DOES TEXAS RECOGNIZE LEGAL SEPARATION? When Texas couples have a marital dispute that’s too serious to repair, divorce may be the only option. Texas, unlike most other states, does not legally recognize separation. This has consequences at the end of a marriage because Texas is a community property state. Everything that was owned by the…

Five Tips for Surviving Christmas During A Divorce Traditionally, Christmas is a time for bringing the family together to celebrate. However, when you are in the middle of, or have recently completed, divorce proceedings, the holiday can feel much less festive. Below is a list of five tips for surviving a divorce during the holidays:…

HOW DO COURTS DIVIDE COMMUNITY PROPERTY IN A TEXAS DIVORCE? Understanding the way property is divided is very important in a divorce. This is often the most disputed issue in a divorce, after child custody. In most states, the law follows a standard known as equitable division, meaning that the division must meet guidelines of…

ESTIMATING MONTHLY CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS The custodial parent of a child, should expect the other parent to be ordered to pay a certain amount of child support every month. The online “child support calculator” allows the custodial parent to estimate what the payments will be. In order to get a child support estimation, the custodial…

HOLIDAY CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS IN A DIVORCE Texas parents who are considering a divorce may want to consider the various challenges presented during the holidays. Family courts become busier around the holidays due to disputes regarding which parent the children spend time with during the season. To avoid circular arguments about promised holiday custody agreements, it…

ENDING CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS IN TEXAS Many Texas parents who are paying or receiving child support have questions about when these payments will end. Parents who are depending on support payments or parents whose wages are garnished to pay support may have particular interest in this issue, as it can mean a significant change in…

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN A TEXAS DIVORCE Avoiding the trauma of the courtroom has become the preference of many divorcing couples in Texas. Most divorces are complicated affairs — especially when there are children involved. Fortunately, divorce laws allow couples to choose to resolve their issues through alternative dispute resolution methods. Not only can you…

Who pays for the children’s health insurance in a Divorce Case? The sharing of parental rights and responsibilities extends beyond the end of a Texas marriage. Divorce agreements define the physical, legal and financial duties of co-parenting. Among the most important considerations is how children’s medical needs will be covered. Health support obligations are not…

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