What Happens to My Child Support Obligations If I Am in Jail?

December 11th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Family Law

Texas courts base child support orders on a non-custodial parent’s income and other “net resources.” But what happens when a parent is in jail and has no income? Does that eliminate an existing support obligation? And can an inmate lose his or her parental rights because she is unable to make support payments? If there […]

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Obtaining Child Support and Spousal Support in Houston

November 13th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Child Support

One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is dealing with the financial impacts. This can be made doubly hard if the spouse who was the main income earner wants to avoid paying their share of child support and/or spousal support. In cities such as Houston, Galveston, and League City, getting child and spousal […]

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Can a Judge Order Me to Support My Disabled Adult Child?

October 11th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Child Support

Under normal circumstances, a child support order in Texas only lasts until a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. But if the child suffers from a serious physical or mental disability, a judge may order either or both parents to continue providing “indefinite” support during the child’s […]

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Calculating Child Support in Texas

September 14th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Child Support

Under Texas law a non-custodial parent—that is, the parent who does not have physical custody of a child—may be ordered to make regular child support payments. Unlike many other states that employ fairly vague methodologies for determining how much support is in a child’s “best interests,” Texas employs a fairly straightforward set of guidelines for calculating […]

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