What are the rights of joint managing conservators in Texas?   Under Texas law, there is the presumption that each of the child’s parents should share joint managing conservatorship. This gives each parent certain rights and duties when it comes to raising the child. A parent who has conservatorship over the child is entitled to…

WHO SHOULD PAY FOR “BACK-TO-SCHOOL” COSTS? When parents in Texas are going through divorces, they may overlook some potential issues concerning who will be responsible for paying for their children’s back-to-school supplies, clothing and other related expenses. The financial responsibility of paying for these items may depend on the parenting and custody arrangements that the…

Mediation is Crucial in a Texas Divorce When couples in Texas divorce, in most counties they have to go through the mediation process first. This can actually be a good thing. It gives couples a chance to resolve their divorce legal issues privately and in a quicker manner than litigation would take. It also lets…

Can I Get a U.S. Passport if I Owe Child Support? If you are like millions of Americans, you will have the need or desire to travel abroad. Perhaps you will want to go overseas for business, to visit family, or to enjoy a second honeymoon with your new husband or wife. However, if you…

How is Child Support Calculated in Texas? In the state of Texas, child support is paid by the obligor to the obligee. In nearly all cases, the obligee is the parent with whom the child primarily resides. There are exceptions to this rule, but they are rare. Child custody payments are calculated as a percentage…

Visitation Cannot Be Denied Because Child Support Is Unpaid TEXAS Family Code 154.011: SUPPORT NOT CONDITIONED ON POSSESSION OR ACCESS. A COURT MAY NOT RENDER AN ORDER THAT CONDITIONS THE PAYMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT ON WHETHER A MANAGING CONSERVATOR ALLOWS A POSSESSORY CONSERVATOR TO HAVE POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO A CHILD. A Custodial Parent…

The amount of alimony is limited in Texas.  Chapter 8 of the Family Code talks about “court ordered maintenance” which lay people refer to as alimony.  That chapter of the code is specific as to who may receive alimony, under what circumstances, for how long, and a cap on the monthly payments. Depending on the…

Parents Who Interfere with Custody/Visitation It can be difficult to tell the difference between what is and is not custodial interference. Below, we take a look at some examples of each. Problems that may NOT be custodial interference • Being late to custody exchanges after notifying you of a delay • Arguments over a child’s…

4 Main Ways to Enforce Child Support Usually, the non-custodial parent or “payer” will be ordered to pay certain recurring amount of support. This may be monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly, often depending upon the structure of that person’s income schedule. The amount can be taken directly out of a non-custodial parent’s paycheck through an “income…

Modifying a Standard Possession Order in Texas Parents in Texas who are no longer in a relationship with one another will want to see that, despite their differences, they are both able to provide their child with a supportive and stable environment in which to grow. Therefore, the parents will either work out a standard…

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