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Don't minimize the stepparent's role

When families split, and divorces occur, often one spouse is quick to enter into a new relationship and remarry. It makes sense, perhaps the remarried spouse was not the one pursuant of a divorce or maybe they needed help with the children. Most of the time, two parents working together makes a world of difference when it comes to raising children and getting them to school, soccer, doctor's appointment and so on.

How do I get full legal custody of my grandchild who lives with me?

Not all parents are experiencing the empty nest syndrome for long these days. Perhaps it can be attributed to the volatile economy, where jobs are hard to come by once education wraps or perhaps it can be blamed on the fact that the cost of living is high and doesn't correlate to the less mobile minimum wage. Whatever the reason, teenagers seem less rushed to leave the comfort of their parent's homes or may return after a few years. Some return after a failed marriage or return with a child. As parents, you probably welcomed your child home and went about loving and enjoying your grandchild as only a grandparent would.

Can I get alimony in Texas?

If you are going through a divorce, you are probably well aware of child support, and may have at least a general idea of whether or not you are a candidate for receiving it once your divorce is finalized. Do you have children? Are you the primary custodial caregiver to the children? Will you continue to be? But what if you do not have children? What if you were a homemaker or supported his or her business endeavors on a backend nonpaid position? What about additional financial help from your spouse then? Is your spouse obligated to pay you anything beyond child support ever? If so, what situations would merit a form of spousal support outside of child support?

The basics of spousal support

Spousal support (or "alimony" and "spousal maintenance") are payments by one spouse to the other to maintain their standard of living. These support payments are typically ordered during and after a divorce. A court sometimes orders it. However, couples can also agree beforehand on set rates for spousal support. This article will go over the basics of how spousal support is calculated.

If you are considering divorce, consider divorce planning

Most people who decide to divorce their spouse simply announce their intentions. However, spouses who carefully consider the implications of their divorces and the divorce process often commit to divorce planning before telling their partners. By spending some time planning for your divorce, you will likely find that you are better equipped to ensure the protection of your interests should your divorce end up in a Texas courtroom.

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.

Texas court recognizes same-sex common law marriage

Common law marriage is where two people are legally married even though they did not have a marriage ceremony and do not have a marriage license. A couple that is common law married has the same rights and responsibilities as other married couples. Not all states recognize the concept of common law marriage. Texas is one of the states that does.

Adopting a foreign-born orphan

For many individuals and couples in Texas, adopting an orphan from another country may be something they have dreamed about doing for a long time. On the other hand, it may be something you have only recently started considering for one reason or another. Either way, it is important to understand the process of international adoption.

How temporary orders can affect your case

If you filed a divorce case or a child custody case in family court, you probably are anxious for it to be over. Final orders in a family court case can take months or sometimes even years. Fortunately, Texas courts allow you to ask for temporary orders. These are orders that are put in place until the final orders.

Filing for annulment in Texas

When Texas couples find that their marriage is coming to an end, the normal course of action to resolve the dispute is a divorce. This can be a long, messy process, however, one that couples may want to avoid. One way to do so is by getting an annulment. There are certain criteria that much be met, however.

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