WHEN CAN A CHILD DECIDE WHICH PARENT TO LIVE WITH When Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With? A child can never independently decide which parent they want to live with until they are 18. This may seem unfair, especially if the child is mature and independent, but that is the law. However,…

WHEN CAN I INCREASE OR DECREASE MY CHILD SUPPORT When Can a Texas Child Support Order Be Modified? During a child support review process (CSRP) or court hearing, a judge will examine both parents’ claims and determine whether a change in child support, such as an increase, decrease, or termination, is necessary and appropriate. Generally…

CHILD SUPPORT QUICK TIPS • WHO MUST PAY? Any parent ordered to pay child support. • WHAT TO PAY? Current, medical, retroactive and/or arrearage child support. • WHERE TO PAY? Your order directs where child support must be paid. Most orders direct that child support is paid to the: Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit P….

CONTESTED V. UNCONTESTED (SHOULD I GO TO COURT OR SETTLE?) While most divorcing spouses want to make the process as quick and painless as possible, it may not be that easy. Each marriage and divorce are different, but it’s essential to focus on the business side of divorce instead of letting emotion dictate your actions….

CAN PARENTS CREATE THEIR OWN CHILD SUPPORT AGREEMENT? Parents can negotiate child support independently, with the help of an attorney. They can agree to make payments monthly, in a lump sum, or sometimes even in a property settlement. Many parents have money taken out of their paycheck, which is then distributed to the other parent…

THERE ARE 4 TYPES OF CHILD CUSTODY IN TEXAS LEGAL CUSTODY When a parent assumes legal custody of their child, that parent has the right to make any decisions necessary when it comes to the needs of the child. They can make every decision regarding education, health care, and religion without discussing these topics with…

DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE? Why You Might Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce Making sure your rights are protected. It is crucial that you understand all your rights in a divorce because failing to understand those rights could mean you end up with an unfair division of property, too…

BASIC CHILD SUPPORT LAWS FOR TEXAS In custody cases, the court can make the determination of parental responsibilities. Under Texas Family Code a court can order either the custodial parent or noncustodial parent or both parents to support a child: • until the child is 18 years of age or until graduation from high school,…

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