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Parenting Plans for Children from 13-17 Years

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This is one in a series of four articles, in a collaboration between Law Office of Lisa A. Vance founder Lisa Vance and Dr. Becky Davenport, founder of the San Antonio-based Institute of Couple and Family Enhancement, looking at parenting plans in divorce decrees from a child's perspective.

Bexar County's standing orders - which judges often adopt by default when hearing divorce cases - don't adequately account for what children need from their parents at different age levels, especially after divorce. We're addressing four different age groups in order to help parents going through divorce think about what their children need.

Teenagers are obviously more mature and more independent than any of the previous groups of children we've talked about, but it's not necessarily an easier age group.

Parenting Plans for Children from 7-12 Years

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This is one in a series of four articles, in a collaboration between Law Office of Lisa A. Vance founder Lisa Vance and Dr. Becky Davenport, founder of the San Antonio-based Institute of Couple and Family Enhancement, looking at parenting plans in divorce decrees from a child's perspective.

Bexar County's standing orders - which judges often adopt by default when hearing divorce cases - don't adequately account for what children need from their parents at different age levels, especially after divorce. We're addressing four different age groups in order to help parents going through divorce think about what their children need.

The good news about parenting children in this broad age group is that they're more adaptable than children in the younger age groups, and because they're attending school full-time, they're also getting guidance and input from teachers and other adult figures. Of course, a parent's role remains vital during this time in a child's life in which a child is developing physically and emotionally.

Parenting Plans for Children from 3-6 Years

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This is one in a series of four articles, in a collaboration between Law Office of Lisa A. Vance founder Lisa Vance and Dr. Becky Davenport, founder of the San Antonio-based Institute of Couple and Family Enhancement, looking at parenting plans in divorce decrees from a child's perspective.

Bexar County's standing orders - which judges often adopt by default when hearing divorce cases - don't adequately account for what children need from their parents at different age levels, especially after divorce. We're addressing four different age groups in order to help parents going through divorce think about what their children need.

By age three, the Texas Family Code determines that the parenting schedule given to the parents by a judge, or agreed to by the parents, applies until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. In reality, many parents find they need to modify a parenting plan as their children get older and do more activities.

Parenting Plans for Children from 0-3 Years

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This is one in a series of four articles, in a collaboration between Law Office of Lisa A. Vance founder Lisa Vance and Dr. Becky Davenport, founder of the San Antonio-based Institute of Couple and Family Enhancement, looking at parenting plans in divorce decrees from a child's perspective.

Bexar County's standing orders - which judges often adopt by default when hearing divorce cases - don't adequately account for what children need from their parents at different age levels, especially after divorce. We're addressing four different age groups in order to help parents going through divorce think about what their children need.

Though the first three years is incredibly broad from a child development perspective, we're looking at parenting plans through this window because the Texas Family Code does.

How do I handle financial stress after the divorce?

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One of the most relatable and troubling elements of this ongoing government shutdown is how it's affecting everyday families. Hearing about federal government employees going without paychecks, and how they're having to cope with that loss of income, has made many of us wonder what would happen if we were in their shoes.

How are children's birthdays handled in standard orders?

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The Texas Family Code, in creating the standard orders that many parents end up using their divorce decrees, tries to account for how parenting time is apportioned in most scenarios. There are rules governing the regular school year, the summer months, and the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. If you look close enough, you'll even see that there's a provision for birthdays.

Get back on track in the New Year

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If you're looking to improve, New Year's Day provides a great opportunity. The psychological boost that the new year brings with it can motivate people to start doing the things they know they should, and to stop doing the things they know they shouldn't keep doing.

Practice the art of giving in your divorce

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It's better to give than to receive. We say it a lot around the holiday season, and while some people might think it's corny or cliché, there's definitely truth to it. Seeing the face of a child light up, when he or she is opening a present you've selected, is one of the best things about the holidays.

How does the holiday possession schedule work?

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One of the biggest adjustments that parents of children must make when they get divorced comes with the holiday season. There is a challenging reality a parent must face in not getting to spend every day of the holiday break with his or her children - assuming parents follow the standard guidelines laid out in Texas Family Code Section 153. Of course, it's possible to craft an alternative to what is in most divorce decrees in Texas, but as with all things decree-related, it's up to the individual set of parents to come together and craft an agreement they agree on, in the best interest of the children.

Take a break from your divorce this holiday season

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While a number of couples try to "get through the holidays" before getting started with a divorce, some couples find themselves in the midst of divorce proceedings in the midst of the holiday season. And that's tough for a few reasons.

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