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The unexpected role family law attorneys often fill

When contemplating divorce or other family-centered legal events in the Fort Worth, Texas, area, it is easy to imagine how a family law attorney typically helps. Guidance through divorce proceedings, representation for child custody battles and advocacy during property division matters are some of the most well known roles a family law attorney can fill. However, attorneys who devote their practice to family law also provide support in ways many have never imagined.

The importance of child support

Texas parents may be surprised to learn that, in 2013, states around the country have had to intervene in child support cases for approximately 17 million children. In Texas alone, more than $3.5 billion was distributed to custodial parents in that year the form of child support. However, Texas parents who do not have primary custody of their children reportedly owe more than $11 billion in back payments.

Applying for a protective order

Domestic violence is a problem in Texas that often goes unreported. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, nearly one million women were battered in 2006 alone. However, during the same year, the Texas Department of Public Safety only received 186,868 incident reports about domestic violence.

Changing a child's last name after a divorce

Texas residents who are going through the divorce process may be wondering about whether it is possible for the mother to change her children's name back to her maiden name. It is not uncommon for a woman to change her last name to her maiden name after a divorce. However, there may be legal complications that arise if she is considering changing her children's names as well.

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.

Child custody jurisdiction and relocating in a different state

Texas parents may wonder what happens to a child custody arrangement once one parent moves to another state. Prior to the enactment of The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, judges in different states sometimes ruled on custody issues that may have already been decided in the child's home state, which led to confusion.

Why more Texas children may be living with their grandparents

According to 2010 census data, 4.9 million kids were living with their grandparents, which was almost twice as many as the reported 2.4 million kids who were living with their grandparents a decade earlier. There were many reasons cited as to why more children were living with their grandparents; one of them was the fact that it has become preferable for many courts to place children who cannot live with their parents with another family member.

Structuring a sound child custody agreement helps everyone

As some Texans know, child custody may be an emotionally charged issue. While there are some cases in Texas in which parents are able to decide what is best for their child and arrive at an agreement on their own, there are also instances in which the court must step in and decide in the best interests of the child. Understanding child custody might make it easier to proceed.

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