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…

CAN TEXAS KEEP YOUR STIMULUS CHECKS FOR UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT? When you don’t have a lot of savings, finding out you’re going to get a stimulus check can do great things for your budget. You might be able to pay off a credit card balance or finally make the repairs that you need on your…

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES V. DISADVATAGES TO ‘FILING FIRST’ IN A TEXAS DIVORCE When it comes to divorce, it can be tempting to think of everything in terms of winning or losing. Even the process of filing for divorce turns into a competition. However, it is crucial to consider what – if anything – you…

WHAT IF YOUR SPOUSE WILL NOT AGREE ON A DIVORCE If you want to move on with your life but your spouse will not agree to a divorce, there are several actions you can take that may assist you. File a no-fault divorceAs a Texas resident, you can file for a no-fault divorce, which allows…

Custody in Texas may be joint or sole, and when the parents are joint managing conservators together, they share decision-making authority, although certain types of decisions may still be given exclusively to one or the other. For example, one parent might have the power to make decisions about the religious upbringing of a child and…

HOW CHILD SUPPORT IS CALCULATED IN TEXAS The amounts you pay for child support are determined by child support guidelines. To calculate your net income the court first has to calculate gross income on an annual basis. Then the court will divide the annual gross income with 12 (as in 12 months) to get the…

PARENTAL ALIENATION AND TEXAS COURTS Effects Of Parental Alienation On Children Children may start displaying delinquent behavior. Sometimes the child may get depressed, start failing in school or develop eating disorders. That is why in child custody cases, the judge’s order is always made in the best interests of the child. Parental Alienation Laws The…

WHAT SHOULD YOUR CHILD SUPPORT COVER AND NOT COVER On a very basic level, the guideline child support amount, is the minimum statutorily prescribed amount of child support based on the non-custodial parent’s income.The non-custodial parent usually pays an amount of child support based on how many children they have and applied to their net…

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