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November 2014 Archives

Do unmarried fathers have the right to prevent an adoption?

Parents in Texas may benefit from learning more about the rights that unmarried fathers are typically afforded. In order to have parental rights, unmarried fathers may be required to establish paternity and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to parenting their child. In order to prevent a child from being given up for adoption, an unmarried father will need to have already established and acknowledged paternity. Fathers who do not establish paternity may not have any rights over the child.

The final step in a divorce

Texas law requires that all marriages in the state be ended with a final appearance before the court and the issuance of a final decree of divorce. When there is complete consensus on the disposition of debts, liabilities, community property and child support arrangements between the two divorcing parties, then they may fill out the final decree on their own and bring it in for a short series of questions and testimony known as the "prove-up."

What are the penalties for domestic violence in Texas?

The criminal penalties that can be assessed on a perpetrator who commits acts of domestic violence in Texas can range from a monetary fine to a significant prison sentence. If convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, such an individual would face a fine as high as $500. Conviction for a second-degree felony, however, could result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years.