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How do you establish paternity in Texas?

Going through the legal process to confirm that you are the father of your children may provide numerous benefits for both you and them. It may be especially vital if you are not married to your children's mother. When you establish paternity in Texas, you give your children an official record of their heritage. It also helps ensure you maintain a relationship with your children if you ever separate from their mother.

When to modify your child support

Many parents in Texas are not aware of this, but if they experience a life change, they may be able to modify their child support. Forbes asserts that parents can always make adjustments to a child support order. There are some key contributing factors courts take into consideration when deciding on child support payments, so any changes to these factors may be good grounds for seeking a modification.

Joint custody may prove more beneficial for children

While getting a divorce in Texas, many parents argue about who should get custody of the children. While fathers do not ask for custody as often as mothers do, they may nonetheless end up in a situation where women get full custody. In these situations, they generally have to pay child support, but there is no guarantee that they will actually get to spend time with their child. Joint custody helps to prevent this, making it mandatory for children to spend time with both parents, even if the split is not 50/50.

Rapists have no parental rights in Texas

CNN notes that in Texas, a parent may have their rights terminated if a court finds that any act of sexual assault led to the conception of the child. For many people, this may go without saying. Is this not the case in every state? The unfortunate answer is no. Believe it or not, there are states in America where mothers may be forced to share parental rights with the man who assaulted them.

Protecting a child’s mental health after divorce

When children are involved, divorces in Texas can be a stressful experience for the entire family. While parents carry most of the financial and personal burdens associated with divorce, children often suffer mental health problems in the aftermath. This can lead to anxiety, especially as it relates to whether or not the leaving parent will continue to play an active role in their lives.

Could shared parenting laws cure bitter custody battles?

News involving divorced couples in Texas can be downright scary, but when a child is involved it can be far more devastating. From women running off to other states and countries with the children to men killing the entire family and then themselves, bitter custody battles can go from heartbreaking to deadly at the drop of a hat.

Establishing legal fatherhood for unmarried dads

In Texas, when a child is born to an unmarried couple, the law only recognizes the mother. Establishing legal fatherhood requires additional steps. At the Law Office of Ellen Dixius, we often assist clients in paternity disputes and custody rights when there is no legally recognized dad.

What is a Standard Possession Order?

If you are a Texas parent thinking about divorcing your spouse, you likely have at least a vague idea that you and your spouse will need to come to an agreement regarding the parenting time both of you will have with your children after the divorce. What you may not realize, however, is that the Texas Family Code contains the default parenting time provisions that will go into effect after your divorce if you and your spouse cannot come up with an agreement yourselves. These provisions go by the name of a Standard Possession Order.

How do stepparents fit in?

If you are newly married in Texas, and your spouse has children, you now have a new role as a stepparent. In most situations, your stepchildren may not be too thrilled with the idea of you coming into their lives, and this can lead to resentment and conflict. It may take time, but if you follow these tips the chances of you eventually developing a healthy relationship with them increases.

How is conservatorship decided?

If you are a parent going through a divorce in Texas, there is probably a lot on your mind. One of your biggest concerns may be who will gain custody of the children. There are a number of factors that go into how custody is determined, and a deciding one may relate to the age of the child and who can best meet the developmental needs.

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