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What are some baseline provisions of a Texas co-parenting plan?

Language is dynamic. Once common terms and phrases get replaced by new ones as times change. What was once alimony is now commonly referred to as spousal support. Where children are concerned, what used to be called custody and visitation is often referred to as parenting plans.

Not surprisingly, parenting plans today vary according to your family's unique circumstances. From a legal perspective, nearly any arrangement is possible if both parents agree to it and if the court concurs it is in the best interests of the children. Still, the concept known as co-parenting or shared parenting is one that is growing in application. What does such a plan look like?

Common Divorce Mistakes With Simple Solutions

Most people learn from experience. Whether it is riding a bike, golfing, cooking, or playing guitar, you usually aren't an expert on your first try. Learning and being successful usually require practice and gaining experience. So how are you expected to be successful navigating through a divorce, likely something you have neither practiced nor have experience with?

The reality of age creep in divorce

For the late, great David Bowie, Golden Years seemed to reflect budding youth. At least that's the sense of the lyrics he wrote for his hit song by that title. A more traditional interpretation of golden years is that period of retirement – a time to slow down and enjoy life.

Happily married couples likely look forward to these years, anticipating doing the things they always talked about, but never did because work, children – life – got in the way. For those in hapless relationships, the golden years may prompt dread. They are older, but still ready to go. Some may ask, "Why spend the time I have left with someone I don't love or like?"

The Fears Before, During, & Following Your Divorce

Often divorce is not just cut and dry. Between dividing up assets & debts and raising children between two households, we are still humans with human emotions. It is normal to fear divorce along with the uncertainty of your future. These fears are normal.

Why you may be hearing more about co-parenting agreements

Change can happen swiftly if conditions are right. The move in the U.S. recognizing the legality of same-sex marriage in just the past few years is one example. Legal attitudes around other issues may take more time. Parenting plans when couples divorce or otherwise end their roman tic relationships serve as a case in point.

For more than 40 years, the model for families after a relational split followed a common pattern. The children spent most of their time with mother. Dad saw them every other weekend. Time during holidays might alternate year to year. The trend these days, supported by legislative action in many states, including Texas, emphasizes starting from a base line that presumes near-equal parenting responsibility is what serves the best interests of children.

3 reasons to stay off social media during divorce

Divorce is a stressful, emotional time for couples. There are a lot of frustrations caused by the process and by your ex-spouse. It's natural to want to vent your feelings a bit. There is nothing wrong with wanting to express yourself, but it is worth being mindful of where and how you do so.

Social media is an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends who live near and far, and it allows us to share the big and small moments of our lives. While there is certainly nothing wrong with alerting your Facebook friends that you are going through a divorce, it is best to not go into the details. Here are three reasons why.

SCOTUS looks at insurance benefits in divorce

Divorce is the legal process by which a marriage contract is dissolved. Anyone who has been through the process knows that it can tend to get complicated. The older a divorcing couple happens to be, the more intertwined their assets are. That can require finding solutions for dividing property that require zigging and zagging through assets to achieve an equitable balance. If some individual asset happens to fall through a crack, it can trigger disputes later that only the courts can resolve.

Just such a case has arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of similarities in the laws that are in effect in Texas and the state from which the case originates, we are sure attorneys across the Lone Star state will be watching to see the outcome.

A tax surprise for divorcees

It may be premature to talk about taxes right now. It is obviously a major political issue, but what that means in terms of reform is that it's also completely undecided. Still, each chamber of the Republican-controlled Congress has its own proposal under consideration. There's also the Trump plan, though many observers say it lacks any real detail.

One thing that the House measure currently includes is something that anyone in Texas considering divorce - especially if they are approaching retirement - might want to keep an eye on.

Crafting a prenup? Be sure to cover digital assets

Experienced Houston family law practitioners know that one key purpose of creating prenuptial agreement is to make clear how assets are to be handled in the event of a divorce. Material things usually covered include cars, houses, and cash. But what about assets that aren't physical? Digital assets, such as online accounts, digital media, cryptocurrency, web domains, and data, could have potential value, too. And if value exists, it may be subject to division in divorce.

Digital assets, like physical ones, require careful management. Following are some tips on how they can be incorporated into a prenup.

Can a parenting plan address gun safety?

In states such as Texas, many people own guns, and many children grow up being smart and respectful users of firearms. However, not all divorcing parents agree on gun safety issues.

Fortunately, a parenting plan may be able to address your concerns in this area. 

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