Every state has different requirements in terms of how to complete a divorce, but all require a judge to review and approve the divorce settlement or, if the spouses can't agree to a settlement, decide how property will be divided and how parenting time will be shared.
Texas Mediation Frequently Asked Questions
Mediation is a private process in which an impartial person, a mediator encourages and facilitates communications between parties to a conflict and strives to promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding.
Alimony, spousal support, and maintenance are all words for the same thing: one spouse paying support to the other after a divorce. It's designed to help a lower-earning spouse--or a spouse who's been out of the workforce entirely while raising children or taking care of the household--to get through the divorce process and transition into being self-supporting.
For divorcing parents, issues of custody are front and center.
Child Custody in Texas: The Best Interests of the Child
In making a child custody or visitation order, Texas courts are guided by the best interests of the child, meaning the court will strive to make an order that best serves the child's physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Modifying Child Custody and Visitation Rights In Texas
A Texas family court would be able to modify a child custody or parental visitation judgment or order either conferring or limiting parental child custody or visitation rights when the circumstances of either the child or the parent affected by the order or judgment have “materially and substantially” changed.
Parenting Plans in Texas Family Law
Parenting plans essentially replace the Standard Possession Order and the terms previously associated with child custody and child visitation in Texas.
All parents, whether they’re married to each other or not, must support their children financially. Every state has its own child support guidelines; these are the starting point for every decision about who will pay child support and how much.
Texas Child Support Issues
The Texas Family Code contains guidelines for the computation of child support. The guidelines are specifically designed to apply to situations in which the obligated parent's monthly net resources are $6,000.00 or less.
Texas Family Law Rules and Resources
Looking for Texas‘s rules on marriage, divorce, child custody, and child support? Want to find Texas‘s state court forms and instructions and local court websites? Here’s where to start.