Child Custody Law

Expunging, Sealing and Nondisclosure Orders for Minor and Juvenile Criminal Records in Texas: Part 1

Background checks are becoming an increasingly common part of the application process for major aspects of our lives including employment, housing, credit cards, college admissions and professional licensing. This continues to be true despite efforts of civil rights agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) to push back on the broad use of criminal …

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Challenges of custody modifications without a lawyer in Dallas and Tarrant County, Texas

Custody modifications in Dallas County, Tarrant County and other parts of Texas are a natural function of lives changing after a divorce or suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR). The children grow up and develop different interests and relationships. The parents find new relationships and see other changes in employment, homes, etc. Custody orders often …

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Interview with Fort Worth Divorce Attorney Adam Kielich

Adam Kielich is a Fort Worth divorce attorney and managing attorney at The Kielich Law Firm in Bedford, Texas. This is an adaptation of an interview provided for a local journalism program researching the Tarrant County legal system. This research includes the affordability of legal counsel, the efficiency of the courts and overall fairness in the …

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The 323rd District Court in Fort Worth, Texas

The 323rd district court in Fort Worth handles family law cases and juvenile criminal cases. Although it is a family law court it does not hear divorces or other private family disputes. Instead it handles CPS and other child welfare disputes in Tarrant County. The 323rd district court might be most well known for the affluenza case. If …

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Fort Worth Uncontested Divorce and Prioritizing the Children

Uncontested divorce typically means the spouses agreed to the issues in the divorce rather than have the court decide how to divide property and how to address child issues–custody and child support. In the uncontested divorce the spouses have made decisions about the co-parenting relationship after the divorce. It can be easy in an uncontested divorce to …

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Enforcing child support with child support liens and QDROs in Texas

Unpaid child support is a serious problems for many families where the child support may be the difference between keeping food on the table or lights on in the home. Enforcing child support in court can be a challenge when the child support obligor hides money, dodges process servers, or does not have the income …

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Collecting a judgment for unpaid child support under Texas law

The Texas Constitution and Texas Property Code set out powerful protections for Texans against creditors. For the average person these protections prevents most creditors from attaching property to satisfy a judgment on a debt. This protects the homestead and a significant amount of personal property in Texas. Property may be foreclosed to satisfy a debt …

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Can my license be suspended for not paying child support in Texas?

Yes, absolutely. Under chapter 232 of the Texas Family Code any license issued by a Texas agency can be revoked or suspended for failure to pay child support including a driver’s license, professional licenses, commercial driver’s license, business licenses, hunting licenses, fishing licenses and concealed handgun licenses. This can be more than an inconvenience. For …

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Income Withholding for Support Form – Child Support in Texas

In a Texas divorce or child custody case the court will apportion financial responsibility for the well-being of the children by ordering child support. The Texas Family Code deals extensively with ordering, paying and enforcing child support orders. A child support order involves several people and entities–not all lawyers–who need to understand and follow a …

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10 Issues That Will Make Your Texas Divorce More Expensive

Divorce attorneys like myself help clients with divorces and post-divorce actions like enforcement, contempt and modification primarily in Texas. In such a large metropolitan area my clients range in family size, financial assets, post-divorce needs, property ownership and other issues related to their divorce. These divorces can range for very reasonable for clients, particularly with …

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My spouse doesn’t want a Texas divorce but I do. What can I do?

This is a fairly common question I receive at my Texas law office from potential divorcees who feel trapped by their spouse because the spouse is adamant about remaining in the marriage for one reason or the other. At fault divorces in Texas Once upon a time in Texas a divorce could only occur for very …

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The importance of a well constructed 50/50 custody arrangement in a divorce in Texas

Many people exit a divorce with children with the desire to balance the custody relationship so the parents split time with the children in a 50/50 custody arrangement. I have written several times about the risks involved in 50/50 child custody arrangements. As great as they are when they work, they are terrible for everybody …

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Creative Custody and Possession Schedules in a Texas Divorce

A few months ago I wrote a post about problems with 50/50 custody arrangements. Generally, the problems I discussed are relevant to any kind of custom or creative custody arrangement deviating from the standard possession order or extended standard possession order schedule found in the Texas Family Code. 50/50 custody arrangements are not the only type …

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