A domestic partnership is an agreement between two parties in a committed relationship. It is not recognized statewide in Texas, but there are a few selected Texas counties which do recognize domestic partnership agreements. Travis County is one of those counties, as well as most large cities like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. It was…
Most family law cases in Texas have orders filed by the court. If one of the parties is not abiding by the order, the other party must bring it to the attention of the court. Most often, that is done by filing a Motion for Contempt or a Motion for Enforcement.
Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 20, 2017. As a result of this new law, married couples who are considering divorce need to be aware of the 2019 change regarding the deductibility of alimony. This is especially true for those who are considering contractual alimony as part of their divorce settlement agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Often, one of the biggest points of contention in Texas divorce cases is how the property will be divided. Even though Texas is a community property state, which means the marital or community property is to be divided evenly between the spouses, property division is in practice much more complicated than that.
As some Texas residents may know, a business owner may be required to offer a former spouse interest in their venture if a divorce occurs. In some cases, this may lead to disputes, which can result in a number of difficulties for the business. However, there are some steps that a person might be able to take to help shield the company from division.