Denied Access to Your Child during Your Periods of Possession?

Being denied access to your children can be very discouraging. The hope that things will soon get better (and the fear of making things worse) may keep you from taking any action at all.  But if you are not keeping accurate records of the denials, then this important evidence can…

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Can I Travel With My Children While Getting a Divorce?

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.…

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Have Children from a Prior Relationship and You Don’t Have a Will? Why That’s a Bad Idea….

If you are currently married and have children from a prior relationship or marriage, you should have an estate plan! Why? If you were to die, without a will, Texas law will decide who gets what, and in what amount. And that can be bad. Understand this: if you have…

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Terminating Parental Rights of an Absent parent

Clients often come to us asking for advice on whether they should try to terminate parental rights of their child’s other parent.  In some of these cases, the biological parent has been literally absent for years, not paying support and not seeking visitation. Each state has specific laws regarding how…

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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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The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”).   This was the first comprehensive law to protect the civil rights of Americans with Disabilities. We are now used to seeing wheelchair ramps, handicapped parking spaces and telephone or ATM options for people with disabilities.…

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Annulment of a Marriage Between Two Adults in Texas

  Our last blog post dealt with marriage of underage parties and requirements to annul those marriages. This post will deal with marriages between two adults that may qualify for annulment. Many people would like to have an annulment rather than the divorce because it can be quicker.  In order…

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Annulment of an Underage Marriage in Texas

Annulment in Texas is very specific.  According to the Texas law, certain requirements must be met in order for the case to qualify as an annulment. A marriage to a person younger than 16 years of age is void unless a court order allowed the marriage. A suit may be…

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