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Texas Child Support 101: The Basics of Net Resources+ PART TWO

This is part 2 in a two-part series on the basics of net resources for calculation of child support. Deemed Income Deemed Income is a term we get from Texas Family Code Section 154.067: “Deemed Income (a)        When appropriate, in order to determine the net resources available for child support, the court may assign … Continue Reading

Texas Child Support 101: The Basics of Net Resources PART 1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series on the basics of net resources for the calculation of child support. To calculate current child support, courts must (1) determine the amount of the obligor’s income available for support (“net resources”), apply the child-support guidelines to the obligor’s net resources to determine guideline support, and (3) … Continue Reading

Controversial subject: noncustodial parent possession over an infant

Arizona State University has weighed in on a controversial subject – the quantity and quality of access of a noncustodial father to an infant child. “New research from Arizona State University shows that children, no matter what their age, benefit from having time with each parent that includes sleepovers at each home,” the article says. … Continue Reading

The Push for Father’s Equality

There is a bill pending before the Texas Legislature right now to create a presumption of equality between mothers and fathers in spending parenting time with their children after they separate. (2017 TX HB453) Other states have passed similar legislation in recent years. For many years, there was a legal presumption that favored mothers to … Continue Reading

Tips for fathers in Dallas Texas custody disputes

What does a father do when a custody battle looms? The answer is NOT “nothing”. Divorce changes the roles for everyone, especially in traditional families. So fathers who may have relied on the children’s mother to take on certain roles must learn to be involved in those activities as well. Where once the father may … Continue Reading

Do the 12 divorce myths apply in Texas? (part 2)

This post is a continuation of the discussion about the 12 Top Divorce Myths. Here’s the link to part one: Do the 12 divorce myths apply in Texas? Myth 7: You can avoid paying child support. Child support is a mandatory order in Texas and must be ordered absent extreme circumstances. If you are ordered to … Continue Reading

Do the 12 divorce myths apply in Texas? (part 1)

Do the 12 divorce myths apply in Texas? The Huffington Post ran an article recently about the 12 Top Divorce Myths. The article was written by Daniel Clement, renowned divorce lawyer in New York, and they all hold true in Texas divorces as well. My favorite myth is #8. Read on to learn why. Myth … Continue Reading

Don’t let holiday cheer become a custody disaster

My favorite holiday of the year is officially almost here – Christmas! With schools beginning Christmas school vacations for students this week or early next week, parents should plan accordingly with their holiday possession schedule for their children. So make sure to check your children’s school calendar to know the date and time they get … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving and divorce parenting time

Holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. In the blink of an eye, you go from carving pumpkins and picking out Halloween costumes to feasting on turkey and stringing Christmas lights. Now with Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday rush really begins. From planning the family gatherings, grocery shopping, endless hours of … Continue Reading

Dental insurance now required in Dallas Texas child custody orders

The Texas Legislature passed a new law adding dental insurance to the list of required insurance provisions in child custody orders in Texas, including Dallas. This expands the requirement of medical support beyond just routine health insurance. Many parents provide dental or vision insurance, but haven’t been required to do so under the law. Parents … Continue Reading

No Tricks, Just Treat – Your Children

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition in many households; a tradition where lasting memories are created between parents and their children. Children look forward to dressing up as their favorite princess or superhero, their favorite ghost or ghoul, or their favorite monster or goblin; parents look forward to ever-lasting pictures and memories. What happens when a … Continue Reading

New standards for child custody evaluations coming in 2016, Dallas custody lawyers are wary

Effective for cases filed on or after March 1, 2016, new standards will apply to child custody evaluations to be conducted in Texas cases involving children. The new law replaces the old term “social study” with the new term “child custody evaluation”. Now, an order for a child custody evaluation must include the name of … Continue Reading

Dallas lawyers see return to high bar for temporary orders in divorce modification suit

When filing a modification suit regarding children and seeking temporary orders to change the designation of the person who has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child, a new law requires that an affidavit be filed with the initial pleading setting out the grounds for the request. This law went into … Continue Reading

What divorce custody arrangement is best for the kids?

In Texas, we have the Standard Possession Schedule, passed down to us by our Austin parenting experts, the Texas Legislature. It generally provides for the “non-primary” parent to have possession of the children alternating weekends, some summer time, and split the holidays. So, the child lives primarily with one parent and “visits” (yes, we still … Continue Reading
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