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Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses. 

Divorce can be made less painful in Texas

Most couples in Texas do not get married with the anticipation of getting divorced. However, research shows that 40% to 50% of people who are married in the United States end up going through divorce. Although ending a marriage certainly is never simple, a couple of tips may help to make it a little easier.

First, it may be helpful for those getting divorced to seek the emotional support they need to cope with the other party's behavior. The reality is that unhappiness and disagreement are not uncommon in divorce, but sometimes, one spouse might become unusually hostile during this time. In these situations, the hostile spouse may see the breakup as a competition that he or she wants to win and thus may start to objectify his or her future ex.

Divorce closes a chapter, another begins for Bristol Palin

Many Texas readers are familiar with the Palin family. Sarah Palin, a well-known politician, is certainly no stranger to making headlines. Recently, however, it is her daughter Bristol Palin that has garnered media attention as the young woman's divorce comes to a close and a new career on television begins. 

Bristol has a role on the popular television show "Teen Mom OG." While the show maintains the "teen" branding, most of the cast members are all grown up, and the cameras follow the young parents as they face unfamiliar adult issues. Child custody matters, marriage and divorce weave through the plot lines each week. Bristol joins the cast as her divorce becomes final. 

Single parents need child support more than ever

It may be a new year, but for thousands of Texas families, there may not be much financial hope. Though other states passed laws to raise minimum wage for hard-working employees, the Lone Star State did not. For many single parents, even working two jobs may not make them enough money to keep a roof over their children's heads. In times of such financial uncertainty, it is important for parents who may be eligible to receive child support payments to do so. 

In today's society, it is not unusual for single parent households to struggle financially. One Texas woman, a former marine, lost custody of her children after losing her home. Though she had a job and was working her way through school to get an even better one, she was unable to pay rent on the apartment she shared with her three children. 

Paternity and family law

Many Texas residents may have seen advertisements for a popular new item. A home DNA test is meant to provide consumers with the opportunity to learn more about their genealogy, and has become a trendy gift item. The tests usually cost under $100, and while they are meant to be fun and educational, some consumers have gotten results that seem to stress the importance of establishing paternity as a matter of family law. 

Stories have begun to surface featuring consumers who took such a test to learn about their lineage, only to learn that the person they thought was his or her biological father is, in fact, not even a blood relative. People facing this sort of discovery have reported emotional trauma and legal issues. Many fathers do not take the important step of confirming paternity when a child is born. 

Dear Santa, can you help with child custody?

Texas families are in a mad and merry dash to finish last-minute holiday preparation. Gifts, family get-togethers, big meals and other revelry are certainly things to look forward to. One of the most exciting moments for a parent can be watching the joy on a child's face as they take in the wonder of the holiday season. Unfortunately, not every child has the opportunity to have a loving, supportive family, but with a little Christmas magic and a change in child custody, dreams can come true. 

When many people hear the term "child custody," they may forget that the words do not always apply to biological children. Adoption is also a process of gaining child custody. It is estimated that, in one large Texas city alone, nearly 2,000 children are eligible and hoping for adoption. 

Meth crisis directly affecting child custody cases

A Texas judge is speaking out about how the state's methamphetamine crisis is affecting family law. A record number of families now find themselves pitted against the state in matters of child custody. Substance abuse is now so rampant across the nation that it would not be unusual for a person to be able to call to mind a child one personally knows who may be in danger. 

The judge mentioned above has stated that while, certainly, the state would prefer for children to remain in the loving custody of their parents, when a child is in danger, the state can and will take action. She points out that many children may accidentally touch a surface or an object contaminated by a drug, which can have serious medical consequences. She estimates that, in her Texas jurisdiction alone, over half of the children placed in state foster care are removed from the custody of a parent due to the use of methamphetamine. 

Court rules father not responsible for extra child support

For many Texas families, issues regarding shared custody of children can be nearly impossible to agree upon. A court order usually details matters like where a child lives, the amount of parenting time each parent has and other aspects of co-parenting. Some parents may occasionally find themselves at odds, especially when it comes time to calculate child support. 

Many considerations are factored into the calculation of child support. The court will look at things like the income of both parties and any special needs a child may have that could be costly. It is not unusual for a non-custodial parent to be required to pay for child care while the other parent is working, but a recent case involving famous actor Tyrese put special stipulations into place. 

Father faces loss of child custody

Some divorced parents in Texas might have experienced a personal situation in which they cannot agree on what is best for a child. If a person does not have this sort of personal experience, he or she likely knows someone who has, because child custody issues are so prevalent. Modern social issues have put new concerns on the table for many families, and one father in particular now faces a loss of child custody

The man's troubles began after his divorce. His ex-wife began to insist that their young son was transgender and identifies as a female. The father maintains that, while he certainly would be accepting of his child's decision, he feels that the child does not actually identify as such and only plays along in the presence of his mother. 

New evidence about the importance of child support

Texas families may be especially proud to call the Lone Star State their home. As one of the largest states in the nation, Texas can often be used as a sort of gauge to determine how social and economic issues affect the majority of Americans. Recently, a study revealed that though unemployment is relatively low, as many as one out of every five children are living in what is considered to be poverty. In some cases, a child support order may help alleviate the financial suffering a child may be enduring. 

When parents share a child, but live in separate households, the custodial parent may be eligible for child support. If a child support order is put into place by a court, the other parent is obligated to make specified payments to the custodial parent to help with expenses like food, clothing and shelter for the child. This can help ensure that a child has everything needed to learn and grow. 

