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2 things grownups do during a divorce

2things.jpgIf you're in the middle of a divorce, you may be tempted to build a blanket fort and hide until it's all over -- but you can't. It's time to deal with the situation like a grownup.

What does that mean? Experts suggest taking the following approach to life during divorce:

Texas father hopes son will be returned from overseas abduction

Texas-father hopes-son-will-be-returned-from-overseas-abduction.jpgInternational custody battles are heartbreaking affairs. They often pit parents against foreign governmental systems they don't quite understand as they fight for the return of children illegally taken overseas during custody fights.

However, a Texas resident has hope that his ordeal may soon be over. The man has been in a brutal custody battle with his former wife over their young son for five long years.

Mediation: a more amicable approach to divorce

Mediation-A more-amicable-approach-to-divorce.jpgIf you are a married Texas resident contemplating divorce, both you and your spouse, regardless of your issues and disagreements, no doubt dread the prospect of having to go through a lengthy, costly and possibly ugly court battle. You will be pleased and relieved to know that this is not necessary, and you have other divorce options open to you. Mediation is one of them.

As a matter of fact, most Texas courts will require you and your spouse to attempt mediation, especially if you have children, before you can go to court and obtain your divorce. While mediation does not work for all divorcing couples, it entails a much more amicable approach to divorce and costs substantially less than a litigated divorce. The American Bar Association says that a mediated divorce typically costs 40-60 percent less than a traditional divorce.

What's a prenuptial 'lifestyle' clause?

What-a-prenuptial-lifestyle-clause.jpgAre you still considering whether or not you want to ask your spouse for a prenuptial agreement? Most prenuptial agreements are focused on what happens if you divorce. That makes the process simpler.

However, some are partially focused on what happens inside the marriage itself. If you're concerned about preserving the tenor of your current relationship with your intended, a lifestyle clause might do it.

What can you do to increase your odds of getting child custody?

child-custody.jpgIf you're in the middle of a child custody battle, you're bound to have a lot of anxiety about your upcoming hearing before the family court judge.

Here are some tips that can help you get through the encounter with ease:

Don't be afraid of shared parenting


A shared custody and parenting plan may sound like a nightmare when you first hear about it -- after all, you're divorcing your spouse. The last thing you probably want to think about is having to continue sharing the decision-making about your children with your spouse for the next seventeen or eighteen years.

However, shared parenting is becoming the norm. That means that it's time to look on the bright side of divorce and see the benefits that shared parenting can bring:

What you can do to keep your child close to home after a divorce

child-close-to-home.pngYou and your child have maintained a close relationship since the divorce, even though you do not get to spend as much time together as you used to. Now, though, your ex is talking about moving out of Texas and taking your child with her. 

Is there anything you can do about it?

Splitting spouses are turning to digital spies during divorce

Digital-Spies.jpgAre you splitting with your spouse?

It may not be that easy, especially if your spouse isn't exactly happy about the prospect of dividing up the family assets -- or even the idea of letting you go. You may physically leave your spouse and still remain tethered by invisible electronic ties that your spouse has installed all around you.

Accolades & Achievements

Karen Marvel, Brandon Wong and Michael C. de la Garza Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2017 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization