Raising children is expensive, and as kids get older they require more. If you receive child support, you may be struggling to keep up. Is it time to revise your child support orders? Where do I find my child support orders? Child support orders are court orders and can be included in a Final Decree of Divorce, a Paternity Decree, a modification of previous orders, or can be stand-alone … [Read more...] about Is it Time to Revise Your Child Support Orders?
Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I go on Disability?
If you are ordered by a court to pay child support you may wonder how that obligation is affected when you go on disability. Does the Child Support Obligation Automatically Change When I go on Disability? If you have already been ordered by a Texas court to pay child support, that will not change just because you are now on disability. Any obligation that you have will not decrease on … [Read more...] about Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I go on Disability?
What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
You are under court orders and your child decides they are NOT going to visit their other parent? What is the best way to handle this situation? Your Responsibility If you are under orders from the court to make the child available for visitation, you could be found in contempt of court if your ex decides to take this to a judge. Remember, court orders are in effect until they expire, or … [Read more...] about What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
Don’t Let Visitation Disputes Spoil Your Kids’ Holidays
Holidays are a time for families. They are fun, but they can be stressful, too. Don't let visitation disputes spoil the holidays for you and your kids. Here are some tips to help keep things running smoothly. Make sure that you know what is in your court orders. Make sure that everyone is on the same page. Discuss things with your ex to be certain that you both know what is going … [Read more...] about Don’t Let Visitation Disputes Spoil Your Kids’ Holidays
Just say…No, right?
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?
Parent Seeking Relocation to Another State With Child
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
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% for 6 or more children. These are the standard guidelines. However, there are times when … [Read more...] about Child Support Outside the Guidelines