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Geographic restrictions in Texas child custody laws

For Texas parents who have children and are considering divorce, the issue sometimes arises of whether the parent with primary custody of a child is allowed to relocate after the divorce. In some cases, a primary parent may have moved to Texas as a native of another state or country. They may wish to return to their home of origin once the divorce is concluded.

Basic facts regarding property division in Texas divorces

Many Texas residents erroneously believe that during a divorce, property is split 50/50 between both spouses due to Texas being a so-called "community property" state. Actually, Texas family law judges are obligated to consider many factors in the attempt to devise a "just and right" allocation of the marital assets and debts.

Basic facts regarding grounds for divorce in Texas

The understanding of the institution of marriage in Texas has changed over time. Gone are the days when one spouse could doggedly hold onto the marriage by steadfastly refusing to grant his or her consent to a divorce. Since 1997, Texas has been what is known as a "no-fault" state. This essentially means that either party can petition the court for a dissolution of marriage on several grounds. The overall concept of no-fault divorce is that the state of Texas does not want to be in the position of forcing couples to remain married against their will. The following is a short list of suitable grounds for divorce:

Introduction to Texas parenting plan and agreement guidelines

Married couples with children who are seeking a divorce will eventually have to grapple with the issue of child custody. No issue in a divorce is as important as the care and welfare of the children involved. That is why Texas law incorporates three overarching principles into each statute involving children.

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