DISPUTE RESOLUTION ALTERNATIVES IN TEXAS DIVORCES (MEDIATION V. ARBITRATION) Avoiding litigation is a worthy goal. Methods of alternate dispute resolution are available to families, allowing them to avoid the costly and time-consuming court process. Two Forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution are Mediation & Arbitration About Mediation Mediation is the process of allowing a neutral third…

5 TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT MISCONCEPTIONS   EQUAL CUSTODY MEANS NO AWARDED CHILD SUPPORT Sometimes, when both parents spend an equal amount of time with the children post-divorce, they are able to work out an agreement where financial support is not a necessity. However, despite the civility of equal custody, sometimes a parent is still required to…

Texas Divorce: What You Should Know Key facts about getting a divorce in Texas. What is the residency requirement for divorce in Texas? At least one spouse must be a resident of Texas for six months before filing for divorce. How is property divided at divorce in Texas? Texas is a community property state. This…

How to Stop Child Support Payments in Texas. Here are the main reasons for how you can you stop paying child support and the typical means by which child support is terminated. In Texas, can I stop paying child support when my child turns 18? The general answer is Yes. When this situation occurs, it…

  Texas Family Law Code’s Standard Visitation Guidelines for Christmas Break: The possessory conservator or non-primary conservator shall have possession of the child in even-numbered years beginning at 6 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school for the Christmas school vacation and ending at noon on December 28, and the managing conservator shall…

What is Child Support? Child support is a child’s legal right to be financially supported by both parents. The law assumes that a custodial parent (the parent who has primary custody of a child) directly pays for the child’s expenses. Therefore, a non-custodial parent (the parent who does not have primary custody of the child)…

How does child custody work when unmarried parents separate? When parents separate, whether married or not, the best interest of the children will always be the most important factor when deciding on custody and visitation. Not all splits are amicable, which can make it difficult to come to an agreement. If an agreement cannot be…

Alternative Dispute Resolution Options in Divorce There are two main types of alternative dispute resolution options for divorcing spouses: Divorce mediation involves a qualified and impartial third-party mediator to facilitate negotiations and encourage communication and compromise. A mediator may not provide legal advice, but each party’s legal counsel may be present to provide legal and moral…

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…

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