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"There aint no justice in this here land.
Judge gave a divorce to my old man.
I just laughed at his decision.
He gave him the kids,
and they aint hissen."
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Basic Facts Re: Child Support
Child Support Compliance correlated to Visitation
Listing of all US Offices of Child Support Enforcement
Collecting Child Support
Texas Child Support Pro Se Manual
Child Support Enforcement Forms
LookUp Business Directory
More Family Law Issues
From Other Guides
Let's Talk About Paternity
The Fathering Factor:
Disproving biological fatherhood down the road may prove academic
-- Grandparents Rights, Mothers Without Custody, Parents
Without Partners, Stepfamily Association of America.
Health Benefits under COBRA -- Federal law requires employers' health insurance companies to provide continued coverage to spouses after divorce.
Families and Parenting:
Reading Room -- Large variety of parenting resources, including
several magazines and newsletters.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF POPULATION LAW
Surrogacy, Egg Donation, In Vitro Fertilization & Artificial Insemination
The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy,Inc
CounselQuest - Family Law
-- 40 monthly parenting publications.
FTC Consumer Brochures - Credit and Divorce
Free Consumer Credit Counseling to help YOU get out of debt.
Social Security Administration
of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
1. Custody/support/visitation: Who will have custody of the children? What visitation schedule can you agree on? How much child support will the custodial spouse receive from the other spouse? How much maintenance (alimony) will be paid? For how long?
2. Separate vs Marital property: Property bought or earned during a marriage is usually considered jointly owned for purposes of a divorce. This covers retirement funds, too. Property willed to you, or left to you, or owned by you before a marriage, and kept separate separate during the marriage, remains yours.
3. Separate vs joint debts: Each party is responsible for their own debts, but who will have to pay the joint debts? Back taxes? Make a list of separate and marital debts, and see if you can agree who will pay.
4. House: Who will live in the house? For how long? Who will pay the mortgage? How is the money divided when the house is finally sold? How long can a sale be delayed?
5. Who files first? The party with physical custody of the house and children at the time of filing keeps custody and possession until a judge rules differently. This can be a critical factor in deciding whether to file first, and when to file.
If you and your spouse can agree on these issues, then use this "Uncontested Divorce Packet" that is inexpensive, fast, and relatively painless. Otherwise, the cost depends on time required.
Checklist for Interviewing a Divorce Lawyer
Mediate don't Litigate!
HOW TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE DIVORCE
PRESENTING AND DEFENDING THE MAINTENANCE CASE
Divorce articles of interest written for legal publications and continuing legal education programs
Kiersey Temperament Sorter: Understanding your (and your spouse's) temperament may help you decide the best way to negotiate.
Marriage, Women, and the Law
Family law is an evolving discipline, responding directly to profound societal changes which demand powerful legal support.
Since most the state Legislatures amended their Family Law Codes, over a quarter of a century ago, to permit "no-fault" divorce, the number of divorces has soared. Gender roles have multiplied and merged, and children's needs are given top priority. Mediation has emerged as an indispensable tool in settling cases. Joint custody has become the norm rather than the exception. Prenuptial and asset partition agreements are more common. And Texas has become the last state to allow court-ordered alimony.
Some say family law cases will be taken out of the courts and made administrative in nature. Others call for the abolition of no-fault, making divorce more difficult to obtain. Whatever the direction, the constantly changing culture will define family law's responsibility to spouses, parents and children.
"Criminal lawyers see the worst people at their best. Divorce lawyers see the best people at their worst." -- Thomas B. Concannon, Jr. Mayor, City of Newton, and former divorce lawyerThe Unofficial Parent's Guide to the Dallas County Family Court System
Divorce Law Dictionary
Divorce, Child Custody, and Related Links
Ten Divorce Tax Tips