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October 2014 Archives

The role of CPS in Texas

Child Protective Services is a program that conducts investigations when allegations are made that the parents, relatives or members of a household have abused or neglected a child. Sometimes, the caseworker refers the individual of concern to services such as counseling and classes that could help them resolve their issues and understand how to take care of and punish the child through non-harmful methods.

Beginning the divorce process

In Texas and throughout the country, many individuals find legal proceedings daunting or confusing, and divorce is no different. An attorney can make the divorce process easier, but it is possible to complete the process without an attorney. However, rules regarding the divorce process in Texas are very strict, and if they are not followed properly, the case can be thrown out of court and must be started again.

Division of property in a Texas divorce

The first step in dividing property is determining which assets are separate property and which are marital property. In general, property owned by each party before marriage is separate property, and property obtained during marriage is marital property because Texas is a "community property" state. This also applies to debt. If either party contributes separate property to paying for community property or the other party's separate property or if the couple uses community property to pay separate debt, the parties may file reimbursement claims for these amounts.

The rights of noncustodial parents in Texas

When parents are not living together in Texas, they must address the question of living arrangements for their children. While joint custody arrangements are becoming more common, there are still many cases where one parent has custody. Non-custodial parents should understand that they still have parental rights, even if they don't have physical custody of the children.