When the parents of a minor child live together, both parents are assumed to be contributing to the financial support and emotional growth of the child. If the parents decide to end the marriage, or otherwise live apart, the law imposes a legal obligation on both parents to continue to contribute to the child’s support and maintenance. For the non-custodial parent, this is accomplished through the payment of child support. Once a child support order is established, you are obligated [ ] The post Ask a Texas Child Support Lawyer : What Happens If I Lose My Job? appeared first on Law Office of Jon R. Boyd..
Hello, Dads out there I get calls all the time from Dads who say all they want is 50-50 custody , as though it s just a matter of snapping your fingers, lol. There is nothing in the Texas Family Code which tells a judge to use 50-50. There is not even a guideline for how to determine child support once there IS a 50-50. Forever, it seems, the old scheme of one parent having primary custody and the other being relegated [ ] The post Fifty-Fifty Custody in Texas? It s possible! appeared first on Law Office of Jon R. Boyd..
Whether you have been married for two years or 20 years, accepting the fact that the marriage is over is never easy. Even if it was your decision to end the marriage, that decision was likely an emotion filled decision. Now that it is clear, however, that divorce is imminent, you should start focusing on what that means. If you have never been through the divorce process before, it probably sounds like a daunting prospect. Navigating the judicial system can [ ] The post 10 Steps in a Texas Divorce appeared first on Law Office of Jon R. Boyd..
If you have come to the difficult conclusion that your marriage is coming to an end, the next step is to prepare yourself for the divorce process. The process of divorce can be relatively simple and amicable, or it can be extremely complex and adversarial. While a number of factors will determine the tenor of your divorce, the attitude of the parties involved will be the most important of those factors. Given the highly personal nature of a divorce, it [ ] The post The Texas Divorce Process What You Need to Know to Get Started appeared first on Law Office of Jon R. Boyd..
When the parents of minor children decide to end their marriage in the State of Texas a number of important issues are addressed during the ensuing divorce process. Among those issues are things such as custody and visitation (referred to as “conservatorship” and “possession and access” in Texas), child support, and which parent will be responsibility for health insurance and covering out of pocket medical expenses. While the terms of a divorce decree certainly provide a roadmap to help the parents continue to co-parent the children immediately following the divorce, circumstances can change in the years that follow. A well written decree will make an effort to anticipate the possibility of a change in circumstances; however, sometimes circumstances change dramatically enough that the terms of the divorce decree are insufficient to address the situation. If, for example, you have primary possession of your children and you now wish to move out of state you are likely wonderi
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
When the parents of a minor child decide to end their marriage, or were never married at all, custody and visitation arrangements for the child must be made. Ideally, the parents are able to reach an agreement outside of the court, thereby avoiding costly and time consuming litigation. If, however, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the court will have to intervene. If you are concerned that you and your child’s other parent will be unable to reach an agreement without the court’s intervention you undoubtedly want to know how the judge will decide custody issues in Texas. Although every situation is unique, there are some common factors a court will typically consider when making custody decisions in the State of Texas. In the State of Texas, “custody” of a minor child is actually referred to as “conservatorship.” Just as other states recognize two types of custody (physical and legal), Texas also acknowledges the role of “managing” conservator and the role