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December 2014 Archives

Is a protective order still valid if I move to another state?

A protective order that was granted in Texas is valid in every state and tribal court in the United States. In addition, all US territories must enforce a protective order that was issued in Texas. Under the federal Violence Against Women Act, all courts must treat protective orders with 'full faith and credit".

The custody and visitation rights of grandparents

There are many situations that can lead Texas grandparents to seek custody or visitation rights with their grandchild. In some cases, the child may live with the grandparent and the grandparent wants a custody order so he or she can assert rights to such things as child support and other benefits. In other cases, a child's biological custodial parent may be preventing the child from having contact with the child's grandparents and the grandparents want court-ordered visitation so they can continue their relationship.

Divorce rate is dropping, some say

People in Texas considering marriage might be encouraged to learn that the divorce rate is dropping, according to authorities. A recent analysis of statistics indicates that certain unprecedented factors in the 1970s and 1980s may have caused an abnormal spike in divorce rates that ultimately resulted in the popular assumption that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.

What is in the best interest of the child in a divorce?

One of the most important considerations for Texas parents who are going through a divorce is doing what is in the best interest of the child. Keeping the child's best interest in mind makes a difference when it comes to possession, visitation and other issues concerning the child's care. Although child welfare is always the court's main consideration, there are several factors taken into account that influence a child's living arrangements and interaction with the non-custodial parent, when applicable.

How divorce affects an inheritance

One of the issues that frequently comes up in Texas property division cases is whether an ex-spouse has a share in inheritance funds acquired during the marriage. In many cases, the use of the funds after receipt has a lot to do with whether division becomes an issue.