New Changes to CPS Statutes Effective 09/01/2021: Prioritization of Placement Decisions

Effective on September 1, 2021, the Texas Family Code has a new statute that requires the department (aka, “CPS”) to give a preference to certain persons when making a placementContinue reading “New Changes to CPS Statutes Effective 09/01/2021: Prioritization of Placement Decisions”

New Change to Child Support Effective 09/01/2021: Reduction in Support Requirements for Low-Income Earners

One of the new changes to the Texas Family Code in 2021 is that now there is a new “low-income child support guidelines” in Section 154.125. This new section onlyContinue reading “New Change to Child Support Effective 09/01/2021: Reduction in Support Requirements for Low-Income Earners”

Can I demand a jury trial on a suit involving a child?

The right to a jury trial is not without limitations. The Texas Family Code provides limited circumstances in which a child custody battle can be decided by a jury. InContinue reading “Can I demand a jury trial on a suit involving a child?”

Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?

Under certain circumstances, a foster parent may intervene in a CPS case before twelve months. The statutory and case law provisions that govern a foster parent’s ability to intervene inContinue reading “Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?”

Can my spouse get part of my inheritance in my divorce?

Texas is a community property state; however, property that is obtained as an inheritance is separate property. Upon divorce, a court can only divide the community property and the courtContinue reading “Can my spouse get part of my inheritance in my divorce?”

Will I have to pay child support, and how much?

In Texas, one parent typically is the “primary” caregiver, and the other parent is the secondary, or non-possessory parent. This is true even though both parents usually have the titleContinue reading “Will I have to pay child support, and how much?”