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March 2017 Archives

Child support and disabled parents

Texas noncustodial parents who unexpectedly develop physical disabilities may experience difficulty with their child support obligations. However, the disabled parent's duty to pay child support does not disappear. Parents who are owed child support by an ex who has a physical disability should be aware of their options.

When parents agree to end child support payments

Some Texas parents who are divorced may find that they no longer want or need to receive child support payments. This could be for several reasons including that the parents have gotten back together. If this happens, the parents may need to go to court to explain the situation and why the support is no longer needed.

Punishing parents who willfully avoid paying child support

If Texas parents get a divorce, it is likely that one parent will be responsible for paying child support. In some cases, however, non-custodial parents may attempt to avoid paying the child support by fleeing the state, even if they have been ordered to by the court. As a result, they could potentially face legal consequences under the federal Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Anticipate and accommodate potential hurdles in divorce planning

Ending a marriage is always a challenging process, and some say the higher the value of the assets involved, the more complex the divorce. Along with the emotional and logistical difficulties, determining the best time to file for a divorce can be tough. Certain life events can have an adverse impact on your finances if they happen concurrently with a divorce. 

Focusing on children's well-being during divorce

Texas parents who are considering divorce may first want to think about the timing in terms of helping their children adjust. For example, they may want to decide whether they want to do it during the school year so that they can deal with most aspects of the divorce while children are at school or in the summer when they might be able to spend more time with their children.

Legal help with unique parenting plans

Parents in Texas who are separating may have difficulty trying to find a solution that would allow both of them to play an important role in their children's lives. Certain factors, such as busy career schedules, traveling and the demands of daily life, can make it difficult for divorced couples to come up with a practical parenting plan.

Determining where to file for child custody

Typically, a parent will file for child custody in the child's home state. This is generally the state where the child has lived with a parent or guardian for the past six months. For instance, if a child lived with his or her mother in Texas, the father would file for custody in Texas. However, there are exceptions to this rule.