Child Support


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It is a parent’s obligation to help raise and take care of their children. This obligation does not stop even if you are divorced. Non-custodial parents pay child support as an obligation. If you are such, until when are you required to pay child support? When can you stop? If you’d like to know, then continue reading. The Usual Circumstances In most states, you can stop paying for child support when your child turns 18 or graduate high school. When whichever of these two happens first, you can then stop paying for child support. Though some states require the child to be 21 before you can stop paying for child support. In Texas, you can stop paying when your child turns 18. Another thing to take note of is if your child is self-supporting. If they are earning and can take care of themselves, you can also opt to stop paying. Another, albeit a little obvious, circumstance where one can stop paying for child support is if your child passes away. Special Circumstances The law may require you to continue paying for child support if your child decides to pursue further studies, such as college or graduate school. You might have to continue paying past the required age if your child is a special needs child. Before you decide to proceed to end child support, talk to a lawyer and check your child support terms. Once you have all the details sorted out, you can then proceed to go to your state child support agency and end your child support payments when the time comes.

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How To Modify Your Final Divorce Decree
For those who are going through a divorce, the final divorce decree is something that you could feel anxious about or something you are looking forward to. It indeed takes a lot of time and effort to achieve the Final Divorce Decree. In most cases, it also takes lots of heartaches and stress. For sure since the moment you thought of getting a divorce, to the time you receive your final divorce decree, you’ve been in a rollercoaster of stressful events. Despite all your sufferings, there is really no guarantee that the final divorce decree will hold the terms that you are hoping for. An excellent Texas divorce attorney can help you achieve what you want out of the divorce but there are no guarantees in a divorce unless you go for a mediation and negotiate well with your spouse. You can get the court’s final order whether you go for a trial or a mediation. No matter which way you choose to end your divorce, everything is still subject to the court’s approval and decision. The court will release final orders, which will be your final divorce decree. It states all of the terms related to your divorce. It involves basically everything, from child custody arrangement to child support schedules, visiting schedules and terms for every matter related to your divorce. It will also state orders related to finances, such as division of property, spousal support and the like. Your Final Divorce Decree will be very specific. However, you won’t always be in agreement with it. When Your Situation Calls For a Modification of Your Final Divorce Decree As they say, the only constant thing in life is change. There will be changes in your life and your children’s life after the divorce. After some time, there will be […]

How To Modify Your Final Divorce Decree



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Raising a child is a rather hard task on its own. You can only imagine how much harder it gets if you have to do it on your own. That’s why you’ll need all the help you can get, including child support. There’s just so much you’ll have to spend to raise your child, after all. But if child support just doesn’t come, what are you going to do? If you happen to find yourself in this situation, consider the following steps to help you through this predicament. Find Out Why It Stopped Coming The first most rational thing you can do when you realize that child support isn’t coming is to ask your ex why. Before jumping to conclusions or panicking, you could first approach your ex and ask why you didn’t get any child support this time. There must be a reason why. If they’re also going through a rough patch financially, you could probably work something out with them. But if it just so happens that your ex just decided not to send altogether, or maybe your ex is rather unreasonable and just a difficult person to deal with, you can then opt to seek further action. Discuss Your Situation with a Lawyer If your ex is just being plainly unreasonable, seeking the help of a lawyer can help you with your situation. The best way to help deal with an unreasonable ex-spouse would be to get a lawyer to help with your case as they can help you find a course of action to take. The lawyer will tell you what you need to do and what you need to prepare so that you can bring this issue to the court. That way the court can then help you get the child support that you need […]

What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Can No Longer Pay Child Support


What a Bill of Review Means in a Family Law Case in Texas
First and foremost, what is a bill of review? Basically, a bill of review is a method to secure a new trial after the initial trial has ended. For instance, if you had a case in Texas and you were not satisfied with the result, you have the option to seek means to get a new trial. One option is to file a motion for a new trial, and another is an equitable bill of review. If you had received a default judgment, the best way to approach your case is to file a motion for a new trial. You can get a fresh start with your case when you file the motion for a new trial within thirty days from the day the judgment is signed.   On the other hand, a bill of review can be filed anytime from four months to four years from the day the judgment was signed in court. There is an exception to this rule though. If you can prove that fraud was involved and it greatly influenced the ruling of the judge, you might be granted a bill of review even after the 4-year period is over. An example of this would be when you have enough evidence that you were lied to by the opposing party, which caused you to fail to show up in court on the day of the trial.     How to Get a Bill of Review Granted   How can you increase your chances of successfully winning a bill of review motion? Of course, there is a standard set in Texas law that states what things are needed to win a hearing for bill of review. We can also take a look at what is needed in a motion for new trial to get an idea […]

How to Use a Bill of Review for Family Law in Texas



What You Need to Know About Retroactive Child Support Payments  
  Issues in Child support in Texas Family Law Courts are often raised when a married couple starts seeking a divorce. If you happen to be the person who will have to pay child support, you are probably thinking that the amount you will have to pay is too much. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t want to support your child, or that you don’t love your child. Oftentimes, it’s just that you don’t want to pay money that will go directly to your ex’s hands. Many people have mixed emotions while fighting for child support in Texas Family Law courts because of this reason.   There’s always another side to every story. If you happen to be the parent who will be at the receiving end after the fight for child support in Texas Family law courts, you will probably think that the guidelines are not exactly helping in providing your child enough child support from your ex. You already lost an entire income thanks to your divorce, and the child support amount set by the guidelines is too little to support everything your child needs.   Regardless of which side you belong to in your fight for child support in Texas Family Law Courts, there is important information that we have to discuss.     What You Have to Pay or Receive     As previously mentioned, there are certain guideline amount when it comes to child support in Texas. Once the net resources of a parent are known, it will be subject to these percentages: 20% for one child, 25% for two children, 30% for three children, 35% for four children and 40% for five children. If you have more than five children, expect to pay not more than 50% of your net income and not […]

