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July 2015 Archives

Child support issues and minor parents in Texas (part 2)

In our last post, we began a discussion of the "next friend" concept in Texas law. The term refers to an adult representative who looks out for a minor's legal interests in a variety of ways. A next friend is a requirement for minor parents seeking child support; often a necessity for young custodial parents with little or no income who are nonetheless hit with everyday expenses, medical expenses and other costs of raising a child.

Child support issues and minor parents in Texas (part 1)

It's possible today for couples to make the decision to have children at more advanced ages than ever before. Many find that they want to put off children until they have a solid financial foundation, reliable income, savings, a home and so on. However, young people in Dallas -- even some under the age of 18 -- still do find themselves raising children. Some face this challenge alone, whether due to a divorce, death or the absence of the other parent in the family's life.

High-profile divorces in Texas history

In some ways, Dallas residents might look at celebrity divorces like the recent split between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner and wonder why they couldn't make it work. These two prominent actors were seemingly so far removed from the financial stress and daily grind of a job (or multiple jobs to make ends meet) that it may have seemed that they had little to get in the way of marital bliss.

The prenuptial agreement's affect the Affleck-Garner divorce

Texans probably feel like they are constantly inundated with news about celebrity breakups. Some may find it entertaining and amusing, while others may be annoyed. Yet, these instances can actually be educational as well. For example, look at the recent divorce filing for Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The couple recently filed for divorce, with the papers being submitted exactly 10 years and one day after their marriage. It may seem like a coincidence, but there may actually be a good reason for the timing.

Can I relocate with my child?

Many things can change in a person's life after a divorce. Some people want to move to a new town after a divorce. Others are offered new opportunities in a different state. However, if the divorced couple had children, the parents' abilities to move come with some limits.

Strong legal representation needed to protect fathers' rights

Over the last several weeks on the blog we have discussed fathers' rights and why it is so important to work to protect them. Unfortunately, our society often looks down upon fathers, preferring to grant certain rights and privileges to mothers. Whether you are married and considering divorce, or you had a child out of wedlock, this could be disheartening.

What happens when I file a Notice of Intent to Claim Paternity?

Our last post here on our Dallas family law blog introduced the topic of our state's paternity registry. Unmarried fathers interested in protecting their parental rights should avail themselves of the registry by completing a Notice of Intent to Claim Paternity, available on the agency's website at the link below. But some may wonder what is required to complete the form, and what happens next?

How do Dallas fathers establish paternity?

We'll continue this week on our family law blog with an in-depth look at the rights of Dallas fathers according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This information on fathers' rights is general in nature only and not intended as specific legal advice.