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Child custody may prove a divisive issue during divorce. Knowing how Texas law deals with custody may help keep tensions down.

State laws guide judges when it comes to deciding what type of custody a particular situation warrants. Learn more about some of these considerations to better prepare for it.

What is legal custody?

Texas law refers to legal custody as a conservatorship. The court may award joint or sole conservatorship. When a court looks at who should have custody over a child, it considers various factors, including:

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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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Parenting after a divorce is difficult for multiple reasons. Even if you and your ex-spouse are on good terms and are ready to take the next step in responsible parenting, the details can be overwhelming. Figuring out a suitable living situation after divorce is challenging.

In order to make the living situation easier, some divorced families have chosen a “nesting” living arrangement. Nesting is unique because it involves the children staying in one living situation 100% of the time. Instead, it is the parents that do the moving in and out of the family home, much like parent birds do when they are caring for babies in a nest.

Where do the parents live?

Of course, this means that one parent will be in the family “nest” with the children, and the other parent will need to be elsewhere. How this works out logistically depends on the family's specific circumstances. In some cases, a nesting situation may be very temporary. In this case, it is not uncommon for one parent to live with other family and friends when they are not in the family home.

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