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How Do You File for Divorce in Texas?

How Do You File for Divorce in Texas?

How do you file for divorce in Texas? A Texas divorce follows basically the same process whether you have attorneys or represent yourself, whether you have children or not, whether you have a lot of assets or little. Step One: jurisdiction. If you have lived in Texas for more than 6 months, you can file […]

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How to Understand An Order/Notice to Withhold Income

How to Understand An Order/Notice to Withhold Income

If you have received an “Order/Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support ,” you must not disregard the document. This notice should be handled immediately as a Texas employer who knowingly fails to withhold court-ordered child support may be subject to a $200 fine for each pay period during which it failed to withhold income […]

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Time limitations on enforcement of child support arrears

Time limitations on enforcement of child support arrears

Many people assume that the attorney general stops enforcing child support arrears when the child turns 18. Often, however, this is not the case, and can lead to some scary situations for people who are unprepared. In Texas, the law states that the court maintains their jurisdiction for up to 2 years after the obligation […]

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How to Modify a Child Support Order in Texas

How to Modify a Child Support Order in Texas

An agreement in the child support in Texas depends upon the age of the child or children and other certain circumstances at the time of the parents’ divorce. Therefore, it is to be expected that the agreement between the parents with regard child support will need some modifications  at least once during its effectivity. The […]

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Forced Child Support for Rape Victims

Forced Child Support for Rape Victims

The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child is taken care of. This is a social value that tracks from the idea that all children are inherently innocent (true) and thus deserve to be supported even if it creates hardships for the parents. However, some situations create results that are so egregious […]

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Paying Child Support for Someone Else’s Child?

Paying Child Support for Someone Else’s Child?

Michigan man Carnell Alexander owes the state $30k in child support for a child that is not his after his ex-girlfriend named him on state financial assistance forms in 1987. The state requires that a father be listed so that the state can track down the father to reimburse the state for the financial assistance. […]

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Child Support and Debtor’s Prisons

Child Support and Debtor’s Prisons

A friend of mine asked me the other day which type of cases I found most emotionally draining. I had to think about it for a minute, but I eventually came to the conclusion that while termination cases can be heart wrenching at times, and divorces can be full of drama, it was my experiences […]

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Gay Marriage and State Sovereignty

Gay Marriage and State Sovereignty

There has been a lot of discussion recently in regards the recently proposed House Bill 623 . This bill essentially proposes to allow Texas to circumvent federal court decisions in regards to declaring gay marriage bans unconstitutional. However, rather than continue the discussion of whether gay marriage should or should not be legal, this bill […]

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Men owe child support despite not being fathers

Men owe child support despite not being fathers

I read an article today that estimated that more than 120,000 men paying child support for children that aren’t theirs. The article didn’t go into much detail regarding how that number was reached, but even if the true number were half that, it is still somewhat staggering. I have personally come across this enough times to think […]

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Child Custody FAQ for Texas Parents

Child Custody FAQ for Texas Parents

Child custody disputes can come in many forms, foremost of which is in a divorce . Divorce can be a rather tricky thing, in some cases spouses will easily resolve custody issues and have long battles over property division. In other situations, spouses will easily resolve property disputes and have long battles over child custody. […]

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