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Your Collaborative Divorce Team: The Lawyer

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Many people who are thinking about collaborative divorce wonder how the process works. "If a lawyer isn't going to fight in court for me," some might even think, "will that lawyer really be able to stick up for me?" You can rest assured that even though the collaborative process takes going to court off the table, your lawyer will be as invested in what you want to get from your divorce decree.

Why do I have to pay for an initial consultation?

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Most people view a consultation with a law firm as a quick discussion to determine what the lawyer can do to help the potential client. At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we want to use our consultations with potential clients to effectively determine the best course of action in any particular case.

Do I have choices in my parenting plan schedule?

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One of the biggest misconceptions out there about how parenting time works is that the standard parenting plan is the only plan available. It is the one that many judges use as a default in cases, as it's one that's been deemed to be fair and less disruptive to children. But it's not the only way to go - and there might be alternative family plans that fit a particular family far better than what's come to be known as "standard orders."

Drafting parental rights into artificial insemination agreements

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Though it may seem an inconvenience and an added expense, there are benefits to having an attorney review any private or business agreement you may be entering into. This is especially true when it comes to your rights as a parent or in some cases, as a donor.

Determining paternity before the baby is born

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Paternity of a child is automatically established if the parents are married to each other when the child is born. However, in Texas, if the parents of a child are not married at the time of birth, then paternity must be established 

How can divorced parents get on the same page for scheduling?

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One of the biggest challenges for parents who get divorced, especially when the divorce is relatively still new, is coordinating schedules. The divorce decree will give parents a parenting plan, that will let them know a set schedule of days of the week, weekends of the month, and drop off and pick up times when the children are with each parent. At first glance, in the abstract, it might look manageable and might look like something that both parents can follow.

When parenting time is used for leverage or control

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Parents who have gone through a divorce often don't see eye to eye on a number of issues. That's often a contributor to why the couple got a divorce in the first place, and even though they're still required to communicate with each other as parents of their shared children, they may not communicate productively or well. In extreme cases, they might even use one of the most important commodities they share-time with their children-to try to wrest control, get leverage, or coerce the other into some sort of action.

What happens if my ex takes my child out of the state or country?

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Parents can get very territorial about their children in a divorce case, even after the divorce is final. Some can be so acrimonious that one parent doesn't want the other to have any access to the children at all. In some cases, a parent may simply decide that he or she is best equipped to take care of the children. In any of these scenarios, there's the potential for a parent to take extreme action: Moving with the children out of the region in which both parents live separately, sometimes even out of the state or out of the country.

How do I secure permanent guardianship for an adult I'm caring for?

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In our last column on guardianship, we introduced a discussion of adult guardianship by talking about temporary guardianship. Sometimes, that's exactly what it sounds like-a person taking care of another person and his or her finances for a period of up to 60 days, as the person recovers from some sort of condition or situation that typically (but not always) leaves him or her incapacitated.

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