Can I Go to Jail for Not Paying Child Support?

If you are the parent of a minor child in the State of Texas and you have been ordered to pay child support for that child it is imperative that you take your support obligation seriously because failing to pay child support can have serious negative consequences. In fact, it is even possible that you will go to jail for not paying child support in Texas. The worst thing you can do is ignore the problem if you find yourself unable to comply with the court order. It might be possible to modify your current support order or there may be an affirmative defense that could prevent you from ending up in jail; however, doing nothing is almost guaranteed to have unwanted consequences. Although only an experienced Texas family law attorney can provide you with specific advice regarding your situation, some general information about failing to pay child support in Texas may be beneficial in the meantime. When the parents of a minor child go through a divorce, or when paternity is established fo


What Is the Process to Adopt in Texas?

Adopting a child is one of the most important things you will do during your lifetime. After all, adoption creates or enlarges a family. If you have never been through the adoption process before it can certainly seem intimidating. The old adage “knowledge is power” applies here. Once you know the overall process to adopt in Texas you may find that the prospect of going through the process doesn’t seem quite as intimidating. There are several different types of adoption that you may wish to pursue, including: · Agency adoption – involves using a licensed adoption agency to help find a child. · Private adoption – usually uses an attorney or physician to bring a birthmother and adoptive parent together. · Child protective agency adoption – adopting a child who is in foster care or whose parents have already had their parental rights terminated by the State of Texas. · Family adoption – this includes step-parent adoption, a grandparent adopting a child, or any other ado