Unmarried Texas Couple with Child – Steps to take to Establish the Parent Relationship Establishing Paternity A child does not have a legally recognized father if the parents are not married unless a few steps are first taken to establish paternity. Paternity in Texas can be established voluntarily and involuntarily: • Voluntarily: If both the…

WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM NOT RECEIVING MY CHILD SUPPORT? Delinquent Child Support and Visitation Child support and visitation rights are considered separate issues by the courts of Texas. It is a common misunderstanding that the two are related. Withholding visitation from your ex could potentially have negative consequences with the court.It may…

CHILD SUPPORT OVERVIEW Child support is usually granted to the “custodial” parent, or the parent who has legal custody of the child, and is paid by the “non-custodial parent,” or parent with whom the child does not primarily reside. • Parent ordered to pay support is not making payments according to schedule and/or amount ordered…

Texas has a formula to determine the amount of child support the state “presumes” is in the child’s best interest.  In a nutshell, child support in Texas is determined by figuring out the average net monthly resources of the paying parent and applying guidelines established by the Texas legislature that require paying a percentage of…

HOW DO I GET MY CHILD CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT MODIFIED? Generally speaking, the person seeking a modification in child custody in Texas is going to have to show that at least one of the following has occurred since the original order was entered: • The circumstances of the child or parent has materially or substantially changed,…

Retroactive Child Support AND Medical Support A parent can also request the court to order retroactive child support and medical child support. Retroactive child support reflects the amount of money one parent would owe the other parent prior to the filing of the suit if there had been a child support order in place. Generally,…

Understanding Child Support in Texas   Eligibility CHILD: Generally, child support is due and payable for a child until the child turns 18 years-old, graduates from high school (whichever occurs later), marries, dies, or is emancipated (declared an adult) by court order. If the child is disabled or considered to have special needs, a parent…

What is Considered Community Property and Separate Property in a Texas Divorce? Texas is one of nine states considered a community property state. This means that in a divorce, most property acquired during the marriage is considered the property of both spouses and must be divided “equitably” under Texas law. Understanding the difference between community…

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