As a parent, it's completely normal for you to want the best for your child, which likely involves spending the majority of you time living with them. There's a fine line, though, between a justifiable reason to request a custody modification and an emotionally-charged, potentially frivolous one. If you suspect that your child's life may be in some type of immediate danger when in the custody … [Read more...] about Various Reasons You May Be Able to Request a Custody Modification
If you're seeking custody of your child, in some cases judges may look to your kids to ask them which parent they'd like to reside with more. Whether a child will be called upon to testify at their own child custody hearing about their preferences largely depends on their level of maturity and age, although those aren't the only factors. How well he or she appears to be able to make informed … [Read more...] about When Might a Child’s Wishes Be Considered In a Custody Dispute?
Child support is generally paid by the noncustodial parent to the parent who retains primary physical custody to help cover the basis expenses associated with raising a child. Even if the noncustodial parent is ordered to pay the maximum support amount, though, it frequently falls short of covering all the extra expenses that arise in raising a child. These added costs associated with raising a … [Read more...] about Costs That Child Support Isn’t Intended to Cover in Texas
A parent deciding to relocate with his or her child to another state can make an already difficult custody situation even more contentious. Unless the parenting agreement the two of you drafted specifically speaks to relocations, then the prospect of a child being taken a long distance away from his or her other parent may be hard for him or her to take kindly to it. Judges are generally asked … [Read more...] about Relocating With Your Child as Primary Custodial Parent
Many dog owners expect that if they had the dog before marrying, then it'll automatically remain in their custody once the divorce is finalized. That's not necessarily the case though. While it is important who the dog belonged to prior to the marriage, it also matters who took care of it during the marriage. If you can prove that you were its primary caretaker throughout the relationship, then … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Keep the Dogs When You Get Divorced?
While in most cases, a parent who spends the bulk of his or her time with his or her child is considered the custodial parent, that's not always the case. A judge may actually require the parent that wishes to assert his or her right to be the sole decision-maker in his or her child's life to do so by filing the necessary order in court to be appointed as such. Even if you have been appointed … [Read more...] about What Your Responsibilities Are as a Custodial Parent
According to data published by the federal government, at least 6 percent of all American adults have a felony convictions on their records. This equates to one out of every 15 adults having a criminal record in the United States. While state laws can vary, it's commonplace for a parent to be able to retain custody of his or her child even after he or she is convicted of a felony. There are just a … [Read more...] about Custody Cases Involving Parents with Felony Convictions
Parents beginning the divorce process often have questions about the rules governing custody decisions. You may have heard advice and anecdotes from your friends and family that you feel unsure about believing. Learning some basics can help you achieve a better understanding of what to expect as you move forward. The underlying principle governing Texas courts' approach to custody issues is the … [Read more...] about How Child Custody Works in Texas
Divorces involving children or high assets are very rarely done and over with once the judge signs off on the agreement. Instead, couples tend to continue to hash things out as circumstances change and realities set in for both of them. One way a spouse may challenge a judge's divorce orders is by appeal. In filing an appeal, both parties are required to submit an appellate brief. For the … [Read more...] about Is it possible to appeal a divorce case?
A group of concerned citizens gathered together on the steps of Houston's federal courthouse on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, to voice their concern over how custody decisions are made by Texas Child Protective Services (CPS). They turned out to rally behind an Arizona woman who claims that the state agency did not allow her to retain the custody of her young nephew, but approved for him to be put up for … [Read more...] about Texas Child Services accused of denying black kids family custody