The Tholstrup Law Firm, L.P., Heartily Endorses New Texas Divorce Law
The Tholstrup Law Firm, L.P., applauds a new divorce law in Texas requiring divorcing parents to implement a
comprehensive parenting plan, which may include a Parenting Coordinator appointed by the court to oversee
implementation. A Parenting plan is a court order that sets out the rights and duties that divorcing parents
have to their children
Houston, Texas March 27, 2006 -- A high-conflict divorce frequently takes its toll on the emotional wellbeing
of the children involved. The Texas legislature is proactively working to reduce the emotional damage to these
children from the fall out of their parents’ divorce. The legislature recently passed a new Texas law requiring
divorcing parents to establish and follow a parenting plan. The Tholstrup Law Firm, L.P.,
practices family law in the Houston area and specializes
in divorce law; the firm is well versed in representing
parents who are setting up the new parenting plans.
The Texas Family Code defines a parenting plan as “a temporary or final court order that sets out
the rights and duties of parents in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship, and a dispute resolution
process to minimize future disputes.” In practice, a parenting plan omits any “trying to win” attitude and
replaces it with a positive, honest attempt at open communication between parents for the wellbeing of the
A court-appointed parenting coordinator, trained in parent coordination and family violence, assists
the divorcing parents in setting guidelines for any potential parental problems. Four basic provisions
must be included in the parenting plan. First, the plan clearly states each parent’s rights and duties.
Parents then establish a way to minimize the children’s exposure to harmful parental conflict. The
parenting plan must consider the children’s future needs in a way that minimizes the need for altering
the parenting plan. Lastly, the parenting plan is to provide a way for the parents to handle any future
disputes they may have without going back to court.
The majority of parenting plans address details including financial accountability, which parent makes
the educational and medical decisions for the child, and what happens if one parent decides to move in
Richard Tholstrup graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1995 after attaining his bachelor
of science in chemical engineering at the University of Kansas in 1975. His bar admissions include the State
Bar of Texas, Federal Southern District of Texas, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the 5th U.S. Circuit
of Appeals. Mr. Tholstrup established The Tholstrup Law Firm, L.P., in 2003.
Christine R. Thrash, an associate of the firm, obtained a B.A. in psychology at Texas A&M in 1998
and graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston in 2001. Her bar admissions include the State
Bar of Texas and the Federal Southern District of Texas.
For more information pertaining to parenting plans or Texas divorce law, contact
Richard Tholstrup via phone at 713-225-1280 or visit our
website at www.TholstrupLaw.com.