Can I Have My 12-Year-Old Child to Talk with the Judge?

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The quick answer:  Yes.   This is one of the most common  questions for Internet  searches that bring people to this blog, so I want to update my previous response.  The Texas Family Code has been revised  — no more written statements or battles of affidavits by a child.  It used to be that a parent who wanted his/her child to …

End of Summer Custody Disputes: Possible Solutions

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The family law courts usually become busier in late July and August. Many custody change cases are filed and the parents want the issue resolved favorably before school starts. Unfortunately, it often takes many months or a year or more to get a final decision. Sometimes, it’s hard to get even a temporary decision before school starts. On top of …

End of Summer Custody Disputes: Look Before You Leap

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Every year, at the end of July or the first of August, there is an upsurge of court filings where the non-custodial parent is seeking custody of a child, hopefully to be resolved before school starts. Immediately preceding that upsurge, the child has often spent from a week or two to a month with the non-custodial parent. Parting is not …

How to Keep Your Child Out of the Middle

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Most everyone would agree that it is a good idea to shield children from most parental conflict. Nevertheless, there are many times during and after divorces when children get drawn into family disputes and end up in the middle, with both sides pulling on them. The following is a brief list of 5 “Don’ts” and a “Do” that may help …

Why You Should Try “Access Facilitation”

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In many different ways, the court system in Texas, particularly in Tarrant County, Texas, is moving away from the traditional adversary process in family law matters. The new Tarrant County Family Law Center in Fort Worth could almost be called the new “conference center” because there are over twice as many conference rooms as there are courtrooms in the courthouse. …

Who is a Good Candidate for Collaborative Law?

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As you may know, Collaborative Law is a process for resolving legal disputes without going to court, except to have an agreement approved by a court. Parties engage in a series of relatively short meetings where they identify their goals, assess the facts of the case, brainstorm to generate options to solve problems, evaluate the suitability of the various options …