Despite objections from non-faith-based adoption agencies and other non-faith-based organizations, Texas recently passed a law granting faith-based adoption organizations the right to follow their "sincerely held beliefs" in the policies that dictate how they conduct their services. While it is still unclear how far reaching the law will intimately be, the flexibility it allows faith-based adoption organizations is fairly broad.
These days, it is very common for couples to live together for some time before deciding whether or not to marry. While many people see this time as a risk-free trial to decide if marriage is right for them or not, it is much less risk-free than they might think. If you and your partner are living together or talking about moving in, you need to understand some of the risks this can present and the ways that you can protect each other from them.
Governor Greg Abbot recently signed into law a controversial piece of family law legislation that features a number of potentially tricky legal implications. The bill allows for faith-based organizations that work in conjunction with Texas's child welfare system to deny service to individuals or families "under circumstances that conflict with the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs."
Sometimes, when a person makes some dangerous choices and becomes a threat to his or her family or loved ones, it is necessary to use the strength of the law to protect vulnerable individuals. Often, this means one partner in a relationship must be kept away from the other partner, and possibly children who are a part of the relationship. To accomplish this protection, Texas offers a number of different protective orders to those in need.
Texans often witness the complicated intersection of sovereign security, family rights and immigration issues in a way that few other states will ever know, due to the hundreds of miles of border it shares with Mexico. Just such a complex conflict is at the heart of a new bill recently proposed in the Texas Senate's Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committee.
Sharing custody of your child with a former spouse or partner can become complicated in many ways, often requiring the strength of the law to enforce your rights and protect the child that you love. It can be intimidating to face some family challenges, and many people feel as though it is somehow inappropriate to enlist the help of an attorney for a family matter. However, an experienced family law attorney can help you understand the scope of the law and how it may apply to your dilemma. Sometimes, you might be tempted to take a course of action that is illegal, and could use some professional advice before you derail your relationship with your child, and possibly other areas of your life.
Texas lawmakers got personal with each other recently, turning a legislative meeting into a debate about personal ethics and institutional racism. There are certainly many passionate feelings on all sides. No one can disagree that at the heart of the matter is the fact that many children who are exceptionally vulnerable -- those who come from unsafe environments -- are taken into state custody.
Texas, like many states around the country, is seeing renewed efforts on the part of fathers throughout the state to receive more equal treatment in the courtroom when it comes to child custody matters.
If you have been fortunate enough to have a stable home and have your physical and emotional needs provided for, you ought to take a moment and simply appreciate what an incredible blessing it is to have those things. Many children in the state of Texas are not so fortunate. The foster care system fights to give a second chance to children who have been born into exceptionally difficult or dangerous situations, but the needs are far greater than the number of families who are willing or able to take in foster children.
Back in September of 2016, the Texas Attorney General took aim at parents who do not pay their child support in a timely manner. The new law restricts parents who are sufficiently behind on their child support payments form registering their vehicles. The law has its supporters and detractors, and the preliminary results are beginning to trickle in.