Many clients in our Austin divorce cases want to know “who gets the house”. The home is often the largest single asset in a divorce, so it is important to know what factors are important in making this decision. Judges distinguish between who gets the house on a temporary basis, while the divorce is pending,…

Clarifying the Texas Summer Visitation Schedule Schools are now out and the three months of summer vacation have now started. While just about all parents are concerned with what their kids are going to do to fill the time they would ordinarily spend in the classroom, parents who are divorced will typically be concerned with…

HOW FAMILY COURTS VIEW “SPLIT CUSTODY” IN A DIVORCE CASE When you are involved in divorce proceedings where children are involved, it’s going to be a difficult time for the children, and any final outcome will be a big adjustment. This is especially true when you have multiple children together. Many tough decisions must be…

How Domestic Violence May Affect Child Custody Determinations An allegation of domestic abuse has the potential to have the greatest impact on child custody and visitation rulings. In Texas, the family court must, by law, consider all domestic violence concerns before awarding child custody (now known as “managing conservatorship” in Texas). If you have been…

An Overview on Child Support Obligations in Texas One of the most hypersensitive issues affecting separated and divorced parents is financial support for children. Child support disputes are not uncommon. The mistake many parents make is taking an action, like stopping payments, without considering the consequences.For example, a custodial parent may feel visitations can be…

MODIFYING YOUR CHILD SUPPORT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PAY When noncustodial parents cannot pay the child support payments that they have been ordered to make, they need to contact the court clerk and the Office of the Attorney General right away. The court does not reduce or reimburse payments if parents fall behind on…

How Courts Determine Who Will Be the Child’s Primary Caretaker Family law matters are not something that courts take lightly, especially when there is a child involved. When parents are battling for custody of their child, there are several things that the courts will look at to help them make the right decision. A parent’s…

4 BASIC STEPS IN TEXAS DIVORCE CASES 1. Filing the petition One of the parties must first file a petition with the court called the “Original Petition for Divorce” (along with paying the requisite court fee). This petition essentially starts the divorce process. The appropriate jurisdiction where the petition must be filed will depend on…

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN SERVED CHILD SUPPORT DOCUMENTS AND HAVE A COURT DATE When a parent receives notice of a court hearing, there are some important things that they should know about the process. By understanding the rules, Texas parent can avoid multiple potential problems. People should not think that they…

Child Custody and Domestic Violence If you are in a violent relationship, you have a different set of issues to consider when you separate or divorce, especially in relation to your children. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you and your kids make a safe transition. Keep Good Records As long…

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