Family law matters are sometimes very difficult to think about. Child custody and grandparent's rights are a couple of matters that might prove to be very emotional matters. This is usually because of the intense emotions that are involved with these cases. We know that you can't just make your feelings go away, but you can work to address those feelings as your case moves forward.
Family matters vary greatly from one case to another. The thing that they all have in common is that they are very emotional matters. We understand that your family is very important to you, so we will help you find solutions to your family law matters.
The scope of family law is vast. In some cases, the circumstances surrounding the issue are so out of the ordinary that nobody really knows how they will play out. One such case is ongoing in Texas right now. In this case, the father of a newborn is facing uncertainty as he begins his life a single father.
We recently discussed how Texas is using a new method for collecting back child support. Until the arrears are covered, the person can't get his or her registration for a vehicle. While this might seem extreme, it is imperative that parents pay their obligations for their children.
States have used various methods to incentivize parents who don't make their child support payments on time and/or in full to meet their responsibilities. Here in Texas, a program was introduced last September that denies people who are at least six months behind on their payments vehicle registration renewals.
In recent years, abortion has stood out as one of the most controversial topics of all times. The Supreme Court's ruling over the Roe v. Wade case in 1972 legally granted women the choice to abort their pregnancy for any reason within a specified gestational limit. Though abortion is still legal in the United States, the Roe ruling has faced much criticism over the years by pro-life activists opposing abortion.
Divorce is never easy, whether it is the emotional turmoil or the legal proceedings that need to be dealt with. Military divorce follows many of the same essential legal affairs as a civilian divorce. Like all civil divorces, military divorces need to be filed in the state court as well. However, certain issues specific to the armed forces may arise in case of military divorces that make the process a little different.
Different states follow considerably different formulae when calculating child support. The general criteria as to what needs to be considered remain primarily similar across states. This includes
- The income of the supporting parent.
- The needs of the supporting parent.
- The financial needs of the child such as education, daycare, health/life insurance or any special needs.
- The child's standard of living before separation or divorce.
- The income of the parent paying child support and their ability to pay for it.
Protecting and nurturing a child is a great responsibility. Parents are responsible for looking after the welfare of their child and for making legal decisions on their behalf. However, under certain circumstances, guardians may have to make legal decisions for the children. The need for this may arise if parents are no longer present to perform their legal duties.
Family law matters are not something that courts take lightly, especially when there is a child involved. When parents are battling for custody of their child, there are several things that the courts will look at to help them make the right decision. A parent's income and physical condition are both very important to the courts, but so are things like the child's wishes and who has acted as the primary caretaker. Of course, before they can factor this in, they will have to determine who the primary caretaker is by looking at what responsibilities each parent has taken on.