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Strategies for Desired Custody in Texas

An experienced lawyer can offer strategies to help you get the custody arrangement you desire. There are no guarantees that the outcome will be precisely what you want, but there are several custody ...
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Handling a child support case as the non custodial parent, Part Five

Receiving a court summons-What should you do? One minute you are minding your own business and the next you have been handed some paper from a person you’ve never met before that instructs you ...
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Introduction to Child Custody Proceedings in Texas

Many parents have misconceptions about what their rights are and what the law requires of parents. This short article is essential reading for every parent who will participate in, or already has ...
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How to change your name in Texas

Many people (women, mostly) will change their legal name after their divorce has been finalized. It is simple to do so in the divorce as long as the name you are asking yours to be changed to has been ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Modifications and Enforcements

In general, courts are wary about modifying orders that designate the parent with the exclusive duty to determine the primary residence of a child. This is the case in large part because courts do not ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Initiating a child support case

If you are wanting to begin a family law case involving child support matters it is recommended that you contact an attorney before doing so. I know- shock of the century- a family law attorney is ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship Explained

The word that I hear most often from clients in regard to their children, and frankly use myself when discussing the rights and duties of parents, is “ custody ”. It’s a word that is ...
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Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce? Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Lawyer

Many people believe that a divorce in Texas should be easy, that it is just a status change ending the marriage and that it does not directly impact other issues. However, that is not the case. A ...
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Emotional abuse in a Texas Divorce

When you hear the words “emotional” and “abuse” what comes to mind? I’m willing to bet that if you were being completely honest the image of a raised eyebrow may have ...
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Abandonment as grounds for divorce in Texas

The majority of divorces that occur in Texas each year are what is known as “ No Fault ” Divorces. This means that the parties simply could no longer get along in the marriage and say no ...
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How you can help your child practice their religious faith after a divorce

Whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim or member of another faith group it goes without saying that the practice of your faith is central to your life. This is one of the rights that we as Americans ...
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Parental Relocation with children after a Texas Divorce

Suppose that you have gone through a divorce from your spouse and you are attempting to adjust to life as a single adult raising a child in different households. You may need to find a new place to ...
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Committing family violence has a dramatic effect on many phases of your life

If you have committed an act of family violence then the consequences of your actions go well beyond being placed under arrest. For instance, if you are in the midst of a divorce case then it is ...
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How can your children succeed in school after a divorce?

There is no way to avoid running into the realization that a divorce is difficult, especially for children. If you and your spouse attempting to work out the issues that were dividing you in marriage ...
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Purposefully reducing income, fluctuating pay and other child support components

If you are in a position where paying child support appears likely as a result of your Texas divorce or child custody case it could be that you would go to extreme lengths to “fudge” the ...
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A Child Custody Evaluator's Interaction with your children: Preparing for interviews

If your child custody or divorce case has a child custody evaluator assigned to it then in nearly all circumstances interviews will take place between the evaluator and your family, including your ...
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The effect of a child custody evaluation on your family law case

If a judge has approved your or the opposing party’s request to have a child custody evaluation conducted, or has ordered one done on their own, it is logical that he or she would place a great ...
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Child Support in Focus: Retroactive Payments

In the event that you do not have a child support order from a Texas Family Law Court that has ordered the payment of child support from another person to you, it may be a question bouncing around in ...
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Split Custody- Is it right for you and your family?

One of the goals that many potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan have is to be able to see their child as much as the other parent once their family law case is done and over with. It ...
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What to do When Your Child Does Not Want to Visit the Other Parent

You spent a long time in mediation negotiating and getting your custody order worked out so that both you and your ex were satisfied with it. Or maybe you fought a long custody battle that ended in a ...
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The effect of substance abuse on child custody determinations

Unfortunately, there are family law cases that involve one parent making allegations of substance abuse against the other parent. In some scenarios these allegations are just that- allegations- and no ...
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Texas Family Law Courts: Adoption and Modification Cases

For an adoption to take place the parental rights of either the child’s mother or father must first be terminated by a court. A petition for adoption would be filed in the court with ...
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Texas Family Law Courts: The role of an ad litem in your divorce

Many of the subjects that we’ve discussed so far in our discussion of Texas Family Law Courts are very well known. Child support, property division upon divorce and child custody are all ...
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Habeas Corpus - What does it mean and how can it help you in a child custody case

Suppose that you and your spouse have been divorced for a few years and have split custody of your child pretty much 50/50. Both you and your ex-spouse have abided by the divorce decree ’s ...
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Grandparents can find themselves in a tough spot when raising a child in response to a CPS investigation

As an attorney working in the area of family law I can think no more frustrating or sad sort of case than a CPS case. From the child’s perspective, it is being alleged that he or she has been ...
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