Children

Just a little refresher on summer visitation under the standard visitation orders in Texas.  This article only applies to the standard possession order.  Your order may differ. For the parent with visitation (also called the non-custodial parent or NCP): April 1st  of each year is the deadline to designate your thirty days of extended summer possession if you have a Texas standard possession order....

One of the most common issues that arise in divorce and custody matters is the residency restriction that Courts in Texas impose. A residency restriction is a court imposed limitation on where the CHILD can live. You notice that I said child. The Court cannot tell the adults where they can and cannot live, but they can limit the residence of the...

In a prior article we discussed the basics of an uncontested divorce in Texas. But what exactly is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce means that you have agreed on the following: actually getting divorced; division of all property and debts; and (if applicable) all child related issues, including child support; health insurance; conservatorship (which includes custody); and the visitation arrangements whether...

This post will be the first in a series of posts on agreed or uncontested divorces in Texas. Everything in here applies anywhere in Texas. Since we will be addressing uncontested divorces, I am going to keep it very basic. However, before beginning a discussion on an uncontested or agreed divorce there needs to be a focus on the basics of a...

There is nothing more exciting than a new baby in your life.  But when your children are grown and gone,  grandchildren are like a godsend, a second chance to hold and love a new baby and watch them grow.  But what happens when there are problems with your grand-babies' parents, a spat that results in the parents completely cutting you out?...

A step-parent adoption is a means in which a step-parent can adopt a step-child.  In order to accomplish a step-parent adoption, you must first terminate the parental rights of the biological parent whose roll you are attempting to assume.  In some instances the biological parent will be deceased.  In other's you may need a court to terminate the biological parent's...

The first step in a stepparent or grandparent adoption is terminating the parental rights of the biological father or mother, or both. A stepparent adoption requires one termination, that of the biological parent that the stepparent will be assuming their role. A grandparent adoption, however, requires termination of both biological parents.  In Texas, a child can only have two parents....