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What are the main ways to enforce child support?

It is the policy of the State of Texas that children should be supported by the contributions of both of their parents. This means that even if the parents choose not to reside together with the children, they will each still be legally responsible for the financial support of their children. To this end, like most other states, Texas has established guidelines that use the incomes of each parent to determine what each"s share of the child support should be. Generally speaking, the parent with whom the child lives, known as the "custodial parent" (or sometimes, depending on the circumstances the "sole conservator" or "primary joint conservator,") will receive child support payments from the "noncustodial parent."

The benefits of collaborative divorce

The divorce process can be challenging as emotions can run high and important concerns must be addressed. Important divorce-related issues include property division, child custody, child support and alimony which all may need to be resolved. While couples are strongly encouraged to reach agreements regarding these concerns themselves, they may face challenges doing so and the family law process can help.

A discussion about alimony

Throughout the history of the United States, until recently, it had been assumed that the father in a family would be the one who goes out and earns money for the family while the mother stays home to take care of the children. Since the 1960's to 1970's however, our traditional gender roles and how a family operates has begun to evolve.

The house usually follows the children in divorce

We all know how much is involved when you go through a divorce. It can undoubtedly seem overwhelming. You need to have alimony or spousal support determined, and if there are children from the marriage, you will also need to have child support and child custody determined. One common question that clients ask when entering into a divorce involves what will happen to the house.

Is a collaborative divorce right for you?

Many divorces are contentious, with emotions running high and animosity playing a role in the decision-making process. This can lead to a lengthy and costly divorce for all parties involved. There are times, however, when both parties agree on most or all of the decisions to be made in the divorce. During these times, it may be possible to enter into a collaborative divorce.

Protecting visitation rights

The divorce process is seldom easy for all parties involved. Each side generally has a view as to what they believe they deserve and are entitled to, and these views often vary widely between each divorcing spouse. One of the most heated decisions to be made during a divorce are decisions regarding children from the marriage such as child custody.

Divorce does not have to destroy your business

If you are married and own a business, did you know that if you dissolve your marriage your spouse may be entitled to half of your company? As Texas is a community property state, the law assumes you and your spouse each own 50 percent of all marital assets if you get a divorce. So, unless you take the steps necessary to protect your company, you may need to prepare yourself for the worst.

Choosing the right divorce lawyer can be critical

The end of a marriage is one of the most stressful and confusing times a person can go through. Feelings of grief, depression and fear are often supplanted by anger and bitterness. A person going through these conflicting emotions is often intimidated by the legal process. That's why it's a good idea to have a divorce attorney at one's side who can help make the difficult decisions.At the Dallas law firm of Katie L. Lewis, P.C. Family Law, we understand what our clients are going through, and we are committed to listening to them and fighting for their rights.

Gathering records before meeting with a divorce lawyer

Dallas-Fort Worth area residents who are headed for divorce often wonder what records they should bring to their first meeting with a divorce lawyer. In many cases, the lawyer's office will indicate when the client calls to set up the first meeting what documents the client should bring. This post is simply an overview of what an attorney may want to see at the first meeting or soon thereafter.