Involvement in a child's life is important for every parent and can become even more so when there is a divorce or custody dispute. As a legal case unfolds, a lot of details about the day-to-day life of the family are sure to emerge. A parent who must work, or travel often may feel discouraged and unable to "compete" with the parent who provides more clock hours of child care. However, it … [Read more...] about Involvement in Child’s Life is Important in More Ways than One!
Most parents of minor children know that they need to have a current Texas will. But not everyone understands how important it is to name a Trustee to take care of financial matters and how doing so can decrease the time and money spent in legal fees and court time later on. Naming a person whom you trust to be the Trustee of your minor children's finances is crucially important. This … [Read more...] about Your Minor Children and Naming a Trustee in Your Will
It's great to make plans and it's great to start projects, but what good do they do if you never finish them? It isn't uncommon for us to regularly hear comments like these around the law office; I came to see you about this legal problem 2 years ago and never did anything about it and now I am getting sued; I meant to send this creditor evidence that I had already paid this … [Read more...] about Success Is In the Follow Up!
If you are getting a divorce in Texas and you have children, you may want to take a trip with your children during the time the divorce is pending. Are you allowed to do it? Well, the first question to ask yourself is whether you are under any court orders. If so, then check them to see if you have any travel restrictions. Be aware that just because you haven't actually been to court … [Read more...] about Can I Travel With My Children While Getting a Divorce?
During divorce cases, we hear a lot of strong feelings from our clients regarding answering discovery requests. The feelings expressed are not positive ones and some include explicit language we can't repeat here. Well, we understand that. Answering discovery requires a lot of organization, searching for information, and TIME. Yes, it surely does. "I don't have time for this", our clients … [Read more...] about Why do I have to deal with this Annoying Discovery?
Your ex shows up to pick up your child for visitation and is obviously impaired by drugs or alcohol. You are convinced of the danger of sending your child in a vehicle with someone who can barely remain on two feet. But you think about the court orders in place. Now you feel that you are between a rock and a hard place. Let them go = risk to safety. Keep them home = risk that you are … [Read more...] about Just say…No, right?
If you are a divorced or divorcing parent who is under the authority of a court and wish to relocate with your child, you may find that you are facing more than you bargained for. Prior to accepting that new job in another state (or before considering a move outside your child's school district), you should: Read your divorce decree or other court orders about visitation and custody to see … [Read more...] about Parent Seeking Relocation to Another State With Child
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 primary care of the child may have physical limitations him/herself, may be unemployed … [Read more...] about When Child Support Under the Guidelines is Not Enough