your ex or criticizing her. If your children are having a hard time sorting out their feelings, consider seeking professional counseling. This will provide a safe place for them to air their emotions without reprisal from an angry ex. 

"Common Law" marriages

Texas recognizes informal or "common law" marriages.  If you were to use a search engine, you would find Chapter 2 of the Texas Family Code. Subchapter E deals with "marriage without formalities" or a common law marriage.  it the legal requirements are met, a common law marriage in Texas is just a valid as a formal marriage with a marriage license and a minister or judge performing the ceremony.  A common law marriage creates the same duties, rights, and liabilities as a formal marriage.  

Family law issues and your child’s emotions

From a child’s parents filing for divorce to a bitter custody dispute and financial issues stemming from child support payments (for custodial parents as well as those who are obligated to make payments), there are many different family law matters that can be difficult for parents and their children to deal with. If your child is having difficulty with some of the family law issues that you are going through, it is important to make their emotional well-being a priority, even if you are dealing with many challenges of your own.

There are different strategies that may help your child come to terms with the ways in which their lives are changing. It is often a good idea to discuss what is happening with them and try to provide them with clear answers to any of their questions. In a child’s life, this can be a time of great uncertainty, which can be especially hard for kids who are facing other struggles (such as problems in school, etc.). Unfortunately, talking about these matters with your child will not always address their concerns and ensure that they are able to process the changes in a healthy manner.

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.

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