Service of Process Using Facebook

Texans may want to learn about recent court rulings in New York in which people were allowed to serve the respondents with documents via Facebook in their family law cases. The rulings reflect the fact that the judicial system is beginning to catch up with the world of social media and its ubiquitous nature.

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Texas Child Support Payments Affect More Than Just Kids

In the state of Texas, child support enforcement falls to the state attorney general’s office. In 2013, Texas noncustodial parents owed nearly $11 billion in child support in arrears to custodial parents, representing a loss of almost 40 percent to custodial mothers’ household income. Child support payments help reduce the number of single and divorced mothers living below the federal poverty line by 25 percent.

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Texas Couples Considering Divorce Mediation

Couples in the early stages of separation or divorce may want to consider the mediation process. While mediation may not be appropriate in certain divorce situations, in a vast number of proceedings, mediation can be a cost-effective and less emotionally draining option. In some situations, couples may use a blended approach where certain issues such as asset division are mediated. Other issues such as child and spousal support are determined in a more formal court proceeding.

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Understanding Child Support Calculations in Texas

Parents in Texas may be interested in learning more about what factors help guide the calculations used to determine the size of the child support payments ordered by a family judge. Child support may be described at the state’s attempt to ensure that children of single-parent households are provided with financial stability. Each parent has a legal obligation to financially support their child until the age of 18, high school graduation, marriage, death or emancipation.

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Texas Domestic Partnership Agreements

When you are in a domestic partnership with your same-sex significant other in Texas, it is important for you to protect your rights in the event the relationship does not last. Unfortunately, in Texas, same-sex marriages are not recognized, although that may change if the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue. Planning ahead is thus important for people in the event a break-up occurs.

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Texas Laws Governing Child Visits When There is Abuse History

Custody or even access to a child can be legally denied to a parent if neglect, physical attacks or sexual abuse can be proven. However, visitation rights may be granted at the discretion of a court if certain conditions are observed.

When a parent with a history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or child neglect gains visitation rights to a child, restrictions will be imposed by the court.

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Divorcing an Ex-Spouse Without Going Bankrupt

When a married Texas couple decides they no longer wish to be married, they will most likely head to divorce. There are many different types of divorces. Some are complicated and contested. These separations often result in expensive legal fees and years of arguments. However, there are alternatives for those who wish to spend less money when separating their finances and assets.

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