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Parenting plans must be considered carefully

The backbone of a child custody arrangement is the parenting plan. It provides all of the information the parents need to handle situations that might come up during the child's life. This plan should be as detailed as possible, but it should also provide some flexibility for the terms so that the children have what they need to thrive.

One of the most trying issues that parents going through a divorce have to deal with is coming up with the terms of this plan. The mediation process can be helpful when working out these terms, but you still need to make sure that you are prepared for what's to come. Here are some suggestions to help you:

How will divorce affect the business you own?

Even in ideal circumstances, divorce is rarely simple or easy, but it can prove devastating for a business owner and the employees and others who depend on income from the business. Although divorce is the dissolution of a personal relationship, it also has far-reaching implications for both spouses' financial and business concerns, often creating surprisingly complex legal conflicts.

If you own a business and also face divorce, the business may not survive the divorce if you do not make its survival your top priority. Businesses often qualify as marital property in divorces. For Texas business owners, this often means that their spouse has a strong claim to half of their owned value in the business, just as a spouse might claim half of the value of a marital home. 

Is your child’s other parent interfering with your rights?

Learning to work with your child's other parent in a custody arrangement is rarely a simple process. In most cases, even well meaning parents find it difficult to operate within the guidelines of their custody arrangement entirely. Also, finding a reliable pattern for sharing parenting time can take a number of months before both parents get comfortable with the arrangement. Many facets may affect this process, such as the age and needs of your child, and any ongoing conflicts between you and your child's other parent.

While it is certainly normal to experience some conflict when sharing custody, some intentional or even negligent behavior from either parent is simply unacceptable. If one parent takes actions or refuses to take action in a way that affects the other parent's court appointed time with a child, the court may see this as parenting time interference, which is a serious violation.

Divorcing? Get your spouse's collections valuated

Although few couples realize it, there are such things as "good" divorces. Their common theme is a lack of contentious battles and attempts to get over on one spouse by the other.

Sadly, there are far too many ugly divorce battles where couples have so much animosity against one another that they can't even agree on how to split the spoils of their bad marriages. If your divorce tends to fall into the latter category, you may find the following information useful.

Abusers can track your digital footprints

Some marriages are beyond repair. That's nearly always the case when there have been episodes of domestic violence in the relationship. Abusive partners can change, but they must want to change their behaviors and also be willing to do the therapeutic work, often for the long haul. Most domestic abusers aren't willing to alter their aberrant behavior because they use the lame excuse that their partners drove them to act abusively towards them.

It's impossible to make another person leave his or her abusive spouse, but if you or someone you know is being physically or mentally abused, the following information could be quite helpful.

If I go to rehab, will I lose custody of the kids?

It's well-established that the opioid crisis has reached epic proportions in our nation, and Frisco is no different. Families have been torn apart by the addictions of one or more of their members.

When that family member is a parent of minor children, however, it is especially heart-wrenching, as these youngsters may be forced to grow up without one or both of their parents involved in their lives.

Fair but not necessarily equal asset division in divorce

One of the main concerns with divorcing spouses is how to divide the assets they have worked together to attain. Property that was once considered joint now needs to be separated, but not every asset can easily be split. Also, Texas is a community property state, which means that community property, such as money or your home, is considered marital property.

Dividing a home, retirement benefits, and vehicles can halt the proceedings as couples struggle to decide how to divide the joint assets. Also, couples may start the division process amicably, but tempers can flare when one feels they are getting the short end of the deal. If spouses cannot agree a third party may be needed to help.

A parenting agreement is your key to a better future

When you decide to move forward with divorce, it's easy to believe that your life will never be normal again. Despite the challenges you're sure to face, there's no reason to believe that you won't get through this.

If you have at least one child with the other person, it won't be long before you turn your attention to child custody, child support and other related details.

Sometimes Litigation Is The Better Way To Divorce

If you're getting a divorce, you might be reading online about how litigation isn't the only way to secure a divorce, and that you can get the job done through alternative dispute resolution with less stress and less impact to your wallet. That may be true for some people. But not every relationship is the same, and in some circumstances it may in fact be better to go the traditional litigation route, either through settlement or by taking things to court.

Abuse

Why do some spouses hide assets?

You entered your marriage trusting that your spouse would "love and honor" you and your marriage, but now you're not so sure.

While it seems reasonable (and maybe even obvious) that when an extended marriage ends the joint assets should be divided fairly, not everyone is always on board with this idea.

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