What Factors Do Texas Courts Consider When Determining Geographic Restrictions in Child Custody Cases?

By |2024-06-18T13:53:26+00:00June 18th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

When parents in Texas face child custody disputes, one critical issue often arises: geographic restrictions. These restrictions determine where a child can live and are essential in ensuring the child's best interests. The Texas Family Code and the Texas Supreme Court provide clear guidelines on this matter. Tex. Fam. Code § 109.002 states that geographic restrictions [...]

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Can a Parent with a History of Abuse Be Appointed as a Joint Managing Conservator in Texas?

By |2024-06-11T14:36:13+00:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

No. In Texas, a parent with a history of abuse cannot be appointed as a joint managing conservator. The appointment of joint managing conservators is strictly regulated by law. Criteria for Joint Managing Conservators The law is clear. "[t]he court may not appoint joint managing conservators if credible evidence is presented of a history or pattern [...]

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Is you Notice of Contempt Sufficient in Your Texas Child Custody Case?

By |2024-06-02T16:10:33+00:00June 2nd, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Contempt proceedings are quasi-criminal. This means the accused is entitled to procedural due process throughout the proceedings. "In re Roisman, 651 S.W.3d 419, 434 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2022, orig. proceeding)." Types of Contempt Contempt can be direct or constructive. Direct contempt occurs in the presence of the court. Examples include disobeying a judge’s orders in [...]

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Motion to Reopen Evidence in Texas Divorce and Child Custody Cases

By |2024-06-01T15:53:44+00:00June 1st, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

A motion to reopen evidence can be pivotal in Texas family law cases. This motion allows a party to present additional evidence after the trial has concluded but before the final ruling. This is available for both divorce and child custody cases. Legal Basis Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 270 states: “When it clearly appears to [...]

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How Does Texas Law Address the Modification of Conservatorship Orders?

By |2024-04-11T15:02:35+00:00April 11th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

In the dynamic and often complex realm of family law, the modification of conservatorship orders is a critical aspect that reflects the changing circumstances of children and their families. The Texas legal framework, through a combination of statutory provisions and judicial precedents, offers a comprehensive approach to ensuring that these orders serve the best interests of [...]

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How Can I Get More Visitation Time With My Child If I Live Less Than 50 Miles Away in Texas?

By |2024-04-03T22:21:50+00:00April 3rd, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

Understanding the intricacies of family law in Texas is crucial for non-custodial parents looking to enhance their time with their children. Living within 50 miles of your child opens up legal avenues for expanded visitation schedules under Texas Family Code §§ 153.3171 and 153.317. However, a key step often overlooked is the necessity of communicating your [...]

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What a Jury Can and Cannot Decide in a Texas Child Custody Case?

By |2024-04-01T19:38:03+00:00April 1st, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

In Texas, the role of a jury in child custody cases is defined by specific rules. This guide breaks down what a jury is allowed to decide and what is beyond their scope, according to Texas Family Code § 105.002. If you're heading into a custody battle, understanding these distinctions can be crucial. The Role of [...]

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Can a Texas Court Overrule a Mediated Settlement Agreement?

By |2024-03-19T17:47:03+00:00March 19th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In the realm of Texas family law, mediated settlement agreements (MSAs) are a cornerstone for resolving disputes, especially those involving the parent-child relationship. These agreements not only streamline the resolution process but also embody the state's policy favoring the peaceable resolution of disputes. However, the question arises: "Can a Texas Court Overrule a Mediated Settlement Agreement?" [...]

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Can I move my custody case to a new county?

By |2024-03-08T14:35:26+00:00March 8th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

When you're engaged in a custody battle, the court's location can significantly influence the convenience for all parties involved and, potentially, the outcome of the case. It's vital to understand the legal framework that outlines when and how you can move your custody case to a new, possibly more favorable or appropriate county. The Texas Family [...]

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Can the Court Grant a Custody Modification Against the Child’s Preference?

By |2024-02-07T01:23:18+00:00February 7th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody|

When families undergo changes that necessitate a reassessment of custody arrangements, the question often arises: can a court modify a custody order against a child's preference? This complex issue intertwines legal principles with the nuanced realities of family dynamics, requiring a careful examination of Texas law and judicial discretion. Understanding Material and Substantial Change At the [...]

