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April 2015 Archives

Calculating child support in Texas

The Texas legislature has established child support laws in an attempt to provide financial stability for children growing up in Texas with one parent. While all Texas parents have a legal obligation to support their children, child support is commonly at issue in divorce, visitation and paternity cases. Accordingly, family courts are often called upon to calculate amounts and enter orders governing payment.

The accuracy of paternity tests

Many parents in Texas know that paternity tests are often used to determine the biological fathers of children. The tests are generally used to establish the paternity of fathers in child custody and support cases. However, what some people do not know is that paternity tests are not always 100 percent accurate.

Beneficiary designations and divorce

Individuals in Texas who are divorcing may be preoccupied with thoughts of asset division and child custody, but it is also important to make sure that beneficiary designations are changed. This can be done either before filing for divorce or after the divorce is finalized. It is also important to note that changing beneficiary designation is separate from making changes to a will. A will cannot be used to change these designations.

Child support enforcement

Texas parents who receive child support payments rely heavily on this income, according to data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the recipients of child support are mothers, and the payments make up an average of around 39 percent of their incomes. Child support payments are also responsible for a 25 percent reduction in the poverty rate of single mothers.

Domestic violence in Texas divorce

A trans-Atlantic study of over 1,000 women who identified as victims of domestic violence and abuse has revealed shocking implications for Texas women who may seek a divorce because of violence at the hands of a partner. According to the study, women who suffered domestic abuse were three times more likely to develop behavioral symptoms like those of psychotic schizophrenia. The risk doubled in those with a history of child abuse, making them twice as likely to present with depression.