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December 2019 Archives

Determining and paying child support

There are a number of facts about child support that both mothers and fathers in Texas should understand if either will be paying or receiving it. Child support is usually paid from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent although it is possible that one person will owe support to the other if custody is shared. Parents are obligated to support their children whether or not they were ever married to one another.

Dividing retirement accounts during a divorce

When people in Texas decide to divorce, they may face a difficult period not only on an emotional level, but also on financial and practical levels. Ending a marriage is also a complex legal process, especially when it is a high-asset divorce involving the division of extensive marital property. Retirement funds often comprise a married couple's largest assets. They can often exceed even the value of the marital home. In most cases, at least a large portion of a 401(k) or another retirement fund will generally be considered marital property.

Britney Spears seeks greater access to her kids

Texas residents may have been following the child custody case involving Britney Spears and her former spouse Kevin Federline. When the pair split, they originally shared custody of their two children equally. However, Federline currently has 70% custody of the children while Spears has attempted to resolve persistent mental health issues. Spears has said that she is planning on going back to court in 2020 in an effort to obtain greater rights to her children.

Temporary versus permanent arrangements for children in divorce

Texas family courts are responsible for making decisions regarding the living arrangements of children whose parents get divorced. Sometimes, those decisions are delayed while the court gathers information to make the best decisions for the children. When permanent possession can't be determined right away, the court may grant one parent or another adult temporary custody of a couple's children.

Understanding mediation in a Texas child custody case

When a Texas couple divorces, many issues will come to the forefront. Among the most important and complicated is child custody. In Texas, the parent who has custody is referred to as being in possession, and the parent who is granted visitation receives access. To settle these difficult matters, it is often beneficial to consider alternatives such as mediation.

How fathers can overcome bias when seeking child custody

Fathers who are seeking possession and access of their children may fear discrimination or bias when in the courtroom. Traditionally, fathers are viewed as the providers and mothers are viewed as the caretakers. There are several things fathers should keep in mind when seeking possession and access of their children in Texas.

International child custody dispute and abduction

When one parent in Texas has ties to another country and the parents get a divorce, there could be an international child custody dispute. In some cases, a parent may take the child out of the country without the other parent's permission. There are steps that parents who are concerned about an international abduction can take to prevent this as well as things they can do to deal with the situation if the abduction does occur.

When parents can't refuse visitation

Generally speaking, noncustodial parents in Texas have the right to visit their children on a regular basis. However, custodial parents have the right to protect their children from physical or other types of abuse. In some cases, this may mean unilaterally putting a stop to visitation or other types of contact with a son or daughter. Of course, a custodial parent would need a legitimate reason to take such action.