Blog Posts in 2017

  • Successful Parenting After the Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 16-Aug-2017

    For parents, one of the most difficult parts of divorce is worrying about how it will affect their children. A father can be terrified about the idea of no longer living under the same roof as his children, or a stay-at-home mother can be heartbroken when she has to return to working outside the home, away from her children. It’s often difficult for each parent, even though each can ...
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  • Effects of a Family Violence Protective Order

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 9-Aug-2017

    Each state has what are called restraining orders or protective orders, which are meant to protect the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (family violence). In Texas, they are called protective orders. Texas protective orders are civil court orders that order abusers to leave their victims alone and to stop committing further acts of violence. The Office of the Attorney General of ...
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  • Can I Get a U.S. Passport if I Owe Child Support?

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 18-Jul-2017

    If you are like millions of Americans, you will have the need or desire to travel abroad. Perhaps you will want to go overseas for business, to visit family, or to enjoy a second honeymoon with your new husband or wife. However, if you owe back child support, you may not be able to obtain a U.S. passport until you pay off your child support arrears. In other words, you may not be able to travel ...
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  • CPS Investigations in Texas

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 13-Jun-2017

    In Texas, a Child Protective Services investigation may be initiated after the police are dispatched to a home for a family violence call (domestic violence), after a concerned citizen calls the Texas Abuse Hotline, or after a mandatory reporter places a call to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on suspicion of child abuse. Once a Child Protective Services (CPS) ...
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  • Contempt of Court in a Child Support Case

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 6-Jun-2017

    In Texas, the parent who has a child less of the time is generally the one who pays child support payments; this parent is sometimes referred to as the “non-custodial parent.” How much child support does a parent have to pay? It depends on the non-custodial parent’s income and the number of children who need to be financially supported. If you will be ordered to pay child support ...
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  • Does Adultery Affect Alimony in Texas?

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 16-May-2017

    Here, our Katy divorce lawyer discusses how adultery can affect alimony in Texas. If your marriage was affected because you or your spouse had an affair, you may wonder how adultery affects the spouses’ rights and obligations in the divorce process. Each state handles marital misconduct differently. In some no-fault states, adultery is for the most part a non-issue; it does not usually ...
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  • Stepparent Adoptions in Katy, Texas

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 8-May-2017

    Are you interested in adopting your stepchild, or is your spouse looking to adopt your son or daughter? If your answer is yes to either question, congratulations on your wonderful decision. In the United States, adoption procedures, including stepparent adoptions, are governed by state law. Generally, it is easier to adopt a stepchild than it is to adopt a child from an adoption agency or ...
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  • Child Support Modifications in Katy and Houston

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 17-Apr-2017

    In Katy, Greater Houston, and throughout Texas, child support is typically ordered through a paternity action or as a part of a divorce case. However, what some parents do not realize is that child support initially ordered is subject to change. Under what circumstances can child support be changed? A child support order in Texas can be modified under the following circumstances: It has been at ...
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  • Social Media and Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 12-Apr-2017

    If you are planning on getting a divorce in the near future, now may be the time to start strategizing everything from when to see a divorce attorney, to when to tell your spouse, to monitoring how you spend the marital assets, to what you say and do on social media. Social media use has exploded in the last decade to the point where it plays a significant role in our daily lives. On Nov. 22, ...
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  • Parents Moving Out Before Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 27-Mar-2017

    When a marriage is on the brink of divorce, living under one roof often becomes exceedingly difficult for spouses. Regardless if a couple is divorcing because of infidelity, financial woes, constant arguing, or simply growing apart, living together can be too difficult to bear. Often, once a couple decides to divorce, the husband or wife moves out. While this is typically a nonissue for couples ...
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  • Divorce: Should You Sell the House?

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 24-Mar-2017

    If you are headed towards divorce and you and your spouse own a home, you will have to determine what to do with the marital home. Should you keep the house? Should you sell it, or should you rent it out? As of this writing, a modest 3-bedroom home in Katy, Texas runs about $210,000. For a 4-bedroom, 2,866 square foot home, you are looking at about $300,000. There is a good chance that the marital ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Military Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 27-Feb-2017

    In the United States, divorce is unfortunately a very common event. According to the American Psychological Association, “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce.” For second and subsequent marriages, the chance of divorce is even higher. Arguably, military marriages are often more difficult than civilian marriages. Frequent moves, and regular deployments ...
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  • Paternity in Katy, Texas

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 24-Feb-2017

    In today’s day and age, more children are being born to unwed parents than ever before – a reflection of the changes in our society. Some parents do not plan on marrying, while others choose delay a marriage until a later date. Regardless of couples’ individual circumstances, the birth of a baby is a joyous event. In order for unmarried couples to enjoy the full rights and ...
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  • Property Division in a Texas Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 22-Feb-2017

    In the United States, there are two main methods of dividing a married couple’s property in a divorce : 1) equitable distribution, and 2) community property. Texas is one of several states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico that follows the community property method of distribution. Under Texas’ community property laws, most of the property acquired during ...
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  • Financial Advice for a Katy Divorce

    Posted By Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. || 20-Feb-2017

    Over the years, we have heard clients say they had wanted a divorce for a long time, but delayed it for years because they were afraid it would ruin their credit, or they would end up bankrupt or penniless. This uneasiness is understandable as these fears are not necessarily unfounded. Many divorcing spouses have made financial mistakes that have resulted in long-lasting consequences. However, the ...
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