HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT DO I NEED TO PAY? The Texas family courts will generally require that the parent who is not in the primary physical custody of the child to pay child support to the parent who is in primary physical custody. The court will look at the non-custodial parent’s net resources and apply…

BEHIND ON CHILD SUPPORT? HOW IS BACK CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED? In Texas it is the responsibility of a mother and father to adequately support their child. An adequate support usually comes in the form of child support payments monthly. It is a common mistake of judgment to attempt to hide from child support obligations or…

WHAT DOES PRIMARY CUSTODY MEAN? Duties and Rights of a Conservator: Child custody is legally known as a conservatorship in Texas. There are three types of conservators: joint managing conservator, sole managing conservator, and possessory conservator. Courts presume that both parents will be joint managing conservators, meaning both parents share decision making for the child; however,…

HOW DO TEXAS COURTS DECIDE PRIMARY CUSTODY The primary consideration of the court is the best interest of the child when determining custody and access to the child. The best interest of the child can be that the child has frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown to have the child’s best interest;…

As a general rule, both parents know what is best for their children, but when parents decide to divorce, their opinions often diverge when it comes to child custody decisions. Many factors go into determining the best interests of the children, and judges may want to hear from the children to find out where the…

MOVING OUT OF TEXAS WITHOUT A CUSTODY AGREEMENT A parent may only move out of state with their child with the other parent’s consent, or with a court’s permission, which will be granted only when particular conditions are met. If a parent moves without that consent, they could face serious legal repercussions. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…

Child Custody and Relocation in Texas RELOCATION RESTRICTIONS IN CHILD CUSTODY PARENTING PLAN Texas law presumes that both parents should stay involved with a child’s life, if possible, and any parenting arrangement will be geared towards allowing this to happen. Divorcing spouses can work out a “parenting plan” together that sets up custody, visitation, and…

CAN I KICK MY SPOUSE OUT OF THE HOME? The answer is “it depends.” Without a compelling reason, such as physical violence, you and the opposing party will need to coexist in the marital home, even after you file for divorce. The good news is that you can get a court hearing set with the…

BASICS OF CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS Texas Child SupportWhether you’re paying child support or receiving it, you want to get a good understanding of how to calculate child support. 1. How Many KidsThe first numbers are easy to get – count up the number of children involved. How many children does the paying parent…

ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS Divorce is seldom a simple process in Texas or anywhere else. When children are involved, the situation can become much more stressful. This can be particularly true when child custody is involved. The custody arrangement will almost definitely require contact with an ex-spouse. One should always keep in mind the best…

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