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May 2016 Archives

What are grandparents’ rights in Texas?

Grandparents today may play a number of different roles in the lives of their grandchildren and may wonder what their rights are as a result. Because of the varied roles grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren, and the important bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, it is helpful for grandparents to know about grandparents’ rights in their state.

Remarriage Is On The Rise. The Financial Risks Are Great.

More than 42 million Americans have been married twice or more. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that's nearly double the number of remarried individuals in 1980, and triple that of 1960. In recent years, 40% of marriages have involved at least one previously married partner. The numbers are even more pronounced in Texas; our state's population-per-capita of remarried people far exceeds the national average.

The process of determining paternity in Texas

Both parents may want to determine paternity but fathers may wish to determine paternity so that they have legal relationship with their child. Paternity may also be determined for child custody and visitation purposes, as well as child support purposes. Legally establishing paternity has a number of important implications for fathers' rights, including legal and emotional implications.

In Texas, deployed military personnel may transfer their visitation rights

In Texas, the courts will hand down two types of orders in custody cases. A "conservatorship" order acts as a custody order, defining the role each parent is expected to play in the child's life. For example a mother granted conservatorship may be said to have been awarded custody.

What is community property and how does it impact my divorce?

Couples entering the divorce process may have many important questions and concerns and one concern may be property division. In Texas, absent a prenuptial agreement, community property governs the division of property when a married couple is divorcing. Under this property division system, community property acquired during the marriage is viewed as belonging to the community and will be divided in half, or 50-50, when the couple divorces.