Month: September 2014

The Texas sized myth of terminating rights to avoid child support

In a recent post I discussed why parents sometimes want to terminate the parental rights of another parent in Bedford, Fort Worth, or Dallas and why that is often not a financially advantageous move. Today’s post takes the other side: whether a parent can terminate his or her own rights to avoid child support. I’ll tell …

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Uncontested divorce and waiver of service in Tarrant County and Dallas County, Texas

In an uncontested divorce in Fort Worth or Dallas it makes very little sense to spend the $80 to serve the respondent in a divorce suit where the respondent knows the divorce is coming and is not going to contest the terms of the divorce. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, however, require a petitioner …

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Military retirement and Texas divorces

Military pensions, or military retirement, is a complex and tedious part of a Texas divorce. Generally, dividing retirement plans in divorces can be complex legal and financial undertakings; but military pensions carry unique functions that affect how they fit into a divorce in Texas. What works in one divorce may not be remotely close to the …

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The Hidden Danger of Child Support Income Withholding in Texas

In Tarrant County divorces with children, child support is almost always awarded. Along with the support comes an income withholding order (IWO) to garnish child support from the paying parent’s paycheck. The paying parent, the obligor, will have payments deducted and paid through the Attorney General or a domestic relations office. The income withholding order is often a …

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Can I file an FMLA lawsuit in Texas state courts?

Yes, under section 107 of the Family Medical Leave Act, a covered employee may file suit in a federal or state court with competent jurisdiction to hear the FMLA claims. That means an employee with FMLA claims can certainly file those FMLA claims in Texas state courts. Rules governing which Texas state courts have jurisdiction …

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