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Receive child support? You can pay for these costs

Child support payments are awarded in many divorces, and the specifics about how much the support payments will be for and for how long they will last varies wildly from case to case. There are many factors that go into determining how much child support should be awarded, including the age of the child, the educational and medical needs of the child, and the financial situations and obligations of the spouses involved.

Once it is determined though and child support payments begin, the receiving spouse may have questions or concerns regarding how they can spend their payments. So let's talk about it. What can you spend your child support payments on? Consider the following:

How drug and alcohol accusations affect child custody cases

Drug and alcohol abuse can affect child custody rulings. Issues of excessive use of illegal or nonprescribed drugs not only taint the image of the other parent but can also dictate the type of legal wedge placed between parent and children.

Family law decisions rely heavily on what is in the best interest of a child. Therefore, the legal system is designed to seek the truth whenever accusations of drug and alcohol abuse are made. Evaluations are performed by conducting various tests to reveal what has been consumed by the accused parent and how long ago.

Mindful divorce: staying mentally centered throughout

Marriage involves merging expectations, hopes, and life plans into one inextricable pairing. Divorce, on the other hand, involves breaking apart those hopes and plans for the future. Moreover, divorce places the emotions of the heart at risk.

For many people experiencing divorce, the heartache and distress equal a grieving process felt in times of bereavement. The intensity of loss, revolving questions, and an unclear future all contribute to the steep journey of healing.

Working with an ex as a co-parent takes a lot of work

Now that you and your child's other parent aren't together, you have to figure out how to navigate the new relationship. The challenge can be considerable if you and your ex opt for a co-parent relationship instead of the more traditional parallel parenting method.

The co-parenting method means that both parents work together to keep things consistent for the children. This requires a lot of communication, negotiation and teamwork, which can be difficult since you are having to deal with your ex.

Who usually gets the house in a Texas divorce?

For most married couples, their primary home represents their biggest asset. The accrued equity, as well as any improvements or upgrades made to the home, can add up to quite a bit of money. It's natural that people going through a divorce want to know what their chances are of retaining the marital home. You may want to keep your home for sentimental purposes, or you may worry about your ability to finance another home because you don't have a down payment saved up yet.

The truth is that property division is different in every divorce. Unless there is a legally sound prenuptial agreement or clear proof one spouse owned the house prior to marriage, it can be difficult to predict how the courts will choose to divide a home or the equity established in it.

Visitation rights when parents live far away from each other


When parents get divorced in Texas, they must resolve a couple major issues involving the children. These issues are child custody, also known as conservatorship, and visitation, also known as possession. Custody determines which parent will make the decisions for the children and visitation determines when each parent will have the children in their care.

There are a number of different visitation schedules that the parents can agree to based on what is in the best interests of the children. However, it can get more complicated in situations when the parents do not live close to each other.

Basic steps to prepare for divorce mediation


When people in Texas are going through a divorce it can be a difficult time, and there can be animosity between the spouses. There is a reason that the couple is divorcing, and it usually means that they are no longer able to reach agreements on various issues. So, it is no surprise that they can have difficulties reaching agreements during the divorce. That is why some situations divorce mediation can be a very effective tool, especially for couples who are trying to keep costs down during the process.

Divorce mediation is a process where a third party neutral meets with the spouses and helps facilitate discussions and negotiations on various issues. However, the mediator does not make any decisions for the spouses and they are still in complete control over the agreements reached at the mediation.

Many people unable to register vehicles for unpaid child support


It is important for parents in Texas to provide for their children. This is true whether the parents are married, divorced, separated or were never together. When parents are no longer together, most of the time one parent is actually court ordered to provide for their child through child support. It is important that people pay this child support, for the sake of the child. There are a number of different consequences if parents do not pay the required amount of child support.

One of these consequences is that people may not be able to register their cars, which means that they cannot drive those cars. A new law allowed for this punishment if a person has not paid child support for at least six months. Since the law went into effect, 14,779 non-custodial parents have had their renewals denied.

When is one eligible to receive spousal maintenance in Texas?


When people in Texas are married, they generally share their assets. Both spouses' incomes may be used to pay for a home, food, clothing, recreational activities, entertainment and many other expenses. The couple may become accustomed to a certain lifestyle based on their shared income. However, if the couple divorces, they will need to learn how to live off just one income.

The general rule in Texas is that neither spouse is entitled to spousal maintenance in a divorce. This is a payment that one spouse makes to the other one, either temporally or permanently, so that both spouses can meet their monthly expenses after the divorce. However, there are a couple of exceptions to that rule and in certain situations one may be able to receive spousal maintenance.

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