When you are dealing with high conflict in your divorce, it is critical that you get support for dealing with the big feelings that arise and that you have good counsel that can help prevent you from making decisions based on emotions and upset, rather than rational, long-term goals for yourself and your family.
If you are worried about your ex-spouse drinking excessively while in the presence of your joint child, your first step is to figure out why you are worried, so you can communicate this to your family law attorney. The legal strategies available to you might be different depending on the reasons you are worried.
Texas family law calculates child support based on a formula known as "percentage of income." This formula considers the income of the noncustodial parent when calculating child support but does not consider the income of the custodial parent.
Imagine you are in the middle of a divorce when your soon-to-be former spouse announces she is pregnant. You do the math and realize there is no way you could be the baby's biological father. Will this scenario impact your divorce, and if so, how?
How the Texas Courts Establish Custody and Visitation
In Texas, you can enter into a mutual agreement regarding the custody and visitation rights of parents with respect to minor children. However, if you cannot come to an agreement, the court will, in its discretion, make a determination of what is in the best interests of the child. Children who have reached the age of 12 may participate in the determination of custody and visitation arrangements. This blog post looks at the factors the court will consider when evaluating what is in the best interests of the child.
When Your Children Divorce-Your Rights as a Grandparent in Texas
When your child divorces, particularly when they don't get custody of their minor children, you can be put in the most heartbreaking position of all. You love your grandchildren like they were your own children. You have built strong bonds, and a relationship that provides security, joy and meaning for both of you. All that can end in an instant. Furthermore, because you are not a party to the divorce, you can find it difficult to pursue legal action to protect your relationship. This blog post addresses the rights of grandparents after divorce proceedings in Texas.
Why You Want to Establish Paternity
If you are unmarried, but have children, you should consider taking the steps to establish paternity, to protect both your rights and the rights of your child. In the state of Texas, the child of an unmarried couple has no legal father until there is a determination of paternity. A court cannot order the payment of child support without a determination of paternity. A non-custodial dad has no rights to visitation or custody until paternity is established. In many instances, a child may not receive benefits under a father's insurance plan until paternity is demonstrated. Government programs, such as Social Security and veteran's benefits, may be unavailable without a showing of paternity.
Your Rights When Your Ex-Spouse Seeks to Relocate after Divorce
It happens on a regular basis. Parents divorce with minor children still living at home. After the divorce is final, one of the parents is either offered a job in another city or state, or wants to move away to be closer to family, or for some other reason. What are the circumstances that will allow you to relocate and take minor children with you? What can you do to prevent your ex-spouse from moving away and taking your kids? This blog post looks at the laws in Texas governing relocation after divorce.
The state of Texas has consistently taken steps to outlaw same - sex or gay marriage.