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When a married couple has a child, even without properly establishing paternity, people will automatically assume that the husband is the father. In order for that thought to be legally changed at court, ample evidence is necessary. It’s different when an unmarried couple has a child, it is often necessary for one parent to establish the identity of the father of the child. This is very important because this is the fact that the child will have to grow up with. This also matters because the child will need support from the father, such as financial support. Usually, despite being unmarried, the father would assume that his rights to the child are guaranteed even at the face of separation from the child’s mother. Acknowledging Paternity Usually, the acknowledgment of paternity is done at the hospital, after the child’s birth. There is an Acknowledgement of Paternity document that both parents can sign before it is submitted to the government office. When the father signs the documents, all doubts about paternity is put to rest, and the father’s name is added to the birth certificate, usually. If the couple is not married, the father is informed of the rights and duties of a father before he signs the Acknowledgement of Paternity. Once he signs the document, only then can his name be added to the child’s birth certificate. The acknowledgment document is then submitted to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Once they accept this document, the father’s name can be officially added to the birth certificate. Other Ways of Establishing Paternity Another way to establish paternity is through the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney general. This happens when the mother doesn’t really know who the father of the child is, or if either of the two refuses to sign the […]

How to Establish Paternity in Texas

holiday visitation
It’s almost that time of the year again. The holiday season’s about to roll in again. That means a lot of free time for the kids. For some people, that also means holiday visitation time’s about to come. If you’re one of those people, chances are you still might be figuring out what to do. Well, if you still have no idea what you’re going to do, don’t worry. We’ve got a few tips for you that might help you out. Just keep reading on. Plan, Plan, Plan This might already be obvious, but sometimes people tend to forget the obvious. If you’re not one of those people, it’s still good to reiterate it to emphasize how important this is. The best way to make the most out of holiday visitations with your child is to plan it out. Make sure you have the dates set and all the details ironed out. They don’t have to be incredibly detailed, but at least just make sure you have some idea of what you want to do with your child. That way, you don’t waste so much time trying to figure out what to do when you’re already there. Plus, it gives both of you something to look forward to. Think of the Children Holiday visitations should be centered on your child. We understand that you miss your child and that you haven’t seen them in so long, but just remember that this is more for them than it is for you. When planning out what to do, remember to keep your child in mind. Do things you know they’ll love. If you aren’t sure what they are or just want an update on what they’re into at present, you can always talk to them. We’re sure you want to do a […]

Tips for Planning Holiday Visitation with Your Child

data privacy
Publicity can be good or bad. It just depends on the situation. If you achieve something incredible, for example, a little publicity about that achievement of yours won’t hurt. But when it comes to more personal matters such as your divorce, it’s different. Your divorce is part of your private life, after all. But since your divorce is technically a public document, will everyone be able to see it? Accessing Public Documents State laws differ. Most states keep almost all filed legal documents online. Anyone with an internet connection can access these digital documents; Save for details that are restricted from the general public. On the other hand, some states may not have gone completely digital. They may still keep legal records filed and accessible to the public via something like an order or request. The public can access your divorce documents. But that doesn’t mean that all details regarding your divorce can be seen by everyone. What can be Kept from the Public Technically, what is made accessible to the public would be the judgment for dissolution of your marriage. There are obviously some documents you need to submit in filing such as those related to finances and custody. Luckily, you don’t exactly need to have those documents. You and your ex can also agree to your complete settlement without all the details accessible by the public. What Else can be Done Aside from having important documents excluded, you can also file a motion to have your file sealed. By having the divorce file sealed, you prevent people from accessing your file without a court order. You can also keep the details of your arbitration private. File for the dissolution of the details and documents referenced to prevent the public from seeing anything you wouldn’t want them to. Though […]

Is My Divorce Public?

spouse in debt
Working through a marriage takes a lot of work. You’ll need to learn how to live together with someone, work out your differences and problems, and learn how to support each other among other things. Part of the several things you’ll need to work together on would be your finances. Since you’re now living together, you’ll have to both learn how to spend within your means and make sure you have enough to keep on living decently. But what happens if your spouse just keeps incurring debt? What should you do? Well, keep reading and maybe you can figure something out. Talk to Your Spouse Before anything else, the first thing you should consider doing is talking to your spouse about their debt. Let them know what’s on your mind and why it’s starting to concern you. After all, you two are living together and you two should be working things out. Maybe there’s a way to solve this debt problem of his and make things better. If there seems to be a way that you two can work this problem out, then great! But if it seems like there isn’t any other way, maybe you can consider further action on it. Either way, it would be best to at least bring it up so you can tell your spouse how you feel. Seek Legal Help If things are beginning to get difficult between you and your spouse and you think you can’t really take it anymore or it’s just too far along to get fixed, you can consider getting a divorce. Go seek help from a lawyer. Find out what steps you can take to help get you out of the situation you are in. Even though you are married, if your spouse’s debt just keeps on getting bigger […]

