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Helping your child thrive during a divorce

If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce in Texas, chances are you have begun to weigh the consequences and decisions that will follow your decision. Some of these include outcomes tied to parental visitation, alimony, spousal relocation and even separation of assets. However, if you have children, you may find that many of your concerns are centered around the needs and well-being of each of your children. At Fabio + Merrill, we understand the often-emotional complexities of family law. 

What could happen if I fail to pay child support?

Many family law issues can create problems for parents, such as custody battles and divorce-related stress. However, child support can be an especially hard topic for some people to work through, such as those who are unable to pay what they owe and custodial parents who cannot afford to raise their children. In Texas, it is critical for parents who are facing child support challenges to address their circumstances at once.

Procedure for stepparent adoption

Stepparents have a big role to fill. Generally, they are standing in for an absent parent. In many cases, they are stepping into the absent parent’s shoes when that parent no longer has contact or a relationship with the child. For many stepparents in Texas, this means taking the steps to adopt the child and become a legal parent. At Fabio & Merrill, we see many stepparents in this situation and want you to understand the process and procedure before you begin this journey.

When a child requests a custody modification in Texas

In a Texas divorce, parents may have taken a number of factors into consideration when discussing the child custody arrangement. Even though they want what is best for their child, they may also have made some decisions during the negotiations based on what they wanted as parents. If the child does not agree with the arrangement, he or she may be able to do something about it.

What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

In a divorce situation, it is often the children who suffer the most. They love both of their parents and are left feeling as if they need to choose between them. However, this is not the way things have to be. It is possible for you to make a Texas divorce easier on your children by simply considering their rights.

Make the most of your summer visit with a noncustodial child

If you are among the many noncustodial parents across Texas who are looking forward to some quality time with noncustodial children this summer, you may have some trepidation about how your upcoming visit may go. At Fabio & Merrill, we have helped numerous clients navigate the complexities of child custody and custodial relationships, and we can offer an informed, experienced perspective that may help you do the same.

Modifying child support in Texas

If you currently pay or receive child support in Texas, there may come a time when you need to attempt to modify the amount of support given or received. There are certain guidelines that dictate the circumstances under which you may do so, and the decision will ultimately be made either through a court hearing or a child support review process. At Fabio & Merrill, we assist clients as they navigate these and other complex family law matters, and we have a firm understanding of the processes involved in modifying child support.

What are common mistakes couples make in a divorce?

If you are getting a divorce in Texas, chances are good that you hope everything will go quickly and smoothly. However, this does not always happen. Sometimes divorces get messy and can take a long time to finalize. Typically, though, trouble only happens when you make mistakes. You can learn from others. Knowing the common mistakes made can prepare you to avoid them during your own divorce proceedings.

What does community property mean?

You may be aware that Texas is a community property state. This means, according to the definition from the IRS, that the state recognizes all property of married couples to belong to them as a couple and not individuals. This concept is important to understand for legal and taxation reasons. It also may affect your debts because you may be held accountable for your spouse’s debts even if he or she accrued those debts on his or her own.

What are the guidelines for child support calculations?

When you have been identified as an obligor following a divorce, the amount of child support you must provide depends upon a number of factors, including what the child needs and the status of your own finances. Below are a few of the guidelines used by Texas courts to determine how much child support is equitable.

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