PREPARE YOUR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS CO-PARENTING PLAN Custody and Parent-Time: If one of the parents is infected with the coronavirus or one of the parties’ mutual children, does parent-time still happen? How? Be Reasonable: Realize that this is an emergency situation. Whatever you agree to do during the COVID-19 outbreak is not permanently changing your custody…

FILING A VIRTUAL DIVORCE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS? All filings in the Texas Court system are now done online so in a sense, all divorces are filed online in Texas. Our law firm can represent and navigate you through this process.   The attorneys at the Mat Rueda Law Firm can help you to understand…

IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB DUE TO COVID-19. DO YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT? If you lost your job or have less income because your workplace shut down or cut back on your hours or wages during the coronavirus crisis, you still have to pay child support.  While you do still have to…

REASONS TO MODIFY CHILD CUSTODY IN TEXAS The Texas Family Code expressly states valid grounds for modifying an existing child custody arrangement, which must include one of the following: 1.Circumstances of the child, one of the conservators, or another party affected by the conservatorship order or agreed parenting plan have materially and substantially changed since…

HOW TO DIVIDE MARITAL PROPERTY IN A TEXAS DIVORCE Getting a divorce can leave you with a lot of issues and questions to sort through. One of the most pressing issues is how your marital assets will be divided. Each state handles divorce differently, so you must understand your state’s unique laws on divorce. Whether…

COVID-19 IMPACT ON VISITATION/POSSESSION ORDER REGARDING CHILDREN, The latest Order by The Texas Supreme Court is “This order applies to and clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting theParent-Child Relationship. For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall…

CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Impact To Child Custody Visitation & Access Orders If you have children subject to a court-ordered visitation schedule, you may be confused regarding if and how child exchanges/visitation should occur and what happens if this stay home order continues for an extended period of time. MARCH 17, 2020 UPDATE – The Texas Supreme…

A parent can file for custody of a minor child in Texas so long as the child resides in the state. You can also file if you did reside in the state for at least six months prior to the filing. A parent may also file for custody in Texas if one parent has a…

VIRTUAL MEDIATION IS A POWERFUL CHOICE DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES Virtual Mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The procedure involves a neutral third party who facilitates the negotiation process. An organized and experienced attorney-mediator can help both sides of a conflict reach a fair and mutually satisfying resolution in a timely…

WHAT IS A ‘NO CONTEST’ OR ‘UNCONTESTED’ DIVORCE IN TEXAS Your divorce may not be avoidable, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a fight. There are ways to amicably end your marriage: a “no contest” divorce, officially known as an uncontested divorce. Here’s a glimpse at what a no contest divorce in…

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