Category: Family Law

How to Tell Your Children that You are Getting a Divorce

The best way to let your children know that your marriage is ending is for you and your spouse to break the news to them together. This reassures your kids that you and your spouse can cooperate with one another as their parents, that they will still have a family – just a different kind [..]

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Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster

Even if you know that getting a divorce is the right thing for you and everyone else involved and even if your divorce is amicable, you will almost inevitably experience a range of emotions as you move through the divorce process. Having an idea of what is ahead and putting an emotional support system in [..]

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Getting Financially Prepared for Divorce

Build or clean up your credit history Update your job skills or develop new ones if you have been a stay-at-home parent or full-time homemaker and also consider taking a part-time job Refresh your knowledge of money matters and personal finances Create a written inventory of your family’s assets and debts Locate all ownership documentation [..]

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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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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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