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Updated Texas Family Code comes to Texas

The Texas Family Code is going through changes this year because the legislators have gathered in Austin and have updated the code. There were a lot of changes made but some of them are going to have a bigger impact than others.

For instance, Title 1, the marriage relationship has been updated to bring it into the 20th century. No longer can soon-to-be ex-spouses send threatening messages by email, text or voice transmissions. Stalking by these methods is now taboo. Because this has been brought up to date, you no longer have to read about your divorce on social media. This can only be a good thing.

Also, to this same portion of the code, spouses are now not allowed, by court order, to damage, tamper with or even destroy any type of intellectual property or any electronically stored information that will cause economic loss or inconvenience during the divorce.

Title 4, protective orders and family violence, has been changed as well. Trafficking activities are said to be family violence. Also, there is now new legislation that presupposes family violence if, in the past, there has been violence against one spouse from the other spouse. If there was a previous conviction then there is a presumption of further violence.

There are now additions to Title 5, parent-child relationships. There must be a child custody evaluator involved in custody battles. A really good thing that occurred is that now dental insurance coverage for a child during a divorce must be in place from one or the other parent.

It is important to stay up-to-date with the many changes that are taking place. This is just a few of them. A good legal representative will be able to help you explore your options should you want to pursue a divorce.

Source: Chron, "Texas Family Code sees changes in 2015," Dec. 16, 2015

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