Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that has become a requirement in most family law cases. A mediator is a neutral third-party who helps facilitate the settlement negotiations between the parties. Generally, one party and that party’s attorney stay in one room; the other party and that party’s attorney stay in another room; and
Considerations Before Filing For Divorce
You’ve been in quarantine with your spouse for six weeks, and you’re seriously considering filing for divorce. One question to consider prior to filing is: “What is my plan?” That question may seem almost unanswerable right now. Six weeks ago, we all had plans which were then derailed by COVID-19. Within a matter of days,…
Child Support During COVID-19
One consequence of COVID-19 is that many people have lost their jobs. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, over 1 million Texans have filed for unemployment. If you’ve lost your job or are on reduced hours, where does that leave your child support obligation? The short answer is you still owe the full amount ordered…
Texas Supreme Court Issues Seventh Emergency Order And Collin, Denton, and Tarrant Counties Issue Stay-At-Home Orders
As counties began issuing “Shelter-in-Place” or “Stay-at-Home” orders on March 23rd and 24th, the Texas Supreme Court issued its Seventh Emergency Order.
For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of
UPDATED: Dallas County’s Stay Home Stay Safe Order Does NOT Affect Possession Exchanges
Updated: March 23, 2020 at 10:56 am
March 22, 2020 is a day many Texans and residents of Dallas County will not forget. Shortly after a press conference by Governor Greg Abbott, Dallas County County Judge Clay Jenkins issued his Amended Order of County…
UPDATED: Courts Issue Emergency Standing Orders for Spring Break Possession and School Closures
We’ve seen many changes in our courts over the past week including limiting in-person hearings to essential matters only. Over the past two days, many courts have issued Emergency Standing Orders regarding possession for both the “extended Spring Break” period and recent school closures.
Supreme Court of Texas
The Supreme Court of Texas just issued…
Texas family courts and exchange of children during this state of disaster related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
One thing we know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is that new information develops on a daily basis. The court system had to respond to the situation to resolve many issues that have arisen.
Will there still be family court hearings and trials in Dallas area courts in the state of disaster?
The Texas Supreme Court…