Recent Posts in Family Law Category

  • Successful Parenting After the Divorce

    || 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

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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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  • Stepparent Adoptions in Katy, Texas

    || 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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  • Parents Moving Out Before Divorce

    || 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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  • Paternity in Katy, Texas

    || 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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  • Financial Advice for a Katy Divorce

    || 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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  • What Are A Father's Rights in Texas

    || 22-Dec-2016

    Texas Family Code defines a child’s “parent” as the mother of a child, a man presumed to be the father, a man legally determined to be the father, a man with established paternity, or an adoptive father. In divorce proceedings, a father’s rights are often a point of contention when it becomes time to decide on visitation. Texas court prefers the child have ongoing contact ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce in Texas

    || 16-Sep-2016

    As of June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This landmark decision was a major victory for members of the LGBT community who were now able to not only legally wed, but to take advantage of the many federal benefits that come with marriage. In this post, our Katy divorce attorney explains how this decision can impact a current or upcoming marriage ...
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  • Annulment in Texas

    || 13-May-2016

    When most people think of ending of marriage, they usually assume they will need a divorce. Most of the time, this is true. But in a few cases, a divorce may not be as appropriate as an annulment. Like a divorce, an annulment severs the legal union between two people, but there are very specific instances when it is called for. For an annulment to be appropriate, there must be a claim of some kind ...
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  • Why Do Houston Courts Like Geographic Restrictions?

    || 1-Mar-2016

    Per the Texas Family Code, the non-custodial or non-primary parent has the right to frequent, continuing contact with their child. When the primary parent wishes to move out of the area or out of state, however, things can get messy. To prevent these legal issues, and ensure that the child has contact with both parents, Texas courts will almost always impose a geographic restriction in any custody ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Filing a SAPCR

    || 17-Feb-2016

    A Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship, or SAPCR, is essentially a legal request for a visitation, child custody, child support, or any other order which will impact the interests of a child. Due to the high-stakes nature of these requests, it is crucial for parents to be adequately prepared before they start the SAPCR process. In this blog, our Katy child custody attorney takes a look at ...
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  • How Are Retirement Accounts Handled in a Divorce?

    || 18-Jan-2016

    Property division, or the splitting of marital assets, tends to be one of the most complex and time-consuming aspects of a divorce. While most people understand that joint property such as cars, homes, and bank accounts are subject to division, many are unaware that retirement accounts and pensions may also be split. Secure the dedicated, skillful representation you need. Schedule an initial ...
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  • How Forensic Accounting Can Help You In Your Divorce

    || 8-Jan-2016

    Any divorce can be a complicated process, but those involving complex financial portfolios tend to be especially difficult. Although it is absolutely critical to retain a Katy divorce attorney to guide you through the process and protect your interests, you may also benefit from a forensic accountant, who can help you understand the detailed impact a divorce will have on your financial future. ...
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  • Stepparent Adoption Basics

    || 29-Dec-2015

    Being a child’s stepparent can be an incredibly rewarding and emotionally enriching experience. As stepparents become a larger and more important part of their child’s life, they may wish to obtain legal parental rights through adoption.At Hunt Law Firm, Attorney Alex Hunt and his skilled team are dedicated to helping their clients resolve their family law matters. To learn more about ...
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  • Same-Sex Family Law Issues

    || 14-Dec-2015

    The legality of same-sex marriage is a huge victory for the rights of millions of Americans, and has opened the doors for gay and lesbian individuals to marry and build a life with the person they love. As a result, however, LGBT couples may face a variety of legal challenges which require skilled counsel from a Katy family lawyer. The skilled team at Hunt Law Firm, PLLC understands these ...
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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Divorce

    || 17-Sep-2015

    Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, but the process tends to be especially difficult for children. While nearly all children will struggle somewhat with their parents’ divorce, there are a number of ways to help them deal with the situation in a healthy way. 1. Make Sure Your Child Knows They Are Loved For many parents, this tip may seem obvious. However, it’s especially important to ...
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