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June 2016 Archives

Texas Judges Take Divorce Decrees Seriously. So Should You.

A legal agreement carries a lot of weight and can be valid for years. It's crucial to abide by the terms in a decree to ensure a favorable outcome for both parties. In one case, a couple made an agreement and divorced. More than a decade passed and the decree was still enforceable.

What is community property and why is it important?

If you are beginning the divorce process, you may have heard the term community property and wondered what it refers to and how it will impact your divorce. Community property describes the way that marital property is classified in Texas and has a significant impact on property division because the classification of property largely determines how it will be divided when a couple divorces. Property and assets subject to property division during a divorce can include earnings, homes, cars, furniture, stocks, bonds, debts and other assets.

How does child support work?

Texas law requires all parents to support their children with the necessities of life such as food, clothing, education, medical expenses and a place to live. After the parents' relationship ends, a court orders the noncustodial parent to regularly pay child support to the primary support parent. Normally, this support is deducted from the obligor's paycheck.

Understanding concerns associated with military divorce

Though the family law procedures for a military divorce are the same as for any other divorce, there are some special concerns military couples may have and should be aware of. Divorce can always present challenges but when a spouse is on active duty, different circumstances may lead to different challenges including that the divorce taking a bit longer. Traditional divorces, however, can take time to complete depending on the number of issues the couple is able to agree on and the number of disputes, as well as other factors.

What is the importance of establishing paternity in Texas?

Legally establishing paternity serves a number of different functions for fathers, families and children. Paternity is not only used for child support purposes but can be important in circumstances when the father of a child dies, becomes disabled or in other circumstances. It is also helpful for children to have access to familial medical history or certain benefits establishing paternity can provide. In addition, children are entitled to receive financial assistance from their parents and it is important that they receive the support they need.

Planning for shared summer parenting time

Summer is fast approaching which may mean changes to children's schedules that impact child custody agreements or visitation arrangement. It may be time to plan vacations, coordinate parenting time and utilize a well-crafted parenting plan to avoid disputes. A parenting schedule that is written down or in a court custody order that addresses vacations and holiday time can help avoid conflict and disputes down the road.

Adoption requirements in Texas

Adoption is an option for many couples and families to grow their families. Because adoption is a legal process, it can be helpful for prospective parents and families to understand the adoption process and the legal requirements for adoption in Texas. Adoptive parents can be married or single but must meet certain requirements.

Family law resources to help parents with child support changes

Child support is for the child which it is important to keep in mind as child support disputes come up between parents. Children need financial support and it is important for parents to remain focused on the child's needs during child support disputes and when child support concerns arise. Because child support is important for children and families, and the family law process recognizes that life changes in a variety of ways as children grow and develop, the family law process provides options to help parents through those changes.