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What to do when a child support order is ignored

Child support is an important source of financial sustenance for a child whose parents no longer live together. Child support is often ordered when parents go through divorces or when they choose to end their non-marital relationships in order to pursue futures separate and apart from each other. When Texas parents separate from their significant others, though, their responsibilities to their kids do not disappear.

This means that a parent cannot stop providing money for their child's care just because they no longer live with them. A parent who stops paying court-ordered or agreement-based child support may be subject to enforcement efforts and penalties from the courts for their delinquencies. One of the most common ways that child support orders are enforced is through the garnishment of the parents' wages.

Addressing business assets in a marital agreement

In the past, it was not uncommon for individuals to get married young and to build their lives and wealth with their spouses. Today, however, more and more people are holding off on marriage and establishing the careers before committing to long-term relationships. As a result, Austin residents may come into marriages with independent wealth that they would like to shelter from becoming marital assets.

Business and premarital separate assets can be addressed in premarital and post-marital agreements. These agreements are created between marital partners and can cover topics related to property and financial affairs. They cannot cover topics related to the custody and care of children, and there are other prohibited topics that may not be addressed in them.

What is the purpose of a paternity lawsuit?

The connection between a parent and their child is one of the strongest bonds that can ever be created. While the relationships between parents and their kids can wax and wane over time, the acknowledgement of their legal affiliation may forever keep them connected, despite the differences that may come between them. In Texas, when questions exist regarding the parentage of a child, a paternity lawsuit may be filed.

A paternity lawsuit attempts to establish or refute a biological relationship between a person and their alleged child. While it is often the case that paternity lawsuits concern children and their presumptive fathers, they can also control questions regarding children's biological mothers. During a paternity lawsuit, a presumptive parent and child may be required to submit to blood or genetic testing to determine if they are biologically related. If they are found to be related, certain rights and privileges may attach to their relationship.

Students sign prenups before saying “I do!”

Working through medical or law school is a transition period in your life. And it helps to find a partner who values education as much as you and wants to ensure a stable future for your relationship.

However, as student couples think about their futures, they also have to consider the few assets and loans they own. Between college loans and a high divorce rate, should they protect their assets before they commit to their significant other?

Tips for Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce


Divorce isn't easy for anyone - especially children. Even though you, as an adult, have the ability to understand the complexities of the situation, your child may not. For a child, divorce is a scary word that brings up feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.As you make your way through the divorce process, helping your child to understand what is happening, why it's happening and what their role in this new family configuration is can help them to better understand and accept the situation at hand. If you're not exactly sure how to do this, you aren't alone. It's common for divorcing parents to feel unsure about the best ways to help their children cope with divorce.Navigating a divorce when children are involved can create more than a few questions. If you're looking for manageable ways to help your child deal with a divorce, take a look at some of the most common concerns that parents have and what you can do to solve potential problems.

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