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How to Enforce Child Support Order in Texas

Author: | September 1st, 2015 | Category : Houston Divorce Attorney

In general, the final decree of divorce includes roles & responsibilities of both parents (obligor & obligee) with respect to child support, conservatorship, possession & access, and medical support. However, if a parent doesn’t comply with this decree, then the other parent can a file a motion with the court to enforce the relevant order. Enforcement of a child support order needs dealing with a variety of points related to … Read more »

Things to Know about Retroactive Child Support

Author: | August 24th, 2015 | Category : Houston Divorce Attorney

It is possible that a non-custodial parent who was not initially asked for child support is later ordered by the court to pay a certain amount on the basis of a petition filed by the custodial parent or the Attorney General. This amount thus paid is known as retroactive child support. In the event parents are separated, retroactive child support can be ordered from the date of separation of the … Read more »

Texas Family Code & Modification of an SAPCR

Author: | August 17th, 2015 | Category : Houston Divorce Attorney

There are many circumstances that necessitate changes to a previously given order related to child support, conservatorship, and/or possession & access. In legal terms, this filing of petition or motion in the court is known as modification of a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR). Title 5; Subtitle B; Chapter 156, of the Texas Family Code defines the conditions & procedure to file for the modification of an SAPCR. … Read more »

Court-ordered Processes that Aid in Determining Conservatorship

Author: | July 27th, 2015 | Category : Houston Divorce Attorney

Texas Family Code Chapter 153 defines the various factors that are taken into account by a family court before deciding on conservatorship and this chapter also mentions the various rights & duties that come with conservatorship. However, in some cases, a court may not be able to determine the type and manner of conservatorship. In such situations, a family court has the right to order certain processes (appointments) that could … Read more »

Conservatorship in Texas

Author: | July 20th, 2015 | Category : Legal News

The legal term used in Texas for child custody is conservatorship which is used for filing any type of Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). Conservatorship is used by the family courts in Texas to define the rights & duties of both parents with respect to the child. It can also be used to limit the parental rights provided the courts have received evidences that call for such measures so … Read more »

Court Processes for the Child Protection Cases

Author: | July 13th, 2015 | Category : Houston Divorce Attorney

In one of the previous blogs, we discussed the role of Child Protective Services (CPS) or as it referred in Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Now, let’s briefly discuss the various hearings and meetings that are associated with the child abuse & neglect cases. In majority of such cases, the different processes involved are: emergency hearing, adversary hearing (also known as show cause), initial permanency planning … Read more »

Child Protection Cases in Texas

Author: | July 10th, 2015 | Category : Texas

Child Protective Services (CPS), which is known here as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), is a division within the State and local social services that plays a pivotal role in the cases of child abuse and neglect. It is created by the law and its role, responsibilities, and powers are described in the Texas Family Code, Chapter 261. A central registry in Austin maintains all the … Read more »