Residency requirements must be met by one or both of the parties in order for a Texas court to grant a divorce. Let us assume you meet the Texas requirements in which you have been living in Texas for at least six months and you filed for divorce in the county in which you have been living in for at least 90 days. How does a Texas court acquire the power to impose personal obligations, such as spousal support, on your nonresident spouse?
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After your spouse has filed for divorce, you were probably served divorce papers. What steps should you immediately take?
If you have been served, usually by a process server or a constable, you will receive a copy of the petition that was filed by your ex-spouse. It will state important information such as your case number and the court your case is assigned to. Now that you’ve been served, what should you do?
A petition is filed with the court to begin the divorce process. Once the court accepts your petition, you will need to serve your spouse. This is also referred to as service of process.
A common belief is that you must file for divorce in the state where you were married. However, that is not true. Our lives are ever changing and with the development of transportation and travel, moving is easier and has become more common. Every state has their own requirements for filing for divorce.
Yes! This is also known as an acknowledgement of paternity. However, in Texas, there are 5 steps that must be followed for the acknowledgement to be valid.
To calculate child support amounts, courts look at the net resources of the party ordered to pay. What do courts consider as income, and what sources figure into net resources? Here are 20 sources of income courts will use to calculate the child support amount.
In family law cases that involve children, the very first thing that must be established is whether or not a parent-child relationship exists. Usually, the answer as to who the child’s mother is is not an issue. Texas Family Code Section 160.204 covers presumption of paternity.
Who is the father of the child? In Texas, there are 5 ways in which a man can become the legal father of a child.
To calculate child support amounts, courts look at the net resources of the party ordered to pay. Net resources is determined by adding all of the obligor’s (the person ordered to pay) sources of income and deducting certain items like taxes, union dues, and health insurance for the child or children.
In a final order affecting a child or children, the court can order three different types of child support. The court can order current child support, which is an amount a party is ordered to pay in the future once the case is completed. The court can also order medical child support, which includes dental insurance.
In a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR) or a divorce with children, there are 5 different types of child support a court can award.
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