Child support is a legal obligation for those ordered to pay it. When people don't make child support payments in full and on time, children and those caring for them can suffer greatly. Thanks to one sheriff's office and the state attorney general, 16 people recently learned that Texas takes child support seriously.
Texas has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. However, not everyone in our state is of the same mind regarding the issue. It continues to be the subject of strong legal and political debate -- even when it comes to couples who were married in parts of the country where it is legal.
Family law issues such as child and spousal support are not limited to married couples. Unmarried couples may have children together over which difficult problems arise, and in some cases, the dispute is over having children to begin with. In a case involving a professional football player, one woman is alleging he took actions to encourage her to abort their child. She is now filing a lawsuit for damages and expenses.
A new documentary being released entitled "Romeo Misses A Payment" takes a close look at some of the problems faced by non-custodial parents caught up in the court system over difficulties concerning child support and related issues. The filmmaker, who is also a father, took his camera to a variety of locations to conduct interviews with parents facing difficult problems with family law, including parents involved in court cases in Dallas, Texas.
Latin superstar Marc Anthony and his ex-wife Dayanara Torres, a former Miss Universe, are currently embroiled in a fierce child support battle concerning their two children. The two have been apart since 2004, and she wants him to pay almost 10 times as much child support as he has been paying.
152 non-custodial parents from five counties in the Southern area of Texas have been arrested for ignoring court orders to pay child support. Sheriffs and their deputies from Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, and Willacy made to arrests pursuant to court issued arrest warrants. Those arrested could be sanctioned by as much as six months of incarceration. In instances where the arrestees managed to post bonds to be released, the funds paid will be turned over to be applied to back child support owed.
A lawsuit by two same-sex couples, one female and one male, challenges the current ban on gay and lesbian marriage in the Texas state Constitution. That constitutional provision, adopted by voters in 2005, defines marriage as limited to those between one man and one woman, and prohibits Texas and local officials from taking actions that would recognize same-sex marriages. This has rapidly become an intense family law issue across the country, with 14 states now recognizing same-sex marriage.
A huge backlog of child support cases in the courthouse in El Paso, Texas, has left some parents waiting as long as four months to get in front of a judge. One of the problems there in processing these important family law cases has been the fact that only one judge was assigned to hear them. This resulted in long waits, including waiting in a long line on the day they were to see the judge.
You divorce your spouse, but you don't divorce your children. Children whose family has gone through a divorce need the security and comfort of feeling certain that both parents are still there for them and still love them. Children who have a high degree of involvement in their lives by both parents following a divorce are more likely to have a lower incidence of behavior problems, as well as staying in school and achieving better grades, according to a number of studies. One development in family law that responds to this reality is the program that offers shared parenting services that was put together by the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Most people realize that getting married or divorced can have an impact on their finances and property rights. But a lesser known area of family law is that other types of relationships, such as cohabiting, can also have an impact. In Texas, and a small number of other states, common law marriages are recognized and cohabiting together for a period of time may result in being regarded as legally married.