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You Were Awarded Child Support In Texas, What Next?

So you were awarded child support. What next?

If you are the party awarded child support in Texas, you will understandably want to know when and how you will begin receiving child support payments. This is a multistep process as outlined below.

First, some basic information and terminology. The party awarded child support is known as the Obligee. The party ordered to pay child support is known as the Obligor. All child support payments must be paid to the Child Support Disbursement Unit located in San Antonio. Your final decree or order has a paragraph which states that any informal payments do not constitute as child support. If the money is not paid directly to the Disbursement Unit it is not being counted by the State as child support and the Obligor could be held in contempt for nonpayment. It is very important that all child support payments go through the State first.

What Happens If I Don’t Respond To Discovery?

It is always in a party’s best interest to respond to discovery. This is for two main reasons. First off, it can hurt your ability to put on evidence at trial. Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, failure to timely respond to discovery may prevent a party from being able to admit evidence at trial. If you plan on using witnesses at your trial and they are not timely disclosed during discovery process they may not be able to testify on your behalf. Evidence can be of the utmost important during a legal dispute, responding to discovery ensures evidence important to your case can be heard at trial.

The SAFE Program For Supervised Visitation In Texas

The SAFE program is a supervised visitation program in the Houston area that provides a neutral setting for parents to visit with their children while being monitored by SAFE Program staff members. The SAFE Program is usually court-ordered in situations where there have been allegations of physical or emotional abuse, drug use or other problems. The goal of SAFE is to provide a stress-free environment for children to visit with a parent. A benefit of SAFE is that there is no interaction between the parents and the entire time a parent spends with their child is devoted to fun and positive interaction.

What Is The Most Important Criteria When Hiring A Divorce Lawyer?

The most important criteria when hiring a Houston divorce lawyer is to hire an attorney that only practices in the area of family law. Keep in mind, you wouldn't hire a general family doctor to do brain surgery so why hire a general practitioner to assist with your family law matter.The practice of family law and divorce can be a fairly complicated and challenging process. The attorney must not only know the law but must also have a strong understanding of the family court system in the counties in which they practice.

Can A Same-Sex Couple Obtain A Divorce In Texas?

In a word, no. Marriage laws are governed by the individual states. Some states have recently recognized the validity of the marriage between a same-sex couple. The State of Texas, however, only acknowledges the existence of marriage between a man and a woman. As such, Texas does not recognize the validity of a same-sex marriage granted in another state. Because a same-sex marriage does not technically exist in the eyes of the Texas law, the state may not grant a divorce.

May My Spouse Be Ordered To Pay Attorney’s Fees?

In most divorce proceedings, each spouse is responsible for his or her own attorney’s fees and litigation costs. The court does, however, have the power to require one party to cover all or a portion of the opposing party’s reasonable attorney’s fees. This will depend on the financial resources of both parties and the facts of the case. Either party may request for the other to pay attorney’s fees. It is at the judge’s discretion as to whether that is ordered or not.

FINANCIAL STEPS TO PREPARING FOR DIVORCE

PULL YOUR CREDIT REPORT Pull your credit report before the divorce so that anything in dispute can be resolved before the divorce is final. There are three major credit reporting agencies: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Be sure to get a copy of your report from each of them. You can view all the reports one...

STEPS TO BUILDING CREDIT AFTER DIVORCE

TYPICAL POST-DIVORCE SCENARIO: “After my divorce, my ex was responsible for paying on several credit cards. The credit card companies refused to remove me from the accounts, so the judge ordered my ex to pay them in a timely way to avoid credit problems for me. He did not pay them in a timely way...

DO’S AND DON’TS OF GETTING DIVORCED

DO’S: DO CONSULT WITH A LAWYER. It’s a good idea, especially if you have children or assets. Experts say when looking for an attorney, you should ask people you trust for recommendations, and don’t cut corners when it comes to good, solid legal help. If you intend to hire a lawyer, start putting aside money...