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January 2016 Archives

Obtaining child support modifications in Texas

Parents across Texas, who are not married to or in a relationship with their child's other parent, know that child support can often mean the difference between financial security and financial ruin. Those who depend on their child support payments to put food on their table and a roof over their head may sometimes need to request more child support when their situation changes. If you need more child support to care for your child, you may want to learn more about child support modifications.

Which legal actions are heard in family law courts in Texas?

When most Texas residents think of family law, they think of divorce. However, family law encompasses many more legal topics than simply divorce. In fact, in Texas and all other states, family law courts have jurisdiction over a broad range of matters.

Like any major decision in life, plan for your divorce

Going to college, getting married, buying a house, choosing private or public schools for your children, how much to put away or invest, all of these have an aspect of financial planning involved and are decisions and events not to be taken lightly. The same should be said about your divorce.

How do I approximate how much I will pay for child support?

If you are new to the parenting scene or are newly divorced, you probably have concerns regarding the well-being of your child and want to have as much to do with the child or children as you can. If you do not have full custody, you will likely be expected to contribute financially to the support of your child. That can be disconcerting when the decision is out of your hands and in the hands of the court. Understanding how child support is essentially determined may help you garner an idea of what will be expected of you and how to budget accordingly.

Why do I need a formal divorce if I am only common-law married?

In Texas, there exists a type of marriage termed common law. When a man and a woman live together and have indicated and have agreed that they are married, they are considered legally as married. This is without a ceremony and a certificate. If the man and woman have ever introduced themselves as married or referred to one another as husband or wife or have ever applied and signed for credit as a married couple, they have effectively presented themselves as married and fall into the classification.