Family Law

Does child support have to go through the attorney general?

A lot of clients and potential clients do not want to send child support through the attorney general’s office. The reasons vary from personal preference, wariness of government oversight, and a desire to maintain control over child support payments going to the other parent. In Texas, child support must be paid through the Attorney General’s […]

Holiday Visitation; When it begins and ends

I receive many calls when the Holiday season arrives. There is usually confusion when a parent’s holiday visitation starts and ends. Does it start on the day of the Holiday, the day before, the weekend before, the Monday before? There’s no end to the interpretations I hear. In Texas, the custody and possession orders will […]

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 […]