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April 2015 Archives

The Supreme Court tackles same-sex marriage

You may not know it, but there is a case in the Supreme Court that could change the entire landscape of the family unit across the entire country, especially in states like Texas. Obergefell v. Hodges s is a case that will allow the Supreme Court to closely examine state laws affecting same-sex marriage, specifically those that define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Currently, homosexuals in Texas cannot be married, and if they were married in another state, their marriage is not recognized in Texas, meaning that they cannot bdivorceded in Texas. Naturally this is a polarizing topic with proponents on either side.

Factors that affect who gets custody

When you are going through a divorce, your circumstances will affect what is most important to you. For some people, keeping their favorite or most precious assets from the marriage is important, but for most couples who have children, the custody arrangement is what truly matters. When you have lived years of your life seeing your children every day, the idea that you will only get occasional visitation rights is terrifying. Knowing the best ways to make a strong case for custody can help you avoid this.

What rights do fathers in Texas have before a child is born?

Like many states in the country, Texas has come to acknowledge the important roles that both parents play in the upbringing of a child. Because of this, there is a notable shift in the number of joint managing conservatorships, with fewer mothers getting sole custody of their children. Fathers are able to take a more active and meaningful role in their children's lives following a divorce, which is good, but what about fathers who were never married to the child's mother?

We take each divorce case seriously

We've all seen movies and televisions shows featuring divorces full of tension and one party scheming to get as much as they can at their ex-spouse's expense. Some of us may even personally know people for whom this was the case. Because of this cutthroat perception of divorce, many people are hesitant to file for divorce, since they are understandably worried about the effect divorce will have on their lives. What you should remember is that divorce is different for everyone, and it does not have to be a bad thing.

Texas man forced to pay child support for girl that is not his

Texas law can be very difficult and confusing when it comes to matters of child custody and child support. The primary goal of the courts is to do what is best for the child, which means a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child and determining child support that ensures that the child will be provided for as it grows. Unfortunately, Texas courts can get a little zealous when it comes to these support orders, and it can be very difficult to have them changed.

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