CONTESTED DIVORCE:  BASIC STEPS/NEED TO KNOW When you and your spouse do not agree on one or more areas of the divorce, you need to file a contested divorce. Here are the required steps in a contested divorce. 1. Petition for Divorce A Petition for Divorce is filed with the court. The petition includes information…

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “UNCONTESTED” AND “AGREED” DIVORCES IN TEXAS “UNCONTESTED DIVORCE” Even if you and your spouse have agreed to the settlement of your belongings, to file for an uncontested divorce you must still meet specific criteria: You and your spouse must agree on the reason for the divorce You and your spouse…

HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT DO I HAVE TO PAY? TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES The Texas Family Code contains guidelines for the computation of child support. The guidelines are specifically designed to apply to situations in which the obligor’s monthly net resources are $9,200.00 or less. In such cases, the court presumptively applies the following schedule:…

IMPORTANT CHILD SUPPORT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW If you’re working through a child support case now, there are some things you should know: • Your child support order isn’t set in stone. Depending on the conservators’ financial circumstances, the court might issue a child support order modification. The court might order the possessory conservator to…

HOW DO I CHANGE MY CHILD SUPPORT ORDER You can request a modification of child support orders as the noncustodial parent if: • Your income has increased or decreased. • You become legally responsible for additional children. • Your child’s medical insurance coverage has changed. If you become the custodial parent, this also represents a…

WHAT IS A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER A temporary restraining order is used to preserve the status quo in a case by restraining a party from doing something or preventing them from doing something. It is common for a parent to ask the court to protect the children in a case, and ask that the other…

WHAT IS MEDIATION? Mediation is a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, where you and your spouse try to solve your issues outside of the courtroom with the help of a certified family law mediator. This can be especially helpful in a no-fault divorce, where you determine that nobody is responsible for the divorce…

IF YOU HAVE JOINT CUSTODY, DO YOU HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? Joint Custody and Child Support: In a joint managing conservatorship, time is not shared equally between the child and each parent. Typically, one parent is the primary conservator and has the right to decide where the child’s primary residence is, while the other…

WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS DISAGREE ABOUT VACCINATING THEIR CHILD(REN) We are facing serious questions about what to do when parents disagree about whether their child should be vaccinated. The First Step: Look at the Court Order If your child is the subject of a court order, then the first step is to look at…

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMUNITY PROPERTY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN A TEXAS DIVORCE Community vs. Separate Property Texas defines community and separate property. Community property “consists of the property, other than separate property, acquired by either spouse during marriage.” Moreover, the statute tells us that “property possessed by either spouse during or on dissolution of…

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