WHEN CAN YOU MODIFY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT Child support orders can only be changed by the entering of a new court order. Informal agreements between the parties are not effective to change the amount of court ordered child support. Therefore, while you and the other party may agree to a change in the amount of…

Does it matter who files for divorce first? Either the husband or the wife may file for divorce in Texas. Sometimes, when it appears that divorce might be coming, we are asked whether it matters who files first. The short answer is: it does. While the burdens of proof and presenting evidence do not change…

MEDIATION IN A DIVORCE CASE CAN HELP YOUR CHILD(REN) Like many other things, divorce in Texas is a bit different than in other states. One of the most obvious differences is that Texas is one of the few remaining community property states when dividing marital property. More specifically, Texas is one of very few states…

Reasons a Court May Consider in Awarding Sole Custody While many parents wish to have sole custody over their children, in practice it is rare that it is granted. The courts generally assume that it is in the best interest of children for their parents to have joint physical custody. However, there are situations in…

GETTING CHILD SUPPORT WHILE MY DIVORCE IS PENDING Often, once a divorce is initiated, a need for support arises for the custodial parent (the one with whom the child or children primarily reside). A common question that clients in this situation ask is “Can I get child support while my divorce is pending?” The answer…

WHY MEDITATION MAY BE A NECESSARY OPTION IN A DIVORCE CASE Divorce is naturally a complex process from both an emotional and a financial standpoint. If you and your spouse struggle to see eye to eye on matters such as property division, this only makes matters challenging. However, even in the most amicable of divorces…

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…

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