DIVIDING STUDENT DEBT AND OTHER DEBT IN A TEXAS DIVORCE When couples divorce, people typically focus on issues like asset division and child custody. However, the division and allocation of debts can have a significant effect on the size of the property settlement you receive.  You may think that just because you didn’t co-sign for…

PENALTIES FOR NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS Paying child support is critical for several reasons. Not only can it be essential for raising a child, but the consequences of failing to do it can be very harsh. Texas parents can face severe penalties if they refuse or fail to pay child support. Failure to…

Dividing Property During A Divorce Community property In general, everything that you and your spouse purchased during the course of your marriage is marital property. You and your husband will have to divide anything that the court classifies as marital property. Texas divorce law incorporates the principles of community property. This means that, in theory,…

Filing a Divorce on a Spouse Who Lives in Another County or State Before a party can be bound to follow a divorce court’s orders the court must have jurisdiction over that party. Jurisdiction is usually based on a party’s connections with or appearance in the state where the court sits, but what if one…

Can I Request Retroactive Child Support? Retroactive child support payments may be something you are considering if a Family Court in Texas just ordered child support from another parent when it’s been long overdue. You may be wondering if it’s possible to receive payments that you would have received if the order has been made…

What is a Protective Order? A protective order in Texas is an order that is issued by a judge to prevent continuing acts of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking. In Texas a protective order can be civil or criminal. There are different types of protective orders but we will focus on those…

What are the rights of joint managing conservators in Texas?   Under Texas law, there is the presumption that each of the child’s parents should share joint managing conservatorship. This gives each parent certain rights and duties when it comes to raising the child. A parent who has conservatorship over the child is entitled to…

WHO SHOULD PAY FOR “BACK-TO-SCHOOL” COSTS? When parents in Texas are going through divorces, they may overlook some potential issues concerning who will be responsible for paying for their children’s back-to-school supplies, clothing and other related expenses. The financial responsibility of paying for these items may depend on the parenting and custody arrangements that the…

Mediation is Crucial in a Texas Divorce When couples in Texas divorce, in most counties they have to go through the mediation process first. This can actually be a good thing. It gives couples a chance to resolve their divorce legal issues privately and in a quicker manner than litigation would take. It also lets…

Can I Get a U.S. Passport if I Owe Child Support? If you are like millions of Americans, you will have the need or desire to travel abroad. Perhaps you will want to go overseas for business, to visit family, or to enjoy a second honeymoon with your new husband or wife. However, if you…

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