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Records of family law proceedings are available online in many Texas counties. Divorces are usually a matter of public record and many Texas counties are working to make such records more easily accessible to the general population. The information available online varies by county, but generally case details such as the style of the case and the names of the parties are available. Many counties also provide information regarding court costs, hearing dates, lists of all pleadings, names of attorneys involved, and even images of some court documents, like original petitions for divorce or temporary orders signed by the judge.

Searching online records is a great way to stay informed and up to date on the status of your case. Keep in mind, however, that there is often a delay between when the documents are filed with the court and when the documents appear as images online. Additionally, some records can be sealed at the request of the parties, and some counties do not release certain information during the initial stages of family law proceeding. Remember to check with your lawyer if you have any questions.

Below please find a list of Texas area counties with information regarding how to access family law records in each county.

Texas Family Law & Divorce Court Records:

Presently, we only list a few counties but with your help our goal is to build a complete Texas list. If you find a Texas Family Court Records site please forward to our webmaster at the following email address: webmaster@ramosfamilylaw.com.

Website Down

Earlier today our site was down for approximately 4 hours due to a technical issue associated to the server where our website is hosted. On initial report, Godaddy estimated about 1-72 hours to fix this issue. However, they would not release specifics as to the exact cause of the issue. That said, our firm has decided to move to a more reliable hosting provider in the near future.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info@ramosfamilylaw.com.

Update:

09/09/2013 @1:08 PM CST – Website was down for another 15 minutes.

Texas Child Support Guidelines Change – Effective 09/01/2013

On September 1, 2013 Texas law changed in respect to child support guidelines. In Texas, the legislature promulgates a series of guidelines to help determine the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid by the child support obligor. While the guidelines are not absolute and it is possible to receive above guideline child support, the guidelines do form the basis of most child support determinations in Texas.

Under the child support guidelines, the obligor must pay a certain percent of his/her ‘net’ monthly income in child support. It is important to remember that net income as defined for child support is different than actual ‘take home pay’ for most people. Previously, the amount of ‘net income’ considered under the guidelines was capped at $7,500 per month. Even if a parent made $50,000 per month, under the guidelines, only the first $7,500 would be considered as ‘net income.’ For example, for if there was one child, the parent paying child support would be required to pay 20% of no more than $7,500 under the guidelines, or about $1,500 per month in child support.  This is often referred to as ‘max’ guideline child support.

As of September 1, 2013, the cap increased to $8,550 per month and the first $8,550 of net monthly income will now be considered for child support. In the example above, child support for one child would increase from $1,500 per month to $1,710 under the new guidelines. In order to determine whether you are eligible to pay or receive ‘max’ child support, it is important to refer to the tax charts calculated by the Office of the Attorney General. Under the tax charts, a person makes $8,550 ‘net monthly income’ if they make $11,828.81 in gross income per month, or about $141,945.72 gross per year.  The previous cap reflected a gross annual income of about $124,086. A change in child support amount does not happen automatically, if you are currently receiving ‘max’ guideline child support or believe you may be eligible, please contact the Ramos Law Group, PLLC to discuss modifying your support order to reflect the new law.

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Statement Overview

This article is intended for our clients to provide a quick overview of our invoices. Should you still have questions please feel free to contact us directly. Thank you for trusting us with your family law matter.

Services

This area includes details about the work performed by one of our staff members.  It includes the date the item was completed, initials for the resource completing the task, quantity in hours, rate and total cost for line item.

Expenses

This area includes any expense including but not limited to filing fees, process server fees and any 3rd party fees.

Totals

At the end of the Expenses area you’ll see the totals for both the services and expenses area.  It will be displayed in the following format:

  • Total – All charges for entire invoice.
  • Payment – If applicable will display payment applied to specific invoice.
  • Balance Owing – If applicable, this value will be the amount due to the firm.   A value of zero only indicates that you have a zero balance for this specific invoice.

Detailed Statement of Accounts

This area will display current invoice and any previous invoices with an outstanding balance.

Accounts

This area will display the current amount available in your trust account.  If the value is less than $1,000 you will be required to replenish your retainer.

Sample Invoice

Sample Invoice

 

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