Mission Critical: If you are faced with divorce or a child custody dispute,
domestic violence, enforcment of visitation or child support orders, think
of Jackson. We are here to help you through the stress and uncertainty
of these difficult times. The famly law team at Jackson Law.
This Dallas Divorce Site is a comprehensive
information based site developed by Dallas Divorce Lawyers and Attorneys to
help you come to terms with your divorce or family law case. We are Dallas
Divorce lawyers and we are here to help. The links on this page will take
you to articles discussing specific aspects of divorce, divorce process,
child custody, child support, community property, divorce decree
modification, and enforcement. If you are facing family law issues, the
Dallas Divorce Site is here to help you.
To help you get started, we recommend that you peruse
the following Dallas Divorce Attorney Basics which discuss a general outline
of the divorce process common to most divorce cases, myths associated with
the divorce process and some common questions are answered:
Annulment's in Texas: Annulment's are about setting a
marriage aside as if it had not occurred. Usually, an annulment is based in
fraud. The following link discussed the annulment process. We have
been very successful in obtaining annulments for our clients.
Child Custody: A lawsuit in Texas involving a child
is called a SAPCR ("SAP-CER") meaning Suit Affecting the Parent Child
Relationship. The SAPCR case can arise from the most innocuous of
relationships. The sharing of DNA will create the SAPCR whether or not the
relationship is by marriage, by "friends with benefits," or a one night
stand. We have seen them all. In fact, the stand alone SAPCR case, in the
modern society, is becoming more and more prevalent as more and more couples
The Step-Parent Adoption. Although not as complex as
an out of family adoption, the step-parent adoption requires that specific
steps be performed in order to complete the adoption. Once your
step-child is adopted, that child is your child just as if you were the DNA
contributor. In the first instance, a step-parent adoption is a
lawsuit to terminate the parental rights of one parent. The second step is
the adoption process. The following links describes this process and
the steps involved. Contact the Jackson Law Group at 214-369-7100 for
a free consultation to discuss this matter.
Child Support: Child support is about providing
monetary support for the child. Although the parents are divorced or
separated, the needs of the child will continue. It seems young
children go through shoes about every three months. My children had clothes
that never appeared to have been worn before they out grew them. There
is no way to estimate how much money has been spent on buying milk for my
teenage boys. Much less the costs of sports and other extracurricular
activities. Then there is the costs of medical - insurance, copays,
and deductible. The following links discuss child support obligations, how
it is calculated, how it is collected and how to defend a child support
enforcement or contempt action. Note: if you are the subject of a
child support order always follow your order.
- A treatise. An in depth article discussing various aspects
of child support. Topics include guideline support, how to
calculate child support, retroactive child support, wage withholding
(sometimes called, improperly, garnishment, child support for disabled
Support - Defending the Enforcement Action. If the attorney general
has brought a child support enforcement action against you, this page is
about defending that claim. You may have very valid defenses
against the enforcement action. For example, the child may have been
voluntarily placed in your custody, or you may have lost your job.
Marital Property - if you are married all property
owned by either you or your spouse is considered community property. It is
presumed to be community property. Both you and your spouse own it. It does
not matter who's name the property is held in. Having said that, each party
to a divorce action will own some separate property. It might not be much,
but they will each own some. For example, a wedding ring is the separate
property of the wearer. Mementos from your youth, owned prior to marriage,
is your separate property. That Apple Stock certificate grandma gave you
back in 1997, owned prior to marriage, is your separate property. Your
father's shotgun that he gave you, is your separate property by gift. The
pages linked to below, discuss various aspects of community property,
separate property, tracing separate property and "community" debt.
Dallas attorney's small business primer in the Texas
divorce context. Very often, the most valuable asset in the divorce /
marital context is the small family owned business. It might be a
professional practice, a dry cleaner, a small print shop. Sometimes, the
business in the divorce family law context may be worth substantial sums of
money. For example, a small party rental business started in 2001 comes to
be worth several millions of dollars over time. Many factors are involved in
appraising the small business. For example, the concepts of commercial good
will and professional good will directly impact the value. A staging
business with significant annual revenues was ultimately worth very little
in the overall concept because of the sole-member's personal goodwill.
Personal Goodwill, like that of the good Dr. Nail (a famous case), is not
divisible by a divorce court. The following pages go in further detail in
Adultery in the Dallas Divorce. Unfortunately, the
issue of the cheating spouse is arising more and more in our times. Adultery
in the divorce context will have an impact upon the outcome of the case. The
extent of the impact depends directly upon the facts associated with the
affair. If you are involved in an affair, the best advice is to drop the
lover, otherwise, you are taking significant risks in the divorce context.
The very least of which will be a very angry spouse that may use the court
system to exact revenge through extended litigation, trial and the
attorney's fees incurred. Although case law says that adultery will not have
an impact upon a child custody determination, this is not always true. The
following pages discuss this issue further.
For state-by-state divorce information, we
recommend www.divorcesource.com a
comprehensive state-by-state divorce resource.
Earl Jackson Board Certified by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization. Not all members of the firm are so certified.