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TX divorce lawyerWhen parents get divorced, they may need to address a wide variety of complex child custody issues. In addition to determining how they will work together to raise their children going forward, they will need to make decisions about when children will spend time with each parent, who will have a say in major decisions about children’s lives, and other matters related to parents’ rights and responsibilities.

Whether parents are able to reach an agreement on these decisions, or a judge makes a final ruling on matters related to child custody, the terms of the parents’ divorce decree are meant to remain in place going forward. However, parents may wish to modify the terms of their parenting agreement in some situations, including cases where a parent plans to move to a new home with their children. Both parents will want to understand their rights and the procedures followed in cases involving parental relocation.

Parental Relocations and Geographical Restrictions

In most Texas divorce cases, parents will be named as “joint managing conservators” of their children. This means that they will share equal rights and responsibilities when making decisions about how their children should be raised. However, one parent will usually be granted the exclusive right to determine the children’s primary residence. This parent will typically be the “custodial parent” with whom children spend most of their time.

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Texas divorce attorneyIn Texas, parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children. This responsibility does not end when a couple dissolves their marriage or decides to separate. Instead, the non-custodial party will be required to pay child support in an amount determined by the court. When calculating how much a parent will be required to pay, courts take into account each party’s income, how much time each parent spends with the child and the child’s health needs. Unfortunately, even when parents are ordered to help pay for medical care for their child, many fail to do so, which can put extreme financial stress on the custodial parent and even endanger the health of the child, so if your ex-spouse is refusing to help pay for your child’s medical care, it is critical to speak with an experienced child support lawyer who can ensure that your child’s best interests are protected.

Medical Support

According to state law, non-custodial parents are required to provide medical support for their children, which includes the cost of health insurance or out-of-pocket medical expenses. As long as the non-custodial parent can provide medical coverage through his or her health insurance policy at a reasonable cost, then he or she is required to include the child on the policy. However, if the parent cannot obtain coverage through an employer, then the custodial parent will be required to provide coverage if available through his or her employer. Even in these situations, the non-custodial parent would still need to reimburse the other parent for the cost of insurance.

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Texas child custody attorney, Texas family law attorneyThe presence of extended family members can play an important role in the life of a young child. In most cases, parents are only too happy to involve their own parents in the lives of their children. When parents restrict visitation, however, some grandparents may attempt to obtain a court order allowing visitation. Obtaining this type of court order can be an uphill battle, which makes it especially important to retain the services of an experienced child custody attorney.

Filing a Lawsuit

To request possession of or access to a grandchild, a biological or adoptive grandparent must file either:

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Texas child custody attorney, Texas family law attorney, Today, more grandparents than ever are the sole legal and financial custodians of their grandchildren. In many other households, the ties are less formal yet almost equally as strong. For example, many parents and children live with a grandparent, who assumes most of the financial and caretaking duties. In other cases, parents and children live separately, but remain at least partially dependent on grandparents in many areas.

Grandparents' rights are essentially ironclad in the first instance, but as the bonds become less formal, the situation becomes less certain. Many times, especially during a high-asset divorce, a custodial parent will cut off contact between grandparents and grandchildren as a way of "getting back at" the other spouse. So, a complex child custody dispute becomes even more complex, after the grandparents petition for access.

The Law

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Texas high asset divorce attorney, Texas complex litigaton lawyer, Texas child support lawyer,To determine the amount of child support, the judge mechanically applies the guidelines in Chapter 154 of the Family Code, at least in the vast majority of cases. However, especially if there is a complex child custody dispute, these guidelines are not always reflective of the child's needs. What must a party do to convince a judge to depart from the guidelines, and how is the amount set in these situations?

Unjust or Inappropriate

In the case of Section 154.122, these two words are not synonyms. Instead, they give both the mother and the father a basis to request an increase, or decrease, in child support payments.

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Texac complex custody lawyer, parental rights, PAS,Twenty years after psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gardner first identified the disorder, Parental Alienation Syndrome is a widely, although not universally, condition that affects many complex custody disputes in Travis County and nearby jurisdictions.

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

PAS is generally defined as the systematic poisoning of the relationship between a Non-Custodial Parent and that parent's children. In most cases, the alleged perpetrator is the Custodial Parent mother. The Jason Patric/Baby Gus saga is an extreme example of PAS. The actor served as a sperm donor to his girlfriend, and after the child was born, Danielle Schreiber did not allow Mr. Patric to have contact with the boy. A trial court ultimately ruled in favor of Ms. Schreiber, but an appeals court partially overturned that decision.

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