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December 2014 Archives

Facts about joint managing conservatorship

The legal term for joint child custody in Texas is a joint managing conservatorship. Texas courts work under the assumption that in most situations, it is in the best interest of the child that both parents be conservators. Sole managing conservatorship is generally reserved for situations where the other parent has a history of criminal activity, family violence or has previously had little to no contact with the child.

Adoption in Texas

In Texas, adoptions used to be a closed-off process that did not permit adoptive parents to meet birth parents, and vice versa. Now, depending on the stipulations involved with the particular adoption, the process can be either closed or open. A closed adoption means that the birth parents and adoptive parents do not meet or otherwise communicate. Information about the birth parents is withheld and the records are often sealed. Birth details may be accessed once the child turns 18 and opts to search for the birth parent of record. It is also possible to go through a legal process that reveals information about the adoption with the court's approval.

Modern marriage statistics improving

Marriage statistics in Texas and across the nation paint a surprisingly optimistic picture of the health of today's marital unions. Although many people have heard the commonly repeated statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce, the truth is that the divorce rate is much lower. Furthermore, it appears to be dropping even more.

Avoiding adoption fraud

Texas families who are trying to navigate the complex adoption process may be at risk for adoption fraud. Also known as "wrongful adoption," adoption fraud occurs when a person or an agency intentionally misrepresents information regarding an available child in order to receive financial or personal gains. While many fraudsters are adoption agencies, birth mothers and facilitators, prospective adopters may also be the perpetrators.