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…

ADVANTAGES OF DIVORCE MEDIATION A courtroom or a judge’s chambers can be an intimidating place, which can add stress to an already tense divorce. The role of the judge is to make decisions and give orders. Conversely, mediation occurs in a more comfortable setting, typically a conference room or lawyer’s office, and often with refreshments…

Texas Child Support 101: What is Considered Net Income? To calculate current child support, courts must determine the amount of the obligor’s income available for support (“net resources”) and apply the child-support guidelines to the obligor’s net resources. Child Support  The purpose of child support is to help a custodial parent maintain an adequate standard…

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