 Fighting for Child Support in Texas Family Law Courts  


A Quick Guide to Divorce
  Texas Divorce Overview   Everyone іѕ fаmіlіаr wіth the wоrd dіvоrсе but dоеѕ not know thе technicalities about it. It is іmроrtаnt thаt wе should bе able tо knоw things about dіvоrсе аnd whаt are thе thіngѕ thаt wе ѕhоuld соnѕіdеr about when people аrоund us or ѕресіfісаllу uѕ іnѕtеаd are planning tо еngаgе into thіѕ kіnd оf situation. Yоu ѕhоuld fіrѕt know whаt rеаllу dіvоrсе іѕ tо have a dеереr perception about this dіѕеаѕе іn thе community that іѕ not only ruіnіng thе lives оf the husband and wіfе but аlѕо thе реорlе thаt аrе іnvоlvеd in thе marriage, tоо. Aссоrdіng tо Wikipedia, “Dіvоrсе (оr the dіѕѕоlutіоn оf mаrrіаgе) іѕ the fіnаl termination of a mаrіtаl union, саnсеllіng the lеgаl dutіеѕ аnd responsibilities оf mаrrіаgе аnd dissolving the bonds оf mаtrіmоnу bеtwееn thе раrtіеѕ.” It is іmроrtаnt that we ѕhоuld bе able tо know thаt dіvоrсе іѕ not just mеrе breaking up but also hаvіng a permanent separation with the person thаt уоu have married. A divorce fоllоwѕ a ѕеt of court hеаrіng іn which they would dіѕсuѕѕ all thе thіngѕ thаt a mаrrіаgе controls, from thе kids to the fіnаnсеѕ would bе a ѕubjесt mаttеr in a divorce. Yоu ѕее, іt wоuld rеаllу bесоmе ѕо complicated for you and уоur fаmіlу tо ѕіnk іn to this “solution”, if іt іѕ a ѕоlutіоn аftеr all or mау trigger to ruin аll the реrѕоn’ѕ lіvеѕ thаt аrе іnvоlvеd in the ѕіtuаtіоn.   Whаt аrе thе common grоundѕ fоr having a dіvоrсе?   First of аll, іt would bе hаvіng аn extra mаrіtаl аffаіr. Thіѕ іѕ very соmmоn because аlmоѕt 1/4 оf a 100 оf those who dіvоrсе thеіr ѕроuѕеѕ hаvе this рrоblеm аnd they cannot take anymore whаt іѕ hарреnіng so thеу decide to have thеіr marriage divorced. Second […]

Texas Divorce Overview



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When you are getting a divorce, establishing the rights and duties of Texas parents before the divorce is finalized is a must. It is also important to pay attention to the parenting plan that will be included in your final divorce decree. The parenting plan will include many things such as a guide to the rights and duties of Texas parents until the children graduate high school or turn 18, as well your considerations regarding your child after the divorce. In other words, the parenting plan will include information about conservatorship and child support as well as access and possession information. These factors cover the different parenting methods you’d have to adapt following the divorce. Of course, these factors are basically the same ones you need to maintain a good relationship with your child even while staying married. It’s just that in a divorce, the judge will spell out your duties and responsibilities clearly in a legal document. Most parents are most concerned about how much time they’d be allowed to spend with the children after the divorce. Here are the things you need to know about the factors mentioned above so that you can feel at ease somehow, and so that you can prepare for possible custody issues. Rights and Duties of Texas Parents in Conservatorship Every parent can relate to that longing for more time with the children. We all know how critical it is for our child’s growth and well-being too. When you are going through a divorce, it is natural to worry about these things more than usual. You will realize the importance of the time you get to spend with your child when you are on the verge of losing it. Of course, unless you have done something extreme, you won’t lose the right to […]

The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents


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Child support is the continuous payment made periodically by a parent for the benefit of the child. Different states provide different ways under their law on how to apply for a child support order. In Texas, the process of child support can overwhelm someone who does not have any idea what to expect. Being able to know what step will come next is helpful in preparing and going through the whole process. The following are the important steps in the process: Establishing of Paternity This is one of the most essential and important parts of a case for child support. Paternity is defined as  “legal fatherhood.” The establishment of paternity can help fathers have not only a legal relationship but also an emotional bond with the child or children. This process benefits the whole family. It is also important to remember that for parents that are unmarried, the birth father does not have any legal rights over the child until after paternity is established. Obtain a Court Order A person who wishes to file for support order must be file before the court  where the child lives. If the child is in another state, and the noncustodial parent lives in Texas, then the filing must take place in in the county where the other parent lives. Fill out the correct petition form for child support. The full names of each child, their birthdates, the one filing for child support’s name, his or her Social Security number and driver’s license, and the other parent’s name and address are the information that will be needed in the form. Some forms may need to be notarized. After notarization, make several copies before filing them with the court clerk. The court clerk will stamp on all the copies with the date of when they […]

How to File a Support Order in Texas