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How To Start Your Divorce in a Texas Family Court
  When you are trying to file for divorce in a Texas Family court, for sure there will be a lot of things that you would be considering. You will be anxious about what you need to do before you divorce your spouse and how you should prepare for it. Even if you know exactly how to prepare for your divorce, it can be tough if you don’t know how to start the process exactly. You will also be considering many things aside from the first steps you will have to take when you file for divorce in a Texas Family Court. Your primary concern will likely be how your children will be affected by the divorce. Your second major concern would be how the divorce could affect your financial status. We understand because this is what most (if not all) people considering a divorce are thinking about.   Goals To Get Through The Overwhelming Threat of Divorce   Even considering filing for divorce in a Texas family court can be overwhelming. The things that come with the divorce case will be mind-blowing as well. Before you tackle a divorce in a Texas family court, you need to be prepared. At the very least, you need to set some goals to help you focus your energy throughout the entire ordeal of your divorce. You should aim to regain control of your life. Make it a point to also think before you act. Obviously, you’ve never planned to get divorced, but here you are, considering filing a divorce in a Texas family law court. It might feel that things are getting out of control like you’re driving a truck on a sloping road without brakes. However, you can still be control of the situation. Get as much information as you can […]

How to Start a Divorce in Texas

non custodial father
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 thing you can do to help work around this situation would be to do your best to keep in touch with them. With the advent of technology, keeping in touch with people is relatively easy now. There is absolutely no excuse for you to not contact them. Whether it be through phone calls or video calls, messaging apps, or anything like that, checking in on your kids nowadays is practically one button-touch away. Check on them and ask them how they are, how their day was, what they’ve been up to, and the like. Let them know you still care and that you’re still there. Just because you’re not around physically doesn’t mean you still aren’t there for them at all. Just think of it as a long-distance relationship of sorts. Talk to Your Ex Just because you two are now divorced doesn’t mean you can be good co-parents with one another, especially if you two aren’t on bad terms. Work together with your ex to at least be great parents to your children. Working together helps make it less confusing for your kids when they still see that mom and dad, though they aren’t together anymore, are still working […]

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

stepparent adoption
After the divorce has been declared final, the two ex-spouses have to face their new lives. They have to live with the terms of the divorce. This includes matters on child custody, visitation rights, child support, and alimony.  There is a big possibility that one or both ex-spouses will remarry. This should not be an issue for the other parent. After divorce, both are no longer bound to each other, aside from the ties to their child. If your ex-husband has remarried, there is a possibility that the new stepmother would want to adopt your child.  Conditions for a Stepparent Adopting a Child The intention to adopt a child would arise when the stepparent is taking full-time responsibility for the child. They would want to evolve from being a “step-family” to a legitimate family. However, the law requires consideration for the other parent. If your child’s stepmother wants to adopt your child, then your own parental rights would have to be eliminated. This requires your consent. No one can force you to agree with adoption if you wish to retain any parental right to your child. In this case, the petition will have to move to court as your ex-husband and his new wife request to terminate your parental rights. They have to prove any of the following: That you have abandoned your child. This means you have not communicated with your child nor provided any form of financial support through a certain period of time. For many states, it is usually a year.  That you are an unfit parent. In this case, most states would recommend a fitness hearing if needed. If there is a tendency or actual instances of abuse or mental conditions that could pose harm to the child. Also, if they prove that you are a […]

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Things to Expect in Family Law Courts in Texas
The things that you have to expect in family law courts in Texas could be one of the things you are concerned about. If you have just filed for divorce or recently started a child custody case, you would surely have a lot of questions about how things go in the family courts in Texas. Especially if you have never been to a court before, this can be a source of worry. First of all, you need to understand that in most family law issues, you don’t really have to go to court. There are options available to settle things outside the court legally. However, if the alternatives won’t work for you, you will have no choice but to bring your case to one of the family law courts in Texas. There, you can let the judge settle things. What Happens inside the Family Law Courts in Texas Family law courts in Texas, as the name suggests, take care of issues that revolve around families. Examples of these issues include divorce cases, child custody, child support, paternity determination, spousal support, annulment, termination of parental rights, adoption, and many others. Judges are placed in their positions in the family law courts of Texas in order to make decisions for the families when they can’t do it themselves. Once you file a family lawsuit, it will be assigned to a family law court in your county. People You Will Meet in the Family Courts in Texas For large counties in the state of Texas, there is a presiding judge who is elected to serve in certain courts. The presiding judge chooses an associate judge to serve with him or her. These appointed judges are not elected but they have the same power to make rulings on cases and they also handle similar […]

What to Expect in Texas Divorce Court