As a family law attorney, I understand that life circumstances can change unexpectedly. I also understand that these changes can drastically impact the financial dynamics of families. One area where this change often manifests is in child support arrangements. Whether due to a job loss, a significant increase in income, or changes in the needs
Last week we discussed the process of preparing for and beginning a modification. This week we’ll discuss what comes after the case is filed, and what you need to do to be as prepared as possible. Beginning with temporary orders.
1. Temporary Orders
In family law, temporary orders stand as pillars of stability during periods…
In a previous post, I have written about what a modification is and what it does. But recently a reader asked me to write about how the process works and what is required to change primary custody. Changing primary custody is not something that the courts will do lightly and it requires clearing certain hurdles.
Let’s say, hypothetically, you’ve gone through a divorce. The judge grants your ex-spouse primary possession of the kids, grants you standard possession, and orders you to pay $1,000 a month in child support. But what do you do when this situation is no longer workable? What do you do when your ex-spouse begins neglecting the…
It’s not a secret that children are expensive. Making the effort to make sure their needs are met can often mean that you as a parent must go without. In a situation where parents are unmarried or divorced, it is even more important to make sure that both of you are on the same page…
In order to modify any custody arrangement in Texas, the person requesting the modification must show that there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances.
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These are valid ways to deal with post-divorce problems.
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A Dallas jury last week upheld a restriction on the children’s residence to the Dallas area in the face of the Mother’s request to move out of the country.
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In a recent opinion by the Dallas Court of Appeals, the court held the trial judge did not err when he did not apply a domestic violence presumption in assessing child custody and did not record an interview with a child in the office outside the court room. In the Interest of S.E.K. & H.A.K., No. 05-08-00858-CV, — S.W.3d — (Tex. App. – Dallas, Aug. 28, 2009).
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Dallas Divorce Lawyer Michelle May O’Neil was quoted in the July 2nd, 2009 edition of Dallas Morning News in Emily Ramshaw’s article Child Support Suffers As Economy Suffers. The story lead Thursday’s edition with Ms. O’Neil’s picture appearing on page 14A.
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