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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

How Do You Modify a Child Support Order?


After a child support order is put in place, life goes on and that means changes can happen. You may have been ordered to pay child support, but recently lost a job and cannot afford the payments. You may be receiving child support payments, but your child’s needs have changed and put an increased burden on your finances. Whatever the change, you may be able to have the original child support order modified due to your change in circumstances. You must, however, make this change official by going through the court system.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Free Range Parenting and the Law

Is free range parenting legal in Texas?

Parenting is hard, and one of the first things that new parents learn is that everyone has an opinion about it.  There are many parenting styles and no one way is correct.  As if parents do not already have a hard enough job, parents today can potentially face criminal charges for adopting certain parenting styles.  One of the most controversial parenting movements is that of “free-range parenting.”  Below, our Midland, Texas family law lawyers explore the basics of free range parenting and its legality.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Potential Divorce Attorney

How do I select a good divorce lawyer?

Divorce is a stressful time filled with uncertainty, fear, and much emotion.  Those contemplating divorce will need the assistance of an experienced divorce attorney.  Your divorce attorney will become your primary advocate and sounding board throughout the divorce process.  Your selection of a divorce lawyer could well make the difference between achieving the divorce outcome you desire or finding yourself struggling to make due with a lesser divorce settlement or an unfair custody arrangement.  With so many divorce lawyers out there, how do you choose the right one? Start by asking the right questions of your potential divorce attorney.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Expenses Covered by Child Support

Will child support cover private school expenses?

Child support was created in order to protect children nationwide from the economic impact of separation or divorce. There is a common belief that child support should only be awarded to cover a child’s bare necessities like food and clothing. In fact, Texas law permits the award of child support to cover a wide array of kid related expenses.


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Bringing a Paternity Suit in Texas


Do I need to establish paternity to receive child support for my child?

Establishing the legal paternity of your child is critically important for the protection of your child’s legal rights. When a child is born out of wedlock, there are two common ways to determine the paternity of the child. The father can either acknowledge the paternity of the child or a lawsuit will be initiated to adjudicate the paternity of the child. With paternity established, you may then seek


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Orders of Protection During Divorce


How can an Order of Protection help keep me safe from violence during my divorce?

Each year, more than 10 million people across America are physically abused by a partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Domestic violence can make divorcing from your abusive spouse dangerous.  If you are seeking to escape an abusive marriage, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself, including filing for an Order of Protection in the state of Texas.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Navigating Your Role as Stepparent


What are some mistakes I should avoid making as a new stepparent?

The role of stepparent is not an easy one.  When you become a stepparent, the first thing you likely want to do is bond with your new stepchildren. This can prove challenging, however, because you must also navigate the intricate web of relationships between the stepchild and his or her biological parents.  Being the best stepparent you can be will involve opening your arms to welcome your new children.  As you step into the role of stepparent, consider the following mistakes to avoid.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Prenups Can Help Your Marriage Succeed


How could a prenuptial agreement help my marriage?

When you think about a lasting marriage, a prenup is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind; however, prenuptial agreements can often be a component to marital bliss.  A prenuptial agreement is about a lot more than divorce.  With a prenup, you and your future spouse will discuss important financial issues, such as how you will manage finances.  Laying out your financial ideals in a prenup before the wedding can help to protect against arguments and misunderstandings about money.  Our


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Creating an Enforceable Premarital Agreement in Texas


Why might a prenuptial agreement be invalid?

Prenuptial or premarital agreements have become increasingly common among couples contemplating marriage today.  While all of us enter into marriage expecting it to last forever, the reality is that close to half of all marriages will end in divorce.  Premarital agreements are carefully drafted by Texas family law attorneys and serve to clarify the rights and responsibilities of each spouse in the marriage, and the division of property in the event of a divorce.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Broaching the Topic of a Post-Nup With Your Spouse


Will a post-nuptial agreement help to protect my assets?

If you married without a pre-nup, you may be wise to consider entering into a post-nuptial agreement with your spouse. A post-nuptial agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial contract, but instead of being executed before marriage, it is entered into during the union.  In a post-nup, you and your spouse can set out your wish to voluntarily divide your assets and property in the event of divorce or death.  Post-nups are authorized under Texas law, but it can be difficult to bring up the topic of a post-nup with your spouse.  Our


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Answers to Your FAQs About Divorce in Texas


Divorce is a complicated process that will have a significant impact on your future.  If you are considering filing for divorce, you likely have many question about the divorce process in Texas and your legal rights.  Below you will find some answers to the top questions asked by divorcing couples in Texas.  For individualized assistance with your divorce, contact our Read more . . .


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