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Prohibiting Contact Between A Parent And A Child In A Texas Divorce

By |2024-04-05T14:28:36+00:00January 18th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Divorce is a challenging process, especially when children are involved. In Texas, the legal system prioritizes the well-being of children in these situations, often leading to complex decisions about parenting time and contact restrictions. This article delves into the intricacies of Texas Family Law regarding parent-child contact in divorce cases, offering insights and guidance for those [...]

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time in Texas Child Custody Cases

By |2024-04-06T16:10:01+00:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

The intricacies of parental responsibilities and parenting time in Texas family law are crucial for parents facing separation or divorce. This in-depth exploration aims to provide a thorough understanding of these aspects, drawing from Texas statutes and case law. Parent-Child Relationship in Texas Texas law emphasizes equitable treatment of parents, with the child's best interests as [...]

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Parenting Time in a Texas Divorce

By |2024-01-17T15:29:32+00:00January 15th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Understanding the complexities of parenting time within Texas family law is crucial for parents going through separation or divorce. This article provides an in-depth look at the legal framework surrounding conservatorship, possession, and access in Texas, focusing on how these laws impact parenting after divorce. Conservatorship and Possession in Texas Texas family law uses the terms [...]

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What Is The Best Interest Of The Child In A Texas Custody Case?

By |2024-01-12T16:29:39+00:00January 9th, 2024|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In Texas, a fundamental principle in divorces or child custody cases is the determination of what serves the best interest of the child. This principle stands as a critical legal standard guiding all decisions related to child custody and visitation within the state. This article delves into the nuances of how Texas law interprets and applies [...]

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What to Do if Your Child is Not Returned After Visitation in Texas

By |2024-01-14T23:49:24+00:00December 1st, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When a child is not returned after a scheduled visitation in Texas, it can be a distressing and legally complex situation for any parent. Understanding the range of legal remedies available is crucial in these circumstances. This article explores the various legal actions that can be taken, including filing a writ of habeas corpus, seeking enforcement [...]

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How Long Will My Divorce or Family Law Case Take in Texas?

By |2023-11-30T00:00:49+00:00November 30th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Navigating through a family law case can be a journey filled with uncertainties. One of the most frequent questions we encounter at The Blacknall Firm is, “How long will my case take?” While this question is completely understandable, the answer is not always straightforward. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on why predicting [...]

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Anger Management Classes in a Texas Divorce

By |2023-11-02T23:41:53+00:00November 2nd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Divorce is a challenging journey, and when anger escalates, it can impact the legal process. In Texas, the law provides mechanisms to address such issues, particularly when the safety and well-being of children are involved. At Blacknall Firm, we are dedicated to guiding our clients through these complexities with expertise and compassion. The Legal Landscape of [...]

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How does expert testimony work in Texas divorce cases?

By |2023-10-25T15:45:15+00:00October 25th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

When it comes to divorce and child custody battles in Texas, the stakes are high, and the process can be complex. One critical aspect that can significantly impact the outcome is the testimony of professionals such as therapists, social workers, and medical experts. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of how Texas [...]

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Dangers Of Modifying Your Child Custody Order Without An Attorney

By |2023-10-04T15:10:28+00:00October 3rd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

In the challenging landscape of custody modifications in Texas, parents are often driven by a desire to ensure the best for their children. While the idea of navigating this process independently might seem appealing, the intricate nature of family law underscores the importance of professional legal representation. Let's delve into the reasons why having an attorney [...]

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Understanding the ‘Right of First Refusal’ in Texas Custody

By |2023-10-21T13:39:08+00:00September 29th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Navigating the complexities of child custody can be a daunting task for parents. One term that often arises in custody discussions is the "right of first refusal." But what does it mean, and how does it impact Texas families? Let's delve into the intricacies of this provision and its significance in Texas custody agreements. What is [...]

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Will a Notarized Custody Agreement Hold Up in a Texas Court?

