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February 2017 Archives

The state has a financial stake in your child support payments

If you are a single custodial parent, you are likely quite aware of the importance of receiving child support payments every month. It might even be that without these payments, you and your children could face serious financial hardships. So, if, for some reason, your child's support paying parent fails to meet his or her obligations, you may have to take measures to correct the situation.

Proposed law could be boon for fathers seeking fair custody terms

In a recent news story, a 37-year-old father who lives in Texas made an interesting observation. He pointed out that when you divorce, everything is divided evenly; everything that is but parenting time. The man says that thus far he has shelled out in the neighborhood of $80,000 in the last four years in an effort to secure more child custody time with his 10-year-old son whom he had in a previous marriage.

What issues should be addressed by a parenting plan?

In order to ensure that a child's needs are met after a divorce, divorcing couples in Texas are required to create a parenting plan. The terms of the parenting plan describe the manner in which the child's time will be divided between the parents. Depending on your circumstances, a parenting plan can be used as an informal child custody guide, or it can be a legally binding document.

Your spouse may have hid assets prior to filing divorce papers

Typically, filing for divorce is not a spontaneous act. Often a spouse prepares for many months prior to announcing the desire to split. And if you were recently presented with divorce papers, bear in mind that your spouse likely had been planning to make the move for some time.

Does unemployment affect my child support obligations?

Suffering the loss of a job can cause serious hardships. And if you are unemployed or underemployed for a prolonged period of time, you will likely have to make a number of financial adjustments. Some alterations, such as cutting your cable TV service, are easy to make, but other expenses may be more difficult to avoid.

More grandparents raising children due to opioid epidemic

At present, the scourge of opioid addiction is taking a terrible toll on many of our fellow citizens. A recent estimate placed the number of people addicted to opioids at 2.4 million. Serious drug addiction was once primarily considered a problem among those in economically depressed areas. But opioid addiction, that often results from prescription painkiller use, has become a serious problem across the economic spectrum.