SPRING BREAK VISITATION AND ACCESS FOR TEXAS 2020 Spring Break is quickly approaching, and Texas parents with a custody order  (whether from a divorce or other order) in place may want to know how this affects the normal possession schedule. HOW SPRING BREAK WORKS UNDER A STANDARD POSSESSION ORDER Assuming the parties have a Standard Possession Order in…

ENFORCEMENT AND CONTEMPT OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS In Texas, people regularly go to jail and pay fines for violating court orders. The harshest punishment is meted out for violating a court order to pay child support, or for violating an order to surrender children for the other person’s visitation and possession time, or failure to…

3 POPULAR OPTIONS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE VISITATION SCHEDULE During your marriage, you likely were able to see your kids every day of the week. Following a divorce, though, you must adjust to a new reality where your children live primarily with either you or your ex-spouse. You are not alone. If you and your former…

HOW CAN I MODIFY MY CHILD CUSTODY IN TEXAS In the legal world, “child custody modification” can mean a number of different things. It might mean that you want to change the rights and duties that each parent has, according to a previous order. It can also mean that you wish to change which parent has “possession”…

WHAT TO EXPECT OUT OF ‘MEDIATION’ IN TEXAS When going through any type of Family Law litigation in Texas(typically a divorce), mediation can be a very successful and efficient tool to bring a lawsuit to a close. During the course of family law litigation, most courts in Texas order parties to attend mediation prior to…

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…

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