By |2023-09-28T15:04:04+00:00September 28th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Child custody is a pivotal issue for parents navigating separations or divorces. Amidst this, parents often wonder about the legal weight of notarized custody agreements. In Texas, family law has specific provisions concerning child custody agreements. This article will address the significance of notarized custody agreements in a Texas court. Understanding Notarized Custody Agreements A notarized [...]

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Can You Lose Custody for Not Co-Parenting? Understanding the Legal Implications

By |2023-09-25T15:18:38+00:00September 25th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Co-parenting is a critical aspect of raising children after a divorce or separation. While it may be challenging to maintain a harmonious relationship with your ex-spouse, the courts often emphasize the importance of both parents being actively involved in their children's lives. But what happens if one parent refuses to co-parent effectively? Can you lose custody [...]

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Can a Parent Deny a Grandparent Visitation in Texas?

By |2023-10-04T15:24:47+00:00August 18th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Grandparents Rights|

In Texas, family matters often involve complex emotions, relationships, and legal guidelines. One of the recurring questions that arise is, "Can a parent deny a grandparent visitation in Texas?" In this blog post, we'll delve into the intricacies of the Texas Family Code to provide a comprehensive answer. Understanding the Grandparent's Right to Visitation The Texas [...]

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Key Factors Influencing Child Custody Modifications in Texas

By |2023-12-26T23:59:32+00:00August 16th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Navigating child custody matters in Texas can be a complex journey, marked by changing circumstances and evolving needs. The Blacknall Firm, a dedicated family law firm in Texas, often encounters clients who are curious about the reasons a judge might alter an existing custody arrangement. Here, we break down some of the primary factors Texas courts [...]

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Reasons a Judge Will Change Custody

By |2023-12-27T00:59:49+00:00July 26th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

In Texas, a court-ordered child custody agreement is designed to provide the most beneficial circumstances for a child’s upbringing. The court always prioritizes the child’s best interests, as specified under Texas Family Code §153.002. However, life’s circumstances often change, necessitating a review and possible modification of the initial child custody order. There are several reasons a [...]

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Texas Child Support Laws Changing Effective September 1, 2023

By |2024-01-22T00:20:26+00:00July 18th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce|

Senate Bill 869, endorsed by the Texas Legislature and Governor Greg Abbott, introduces specific amendments to the Texas Family Code (TFC) aimed at improving the child support collection process in Texas. This update, proposed by the Child Support Division of the Texas State Attorney General's Office, is set to take effect on September 1, 2023. If [...]

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Mental Health Examinations in a Texas Divorce

By |2023-10-04T15:58:15+00:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

  As a family law attorney, I often hear clients express concerns about the mental health of their soon-to-be ex-spouse. In Texas, like in many other states, the law provides mechanisms to address these concerns. One such mechanism is the mental examination, which can be requested under certain circumstances during a divorce proceeding. The Legal Basis [...]

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Navigating Child Custody After the Death of a Parent

By |2023-10-04T15:59:09+00:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

At The Blacknall Firm, we understand that the loss of a parent is a deeply traumatic event for a child. When this unfortunate circumstance arises, the question of child custody becomes a critical issue that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and legal expertise. This blog post aims to provide practical advice and guidance on navigating [...]

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Demystifying Habeas Corpus in Child Custody Disputes

By |2023-10-04T16:00:01+00:00July 3rd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When child custody disputes arise and you find your child being kept away from you contrary to a court order, Texas Family Law has a powerful remedy on your side: the writ of habeas corpus. This writ is a significant instrument in child custody matters, acting as a legal directive for the child to be brought [...]

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Understanding Writ of Habeas Corpus in Texas Child Custody Cases

By |2023-10-17T13:52:10+00:00June 19th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

A writ of habeas corpus is a legal order that commands an individual or entity to produce a person who is allegedly being detained unlawfully. In the context of a Texas child custody case, a writ of habeas corpus can be used when one parent believes the other parent is wrongfully withholding the child. The parent [...]

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When Can a Grandparent, Relative, or Non-Relative Seek Custody of a Child in Texas?

By |2023-10-04T16:37:34+00:00June 14th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

  Here at The Blacknall Firm, we understand that family matters can get complicated. There might be times when a grandparent, relative, or non-relative needs to seek custody of a child. Texas Family Code 102.003 and 102.004 set out the rules for when this is possible. Understanding Texas Family Code 102.003: Who Can File For Custody? [...]

