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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

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

Can a psychological evaluation in a custody case determine who is lying?

Oftentimes, people going through a custody dispute want to have psychological evaluations to show the judge "who is lying" to the court about some issue or another. Conversely, some people going through psychological evaluations in a custody case become concerned that the other person will "lie" to the evaluator through charm or outright deception and sway the results of the evaluation.… Continue Reading

What Child Support Covers – And Does NOT Cover

Many paying parents want to put restrictions on what child support can be spent on, to prevent the other parent from personally using the money. While it may seem like child support is being mismanaged to some - and maybe in some cases it is being mismanaged -- Texas law does not support placing restrictions on how child support is spent.… Continue Reading

Successful Co-Parenting – Part I

This is the first of many blogs to come regarding successful co-parenting. Whether you are going through a divorce in Texas involving children or whether you are modifying the terms of a Texas custody order, co-parenting is fundamental when raising a child in two homes.… Continue Reading

Texas Maximum Child Support Cap Is Changing September 1, 2013

Currently, there is a cap in the monthly net resources used when calculating child support in Texas. The current child support cap in Texas is $7,500.00 net monthly resources per month. Depending on the number of children involved, the monthly net resources are then multiplied by a percentage for the number of children a parent has a duty to support as represented below.… Continue Reading
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