COURTS AND CHILD VISITATION SCHEDULES A divorced parent might have custody of a child or visitation rights. Often, having visitation rights means being subject to a visitation schedule that was created by the parents or established in court. A court may create a schedule when parents going through a divorce are in too much conflict…

Challenges During the Child Custody Exchanges One of the issues that can be particularly difficult for divorced parents is the exchange that must take place for visitation purposes. If divorced parents cannot keep their emotions in check, arguments may take place during pick-ups and drop-offs. Because children are present during the exchange, it is important…

CHILD CUSTODY DURING THE HOLIDAYS It’s that time of year – family reunions, Christmas tree decorating and gift opening, New Year’s celebrations, and so forth. If you are a divorced parent, an important issue needs to be addressed during the holiday season –custody. Who gets the child, or children, during a respective holiday? What If…

Can My Child Support Order Be Changed? Your Child Support Order may be modified if: • It has been three or more years since the order was established or last modified and the monthly amount of the child support ordered differs by either 20 percent or $100 from the amount that would be awarded according…

IS A 50/50 POSSESSION SCHEDULE RIGHT FOR YOU— Many divorcing parents feel they should be entitled to see their children at least half of the time. Most of them are surprised when I tell them this is not necessarily the case.Courts determine parents’ possession schedules based on what they feel is in the best interests…

CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINE PAYMENTS For the following guidelines, it is assumed that the monthly net resources for the supporting (non-custodial) parent are $8,550 or less. In these cases, the presumptive schedule of payments set by the court is as follows: • One child, the child support payments will make up 20% of the supporting parent’s…

Holiday Custody Arrangements for Divorcing Parents Family courts become busier around the holidays due to disputes regarding which parent the children spend time with during the season. To avoid circular arguments about promised holiday custody agreements, it is best to get both parents to agree on an arrangement in writing. Holiday parenting negotiations often involve…

What are the Grounds for Divorce in Texas When filing for divorce, one needs to file a document to start the process, the Original Petition for Divorce.  The Original Petition for Divorce must include several things according to the Texas Family Code.  One of the elements that must be included is the “why” the court…

How do I get ready for my divorce? Rarely do married couples get “quick” divorces. There are many reasons for this, such as the legal requirements of the state. But also, divorce is often a complex matter, the details of which take time to negotiate and finalize. Moreover, even if you are more than ready…

HOW LONG CAN MY CHILDREN RECEIVE CHILD SUPPORT? In most cases, the normal duration of child support is until the child turns 18 or graduates high school (whichever occurs later). Once your child is 18 or has graduated high school, you will no longer receive child support payments. However, there are a few important exceptions…

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