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You may need to alter your custody schedule as kids grow up

When you and your ex decide on a custody schedule during a divorce, you're naturally going to think about what works best for you right now. When do you work? Where do the kids go to school? What day works best for the transfers?

This is a fine and logical place to start, but it is important for parents to remember that kids' needs change as they grow up. The custody schedule may need to change, as well. It is fine to come back and review it periodically to decide what changes are needed to make their lives better.

5 questions to ask yourself before adopting a child

Are you thinking of adopting a child? This is a huge step in your life, and you need to make sure that you are really prepared for the change. Here are five important questions to ask yourself before moving forward.

Does your lifestyle make it possible for you to properly care for and support a child?

Feeling a lack of control is normal in adoptions

As humans, we have a nearly instinctual need for control in our lives. The problem is that control is often an illusion. People may believe they have control over a situation only to find out they don't. 

During the adoption process, you will probably feel a loss of control of the situation regardless of your part in the process. Adoptions involve more people than just the adoptive parents, the child and the birth mothers. Extended families and birth fathers also have a stake in what happens, even if they do not have any decision-making authority.

What are some signs a marriage is falling apart?

You have always known that divorce was a possibility, but now you're wondering just how likely it is. Are there any warning signs or red flags to alert you? How do you know if your marriage is on the rocks? You may have heard of people being honestly surprised when a "happy" spouse files for divorce. You do not want that to be you.

One warning sign is when communication breaks down. Instead of talking about even small problems ones, couples just ignore them. Or, perhaps you try to talk, but your spouse will not engage. They may already have written the marriage off months before filing for divorce.

4 injured in Texas plane crash

Four people were injured when a plane crashed near the Hereford Municipal Airport in Hereford, Texas, recently.

The crash was under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB). The accident occurred around 11:40 a.m., on a Sunday morning as the Piper PA-32-30 was flying out of the airport.

Adding your ex's new significant other to the co-parenting mix

Your former spouse has a new significant other in their life. Your kids like this person and the feeling is mutual. While this is good for everyone, it's normal to have mixed feelings about the situation. However, it's important to get past whatever negative feelings you may harbor about someone who's now part of your life and your children's lives and work to help them be a positive force for your children.

Kids can never have too many adults in their lives who love them and have their best interests at heart. Therefore, just as you shouldn't criticize your co-parent in front of the kids, you shouldn't make negative comments about the new partner to or around them either. This means being polite and respectful to this person when you're together with the kids.

Why should paternity be established in Texas?

The birth of a baby should be one of the handful of greatest days in a person's life. You should want to announce it loudly and proudly, calling friends and sharing photos of the little one on social media. However, some unmarried fathers in Texas and throughout the United States try to avoid confirming they are a new daddy, thinking that it means they will be subject to child support immediately.

The most important reason to establish paternity, therefore, is to secure the mother's right to receive child support. Once paternity is determined, the state will seek to arrange a child support order for the mother.

Want to adopt your stepchild in Texas? Here's what's required

You met an amazing person on a blind date. Your friend was right. You two are perfect for each other.

A year later, you both decide to get married in a lovely Texas ceremony. The best part? Your spouse-to-be has an equally amazing child you cherish and want to help raise. You want to be that little one's parent in every sense.

Is there such a thing as an easy divorce?

If you are facing the prospect of divorce, you may have serious concerns about what you could encounter during this process. Most Texas readers want to move through the divorce process as quickly as possible, but there can be complications and it can be difficult to come to agreements. For some couples, however, there is an option that can make divorce a bit easier.

One of the alternatives you may consider is an uncontested divorce. This option actually does make this complex process a bit easier, but there are various things to consider before you move forward. In certain situations, uncontested divorce could be a truly beneficial and practical option.

Why would Texas couples sign a postnuptial agreement?

Before you walked down the aisle on that perfect fall Texas day a number of years ago, you didn't sign a prenuptial agreement.

After all, you were young. In love. And you barely could afford the tin cans that your friends tied to the back of your old junker before you drove away from the reception. Who needed a prenuptial agreement? Married life would be perfect, you knew.

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