Getting Medical Reimbursement for Your Child’s Medical Expenses

If you are the parent who usually takes your child to the doctor, you are probably the one who most often pays the co-pays and deductibles. Even if your divorce or paternity decree states that you are entitled to reimbursement from the other parent, you may find it difficult to…

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I no Longer Represent You….  

Some legal situations have a clear start, and a clear finish.   For instance, a deal is proposed between two people, negotiations happen, a contract is drawn up, then revised, then signed.  The deal proceeds and the event is concluded. Everyone goes on with their lives.   A good example…

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Terminating Child Support in the Case of Mistaken Paternity

A man who is paying child support for a child that he mistakenly thought was his own child may be able to seek termination of the parent-child relationship and the duty to pay child support.  The case must meet certain requirements in order to proceed. First, a petition is filed…

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When Child Support Under the Guidelines is Not Enough

  In addition to the general child support guidelines, the Texas Family Code also lists additional factors that may be considered by a judge in awarding child support outside the guidelines (either more or less support than would be ordered by applying strict guidelines). For instance, the party who has…

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Child Support Outside the Guidelines

The Texas Family Code states specific guidelines for determining child support to be paid.  These basic guidelines are as follows: 20% of the obligor’s (payor’s) net resources for one child 25% for 2 children, 30% for 3 children, 35% for 4 children, 40% for 5 children, Not less than 40%…

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Is Your Ex in Contempt of a Court Order?

Proving a charge of contempt in a court of law requires specific proof and procedure.  If you believe that your ex may be in contempt, consider the following: Contempt is a serious charge, therefore, you must have adequate proof. Bringing a contempt case to court requires an investment of time…

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What Information You Should Bring to the Lawyers Office for Your First Divorce Consultation

About to have a consultation with a lawyer for a possible divorce? It may help you to know in advance what kinds of questions the attorney will ask at your first meeting. Timing and certainty.  Your attorney will want to know if you have made a firm decision to file or…

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Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations Doesn’t Work

If you owe child support and you are unable to pay it, you may believe that everything is fine as long as you don’t hear otherwise. You may feel that if you don’t “rock the boat”, you’ll catch up later “when things are better”. Times are difficult financially.  But when…

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Stay-at-Home Parent Must Prepare for Divorce

If you are a stay home parent a divorce can be especially frightening.    A person who is going through a divorce will experience major changes in his/ her personal life but work life may be consistent.  However, a stay at home parent who needs to enter or reenter the…

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Increasing or Decreasing the Child Support Amount

Changing circumstances may create a need for a change in the monthly child support amount. Some common reasons for this to happen: Change in financial circumstances – less money.  The Obligor (Payor) may lose his/her job, be laid off, of have some type of pay reduction, so that s/he may seek a…

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