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How do I get my service member ex to pay child support? Part 1

If you are receiving child support from a member of the armed services, you likely need every dollar to which you are entitled. Often, a military spouse sacrifices career ambitions in favor of moving from place to place in an effort to keep the family together. But if you are recently divorced, you may be engaging in the challenging task of getting back into the workforce.

What can an unmarried father do to help his unborn child?

It is not uncommon for unmarried couples to conceive children. Once a child is born, the rights and responsibilities of both parents are typically well defined. But what about the period of time between the conception and the birth? The mother's role during this time frame is obvious, but what rights and responsibilities do fathers have?

How detailed should my property valuation be?

Typically, a divorce that involves the division of high-value assets is going to prove complicated. And if you are a business owner, you will have the extra responsibility of submitting a summary of your company's worth. But in doing so, you will need to decide just how detailed a summary is needed for your set of circumstances.

A domestic abuser may use children to control your relationship

It can be difficult and frightening to try to make a clean break from a relationship in which there is domestic violence. And if the abusive party is also your child's other parent, the situation is that much more daunting. The fact is, even after you are able to extricate yourself from your partner, child custody issues will keep the two of you connected for some time to come.

Playing to win can help fathers achieve custody goals

In far too many cases, the phrase, "child custody battle," is not the least bit hyperbolic. Child custody disputes can become fraught with emotions and the time spent trying to work out an acceptable resolution can feel like a form of combat. And if you are a father who is facing having your conflict settled in a courtroom, it is best you go into the situation prepared.

Courts require valid reasons for modifying visitation rights

If you are a divorced parent and your ex has visitation rights, the two of you will be interacting as long as your custody agreement is in effect. Hopefully, you have found ways to peacefully coexist. But unfortunately, some divorced couples continue to have problems well after the final decree is signed. And perhaps you are at serious odds with your child's other parent, and you want nothing more than to modify the custody agreement to limit or eliminate his or her visitation rights.

There are many ways to stay close to your child while deployed

If you are a military parent, you face many challenges in regard to spending time with your children. This is especially true during times of deployment when you and your children could be half a world apart. At such times, it can be difficult to maintain the kind of relationship that you would enjoy if you were all living under one roof. But there are ways to stay connected to your children, even when you are far away serving your country.

Distance dictates visitation terms in Texas

If you are a non-custodial father, Texas law provides you with certain rights regarding visitation. These rights are part of the Standard Possession Order, which covers typical child custody situations. However, the specifics of your visitation schedule are contingent upon the distance you live from your child's primary place of residence.

Retirement accounts require proper valuation during divorce

Older married couples are divorcing at an ever increasing rate. And while it is often the wisest choice to end a relationship that is no longer working, those who are approaching retirement age face some very serious settlement decisions. The fact is, once you are in your 50's or 60's you will need to retain every possible financial benefit that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse acquired over the years.

Pride event features fun for LGBT families and friends

One of the most positive developments in American society has been the increased acceptance of those who are part of the LGBT community. Of course, we still have a ways to go before reaching full enlightenment and there may always be resistance in certain quarters. But still, we have good reason to believe that as time moves on things will continue to improve.

In fact, even in the traditionally conservative Lone Star State, there can be found signs of positive change. Take, for example, an event known as North Texas Pride. This annual event, recently scheduled to take place in McKinney, was started in 2011 and has experienced steady growth.