WHAT IS MEDIATION? Mediation is a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, where you and your spouse try to solve your issues outside of the courtroom with the help of a certified family law mediator. This can be especially helpful in a no-fault divorce, where you determine that nobody is responsible for the divorce…

IF YOU HAVE JOINT CUSTODY, DO YOU HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? Joint Custody and Child Support: In a joint managing conservatorship, time is not shared equally between the child and each parent. Typically, one parent is the primary conservator and has the right to decide where the child’s primary residence is, while the other…

WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS DISAGREE ABOUT VACCINATING THEIR CHILD(REN) We are facing serious questions about what to do when parents disagree about whether their child should be vaccinated. The First Step: Look at the Court Order If your child is the subject of a court order, then the first step is to look at…

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMUNITY PROPERTY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN A TEXAS DIVORCE Community vs. Separate Property Texas defines community and separate property. Community property “consists of the property, other than separate property, acquired by either spouse during marriage.” Moreover, the statute tells us that “property possessed by either spouse during or on dissolution of…

HOW CAN I GET AN INCREASE IN CHILD SUPPORT? Modifying Child Support in Texas Child support may be modified in Texas if at least one of the following applies: • At least three years have elapsed since the child support order was entered or modified by the court AND the current monthly amount of the…

HOW TO TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS IN TEXAS The parent may see this as the best choice to make especially if the other parent has no desire or ability to take any responsibility for the child. However, termination of parental rights is a difficult process because courts view it as a drastic measure. To get the…

CHILD SUPPORT: HELPFUL HINTS AND MUST KNOW INFORMATION WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: • 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…

HOW DO TEXAS COURTS DETERMINE CUSTODY Texas refers to physical child custody as possession and access. Divorcing families must work with the court to establish a legal possession order that details the custody and visitation schedule for children. The custody process:Parents can create their own possession order if they agree about how to share time…

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