3 Things Texans Should Know About Family Law Appeals

When your family situation or financial future is at stake, resolving a family law dispute can be very difficult and emotional work, especially if the case goes to trial. Unfortunately, not every family law case ends with both sides feeling comfortable and satisfied with the judge’s decision.

It is possible, though, in some cases, to successfully appeal a ruling related to divorce, child custody, property division or another contested family law issue. There are important distinctions to be aware of, however, regarding the initial trial process and the appellate process.

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.

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.

Obtaining a Protective Order in Texas

Texas individuals who are divorcing and are concerned about violence from a spouse may want to file for a protective order. There is no cost associated with a protective order, and it prohibits the other individual from stalking or threatening their spouse or ex-spouse and, if necessary, children or other family members.

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.