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Child Protective Services are words no parent wants to hear. The tumultuous feeling of having your child forcibly taken from you is one you never thought you would have.

Has a CPS worker contacted you about a complaint the department received about the alleged neglect or abuse of your child? Can they take away your child? Here are some facts about Child Protective Services.

1. What do they investigate?

CPS protects the rights of the child by investigating reports of child abuse or neglect. The state requires CPS to investigate all allegations it receives, whether those claims are true or false. Neglect is failing to provide the child such things as:

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After a divorce, you may experience hostility from your ex. In some cases, your former spouse may try to use your children against you. They may try to alienate you from your children.

According to Healthline, the term parental alienation syndrome became known in 1985. While not an official syndrome, it does refer to the mental health effects that children may suffer from because of one parents' actions.

How do children react to parental alienation?

If you fear your ex wants to alienate you, there are warning signs to look out for. One of the first signs is that your children will criticize you unfairly. They may not have strong evidence or justifications for the criticism but will not recognize that fact. Parental alienation causes children to lack ambivalence. They will not feel guilty or unsure about their feelings.

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Perhaps you feel more than a little anxiety, worry and fear concerning your divorce, especially regarding child support. Do you know what issues to raise with your soon-to-be-former-partner?

Forbes offers a few child support considerations to remember. Learn how to frame the conversation around a vital aspect of your split.

Child support no longer affects taxes

In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed how child support alters your tax bill. Now, the parent receiving child support does not pay taxes on that financial support, and the parent paying child support no longer deducts those payments on taxes. Still, if you and the other parent decide on split-custody, only one of you may claim your shared child as a dependent.

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What to do with a family pet during a divorce can seem like a minor concern when compared to asset division and child custody. However, people develop strong bonds with their pets, who become an essential part of the family.

According to Kiplinger, deciding who gets the pet is extremely contentious in many divorces. This guide explains how you can navigate this delicate issue to the best of your ability.

Pets as property vs. the best interest of the pet

Many courts view pets as a form of personal property. That means whoever can establish ownership through bills of sale, adoption papers, or veterinary costs, is the legal owner of the pet in court. While straightforward, pets as property ignores the strong emotional bonds part and parcel to pet ownership.

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Texas recognizes the importance of preserving the relationship between grandchildren and their grandparents when possible. For that reason, the court allows grandparents to seek visitation with or even custody of their grandchildren in certain situations.

Review these considerations if you have considered filing for legal visitation with your grandchildren.

Reasons for grandparent visitation

Texas courts can order visitation between grandchildren and grandparents in one or more of these circumstances:

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