In Texas, the custody statute does not provide statutory factors for a court to determine proper custody. Conditions for grandparent visitation rights include a determination that one of the child's parents is deceased, incompetent, incarcerated, or has had his or her parental rights terminated. Visitation may also be awarded if the parents are divorced, the child has been abused or neglected, the child has been adjudicated a delinquent or in need of supervision, or the child has lived with the grandparent for at least six months within 24 months of the filing of the petition for visitation. Adoption cuts off the visitation rights of the grandparent unless the adoption is granted to a step-parent.
Some 40% of babies born in the United States are born to unwed mothers vs. about 10% in 1970, according to a UN report. Almost 60% are living with their baby's father. Like married couples, many of these relationships fail, leaving the challenge of determining custody, particularly for fathers. Our firm has handled a growing number of such cases.
As a dog lover, it may be difficult to consider the family dog as an asset to be "divided" in a divorce. You may be surprised to learn that most family law courts consider your beloved canine to be classified as personal property. In 2012, over 1/3 of American families owned at least one dog, nearly 70 million dogs. As roughly half of all marriages fail, decisions need to be made for millions of dogs. Our firm has handled many divorce cases involving dogs.
Because the divorce process is unfamiliar to most people, the terminology can be daunting. Some terms are unfamiliar, some are often misunderstood. Our firm believes it is important our clients fully comprehend the key elements and language of divorce. The following is a glossary of terms and phrases related to divorce and the divorce process.
One of the principal concerns of my clients who are parents seeking divorce is "how much will child support be". Obviously, this is a key issue for both the custodial parent receiving the support, and the parent paying the support. While ultimately, the amount of child support a parent will pay will be determined by the circumstances of the case, and the judge, there are guidelines provided by the State of Texas, which we have provided below. Please remember these are indeed guidelines and can be significantly influenced by your circumstances, and the judge hearing your case.
Here is an article from Nolo which addresses financial mistakes to avoid in divorce. There are many such lists but I find this one particularly useful. Divorce can cause stress and anxiety and research has shown that stress and anxiety can seriously affect one's judgment, even if normally financially astute. Before taking any financial actions while considering divorce, consult with your attorney. Your emotions many have already clouded your financial judgment. Contact us with questions