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International kidnapping may come to an end after jailing

A doctor in Texas has been part of a five-year custody battle in which his son ended up out of the country with his former in-laws. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the former in-laws, according to a report from Feb. 12, and the now 8-year-old boy may soon be coming back to America.

The news reports that the man's former in-laws, a 67-year-old man and 65-year-old woman, were allegedly part of a plot against the man. They, along with his ex-wife, supposedly conspired to take the boy and keep the man away from his son. The couple now faces federal charges for conspiracy and parental kidnapping.

Recognizing parental alienation: What to notice

Parental alienation is a major issue in some families. It occurs when one parent starts to poison a child's understanding of his or her relationship with the other parent.

Parental alienation is more common during divorces or separations where there is animosity. For instance, if one parent believes the other was committing adultery or is untrustworthy, that parent may accuse the parent of being dangerous or being a liar. Saying these things to a child can color his or her perception of the parent over time, making him or her less likely to want to be in that parent's life.

Tax changes could impact alimony and cause more 2018 divorces

If you're thinking about getting a divorce, this news about the 2018 tax plan might interest you. The new tax plan may actually cause more people to divorce more quickly than expected.

According to the news from Feb. 4, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would eliminate alimony write-offs, which means that people who want to get them need to consider filing for divorce before that happens. The tax write-offs will be eliminated in 2019 as of the time of the article.

A good parenting plan puts your child first

As a parent, it's your job to make sure your child always comes first. When it comes to a divorce, that may mean working together with your spouse to create a parenting plan. Despite how you feel about one another, it's important to create a parenting plan that benefits your child, not your own interests. For example, even if you think your spouse is awful for the way he or she treated you, you should separate those feelings and do what you believe is best for your child, whether that's working out a 50-50 custody arrangement or fighting for sole custody.

Even if you and your spouse can't get along, if you can work together for the best interests of your children, there's hope that you can do so without having to turn to a judge to have him or her decide for you. It's a good idea to talk to a collaborative law attorney and explain the situation, so he or she can begin to help you and your spouse find common ground.

3 reasons to update your estate plan during divorce

You might think that a divorce is the worst time to start focusing on your estate plan, but, in reality, it's one of the best times to begin. When you get a divorce, many things change. Addressing those changes in your estate plan is a good start toward protecting your beneficiaries.

What kind of updates do you need to make to a current estate plan or what should you do with a new estate plan? Here are a few ideas.

Don't include these items when making your will

The creation of a last will and testament is very difficult for some. Acknowledging death is something that a lot of people never come to grips with in life. It can be so difficult for some that they fail to create a will and leave their family in a lot of legal issues upon their death. If you are ready to create a will in Katy, Texas, here are some items you should never include.

If you hold any life insurance policies that name beneficiaries, you do not want to include them in your will. Since they already have beneficiaries listed, you don't have to name them in the will.

Seeking custody of your grandchildren because of drug abuse

Heroin, opioid and opiate abuse is becoming a national epidemic. Meth and other substances, including alcohol, can also cause all kinds of medical and social issues for those with dependence on them. Families get torn apart when a parent or an older child ends up with an addiction. As a parent, the last thing you ever want to see is your child struggling with a potentially deadly problem. As a grandparent, however, you also need to put the needs of the youngest and most vulnerable people in your family first.

Addiction can keep a parent from performing even the most basic duties for the care of their children. Depending on the age and the specific needs of your grandchildren, an incapacitated parent who is high could put their lives in risk. Children may not have the ability to feed or clean themselves or address any emergency situations that could arise, such as a fire. If you have reached a point where you fear for the safety of your grandchildren, you may need to seek custody of them.

Adoption requires parents to give up their parental rights

Your rights as a parent are well-protected in the United States. If you give birth or are the father of a biological child, you have the right to know if your child has been born and if the mother seeks adoption. Both men and women have a say in adoption; if a father doesn't want the adoption to go through, he may end up being the sole caretaker of the child after the mother gives up her rights.

When it comes to adoptions, biological parents must give up their rights before adoptive parents gain their own. If a mother agrees to put her child up for adoption but decides not to after giving birth, the potential adoptive parents do not have a say in that decision.

Digital spyware and tracking a gray area in divorce

Nothing is more infuriating than finding out that your spouse, who claimed he'd be home by 9 p.m., is out drinking at 3:00 a.m., hours later. Over time, broken promises and concerns about your relationship could lead to a divorce, and situations like the above could be evidence toward proving that your spouse made some serious mistakes.

Whether you think your husband or wife is cheating on you or you believe he or she is stalking you, there has never been a better, or easier, time to find out. Thanks to smartphones and technology, tracking your spouse is simple. Simply attach a GPS tracker to your spouse's vehicle or connect to his or her phone.

Do you need to collect child medical expenses from an ex?

Every child gets hurt, and some children are more adventurous and more likely to get hurt than others. Your child might also get sick, or contract a medical condition. These issues will require costly medical care. Not all of these medical expenses will be covered by your insurance, and you might have trouble paying for them.

Fortunately, if the other parent of your child shares custody and pays child support, he or she may be legally responsible to help you pay for these medical expenses.

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