Father’s Rights


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You recently got divorced. Your ex-partner has custody over your kids. Now, you’re living on your own or at least living apart from them. Does this sound familiar? If it does, chances are you might be worrying about how you can still be a father to your children. Well, as much as this is a rather scary thought, this really shouldn’t worry you so much. Just because you don’t have custody over your children doesn’t mean being a father to them is impossible.  There are still some things you can do to work around it. Keep in Touch The first […]

How to Keep Your Role as a Father to Your Kids After Divorce When You Are a Non-Custodial Parent


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Michigan man Carnell Alexander owes the state $30k in child support for a child that is not his after his ex-girlfriend named him on state financial assistance forms in 1987. The state requires that a father be listed so that the state can track down the father to reimburse the state for the financial assistance.   Unfortunately for Alexander and other men in similar situations, the state does not require any proof to be provided when naming the father on forms. Instead, the responsibility is passed to the person named to then prove that they are not that person. The […]

Paying Child Support for Someone Else’s Child?



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A friend of mine asked me the other day which type of cases I found most emotionally draining. I had to think about it for a minute, but I eventually came to the conclusion that while termination cases can be heart wrenching at times, and divorces can be full of drama, it was my experiences in IV-D (Child support) court trying to defend against enforcement actions that often were the most DIFFICULT for me emotionally. The reason for this is twofold: First, there is the lack of defense. Believe it or not, I chose to be a lawyer because I […]

Child Support and Debtor’s Prisons


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Being a parent to a child doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be their biological parent. Parenthood can come in all forms. It can be from an uncle, aunt, grandparent, a close adult family friend, and even from a step-parent. While being step-parent may seem a little strange at first, it can result in a good parent-child relationship. Sometimes that relationship even grows so much that step-parents decide to take it further and adopt their step-children. Adoption Requirements Before a step-parent goes on to the adoption process, at least one of a few conditions must be met. Only one […]

How to Adopt Your Step-child in Texas



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When you opt to go for an alternative method of finalizing your divorce, you can end up with a settlement agreement. As you probably are well-aware, divorces do not always have to end in a courtroom. You can always try to be reasonable and discuss your divorce and matters related to it with your spouse. You can go to mediation, and if things work out well and you reach a settlement that is satisfactory for both parties, your mediator can draft a settlement agreement which will be signed by the judge. Going down this path will have a lot of […]

When Your Ex-Spouse Ignores The Settlement Agreement


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There are times that when a couple is not married but have children, the child will not have an acknowledged legal father. This is because Paternity is not yet established. In the eyes of the law, Paternity should be established in order for a child to have a legal father, even without the child’s parents marrying. For a brief background, Paternity covers the state of being a father to a person. When Paternity is established in a family, the father’s name will be indicated in the birth certificate of the child. In the same manner, the father will also have […]

What is Paternity?