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Over the years, you and your family have likely had many discussions about issues that could affect the family as a whole. While some of them may have been joyous, such as planning the year's vacation, others may not have been so uplifting, such as having to talk about disciplinary action after one or more of your children broke the rules. Whatever the case, however, you have been open with your children.

Still, the idea of telling them that you and their other parent are getting a divorce may have you wanting to hold back. After all, this decision will change their lives, and you certainly do not want them to feel as if any of it was their fault. As a result, you want to tell them in the best way possible.

You know your family

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One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is figuring out how to make sure your children do not suffer unnecessarily. Kids often struggle when their parents make the decision to end their marriage, and like other Texas parents, you want to provide them with as much stability and security as possible. You can do this with a strong parenting plan.

You have the right to have a say over what your custody plan looks like. This issue does not have to go to court, but instead, you and the other parent can work together to craft a parenting plan that will work for your unique family. This is not always easy, and you will find it helpful to keep your eyes on what is most important – the long-term best interests of your children.

The foundation of a good parenting plan

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Whether you are an artist or just have a keen eye for appreciating others' art, you understand the importance of these creative pieces. Over the years and during your marriage, you may have collected or created several pieces that could hold significant value, both to you personally and monetarily.

Now that you are going through a divorce, you may worry that the art collection or even some of your personal works of art could end up in the possession of your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Because Texas is a community property state, it is possible that your ex could end up with an equal portion of the art unless you fight for a different outcome.

What is the value of the artwork?

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It is not unusual for people to find themselves in situations in which they must make difficult decisions. For some Texas residents, an unexpected pregnancy could put them in a predicament that has them questioning their futures. If you have a loved one who does not feel ready to be a parent, you may be considering adopting the child.

Kinship adoption can often help mothers-to-be have an option for helping their children have happy and healthy lives even though the biological parents may not currently be capable of raising children. If you are in the position of potentially adopting a relative's child, you need all the reliable information you can get.

Why kinship/relative adoption?

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Paying child support is a necessary annoyance. While you may understand the logic of providing funds for your child's needs and wants, child support is an expense that does not fluctuate, no matter your financial circumstances. In fact, if you are experiencing a serious setback, you may find the monthly support payments to be a heavy burden or even a hardship.

With your other financial obligations, you certainly have alternatives to explore when times get tough. Child support, on the other hand, is a constant, and Texas family courts do not appreciate excuses when you do not pay. However, if you are going through a difficult time, you may find relief in a modification of your support payments.

Why might a modification be appropriate?

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