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The Importance of Legalizing Stepparent Custody: A Case Study

By |2023-10-26T14:36:05+00:00June 4th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

In family law, stepparents play a vital role, yet their legal standing in custody battles can be precarious. This case study highlights the critical need for stepparents to secure legal custody, safeguarding their rights and the child's wellbeing. The Story Unfolds: In 2016, a father relinquished his parental rights, leaving the child with the mother and [...]

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Texas Appeals Court Affirms Discretionary Power of Trial Courts in Geographic Restrictions for Children’s Residence

By |2023-10-04T17:00:52+00:00May 5th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

  In a recent decision, the Texas Appeals Court supported the authority of trial courts in determining where children in custody cases can live. This ruling emphasizes the role of trial courts in making decisions based on the unique circumstances of each case. In this article, we will explore the case, the reasons behind the court's [...]

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Standing Up for Your Rights as a Parent: A Comprehensive Guide to Filing a Motion to Enforce a Custody Order

By |2023-10-22T20:59:36+00:00April 28th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on filing a motion to enforce a custody order, where we will provide you with detailed insights and step-by-step instructions to help you navigate this important legal process. As dedicated advocates for parents, we understand the significance of protecting your rights and ensuring the best interests of your child. In this [...]

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Protecting Native American Children: Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act

By |2023-10-05T15:47:32+00:00April 27th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When it comes to foster care, termination of parental rights, and adoption, Native American children are protected by a vital federal law called the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). In this  blog post, we will explore the essence of the ICWA, its implications, and the significance of upholding Native American cultural heritage in these specific legal [...]

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Grandparent Visitation Rights in Texas: Navigating the Complex Legal Landscape

By |2023-10-05T15:49:02+00:00April 22nd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Grandparents play a crucial role in the lives of their grandchildren. However, when relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren become strained, grandparents may find themselves seeking court-ordered visitation rights. The good news is that Texas law recognizes the importance of grandparent-grandchild relationships and provides grandparents with legal options to pursue visitation rights. However, obtaining these rights [...]

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Understanding Grandparent Custody Rights in Texas

By |2023-10-05T15:50:41+00:00April 22nd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

In Texas, grandparents have legal rights to ask for custody of their grandchildren under certain circumstances. In this article, we'll discuss the Texas Family Code section that outlines these circumstances and what you need to know about them. Section 102.004 of the Texas Family Code Section 102.004 of the Texas Family Code is the statute that [...]

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From Here to There: A Guide to Modifying Child Custody Orders for Relocation

By |2023-10-05T15:58:15+00:00April 18th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When parents divorce or separate, one of the most contentious issues is determining child custody. Custody orders are put in place to ensure that the best interests of the child are always considered, and this includes ensuring that they have a stable and secure living environment. However, circumstances can change, and the custodial parent may wish [...]

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How to Seek Enforcement of Temporary and Final Court Orders in Texas Family Court

By |2023-10-05T16:48:55+00:00April 2nd, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In the state of Texas, the legal system grants courts the power to issue both temporary and final orders in cases related to family law. These orders, which are legally binding, address various matters including child custody, child support, and spousal support. A common question that arises is: What if a party doesn't adhere to these [...]

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Navigating the Motion for Enforcement Process: A Guide for Custodial Parents in Texas”?

By |2023-10-25T17:53:12+00:00April 1st, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

As a custodial parent, you may face challenges when it comes to enforcing a court order related to child support or possession and access to your child. Sometimes, non-custodial parents may fail to comply with court orders, leaving you with the burden of ensuring that the orders are enforced. Fortunately, the Texas Family Code provides a [...]

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Understanding Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

By |2023-03-31T13:43:57+00:00March 29th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Termination of parental rights is a complex and serious matter that requires a thorough understanding of Texas law. As a parent, your child is your top priority, and it is crucial to protect your parental rights. In this blog post, we will discuss the key points of the Texas Family Code that govern termination of parental [...]

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Is 50/50 Custody in the Best Interest of the Child?

