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Married pregnant woman dies, fiance trying to prove paternity

The scope of family law is vast. In some cases, the circumstances surrounding the issue are so out of the ordinary that nobody really knows how they will play out. One such case is ongoing in Texas right now. In this case, the father of a newborn is facing uncertainty as he begins his life a single father.

Know about child support cases and modifications

We recently discussed how Texas is using a new method for collecting back child support. Until the arrears are covered, the person can't get his or her registration for a vehicle. While this might seem extreme, it is imperative that parents pay their obligations for their children.

New Texas law has brought in over $1 million in child support

States have used various methods to incentivize parents who don't make their child support payments on time and/or in full to meet their responsibilities. Here in Texas, a program was introduced last September that denies people who are at least six months behind on their payments vehicle registration renewals.

Abortion laws- an ever-going debate

In recent years, abortion has stood out as one of the most controversial topics of all times.  The Supreme Court's ruling over the Roe v. Wade case in 1972 legally granted women the choice to abort their pregnancy for any reason within a specified gestational limit. Though abortion is still legal in the United States, the Roe ruling has faced much criticism over the years by pro-life activists opposing abortion.

Military divorce distributions

Divorce is never easy, whether it is the emotional turmoil or the legal proceedings that need to be dealt with. Military divorce follows many of the same essential legal affairs as a civilian divorce. Like all civil divorces, military divorces need to be filed in the state court as well. However, certain issues specific to the armed forces may arise in case of military divorces that make the process a little different.

How to calculate child support

Different states follow considerably different formulae when calculating child support. The general criteria as to what needs to be considered remain primarily similar across states. This includes

  • The income of the supporting parent.
  • The needs of the supporting parent.
  • The financial needs of the child such as education, daycare, health/life insurance or any special needs.
  • The child's standard of living before separation or divorce.
  • The income of the parent paying child support and their ability to pay for it.

How the guardianship of a minor works

Protecting and nurturing a child is a great responsibility. Parents are responsible for looking after the welfare of their child and for making legal decisions on their behalf. However, under certain circumstances, guardians may have to make legal decisions for the children. The need for this may arise if parents are no longer present to perform their legal duties.

How courts determine which parent is the primary caretaker

Family law matters are not something that courts take lightly, especially when there is a child involved. When parents are battling for custody of their child, there are several things that the courts will look at to help them make the right decision. A parent's income and physical condition are both very important to the courts, but so are things like the child's wishes and who has acted as the primary caretaker. Of course, before they can factor this in, they will have to determine who the primary caretaker is by looking at what responsibilities each parent has taken on.

Consider paying alimony in one lump sum

Disputes are going to happen when two people decide to get divorced. After all, couples who are getting divorced usually aren't seeing eye to eye on many things. They will argue over who gets the house, the cars and maybe even the furniture. In addition to arguments about property, spouses may find themselves disagreeing about who deserves to receive alimony and how it will be paid.

What type of family law issues can an attorney help me with?

Things happen in life that people may have a hard time controlling due to their emotions, and sometimes these things involve their family. It is stressful to have to deal with things that negatively impact your family. Ideally, when parents realize there is an issue, they will do what they can to protect their children and attempt to keep their best interests in mind, but sometimes that is not an option. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to shield children from the unpleasantness that can occur when parents are at odds.  Should certain family legal issues become serious, people may need to hire an attorney to help them.

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