Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why Use a Family Law Mediator in Texas?

Family law disputes are among the most stressful, most emotional disagreements that a family can experience. In many instances, the family unit is completely transformed, which is devastating for both parents and children. Arguing in court over the end of one’s marriage or a change in child custody is exhausting for the parties. Family law cases, especially custody battles and divorces, also have significant financial impacts on the family. Family law attorneys may charge several hundred dollars per hour for their services, and many clients underestimate just how quickly these expenses can add up. Consider the following: if an attorney charges $300 per hour, a 15-minute phone call will cost the client $75.00. If a case is especially contested, the... Read More

The Advantages of Child Support Mediation

Child support disputes may arise from a number of different situations. Child support may be sought by a single mother who is struggling to raise her children on her own. It may be ordered by the family court as the result of a divorce proceeding. In other cases, a parent may request a change in the amount of child support, even if an amount was finalized years earlier. This usually occurs when a parent receives a pay increase or changes jobs. Many individuals are under the impression that they must use the court system to request or make changes to child support payments. Fortunately, this is not the case. Many parties in the Houston area have instead used child support... Read More

Parental Rights and Duties under Texas Law

The code of laws of Texas delineates many different parental rights and duties that apply to all Texan citizens with children. These rights and duties typically do not cease because the parents divorce or no longer live together. First, every parent has the duty to provide care and support to his or her children, even if the parents are minors or have very little income. This duty includes not only providing financial support, but also educational support, medical care, food, a place to live, and clothing. Family court judges will be quickly angered upon hearing that a parent has provided little or no support to the children, and may take harsh measures against that parent, such as ordering jail time... Read More

What Factors are Considered for Spousal Support in Texas?

Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, will be awarded by a Texas family court judge in a divorce case after careful consideration of the parties’ circumstances and the facts of the dispute. Spousal support is the legal term used to describe the payments that one spouse pays to the other after the parties separate or divorce. Such payments are not automatic simply because one spouse out-earned the other during the marriage. There are a number of factors the Texas family courts consider when determining whether an award of spousal support is proper. In determining eligibility for spousal support, the courts determine whether the spouse who has requested support has adequate resources to support oneself--for example, whether the... Read More