By |2023-12-04T16:48:53+00:00March 19th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In recent years, joint custody has become increasingly popular in divorce cases, with 50/50 custody being one of the most commonly sought  arrangements. However, like any custody arrangement, there are pros and cons to 50/50 custody that must be considered before making a decision. In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of 50/50 [...]

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Child’s Name Change in Texas

By |2023-07-26T14:58:09+00:00March 16th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Changing a child's name is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and a thorough understanding of the legal process. This guide will walk you through the steps involved in legally changing a child's name in Texas. Step 1: File a Petition with the Court The initial step in the name change process involves filing a [...]

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Understanding the Impact of Temporary Orders in Family Law Cases

By |2023-07-26T13:28:18+00:00March 10th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a family law attorney in Texas, I often receive questions from clients regarding the role of temporary orders in determining the final outcome of their case. Temporary orders are an essential part of any family law case, and they can significantly impact the court's final decision regarding child custody, child support, and spousal support. In [...]

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Going to a Final Trial in Family Law: What to Expect

By |2023-07-08T18:46:53+00:00February 27th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a family law attorney with over two decades of experience, I've seen firsthand the toll that disputes can take on families. While we always strive to resolve cases outside of the courtroom, sometimes the only way to achieve a fair outcome is through a final trial. In this article, I'll share my insights on what [...]

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The Importance of Knowing the Names and Locations of Friends and Family Members for Unmarried Parents

By |2023-02-25T16:16:07+00:00February 21st, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

As an unmarried parent, you face unique challenges when it comes to establishing custody and protecting your rights as a parent. This can be especially true if you and your partner are no longer in a relationship and the other parent's whereabouts are unknown. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of knowing the names [...]

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When Can You Modify a Custody Order in Texas?| Key Factors Explained

By |2023-05-04T23:26:38+00:00February 20th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Modification|

If you have a custody order in Texas, you may wonder if and when you can modify it. Maybe your ex-spouse is no longer complying with the agreement, or maybe you have concerns about your children's safety or well-being. In this post, we'll explain when you can modify a custody order in Texas and how the [...]

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Keeping Kids Close: Understanding When a Texas Jury Can Impose a Geographic Restriction in Custody Battles

By |2023-03-09T16:12:59+00:00February 17th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Modification|

As a Dallas family lawyer, I have represented many clients in child custody cases. One issue that often arises in these cases is whether a geographic restriction should be imposed on the custodial parent. In Texas, a geographic restriction limits the residence of the child to a certain geographic area. In this blog post, I will [...]

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Managing High Tension/High Conflict Drop-Offs & Pick Ups in a Texas Divorce or Custody Case

By |2023-03-10T22:35:27+00:00February 13th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a Dallas family lawyer, I have seen my fair share of high tension and high conflict drop-off and pick-up situations in divorce and custody cases. These situations can be emotionally charged and stressful for everyone involved, especially for the children. However, with the right approach, it is possible to manage these situations in a healthy [...]

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Modifying a Custody and Visitation Order in the Face of Abuse: What Parents Need to Know

By |2023-03-11T18:57:56+00:00February 10th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

As a Dallas family lawyer, I have seen my fair share of cases where a step-parent's abusive behavior has led to a need for a modification of a custody and visitation order. Whether you are a custodial or non-custodial parent, it is important to know your options for protecting your children in these situations. Options for [...]

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Texas Custody Orders: Clarification vs. Modification

By |2023-03-11T19:07:05+00:00February 9th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When it comes to Texas custody cases, it's important to understand the difference between clarification and modification of an order. While these two processes may seem similar, they are actually quite distinct and have different requirements and outcomes. Clarification of an Order A court may clarify an order in a Texas suit affecting the parent-child relationship [...]

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Modifying Agreements in Texas Family Court

By |2023-03-11T19:19:05+00:00February 8th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

Child Custody Modification Under Texas family law, changes to the custody agreement can be made only under certain circumstances and with specific requirements. Generally, a person must wait a year before seeking to change the primary custody order. However, there are exceptions to this rule if: The person with primary custody agrees to the change or [...]

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Parenting Time: Understanding Possession Schedules in Texas

By |2023-04-20T22:12:54+00:00February 8th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

When it comes to determining parenting time in Texas, it can be confusing to understand the various possession schedules that are available. In this blog post, we'll break down the Standard Possession Order, the Extended Standard Possession Order,  the Possession Order for Children Under Three, and alternative schedules. These are just commonly used schedules. Parents are [...]

