Texas starts 2022 with three new district courts.

The 478th Judicial District Court of Bell County will be in session on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October. This court will have concurrent jurisdiction with the 27th, 146th, 169th, 364th, and 426th Judicial District Courts currently serving Bell County. No judge as been

The Dallas Court of Appeals has given the green light to a nonparent woman to seek access to the child with whom she had a substantial relationship. In In re M.K.S., the Dallas Court of Appeals held that the nonparent woman had established sufficient evidence of a pattern of conduct over a significant amount of time that the child would be involved with the nonparent woman, thus giving her the right under Texas Law to seek access
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Fred Silberberg of the Huffington Post blog posits that a divorce proceeding ought to be a private family matter not subject to open public view. He says in New York divorce proceedings are private such that the public cannot view the proceedings. However, he says, California has open courts such that the public has full access to the proceedings.
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In a July 31, 2009 opinion by the Dallas Court of Appeals, it was confirmed that Federal law trumps Texas law when it comes to income tax issues. In In re S.L.M., the mother brought child custody proceedings against father. The district court appointed mother and father as joint managing conservators and awarded mother the right to claim the children as exemptions on her federal income tax return. On appeal, father contended the district court erred in awarding mother the right to claim the two chidlren as tax exemptions. In re S.L.M., ___ S.W.3d ___, No. 05-08-01277-CV, 2009 WL 2343264 (Tex. App. – Dallas July 31, 2009, no pet. h.).
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