Summer Possession Denied? A Habeas proceeding could help.

Summer is here. That means most families with joint custody have carefully planned their summer activities and scheduled their vacations. July is generally the month where most non-custodial parents have possession of their children for a full month. But what happens if the custodial parent refuses to surrender the child on July 1st as ordered by the court,
threatening much-anticipated summer plans?

Understanding Your Texas Summer Possession Schedule

School is wrapping up and summer is just around the corner. Many divorced and blended families are now looking at their summer plans and scratching their heads trying to figure out who has which kid when. Texas summer possession orders can be confusing because they build in some flexibility through notice requirements and discretionary possession periods. The summer possession periods are generally referred to as "extended summer possession" in the order.

Paying Child Support in Texas: Who, When, & Where

Tips on Paying Child Support in Texas: Part 3

Parts one and two of this three-part series provided a basic overview on calculating child support in Texas based on the statutory guidelines and on departing from those guidelines based on the unique situation of the parties. Once the amount of child support is determined, the family law court generally orders child support payments to take place at a certain place and time. It is up to the "obligor" (the noncustodial parent/person paying child support) to comply with the order by making the payments as ordered by the court.

Above Guidelines Child Support

Part one of this three-part series on child support gave a basic understanding of child support calculations in Texas based on the statutory guidelines. However, the court may order child support payments in an amount that differs from the recommended guidelines amount if there are circumstances that justify a variance or demonstrate that a higher or lower amount is in the best interest of the child.

How to Calculate Child Support in Texas

Calculate Child Support using the Statutory Guidelines

Accurately calculating child support can be a prickly issue in divorce cases. Usually, the obligor (the person paying child support) wants to pay the least amount possible while the obligee wants as much as possible. Calculating child support payments can become rather complicated, especially in this era of blended families. Our Fort Worth Family Law Attorneys are experienced in calculating child support and getting the best results in your Tarrant County family law matters.

J&J Sports Promotions and Joe Hand Promotions Lawsuits

Have you been sued for showing a UFC or boxing match?

If you or your company has received a letter from an attorney representing Joe Hand Promotions or J&J Sports Promotions (such as the Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley, P.C. or Thomas P. Riley (SBN 194706)) threatening to file a lawsuit, DO NOT IGNORE THE LETTER. Instead, consider calling the lawyers at Gardner & Smith in Fort Worth, Texas to help. Joe Hand's and J&J Sports Promotions' lawyers have a tremendous amount of experience representing their clients' interests, and it is likely not in your best interest to try and negotiate with them on your own. If you do not respond to the letter that you received, you may think the problem has gone away but it likely will only get worse.

Child Support 101

Understanding the Basics of Child Support

Child support is an emotional issue in most divorces. Yet, courts often spend very little time on this issue. The reason: child support is usually based on simple math. Under Texas law, there is a formula that calculates "guidelines" child support. This formula takes into account that parent's wages, the number of children in that particular case (called "the number of children before the court") and that parent's total number of children.

Divorce: What to Expect and When

An Overview of the Divorce Process

Most people in Texas will only experience the judicial system through jury duty and/or divorce. While we all seem to know someone going through a divorce, very few understand the procedural mechanics of the divorce process. The attention given to Josh Hamilton's divorce last year highlights just how foreign this common event can be to the general public. Some news outlets gave a lot of attention to the fact that Josh Hamilton sought a restraining order (a "TRO") against his wife to prevent certain actions, yet most news anchors and other media personalities failed to explain that the terms in Josh Hamilton's TRO are quite standard. In fact, the only unusual request in Hamilton's petition is his request that his wife be prevented from involving the children in any reality TV show.

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