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Can Child Support Go Past the Child's 18th Birthday?

The answer is, maybe.   Though in Kanye West’s song Gold Digger he sings “She got one of your kids, got you for 18 years,” implying that a father will have to pay child support until the child turns 18, there are certain circumstances… Read More
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“Every Step You Take, Every Move You Make, I'll Be Watching You”—Protective Orders In Texas

“Every Step You Take, Every Move You Make, I’ll Be Watching You”—Protective Orders In Texas While some people may have thought The Police’s song Every Breath You Take was a love song and played it at weddings, Sting has called the song… Read More
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Accidentally Married? Common Law Marriage in Texas

What is a common law marriage and how does one begin?             Though the Counting Crows sang Accidentally In Love about falling in love without intending to or realizing it and an inability to escape, it’s hard to imagine how a commo… Read More
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The Status of Same Sex Marriage in Texas

What is the state of same-sex marriage in Texas?   As things stood last week, same-sex marriages were banned under the Texas Constitution. Texas would not perform them—see Tex. Const. art. I § 32—and would not recognize same-sex marriages p… Read More
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When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?

When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?               Across the world, 43 countries have enacted legislation making corporal punishment of one’s child illegal.[1] But in the US, spanking is still legal in all states.[2] In Texas, ph… Read More
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How much can I expect to receive in Child Support?

The answer to this and most legal question is “it depends.” Though Texas law provides guidelines to suggest what percentage of an obligor’s income should go to child support (for example, if a parent is supporting one child, the guidelines sugg… Read More
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When Can a Parent Be Made to Pay Child Support Past the 18th Birthday?

Generally in Texas, a parent can be ordered to pay child support for his or her children until the child’s 18th birthday or the child’s high school graduation, whichever comes later. However, if the child is disabled, a trial court may order the… Read More
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Texas Cracks Down On Human Trafficking

On September 1, 2011,  new human trafficking laws—originally HB (House Bill) 3000 and SB (Senate Bill) 24—went into effect in Texas, thereby making these pieces of legislation officially “the law” in Texas. Though it is too early to know how… Read More
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