These are the seven family law bills to keep your eye on during the 88th legislative session.
“The [Stimulus] Check’s in the Mail”…but Not If You Owe Child Support
As the coronavirus crisis ravages the U.S. economy and many are starting to navigate some form of normalcy with this financial package, many are unaware that their check may not be in the mail. The IRS may reduce the amount you receive if you have past due child support payments that have been reported by states to the Treasury Department.
When “Stay Home, Work Safe” is “Stay Home, Not Safe”: Dealing with Domestic Violence During COVID-19
The alarming rise in positive tests and subsequent deaths led to a hopeful outcome to this confinement. Unfortunately, for victims of domestic violence, "Stay Home, Work Safe" is equivalent to stay home, not safe. It is, in fact, toxic.
What About My Weekend Visitation Rights: When the “Stay at Home” Order Replaces “Social Distancing”
As more tests become available and people are testing positive for COVID-19, a parent would have every right to feel anxious for health concerns. But, what happens when one parent is not willing to surrender the child or exercise visitation in light of a "stay at home" mandate.
“Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler” and The Baby: When Good Times Roll into Child Support Obligations
When good times roll into child support obligations, a parent may wonder, "what exactly IS my obligation?" Attorney Putman answers real life Questions regarding Child Support Obligations with Answers directly sourced and cited from the Texas Family Code.
Well Isn’t That Super: Intercepting Tax Refunds to Cover Unpaid Child Support
If you owe back child support, your tax refund may be subject to an interception. Think of it like this: The football is the tax refund. The parent who has the obligation to pay child support is the intended receiver. The quarterback is the Department of Treasury and the Treasury Offset Program is the interception.
Bills, Bills, Bills: The Destiny of Texas Family Law During the 86th Legislative Session
January 8, 2019 marked the beginning of a 140-day sprint for 150 House members and 31 Senators to create or fine tune the family laws in Texas. While there was only been a handful of family law bills filed before the Legislature convened at noon, you can expect that by March, there will be tons of bills, bills, bills.
“Don’t Doubt Yourself. Trust Me You Need Me.”: Barristers, Bees and Bold Pro Se Parties
"Lawyers (Barristers) and Bees have something in common. They both perform a task that is vital to society."--Your Family Law Attorney
Under his Eye: The Role of Domestic Violence in Texas Family Law
By: E.A. Putman In The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of the beloved 1986 dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood , "Under his eye" is a greeting, but it is also a constant reminder to the oppressed that there is no safe way to escape. In today's society, the phrase can be a nod to the …
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Mistaken Paternity in the Era of Maury: The Conversation Surrounding Testing for Unmarried Couples
Much like pre-nuptial agreements, paternity testing for unmarried partners may be a touchy subject. Does the truth of a biological father's identity outweigh the seemingly uncomfortable conversation of paternity testing for unmarried partners?