WHAT CAN I DO IF MY EX WITHHOLDS MY CHILD VISITATION While a child visitation agreement establishes the amount of time that a child spends with each parent, there are many cases when custodial parents—without any cause whatsoever—prevent noncustodial parents from seeing their kids for weeks, months, and even years. The following are the steps…

REASONS TO CHANGE/MODIFY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AMOUNT IN TEXAS Here are some reasons why a court might grant a modification of child support: • Your income was reduced: If a parent loses his or her job or takes a pay cut as a result of a demotion, that parent can request a modification of child…

IS THE FAMILY HOME DIVIDED 50/50 IN A TEXAS DIVORCE? When a married couple divorces, they must divide their marital property according to state law. Texas law uses the community property system, where all property acquired by either partner during the marriage becomes part of the community property of the marriage, with a few types…

HOW IS CHILD CUSTODY ESTABLISHED IN TEXAS? When parents in Texas decide to part ways, this process can be complicated due to custody. Child custody can be determined between the divorcing spouses; however, if an agreement is not reached, the court will have to step in to help the parents determine what agreement is best…

How to Modify Your Child Support in Texas There are specific guidelines in Texas for modifying child support. According to the Texas Family Code, a child support order can be modified if: • It has been three or more years since the order was established or last modified and the monthly amount of the child…

IS OVERTIME OR BONUS PAY CONSIDERED FOR TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT? Whether it’s by way of a divorce filing, paternity case, or stand-alone child custody proceeding, parents (and courts) want to ensure the best interests of children will be met, and that they’ll have the needed financial support to make that possible. While calculating child support…

3 CHILD SUPPORT FAQ’s AND MISCONCEPTIONS 1. How is child support calculated? In Texas, the amount of child support that a parent is paid depends on their net income (their after-tax income) and the state’s child support guidelines.Put as simply as possible, the child support guidelines in Texas are as follows:• One child: 20% of…

WHAT DOES “CUSTODY” REALLY MEAN IN TEXAS? 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, the time spent…

WHO SHOULD PAY FOR THE 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…

CHILD CUSTODY AND CLAIMING THE CHILD ON YOUR TAXES When parents divorce, there are many concerns surrounding their children. One major issue is with whom the child will reside with and what the custody arrangement will look like. Although it is important to address child support issues, it is also vital to understand how a…

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