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Navigating Parenting After Separation: Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting

By |2023-03-27T21:46:07+00:00February 8th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

As a Dallas family lawyer at the Blacknall Firm, I often work with parents who are separated or divorced and are looking for guidance on how to best raise their children. Two approaches that I see frequently are co-parenting and parallel parenting. Understanding the differences between these two approaches can help parents make the best decision [...]

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The Role of Mediation in Resolving Disputes Over Child Custody and Visitation

By |2023-12-02T16:17:13+00:00February 6th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody|

In Texas, disputes over child custody and visitation are often resolved through mediation, a process distinct from traditional litigation. Mediation offers a confidential, voluntary, and cooperative environment where a neutral third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in finding mutually agreeable solutions. Understanding the Mediation Process Mediation in family law follows a specific format. Parties, typically [...]

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The Consequences of Violating a Child Custody Order in Texas

By |2023-08-03T18:12:07+00:00February 6th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

As a family lawyer practicing in Texas, I often see parents who have violated a child custody order. This can lead to serious consequences, including modification of the order. In this post, I will explain what it means to violate a child custody order in Texas and the potential consequences that may follow. What is a [...]

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Strategies for Ensuring Compliance with a Child Custody or Visitation Order

By |2023-03-11T20:37:35+00:00February 6th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

As a family lawyer in Dallas, I often see clients struggle with enforcing child custody and visitation orders. These orders are put in place to ensure the best interests of the child are met, but they can only be effective if they are followed. In this blog post, I will outline some strategies for ensuring compliance [...]

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Understanding the Legal Process for Enforcing a Child Custody or Visitation Order

By |2023-03-11T20:42:43+00:00February 5th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

As a Dallas family lawyer, I understand that one of the biggest concerns for parents who have gone through a divorce or separation is ensuring that the child custody or visitation order is followed. When one parent fails to abide by the terms of the order, it can be confusing and frustrating for the other parent [...]

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Ensuring Stability: The Critical Role of Clear Child Custody and Visitation Orders in Texas

By |2023-10-26T14:13:46+00:00February 5th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

Navigating through child custody battles can be an emotionally taxing experience for families, fraught with challenges and uncertainties. Establishing a well-drafted child custody and visitation order is paramount, as it lays the foundation for stability and peace of mind for both parents and children. In this guide, we delve into the intricacies of child custody and [...]

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Understanding International Jurisdiction in Texas Child Custody Cases

By |2023-07-26T14:12:50+00:00January 30th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Navigating the complexities of child custody cases can be challenging, especially when these cases cross international borders. As experienced divorce attorneys based in Dallas, we at The Blacknall Firm are well-versed in these matters and are here to guide you through the intricacies of subject-matter jurisdiction in Texas child custody cases. The Importance of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction [...]

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What is a Temporary Restraining Order in a Child Custody Case in Texas?

By |2023-03-14T13:23:13+00:00January 20th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a Dallas divorce and child custody attorney, I often get asked about Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) and when they are appropriate in a custody case. What is a TRO? A TRO is a court order that can be used in emergency situations to protect a child from harm or the risk of harm. These situations [...]

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What is a guardian ad litem in a child custody case

By |2023-06-30T00:19:40+00:00January 19th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In some child custody cases, a judge appoints a guardian ad litem, or GAL. This professional advocates for the child. Their main role involves investigating the child's situation and recommending to the court what would best serve the child's interests, as outlined in the Texas Family Code regarding GAL appointments. Education and Experience A GAL may [...]

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Texas Child Custody Evaluations: What Parents Should Know

By |2023-09-25T21:05:41+00:00January 19th, 2023|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

What is a Child Custody Evaluation? A child custody evaluation is a process in which a judge orders a mental health professional to investigate specific issues in a case. The evaluator compiles a report on each parent's strengths and weaknesses, and may also provide recommendations to the court if the judge requested them. Reasons for Child [...]

