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December 2014 Archives

Modifying a Texas child support order

A Texas court will consider changing a child custody or support order in response to a Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship. The process is more efficient if both parents agree to the modification. However, regardless of whether the parents agree or disagree, this petition is the first step to modifying a support order.

Grandparents' rights to custody and visitation

Grandparents and grandchildren can grow lasting relationships, and Texas law gives custody and visitation rights to grandparents in special situations. If it is in the best interests of a child, the court may grant a grandparent custody or visitation privileges if the grandparent requests it or the birth parents agree to it.

Divorce rate lower than previously assumed

Divorce in Texas and other states may be less prevalent than originally thought, according to recently published data. For some time now, it has been a widespread belief that half of all marriages end in divorce. That may not be true, though. While that number may have been accurate in the 1970s and 1980s, it's no longer the case. Recent data suggests that the trend is actually headed down.

Reasons for filing for divorce

Family law in Texas recognizes several reasons a spouse could ask for a divorce. These legal reasons for ending a marriage are known as grounds for divorce. Spouses must give one of these reasons when petitioning for divorce, even if both parties agree on the decision.

Things to keep in mind in a military divorce

Military couples in Texas who are separating and considering a divorce need to keep certain things in mind since divorces involving members of the military are somewhat different than those of civilians due to their lifestyle. From custody of the children to spousal support to retirement benefits and life insurance policies, military divorces are unique and can become confusing.

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