In my field of practice there are certain types of cases that I take very seriously, they are protective orders. Now this is not to say that I do not take a divorce, or child custody case seriously, but when a protective order is filed someone’s life may be at stake. This week I
5th Circuit decides that domestic violence abusers have right to bear arms
The federal 5th Circuit court of appeals released a rare opinion that bears on Texas family law cases. Usually family law cases are only a matter of state court decisions (and the super-rare US Supreme Court opinion); the federal courts rarely have an occasion to weigh in on our state’s domestic relations.
Along comes the…
The Unconstitutionality of Protective Orders Under the Texas Family Code – Part II
This post continues the discussion of the unconstitutionality of protective orders under the Texas Family Code and picks up from Part I previously published.
Testimony in a Civil Protective Order Case Violates the Fifth Amendment of the United States
The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution holds:
No person shall be held to
The Unconstitutionality of Protective Orders Under the Texas Family Code – Part I
Protective orders under the Texas Family Code are intended to protect a person from family violence, but this protection cannot be obtained by violating the constitutions of both the United States and Texas. Texas Family Code chapter 83 addresses temporary ex parte protective orders. Texas Family Code chapter 85 addresses final protective orders. It…
Definitions of Texas family violence and abuse expanded with new law
Effective September 1, 2015, the law pertaining to the definition of family violence has been expanded by the Texas Legislature. Now, the code prohibits family violence, including a person who applied for a protective order. The prior version of the law prohibited violence against the victim, but left a loophole for violence against a person …
Tougher reporting requirements regarding domestic violence in Texas divorces
A parent subject to a court order affecting their children in Texas has long been required to disclose if they were living with a person who had been convicted of a sexual offense. Under a new law passed this year, parents in Texas have more stringent reporting requirements. A parent must disclose to the other …