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Can a family member adopt my child?

My children’s father/mother is not part of their lives; can my spouse, their step-parent, to adopt them? Yes, they can in certain circumstances. In order for a step-parent to adopt a child the parental rights of the original biological parent must be terminated. This means that the biological parent has either voluntarily given up their [..]

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Can a child decide which parent to live with?

At what age can my child decide who he or she wants to live with? The child does not make the decision of where he or she lives. This is a decision to be made by the parents, and if they cannot agree, it is made by the judge. However, upon a written request to [..]

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Geographic Restrictions in a Custody Order

What does a geographic restriction in my custody order mean and how can I have it removed? The Family Courts in the State of Texas are routinely ordering geographic restrictions on the children’s place of residence. This means that the children, and by necessity the custodial parent, must live within a certain geographic area. The [..]

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Handling Custody over the Holidays

My ex and I share custody of our children. How do we handle visits during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays? In most cases, one parent is granted visitation for Thanksgiving and the second half of Christmas break and the other parent is granted visitation for the first half of Christmas break. This schedule is [..]

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Changing Your Name After a Divorce

I got a divorce several years ago and did not change my last name. Is it too late or can I change my name now? You can change your name at any time by filing a civil lawsuit in the county in which you live. A name change case is a fairly simple matter requiring [..]

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The Difference Between Community Property & Separate Property

What is the difference between community property and separate property? Property that a person owned before his or her marriage is considered that person’s “separate property.” Any item of property (including money) that has been acquired by a husband or wife during their marriage is considered “community property.” The exceptions to the community property rule [..]

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Waiting for a Decision on Child Support

I filed for child support with the Attorney General, but they can’t find the other parent and I’m getting tired of waiting. What should I do? The Office of the Attorney General provides child support services for thousands of parents in the State of Texas.  Due to the volume of cases they handle, they simply [..]

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What is joint custody?

What is joint custody and does it mean the children will spend equal time with each parent? Joint Custody refers to a Joint Managing Conservatorship (JMC) which is a legal term that means both parents are awarded almost all of the rights, duties, and privileges of a parent over their children. One parent is awarded [..]

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Standard Possession Order Visitation

I have a Standard Possession Order. What should I expect my summer visitation schedule to be like? When parents live within 100 miles of one another, the noncustodial parent is entitled to 30 days of summer visitation with his or her children. That parent must notify the other parent in writing by April 1st of [..]

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Paperwork/Info to Bring for Divorce Meeting

What information or paperwork do I need to bring with me to my first appointment with a divorce lawyer? For the initial filing, your attorney will need the full names of both parties, the full names and dates of birth of your children, and the dates of marriage and separation. If you have already been [..]

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