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When violence or crime affect a family or lead to divorce, people may often feel unsafe in their own home. In order to reduce the risk of further abuse, Texas courts can issue family violence protective orders.

Most times the courts issue these on the basis of a request. When a victim files for the order, it's in their best interest that protection comes fast. In some cases, a judge may issue an order without a request. According to Womenslaw.org, there are three types of protective orders in Texas.

Magistrate's order

These kinds of orders tend to happen on their own as a result of criminal convictions. A magistrate can issue this on the request of the abused or a guardian after the abuser in question commits an act of family violence, sexual assault/abuse, stalking or trafficking. If the crime results in serious injury, the magistrate must issue it even if no one requests it.

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When it comes to marriage, most couples find it difficult to bounce back after infidelity. An extra-marital affair will make you feel betrayed and unloved, as well as making it almost impossible to trust your partner again when it comes to your relationship.

While it is perfectly reasonable to pursue a divorce after cheating, it is important that you give a lot of thought to your relationship and whether it can be salvaged. Here are a few important points to consider if you are faced with major decisions after finding out your spouse has been cheating.

Infidelity is different for every couple

Infidelity is classically defined as having a physical relationship with someone outside of the marriage. However, the definition has changed quite a bit in recent years as social media plays a more prevalent role in people's lives. Emotional affairs are an increasing concern among many couples, which occurs when a married person forms a deep emotional connection with someone else. Emotional affairs can be just as damaging as physical affairs, which is why many couples also categorize them as infidelity.

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From serious motor vehicle collisions to health problems, there are many reasons why people experience high levels of stress. Sometimes, stress lasts for a short period of time, while others suffer from chronic stress. Many people have a hard time with anxiety when their marriage comes to an end and it is important for those struggling with divorce-related stress to handle their emotions properly and prioritize their mental health.

The way in which one responds to divorce stressors not only affects their health, but also their experiences during the divorce process and, in many instances, their future.

Managing sudden changes due to divorce

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sudden negative changes in one's life such as a serious illness, unemployment and getting a divorce often trigger stress. Stress can impact people differently, and some are able to tolerate and process these feelings more efficiently than other people. In fact, divorce-related stress can increase the likelihood of a viral infection or some other illness and even lead to digestive problems. Anger, depression and difficulty sleeping are other hurdles that many people who are stressed out have to work through.

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If you are like many couples these days who have a pet, you think of it much like a child. When you decide to divorce, it is natural for you to want the court to consider the pet in the same way. However, the law in Texas does not allow for pet custody laws as it does for child custody laws.

According to KHOU 11, the law states that pets are property and the court should treat them as it would any other asset.

Factors in decision

Because the court must consider pets as property, that means they need to look at ownership under marital property laws. The court will consider if one of you owned the pet prior to your divorce or who purchased the pet. It may also look at who pays for the care of the pet and who offers daily care to the pet.

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As a parent navigating a divorce, you and your ex may need to devise something called a parenting plan that sets guidelines you agree to follow when it comes to raising your son or daughter. The parenting plan may be informal, or you may choose to create a formal legal document, depending on circumstances.

The exact contents of your parenting plan are going to vary based on your child’s age, how close you and your ex live to one another and so on. However, the Texas Attorney General outlines certain areas and elements most Texas parenting plans should address.

Fundamental elements of a parenting plan

Your parenting plan should address your general custody agreement, dictating who handles the child and when. It should also cover what you plan to do with regard to school vacations, holiday celebrations, birthdays and similar events and occasions.

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