Month: March 2016

Does Texas have an employee protected medical leave law like FMLA?

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law protecting the right to medical leave for employees and family members. Some states enacted their own state leave laws that create state level protections. These state laws duplicate FMLA protections or even provide protections greater than FMLA. Some states, like Colorado, have their own state FMLA …

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Should I ask for child support in my Texas divorce?

Sometimes in a Fort Worth, Dallas, or Bedford divorce with kids the parent with primary custody of the children considers declining child support from the other parent. I am generally of the opinion that each parent should provide financially for the children. In most custody situations there is one parent providing most of the care and basic …

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What retirement plans can be divided by a QDRO in a Texas divorce?

QDROs–qualified domestic relations orders–are special court orders that divide certain types of employer-sponsored retirement plans as either part of the property division in a divorce, to pay child support, or to pay spousal support. Retirement plans that require a QDRO do so because a state or federal law requires this type of order to lawfully …

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Pleading standards, Texas agencies and employment discrimination claims with Fort Worth employment discrimination lawyers

Employment discrimination claims are highly technical at every stage of litigation. Federal law over the past fifteen years has laid out specific pleading standards for these claims that require significant detail in the original complaint to avoid a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim (brought under Rule 12(b)(6) of the federal rules). …

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Texas Supreme Court to hear TCHRA preemption case

The Texas Supreme Court has accepted a case out of the Dallas Court of Appeals that will give the state’s highest court the opportunity to expand or narrow its preemption doctrine on employment discrimination claims brought under Texas law. In 2009 the Texas Supreme Court rendered its opinion in Waffle House v. Williams that held …

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Does my uncontested divorce in Tarrant County, Texas have to have child support?

Under the Texas Family Code no divorce with children is absolutely required to include child support. Fort Worth divorces with children will often include child support because the court is required to consider the best interests of the child. In an uncontested divorce with children the spouses may agree not to include child support in …

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What are restraining orders and protective orders in a Fort Worth, Texas divorce?

Family legal issues, including divorce and child custody, are emotional issues that sometimes drive people to cause harm to others. Domestic violence may occur before, during, or even after a divorce or child custody case. The Texas Family Code provides restraining orders and other protections against domestic violence in divorces. These protections can be temporary or …

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