CAN I KICK MY SPOUSE OUT OF THE HOME? The answer is “it depends.” Without a compelling reason, such as physical violence, you and the opposing party will need to coexist in the marital home, even after you file for divorce. The good news is that you can get a court hearing set with the…

BASICS OF CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS Texas Child SupportWhether you’re paying child support or receiving it, you want to get a good understanding of how to calculate child support. 1. How Many KidsThe first numbers are easy to get – count up the number of children involved. How many children does the paying parent…

ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS Divorce is seldom a simple process in Texas or anywhere else. When children are involved, the situation can become much more stressful. This can be particularly true when child custody is involved. The custody arrangement will almost definitely require contact with an ex-spouse. One should always keep in mind the best…

CHILD CUSTODY IN TEXAS: WHAT DOES CUSTODY MEAN? Child Custody Language: \ The Texas Family Code does not address “custody” per se but, instead, uses “conservatorship.” Custody and conservatorship are interchangeable terms. Conservatorship is simply a legal term that the Texas employs to delineate who has the legal rights and responsibilities regarding the children. Conservatorship…

5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FILING A TEXAS DIVORCE Consider how your financial life will be affected by divorce: During a marriage, nearly all of the money you earn, debts you accrue, the property you purchase, credit cards you use, or contributions you make to investment accounts will be considered joint marital property. Consider how…

5 ILLEGITIMATE REASONS TO DENY VISITATION Unless a child is subjected to abuse, violence, or other situations of imminent danger while in the care of a non-custodial parent, it can be assumed that he or she has the right to visitation. Still, this fact isn’t enough to prevent problems between co-parents, particularly those who are contending…

HOW TO PAY LESS CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS There are certain situations that allow you to request a modification of your child support amount so that it is fair and reasonable for both you and your child. You want to avoid being unable to pay because then you may end up serving jail time. Instead, modify your…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SPOUSE WILL NOT SIGN DIVORCE PAPERS? Divorce is a difficult time and it is to be expected that sometimes issues arise during the process. An uncontested divorce is the main goal for most couples that are ready to move on, but this route doesn’t always go as planned. One of the biggest…

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