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Simplify Co-Parenting with Our Family Wizard: A Review of Features and Benefits

By |2023-03-03T21:07:52+00:00December 29th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

What is Our Family Wizard? Our Family Wizard is a web-based tool designed to help divorced or separated parents communicate and manage co-parenting tasks more efficiently. It offers a variety of features, including a calendar to schedule visits and other important events, a messaging system for communication between parents, a financial tracking tool to manage expenses [...]

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Standing up for your rights as a parent: How to file a motion to enforce a custody order

By |2023-03-03T21:24:07+00:00December 29th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|

As an experienced divorce and child custody attorney in Texas, I often encounter situations where one parent is not adhering to the terms of a custody order. When this happens, it is necessary to take legal action in order to enforce the custody agreement and ensure that the best interests of the child are being met. [...]

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When Can a Minor File for Emancipation in Texas?

By |2023-03-04T01:13:14+00:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|

As a Texas family law attorney, I often get asked by minors and their parents about the possibility of obtaining emancipation. Emancipation is a legal process that allows a minor to become an adult in the eyes of the law, giving them the right to make their own decisions about their health, education, and welfare. Requirements [...]

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Sleeping Arrangements for Children in Texas: What You Need to Know

By |2023-03-04T01:17:24+00:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|

As a parent or legal guardian in Texas, you have the responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children. This includes ensuring that they have a safe and comfortable place to sleep at night. Are there specific laws in Texas regarding sleeping arrangements for children? There are no specific laws in Texas regarding [...]

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Can the Child’s Residence be Changed During the Temporary Orders Hearing for a Modification?

By |2023-03-04T13:21:03+00:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|

If you are involved in a modification case regarding the primary residence of your child, you may wonder if the child's residence can be changed during the temporary orders hearing. The answer is yes, but only under certain circumstances. Here's what you need to know about changing the child's residence during a temporary orders hearing for [...]

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Joint Managing Conservators in Texas Divorce: What You Need to Know

By |2023-03-04T13:37:19+00:00December 12th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a Dallas divorce and child custody attorney at The Blacknall Firm, I often work with clients who are navigating the complexities of Texas divorce proceedings and child custody arrangements. In this blog post, I will provide an in-depth overview of joint managing conservators and how this legal term is used in Texas divorce cases. What [...]

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Understanding Geographic Restrictions in Texas Custody Cases: What You Need to Know

By |2023-06-26T12:08:06+00:00December 10th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|

When parents get divorced in Texas, child custody can become a contentious issue. In some cases, the court may impose a geographic restriction on one or both parents' custody of the child. If you are going through a divorce or custody battle, it is important to understand what geographic restrictions are and how they could impact [...]

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Understanding Child Support Laws in Texas: A Guide for Non-Custodial Parents

By |2023-03-04T14:37:55+00:00December 10th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce|

Child support is a hot button topic that arises during divorces or separations involving children. While it may not be a perfect system, child support is a necessary part of life when people have children, whether they are married or never been married. It's crucial to remember that the child needs financial support from both parents. [...]

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What is a temporary order hearing in a Texas divorce?

By |2023-10-17T12:56:44+00:00December 10th, 2022|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

At The Blacknall Firm, we understand that "Temporary Order Hearings in Texas Divorce" can be a confusing and overwhelming process for clients. As experienced family law attorneys in Texas, we have helped numerous clients navigate these hearings and achieve the best possible outcomes. In this blog post, we will answer some of the most common questions [...]

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Enforcing Court-Ordered Custody and Visitation in Texas

By |2023-03-30T22:14:02+00:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

As a noncustodial parent, you have rights and responsibilities when it comes to your child's custody and visitation. In Texas, child custody and visitation orders are legally binding, and violating them can have serious consequences. If you are having trouble enforcing your child custody and visitation order, here are some answers to common questions you may [...]

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Visitation Denial: Your Documentation Action Plan

By |2023-10-15T14:49:19+00:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

  As a non-custodial parent, it is essential to be prepared when faced with denied visitation. Documenting these denials accurately and taking appropriate actions can help protect your parental rights and strengthen future enforcement actions. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of documenting the denial and responding effectively. Step 1: Familiarize [...]

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Why Your Attorney Needs to Know Every Secret?

