Children

Special Needs Trusts – Planning for Disabled Folks

Many families are blessed with a child (or adult) who happens to have a disability. There is obviously some concern regarding that loved one’s care and standard of living once a parent or other caregiver is no longer able to provide for them. SSI and Medicaid Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid can help, but they are limited and require the disabled person to have very depressed levels of assets and...

Minors and Money: A Trustworthy Solution

With so much disagreement nowadays, here is one thing we can all agree on: Leaving money outright to a minor child is a really bad idea. It is such a bad idea, in fact, that most judges will take extraordinary steps to tie up the money for as long as the law permits rather than see it be squandered by a shiftless parent, guardian or 18-year old. So if there is universal...

Summer Vacation Strategies for Separated or Divorced Parents

School is almost out, and children and parents alike eagerly await summer break. However, summertime can bring on the blues for families affected by divorce. With proper planning and communication, however, summer can be what it should be for everyone: fun, relaxing and memorable. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you or a loved one are dealing with divorce. Be a Better Co-Parent When temperatures rise, take meaningful...

Best Interest Of The Child in Child Custody Case

In the Interest of Lee – Mediated Settlement Agreement v. Best Interest of the Child “Best interest of the child”; it’s a phrase that is near and dear to every Texas family law attorneys heart. It is the phrase that trumps all others in child custody matters…unless, of course, you have a signed mediated settlement agreement…then, not so much according to the Texas Supreme Court. In Lee, mama’s new husband was...

Child Custody

Child custody is often the most difficult and hard fought of any part of a divorce.  Frequently, both parents believe that he/she should be the parent with the right to establish the "primary" residence of the children, and have facts that support their respective assertion.  So, what happens?  If the case is not resolved through negotiations or mediation, the case will be tried, leaving the decision up to a...

Child Custody in Texas

Child custody is often the most difficult and hard fought of any part of a divorce.  Frequently, both parents believe that he/she should be the parent with the right to establish the "primary" residence of the children, and have facts that support their respective assertion.  So, what happens?  If the case is not resolved through negotiations or mediation, the case will be tried, leaving the decision up to a...

Texas Parenting Plans

In 2005, Texas introduced the requirement for Parenting Plans. Parenting plans essentially replace the Standard Possession Order and the terms previously associated with child custody and child visitation in Texas. “Parenting plan” means a temporary or final court order that sets out the rights and duties of parents in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship and includes provisions relating to conservatorship, possession of and access to a child, and child...

Texas Custody Disputes

Can't we all just agree? No.  And maybe  that's a good thing. Sometimes the stakes are too high for compromise in a Texas child custody case.   In those types of child custody cases, you  need an aggressive child custody attorney in your corner.   The family law attorneys at Hammerle Finley Law Firm may be able to help. Texas child custody cases between parents  usually arise in three types of situations.  First, there are the unmarried parents...

Texas Parental Authorizations

Texas has an easy way for parents to allow a relative to care for their children - just sign a simple document. Our attorneys at Hammerle Finley have used it successfully for several families. The name of the document is “Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative.” What a benefit for parents, grandparents and children! Texas provides that a parent can essentially delegate legal care of a child to a relative, without going...

Adoptions in Texas

Adoption is the legal process to replace one or both birth parents of a child. Unless one of the parents has died, a termination of that parent’s rights must take place before the child can be adopted. A step-parent adoption occurs when one parent’s rights have been terminated, and the remaining parent has remarried. A grandparent adoption or a private adoption is possible when both parents’ rights have been terminated. In...
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