Child Custody

How Is Child Custody Decided In A Divorce?

Divorces involving children can quickly become some of the most emotional and complex cases in law. This article addresses both the procedural and substantive process of deciding the issue of child custody in a divorce. Procedures for Deciding Child Custody In Divorce First, let’s look at the procedural issues involved in deciding child custody. It […]

COVID-19 FAQ For Your Family Law Concerns

There are a lot of questions surrounding the impact COVID-19 is having on divorces including the post-divorce interpretation of divorce decree terms on child custody and child support. This is a brief answer to some of the more common questions. I’ve written previously about the Texas Supreme Court’s emergency orders clarifying the interpretation of possession […]

TX Supreme Court Issues Additional COVID-19 Guidance for Child Custody

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, several county and city governments across the State of Texas have issued “shelter in place” orders prohibiting various activities. This has led to some confusion regarding the impact of those orders on child possession schedules. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued an additional order […]

Can I Change My Child Custody Order After Divorce?

Yes – you can seek to modify the child custody (possession) portion of your final decree of divorce after your divorce. This article provides information on common situations in which a parent may seek to modify their child’s possession schedule as well as the legal requirements to successfully get a modification. A parent may also […]

Can I Revoke The Other Parent’s Visitation Rights If They Do Not Pay Child Support?

The short answer is no, you may not revoke the other parent’s custody rights with the child if do not pay child support in Texas. I’ll explain in more detail below but note first that this issue is not limited to divorce cases in Texas. For example, child support and custody may be determined through […]

Understanding Your Rights and Duties as a Parent During Divorce

This article provides an overview of your rights and duties as a parent both during and after your divorce. Certain rights are vested in a parent regardless of custody decisions in a divorce and others may be modified by the divorce decree. In addition, certain rights may be exercised independently, only upon agreement of the […]

General Rules of Child Custody in a Texas Divorce

This article is intended to provide a broad overview of the general rules governing child custody decisions in a Texas divorce. You can also read about the Details of Child Custody or Modifying Child Custody. I will note that the law doesn’t use the term “custody” in a Texas divorce. Instead, the law uses terms […]

Understanding the Standard Possession Order for Child Custody in Texas

In any divorce involving minor children, the parties and ultimately the court must approve a custody plan for those children.  In Texas, that custody plan starts with the Standard Possession Order.  Below you can read about the Standard Possession Order as well as the circumstances and factors a court will consider in determining whether and […]

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