I'm a little different than most family lawyers. When clients come to me to plan a divorce, I feel it's my duty to discourage them. Talk to a counselor, I will say to them. Talk to one another. Try to solve whatever problem is driving you apart.
Update on Family Law Courts after Harvey, thanks to Judge Sylvia Matthews: The District Clerk's Office issued jury summons for jury service to resume on October 16, 2017. Civil District Courts, Probate Courts, and Civil County Courts are not calling Jury trials through the end of October. The family courts, juvenile courts and criminal coruts will be the priority for jury calls in October.
Sometimes, spouses in Texas may assume that if they divorce, one party will automatically be ordered to pay alimony. However, under Texas law, alimony -- also known as spousal support -- will only be awarded in limited circumstances.
"Uncontested divorce" is a misleading term. When people agree to get a divorce, it is not necessarily an uncontested divorce. Differences of opinion may exist as to whether property is marital or separate, how to divide property, who keeps the family business, should it be sold, the value of the family business, whether to pay spousal support, who will have primary custody of the children, what possession or access of the children will be, how much child support will be paid are some of the issues to be addressed in an "uncontested divorce".
Harvey caused Courts to change their hours and locations.
It goes without saying that raising a child in Texas costs money. Between the basic necessities of life, educational expenses, medical expenses and entertainment expenses, most parents try to provide their child with the highest quality of life they can afford.
Parents in Texas who have established a child custody (conservatorship) order may find that for a while, things run smoothly. They are able to care for their child during their allotted custody or visitation periods, and child custody exchanges are made with little trouble.
Unfortunately, deadbeat parents who do not pay their child support payments is not uncommon in the United States. According to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, in 2009 alone there were approximately $108 billion dollars in back payments owed to custodial parents. So what can you do if your ex-spouse is not paying child support payments?