By |2024-03-23T21:49:26+00:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody|

Going through a divorce can be an emotional and challenging experience. During this time, it is natural to want to keep personal secrets hidden. However, when it comes to family law cases, it is crucial to share these secrets with your attorney. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is important for your attorney [...]

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What are the different types of custody in Texas?

By |2023-07-13T18:40:45+00:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

  As a Texas divorce and child custody lawyer, I often work with clients who are navigating the complex process of determining custody arrangements for their children. In Texas, child custody, also referred to as "conservatorship," comes in several different forms. This article will explore the different types of child custody in Texas and provide an [...]

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Understanding The “Best Interest of the Child” Standard

By |2023-10-26T14:45:36+00:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a parent or guardian involved in a custody case, you are likely to encounter the phrase "best interest of the child standard." It refers to the legal principle used to determine the outcome of custody disputes. Understanding this standard is crucial to any parent seeking custody or visitation rights. In this article, we will delve [...]

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Can police enforce a child custody order?

By |2023-03-06T21:16:32+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Visitation Enforcement|

The police may enforce a child custody order, but most times, they decline involvement, considering it a civil matter. Interference with Child Custody as a Crime However, the police could take action if they choose to. Interference with child custody is considered a crime under Texas Penal Code 25.03 and is defined as taking or retaining [...]

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How To Request Passport From Custodial Parent For Summer Travel?

By |2023-05-11T02:18:48+00:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Child Custody|

Summer travel can be an exciting experience for children and parents alike. However, if you're a non-custodial parent in Texas, you may need to request a passport from the custodial parent to travel internationally with your child. In this article, we'll provide you with all the information you need to request a passport from the custodial [...]

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The Family Court Discovery Process in Texas: New Rules for Mandatory Initial Disclosures

By |2023-10-13T17:42:10+00:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

In 2021, the Texas Supreme Court implemented new rules for mandatory initial disclosures in family law cases. These disclosures are designed to provide the parties with basic information about each other’s case, including: A list of all individuals with knowledge of the facts related to the case A description of any documents or electronic information relevant [...]

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Can My Child Choose the Parent She Wants to Live with in a Divorce?

By |2023-04-19T15:29:34+00:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

At The Blacknall Firm, we understand that going through a divorce can be an extremely challenging and emotional time, especially when there are children involved. One of the most common questions we receive from clients is whether their child can choose which parent they want to live with. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive [...]

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How Do I Get Visitation Rights to My Child in Texas?

By |2023-09-30T16:06:14+00:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

If you're a parent in Texas seeking to establish or modify a court order for visitation with your child, you may have many questions and concerns about the process. As a Texas family law attorney, I understand the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with your child and want to help you navigate the legal system [...]

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Understanding the Texas Child Custody Interview Process

By |2023-10-15T16:30:09+00:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody|

In the realm of child custody cases, the voice of the child has always been a pivotal factor. Texas, recognizing the importance of this, has codified certain provisions to ensure that the child's perspective is not only heard but given due consideration. Here's a deep dive into the Texas child custody interview process, as dictated by [...]

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What You Need to Know about Co-Parenting with an Unreasonable Ex

By |2023-09-25T20:46:21+00:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Co-parenting can be a challenging endeavor, especially when dealing with an ex-partner who may not always be reasonable or cooperative. Whether you've been through a divorce or have never been married, the primary goal remains the same: to provide a stable and loving environment for your child. Achieving this can be difficult when communication with your [...]

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What You Need to Do to Prepare for a Social Study Evaluation (Custody Evaluation)

By |2023-10-15T14:11:36+00:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Child custody arrangements can be one of the most contentious issues in divorce or suit affecting the parent child relationship proceedings. As a family law attorney in Dallas, I have seen firsthand the impact that a social study evaluation can have on the outcome of a case. In this blog post, I will explain the social [...]

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Parental Alienation: Understanding and Overcoming a Devastating Phenomenon

By |2023-08-03T17:24:55+00:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

As a Texas divorce and child custody lawyer, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of parental alienation on children and their relationships with their parents. This phenomenon, which occurs when one parent attempts to alienate a child from the other parent, can have serious long-term consequences for the child's mental health and overall well-being. In [...]

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