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September 2014 Archives

What is required to adopt a child in Texas?

When wanting to adopt a child in Texas, an individual or couple must meet basic requirements and be able to fulfill certain responsibilities. The types of people who wish to adopt vary, but one must be at least 21 years of age, responsible, mature and financially stable. Potential adoptive parents must fill out an application, give multiple references, submit to a criminal history background check and agree to a home study. Parents must also attend free training that covers issues concerning neglected or abused children.

Methods used in Texas to encourage timely child support payments

When a Texas court makes a decision regarding child support payments, there is an expectation that the responsible party will follow through with the required payments. If the individual is unable or unwilling to pay the required amount in a timely manner, then the arrearages will accumulate. When a payment is short or completely missing, the amount owed is added to the total arrearages.

How child support payments are calculated in Texas

Under Texas law, non-custodial parents may be required to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school. In some cases, though, payments of child support may be scheduled indefinitely if the child is physically or mentally disabled and requires continuing care and supervision. In order to calculate how much a non-custodial parent may pay, a court may look at several factors.

Billionaire's divorce gets more complicated

Texas readers may be following the personal activities of billionaire Kenneth C. Griffin, manager and founder of a major hedge fund, who surprised many, including his wife, when he filed for divorce in the summer of 2014. According to his spouse, this is not the first time that she has been surprised with papers from her husband. She claims that she was not presented with the prenuptial agreement until right before the wedding in July 2003, and she signed the day before the wedding.

Texas child custody guidelines

In Texas, a family law judge decides which parent will have custody if the parents are unable to agree on their own arrangement. Like most states, the primary consideration is what is in the best interest of the child. In Texas, child custody is often referred to as "conservatorship".