Family Law

De Novo Hearings from Associate Judge’s Court

When you have a hearing in front of an Attorney General Judge that’s usually an “Associate Judge.” That’s a Judge who’s been hired by the local County to perform certain tasks to free up the main Court’s schedules for other types of cases. In larger Counties they may have multiple Associate Judges handling a variety […]

Child Support Guidelines Going Up for High Income Earners

In Texas, Child Support is based on the paying parent’s income. There is a maximum amount of child support that’s presumed to be in the child’s best interests under the Texas Family Code. This “maximum child support” under the guidelines is presumed the highest child support allowed, absent unique medical other other circumstances. The Attorney […]

How does a Protective Order affect a divorce or custody case?

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In Texas, when a party received a Protective Order, it’s usually one of two varieties that effect a divorce or custody case. The initial protective order, Emergency Protective Order (EPO), goes into place if there is an arrest. EPOs usually last from 30 to 90 days only. They are limited in scope. Their focus is […]

Williamson County Standing Order

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Williamson County has recently adopted and approved a Standing Order. See below for a copy. This Order is similar to many other standing orders for other larger Texas Counties. A Standing Order is issued from all the District and County Judges and applies to every Divorce and child Custody case when filed. Williamson County’s Standing […]

Waiting period for divorces in Texas

What’s the Waiting Period for a divorce in Texas? The waiting period for a divorce in Texas is 60 days from the date the Original Petition of Divorce was filed at the courthouse.  When the other party was served with the initial divorce papers does not effect this waiting period.  The 60 days is calculated […]

Legal Aid and Volunteer Legal Services

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There is help for those who cannot afford traditional legal services.  Beyond the other low-cost options many attorneys offer (flat fee, limited scope, etc.) there are more low-cost options.  Some parties cannot afford traditional attorney representation or a choice is made that funds would be better used somewhere else other than traditional attorney representation. Texas […]

Can my boyfriend/girlfriend pickup my child from the other parent?

After parties separate, it is highly likely that they will date other people at some point in the future.  When that happens, then another person is pulled into the orbit of the parent’s custody arrangement.  This can be a emotional and contentious proposition, especially when children are involved. In most Standard Visitation Orders, there are […]