HOW DO I GET A RESTRAINING ORDER IN TEXAS In Texas family law cases, there are two separate types of protective documents that parties can seek. Restraining orders are not to be confused with protective orders. Most often, parties seek a restraining order in a divorce or suit affecting the parent-child relationship to take exclusive…

HOW COURTS DETERMINE WHICH PARENT SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY CARETAKER When parents are battling for custody of their child, there are several things that the courts will look at to help them make the right decision. A parent’s income and physical condition are both very important to the courts, but so are things like the…

DIVORCE MEDIATION: Frequently Asked Questions • What is the role of the mediator? A mediator is a neutral party trained to assist couples resolve all of the issues associated with divorce, such as those pertaining to property division and child custody. This person is not a judge, so they don’t have the power to make…

DIVORCE TIPS FOR STAY AT HOME MOMS Prepare documents First of all, you must get your documents in order. Documentation of marital finances will help you get a fair settlement. The papers you should gather and organize include: Bank statements Paystubs Tax returns Insurance policies Investment accounts Mortgages Loans You should also have a list of…

HOW DOES CHILD SUPPORT WORK? Texas law requires all parents to support their children with the necessities of life such as food, clothing, education, medical expenses and a place to live. After the parents’ relationship ends, a court orders the noncustodial parent to regularly pay child support to the primary support parent. Normally, this support is deducted…

FACTORS THE COURT MAY CONSIDER IN LIFTING A GEOGRAPHIC RESTRICTION In most child custody orders, the primary parent, otherwise known as the custodial parent, is given exclusive rights to establish residency of the child, though often restricted to a geographic area. A geographic restriction is an order from the court, whether included in a divorce…

DETERMINING CUSTODY RIGHTS IN TEXAS Custody/Conservatorships are the rights and responsibilities of the parent toward the child. The parent who has custody of the child after a divorce is known as the conservator. As with other states, if divorcing parents can come to a decision about a parenting plan, courts enforce that. But if they…

HOW LONG DOES A TEXAS DIVORCE TAKE? In Texas, the required waiting period is 60 days, which means there must be 60 days between filing the petition for divorce and finalizing it. It’s rare that a case that actually gets finalized immediately after the end of the waiting period. What goes into the length of…

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