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Traveling with kids after divorce: Tips for an easy trip

After a divorce, there could be times when you want to travel with your children. When staying in the country, your ex-spouse might be okay with it, but what about if you want to travel internationally? In some cases, that might be pushing for too much, but you do still have options to help you take your kids overseas.

Remember that you do need to abide by your child custody order, but there are times when you and your ex may be able to make exceptions for trips or activities that are one-time events. Here's what you should do if you want to take your children out of the country and don't have a trusting relationship with your children's other parent.

Be sure to follow these child support modification tips

Paying child support is something you take great pride in, as this means that you are doing your part in giving your child the life he or she deserves.

When you're able to pay your child support in full and on time, there's nothing to worry about. However, if you come to find that this is no longer possible, you need to look into your options. This typically means learning more about a child support modification.

Special considerations for young school children

Making plans for your child when you are going through a child custody case means that you have to do your best to determine those needs during the future. This isn't always possible. However, there are some guidelines that you can consider for each stage of a child's life.

One particularly difficult time to plan for is when a child is in elementary and middle school. During this stage, which usually encompasses ages 6 to 12, here are some of the considerations that you need to think about regarding child custody:

Watch the accounts if you and your ex own a business

Going through a divorce can sometimes bring out the worst in people. You might think that your ex is going to be on the up-and-up with you, but that might not be the case. It is especially important that you take steps to make sure that you are protecting yourself throughout the divorce process.

One situation that requires some extra attention during a high-asset divorce occurs if you and your ex have a business. In this case, it is imperative that you take the time to make sure that everything about the business' finances and income is being reported correctly.

Who gets the vacation home during your Texas divorce?

When you've decided to file for divorce, you may worry about a lot of different things. Who will receive custody of the kids? Will you have to sell your home and move? What happens with your lake house or vacation properties? There is no simple answer to any of these questions. If you and your former spouse can't agree on the terms of your divorce, such as who gets custody and how to split your assets, the courts will have to review your situation and decide on your behalf. When that happens, it's difficult to predict what the final divorce decree will include for asset division and custody.

Generally, Texas is a community property state. Any assets accrued during your marriage are treated as marital property for the purpose of asset division. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place, it's very likely that everything from your vacation home to your retirement accounts will get split in a fair and equitable manner as determined by the courts. If there's a particular asset you hope to retain, such as a vacation home filled with precious memories, you may need to take extra steps to ensure the outcome you want in court.

What you need to know about divorce in Texas

After more than 20 years of marriage, you have decided that it is time to start over. Since the kids are grown and in college, you do not have to worry about a long and ugly custody battle because of your divorce. However, you are concerned with how the court will divide your marital property. Will the judge give you 50 percent of everything you and your husband own? Will you have enough to support yourself? Are there any special laws you need to know about when it comes to divorcing in Texas?

Divorce is usually complicated. It becomes even more so when there are high-value assets involved. An experienced family law attorney in the Plano area can help navigate what can often seem like a convoluted and traumatic experience. Before starting the process, it may be helpful to have some knowledge of basic divorce laws in Texas.

4 ways to make divorce easier on children

Divorce is never easy, and sometimes it's the children involved who suffer the most. While both parents are caught up in the logistics of divorce, it can mean that children don't receive all the attention and reassurance they need. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your child feel cared for and important during a divorce.

Let's say you have a son: To this child, a divorce may seem like the end of the only world he's ever known. Reassurance can help your child understand that you're there for him, no matter what happens. Here are four other ways to help him get through the divorce easier.

Is your home insured for natural disasters?

We live on a planet where virtually any kind of catastrophe could happen. No one tends to think about this, but your homeowner's insurance company thinks about it all the time. Furthermore, with the effects of climate change, unexpected natural disasters are becoming more commonplace.

Depending on where you live, there could be the risk of home damage from a "snowpocalypse," hurricane, tornado, flood or earthquake. Worst of all, in the unlikely event that something like this happens, most homeowners will not be able to seek insurance benefits to pay for the destruction of their homes.

Considering divorce? Three tips to protect your family business.

A family business generally offers owners more than just a career - these businesses are personal. As such, those who find themselves considering divorce may have concerns that their business could be at risk.

These concerns are valid, but proactive steps can be taken to help reduce any negative impact a future divorce may have on the business.

Protect yourself against commercial real estate investment errors

Commercial real estate can be a viable business interest for entrepreneurs and investors, but if you're looking to get your toes wet in this industry, it's a good idea to learn about some common beginning mistakes. Errors now can cost you a lot of money, time and stress in the future, so you might want to surround yourself with strong financial and legal professionals who understand the business and can guide you toward safe, profitable decisions.

One common mistake people make as they enter the commercial real estate market is failing to perform due diligence before signing a contract or making a move on a property or project. It's not enough to inspect the property or check out the people you are getting into business with, though both of those steps are important. You also need a deep well of knowledge to draw from regarding zoning laws, insurance requirements, tax law, accounting and contracts. Failing to understand how each of these areas might influence a property or project can mean major economic loss for a project or unplanned delays.

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