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Read your divorce decree or child custody order. if it doesn’t specifically address passports, you will not be able to get a passport for your child without the other parent’s notarized signature and a copy of the front and back of their driver’s license. If you are the mother and there is no child listed […]

Divorce attorneys have a saying that “the house follows the children”, meaning that there is usually a strong preference on the part of a judge to award the house to the parent who is keeping the children. However, just because you can keep the house, doesn’t mean that you should. Being a single parent is […]

If you got married and did not get a prenup signed and wish that you had, it is not too late. Texas also authorizes a post-marital agreement. A post marital agreement can do anything that a pre-marital agreement could accomplish towards future earnings. If you have already had significant earnings during the marriage, you would […]

Whose responsibility is it to provide clothing for a child when he/she goes to visit their other parent? We want to encourage children to think of both of their parents’ homes as their own. One of the things that can help this, is if both parent buy and keep clothing for the child, as well […]

In Texas, custody may be decided by a judge or by a jury. In most cases it will be a judge. Both a judge and a jury are prohibited from considering gender in making the decision of whom the child lives with. However, both judges and juries tend to bring their own preferences with them […]

The first question is, do you have a current decree or child custody order? If you don’t, you need to make an appointment to see an attorney immediately. You need to file paperwork. If you can do it before the move, you are much better off. The longer before the move, the better, so be […]

For the first $9200 per month in after tax income (roughly $150k per year), Texas judges stick to the guidelines in almost every circumstance. Above this income level, there are no guidelines. You will hear attorneys say that someone has “maxed out”. There is a tendency to ignore anything above the guideline and just calculate […]

Easter is not one of the holidays divided up in a Texas Standard Possession Order. That means that unless it was specifically written in for your decree, Easter goes to the parent whose weekend it would otherwise be. Since Easter moved around on the calendar, there is no pattern to how it falls in the […]

When child support is calculated in Texas, it is assumed that the person paying the child support is also providing the health insurance. Usually, this is done through the payor’s employment. If the payor does not have health insurance through his/her employment, or the payee has better or cheaper insurance available, then frequently, the payee […]

Child support in Texas is based entirely on the payor’s income if he/she earns approximately $150,000 per year or less. You start with the after tax income of the payor and subtract the cost of the child’s health insurance (the payor will also be providing health insurance). Then, child support is 20% for one child, […]

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