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January 2016 Archives

Agreement modification for child support in Texas

If a couple has divorced and they have children, one of the most important aspects of the agreement is child support. When the proceeding is completed, there will be an amount that must be paid from the supporting parent to the custodial parent. If this is not paid, the supporting parent will face legal issues that can have a wide-ranging influence on his or her life. In some instances, however, it is reasonable for either the supporting parent or the receiving parent to request that there be an agreement modification. It is important to know the basis for which this can be completed.

How is alimony determined in a Texas divorce?

When a Texas couple divorces, one of the most complicated and often contentious issues that will be part of the proceeding is how much alimony - referred to as maintenance in Texas law - one spouse will pay the other. There are many different issues that will go into determining how much, if anything will be paid. Understanding how the law views this is important when going through a divorce.

Understanding issues of paternity in Texas

For parents in Texas, the notion of paternity might seem like it simply refers to a child's father, but there is more to it than that. Understanding this can provide protections and rights to the father as well as paternity leave and shared parenting. Obviously, paternity refers to fatherhood. If, however, the couple is not married at the time of the child's birth, the male who is said to be the father is not automatically viewed as such.