Is a court-imposed family law order permanent and unchangeable?

We’re pretty sure at the established Fort Worth family law firm of Gardner & Smith that most readers of our blog posts can quickly and confidently answer the question posed above in today’s blog headline.

And, yes, the correct answer is exactly what you’re thinking it is. Although judicial orders concerning important matters like child custody and support are authoritative and meant to be abided by, they’re aren’t necessarily deemed to be in force forever.

Prenups are basically for wealthy marrying partners in Texas, right?

National tabloids and entertainment-linked stories frequently spotlight prenuptial agreements when they chronicle celebrity divorce tales. That reasonably implies for many people that discussing and executing a marital contract prior to getting hitched is something almost exclusively reserved for wealthy couples.

In fact, that is far from the truth. A prenuptial agreement commands broad-based utility in legions of marriage across Texas and the rest of the country. We stress on our website at the established Fort Worth family law firm of Gardner & Smith that virtually "every couple who plans to wed can benefit from signing a prenup."

What is a grey divorce?

When you imagine a divorce you probably think of a young couple. The stereotypical image is often of two people who decided to get married too early and ultimately grew apart. Most people do not think about couples who have been together for multiple decades separating late in their lives as the poster for divorce. That said, these situations do commonly occur.

Grey divorce is a term for the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate between elderly couples from long-lasting marriages. “Grey” refers to grey-haired, signifying a separation between older people. It became a commonly used term in the United States in 2004 but has been part of family law practices for several decades.

Is co-parenting stressing you out? Apps may provide some help.

Summer break is now in full swing, and kids have been out of school for several weeks. If you are a divorced or divorcing parent sharing custody, summer can be a frustrating time. On one hand, it provides great opportunities to go on family vacations and give the kids unique experiences like summer camps. On the other hand, it may mean regularly doing custody exchanges with your co-parent or getting into disagreements about last-minute changes to the schedule.

There is no easy to solution to a highly acrimonious relationship between exes. But if the tension with your co-parent is mostly sparked by logistical issues or oversights that seem like thoughtless mistakes, technology may provide the key to smoother and more successful co-parenting.

What rights do grandparents have after divorce?

As marriage brings two families together, so divorce causes great separation to the children of the divorcing parents. It is hard for children to witness and experience the separation of their parents, as well as their extended families. Grandparents undoubtedly play a special role in the lives of their grandchildren. Therefore, divorce causes new questions as to how these changes will affect the dynamics between grandparents.

In family court, the judge is always obligated with upholding the best interests of the child. This means taking serious consideration to the natural relationship and bond children have with their grandparents during a divorce. Since divorce sets legal boundaries between family involvement, it is natural for grandparents to question their rights before the court.

Summer Possession Denied? A Habeas proceeding could help.

Summer is here. That means most families with joint custody have carefully planned their summer activities and scheduled their vacations. July is generally the month where most non-custodial parents have possession of their children for a full month. But what happens if the custodial parent refuses to surrender the child on July 1st as ordered by the court,
threatening much-anticipated summer plans?

Understanding Your Texas Summer Possession Schedule

School is wrapping up and summer is just around the corner. Many divorced and blended families are now looking at their summer plans and scratching their heads trying to figure out who has which kid when. Texas summer possession orders can be confusing because they build in some flexibility through notice requirements and discretionary possession periods. The summer possession periods are generally referred to as "extended summer possession" in the order.

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