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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.

What are the elements of a parenting plan?

If you are a parent who is in the process of getting a divorce, it is quite likely that your life seems very chaotic at this moment. And child custody may be one of your chief concerns. You may even be worried about how your divorce will impact the amount of time you will be able to spend with your children or when that time will be.

Overcoming guilt can help you become a better father

Have you ever heard the phrase, "shoulding all over yourself?" It means looking back at perceived mistakes and telling yourself that you should have done this or shouldn't have done that. And when a marriage collapses, it is not unusual to torture yourself in this manner. But even though self-reflection can help a person grow, you don't want to dwell on the past to the point of spoiling your present and future.

Uninsured medical costs of your child

Medical expenses that are not covered under insurance are called uninsured medical costs. Parents are expected to make sure all medical costs of their child are covered and taken care of. They must pay for any medical costs of procedures that their child undergoes. All expenses that exceed the allowed limit for the parents are called extraordinary medical expenses, and it is important for parents to make sure they are taken care of.

Job loss could be basis for child support modification

If you are a parent who pays child support, you almost certainly want to do what you can to contribute to your child's well-being. But if you recently lost your job or had your income drastically reduced, it may become very difficult, if not impossible to continue fulfilling your support obligations. This can cause very serious problems because if you don't  keep up with your payments, you could face some very unpleasant penalties.

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