In the context of a custody case, drug tests are court-ordered to protect the safety and well-being of the child or children the subject of the suit. The need or requirement for drug testing doesn’t change just because there is a pandemic. Yes, you or someone you know can currently submit to a drug test
Children and Parenting
April 15th Summer Designations
Yes, I know we are all still worried about homeschooling, homecooking, and home cleaning while we are social-distancing and staying at home to avoid the Covid corona virus. However, April 15th is an important day for primary parents if you are operating under the Texas Standard Possession Schedule. In Texas April 15th is a deadline…
April 1st designation for the non-primary conservator (even in light of Covid corona virus pandemic)
We are all social-distancing from each other and trying to stay home. We are home schooling, cooking at home, and watching Tiger King. Mostly we are just trying to co-exist in our own homes today. We aren’t thinking of what to do about summer, are we?
Well April 1st signals the day when parents under…
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…
Spring Break, Covid-19 (Corona Virus), and possession of children
As we all know, the State of Texas and public officials are scrambling to stop the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19. Primary and secondary schools across the state have begun using various solutions to prevent the children from coming to school for the impending weeks. For instance, some schools are “extending spring-break” whereas others are …
Win: Clarification of standard for temporary orders in modification suit
The 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth issued a very important opinion today in a big win for O’Neil Wysocki’s appellate team on Michelle O’Neil and Karri Bertrand. The underlying order awarded Father the exclusive right to determine the children’s primary residence without regard to geographic restriction and gave each parent the independent right to make educational decisions. Mother filed to modify the orders and sought temporary orders in the modification suit. The trial court left the primary designation with Father but ordered the children to be enrolled in the Mother’s school district. In the intial hearing, the trial court made no finding of significant impairment, but later entered such finding.
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6 steps to adulting and not hating your ex
I enjoyed this article in the Washington Post by Lisa Bonos. Is it possible to get divorced and not hate your ex? A divorce necessarily comes after a lot of emotion and turmoil in the relationship. Sorting through that emotion and processing to the other side of the hatred river takes emotional maturity and “adulting” (as the new millennial lingo goes). The bottom line is that you have to love your kids more than you hate your ex. The article suggests six principles to keep in mind:
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