McKinney TX Family Law Blog | Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
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Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

McKinney TX Family Law Blog

Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses. 

Divorce can be made less painful in Texas

Most couples in Texas do not get married with the anticipation of getting divorced. However, research shows that 40% to 50% of people who are married in the United States end up going through divorce. Although ending a marriage certainly is never simple, a couple of tips may help to make it a little easier.

First, it may be helpful for those getting divorced to seek the emotional support they need to cope with the other party's behavior. The reality is that unhappiness and disagreement are not uncommon in divorce, but sometimes, one spouse might become unusually hostile during this time. In these situations, the hostile spouse may see the breakup as a competition that he or she wants to win and thus may start to objectify his or her future ex.

Divorce closes a chapter, another begins for Bristol Palin

Many Texas readers are familiar with the Palin family. Sarah Palin, a well-known politician, is certainly no stranger to making headlines. Recently, however, it is her daughter Bristol Palin that has garnered media attention as the young woman's divorce comes to a close and a new career on television begins. 

Bristol has a role on the popular television show "Teen Mom OG." While the show maintains the "teen" branding, most of the cast members are all grown up, and the cameras follow the young parents as they face unfamiliar adult issues. Child custody matters, marriage and divorce weave through the plot lines each week. Bristol joins the cast as her divorce becomes final. 

Single parents need child support more than ever

It may be a new year, but for thousands of Texas families, there may not be much financial hope. Though other states passed laws to raise minimum wage for hard-working employees, the Lone Star State did not. For many single parents, even working two jobs may not make them enough money to keep a roof over their children's heads. In times of such financial uncertainty, it is important for parents who may be eligible to receive child support payments to do so. 

In today's society, it is not unusual for single parent households to struggle financially. One Texas woman, a former marine, lost custody of her children after losing her home. Though she had a job and was working her way through school to get an even better one, she was unable to pay rent on the apartment she shared with her three children. 

Paternity and family law

Many Texas residents may have seen advertisements for a popular new item. A home DNA test is meant to provide consumers with the opportunity to learn more about their genealogy, and has become a trendy gift item. The tests usually cost under $100, and while they are meant to be fun and educational, some consumers have gotten results that seem to stress the importance of establishing paternity as a matter of family law. 

Stories have begun to surface featuring consumers who took such a test to learn about their lineage, only to learn that the person they thought was his or her biological father is, in fact, not even a blood relative. People facing this sort of discovery have reported emotional trauma and legal issues. Many fathers do not take the important step of confirming paternity when a child is born. 

Dear Santa, can you help with child custody?

Texas families are in a mad and merry dash to finish last-minute holiday preparation. Gifts, family get-togethers, big meals and other revelry are certainly things to look forward to. One of the most exciting moments for a parent can be watching the joy on a child's face as they take in the wonder of the holiday season. Unfortunately, not every child has the opportunity to have a loving, supportive family, but with a little Christmas magic and a change in child custody, dreams can come true. 

When many people hear the term "child custody," they may forget that the words do not always apply to biological children. Adoption is also a process of gaining child custody. It is estimated that, in one large Texas city alone, nearly 2,000 children are eligible and hoping for adoption. 

Meth crisis directly affecting child custody cases

A Texas judge is speaking out about how the state's methamphetamine crisis is affecting family law. A record number of families now find themselves pitted against the state in matters of child custody. Substance abuse is now so rampant across the nation that it would not be unusual for a person to be able to call to mind a child one personally knows who may be in danger. 

The judge mentioned above has stated that while, certainly, the state would prefer for children to remain in the loving custody of their parents, when a child is in danger, the state can and will take action. She points out that many children may accidentally touch a surface or an object contaminated by a drug, which can have serious medical consequences. She estimates that, in her Texas jurisdiction alone, over half of the children placed in state foster care are removed from the custody of a parent due to the use of methamphetamine. 

Court rules father not responsible for extra child support

For many Texas families, issues regarding shared custody of children can be nearly impossible to agree upon. A court order usually details matters like where a child lives, the amount of parenting time each parent has and other aspects of co-parenting. Some parents may occasionally find themselves at odds, especially when it comes time to calculate child support. 

Many considerations are factored into the calculation of child support. The court will look at things like the income of both parties and any special needs a child may have that could be costly. It is not unusual for a non-custodial parent to be required to pay for child care while the other parent is working, but a recent case involving famous actor Tyrese put special stipulations into place. 

Father faces loss of child custody

Some divorced parents in Texas might have experienced a personal situation in which they cannot agree on what is best for a child. If a person does not have this sort of personal experience, he or she likely knows someone who has, because child custody issues are so prevalent. Modern social issues have put new concerns on the table for many families, and one father in particular now faces a loss of child custody

The man's troubles began after his divorce. His ex-wife began to insist that their young son was transgender and identifies as a female. The father maintains that, while he certainly would be accepting of his child's decision, he feels that the child does not actually identify as such and only plays along in the presence of his mother. 

New evidence about the importance of child support

Texas families may be especially proud to call the Lone Star State their home. As one of the largest states in the nation, Texas can often be used as a sort of gauge to determine how social and economic issues affect the majority of Americans. Recently, a study revealed that though unemployment is relatively low, as many as one out of every five children are living in what is considered to be poverty. In some cases, a child support order may help alleviate the financial suffering a child may be enduring. 

When parents share a child, but live in separate households, the custodial parent may be eligible for child support. If a child support order is put into place by a court, the other parent is obligated to make specified payments to the custodial parent to help with expenses like food, clothing and shelter for the child. This can help ensure that a child has everything needed to learn and grow.