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- Understanding Child Support Modifications
If your circumstances or the circumstances of your ex-spouse have changed significantly, your court ordered child support may be eligible for review and modification. Below you'll find helpful information on requesting modifications to your child support order. Understanding Child Support Modification Eligibility Before going through the process of modifying your child support, you should establish if you are eligible. There are two ways to know if you're eligible for child support modification. There are as follows, It has been three or more years since the order was established or last modified and the monthly amount of the child support ordered differs by either 20 percent or $100 from the amount that would be awarded according to child support guidelines. If a material and substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the child support order was last set. If eligible, child support modifications will be conducted through a court hearing or through the CSRP (child support review process). The CSRP is typically faster than scheduling a court hearing and it works best when both parents can agree on the order. When To Modify Child Support Terms of child support are initially agreed upon to finalize your divorce. If those terms continue to work for you and your ex-spouse, you do not have to make any child support modifications. However, changes to factors such as your employment status or having another child , would warrant modifications to child support. If your employment changes, it is possible that your child support order could change to match your current income. If you become unemployed and have no source of income when your child support order is reviewed, generally a modified child support amount that considers your past employment, your ability to work and earn an income, and the current federal minimum wage is put in place. In Texas, when the parent who has a child support obligation has another child, the parent paying child support is entitled to a modification of their child support obligation. When a person obtains a new court order that changes their monthly child support obligation, the percentage of monthly net income for child support would change from 20% to 17.5% per month. Although employment status and additional children are the most common reasons to modify child support orders, they are not the only factors. Be sure to talk with a family law attorney to see if you need child support modifications for your specific situation. How To Modify Child Support If you have an active/open child support case, you can submit an official request for review of your court-ordered amount. To complete an online modification request, click here. Be careful not to request a child support modification for reasons the court might consider insignificant, especially if your jurisdiction limits the frequency of modification evaluations. How Long It Takes Before Modifications Are In Effect There is no typical timeframe for modification, although the cooperation of both parents does typically speed up the process. Additional information may need to be gathered — from the other parent or other resources — to complete the formal review. Both parents will be contacted to schedule a Child Support Review Process (CSRP). Both parents must agree on the newly calculated child support amount and any other payment changes addressed. If an agreement cannot be reached, or if the case is ineligible for CSRP, the modification request will be considered in court. Have specific questions about modifying your child support? C. Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC is here to help you. Click here to set up an appointment, or call (832) 838-1743.
- Serving Divorce Papers FAQ
Deciding to file papers is the critical first step in filing for divorce. Whether you're ready to serve the papers or not, you need to understand what will happen before and after you serve the papers. Here are frequently asked questions when serving divorce papers to your spouse. Can I Hand The Divorce Papers To My Spouse Myself? No, you cannot personally serve your spouse divorce papers. Only people listed in Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 103 can serve the papers which includes a constable, sheriff, or other person authorized by the court or by law. That way there is legal proof that a neutral, third-party served the paperwork, and that it was received by your spouse. Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 106 requires that the process server first try to deliver the papers in person or by certified mail. You can ask the court to serve them in another way if trying to serve them in person or by certified mail doesn't work. Texas rules now let you serve people by e-mail or even social media. This is called substituted service. How Can I Serve My Spouse Papers If I Don't Know Where My Spouse Is? If you are not sure where your spouse is, you must first try very hard to find them. You should ask their friends, family, and former employers. You can try writing to them at their last known address. In order to be able to serve them in another way, you will need to provide evidence to the court about all of the ways you have tried to find them. If you have exhausted all previously known locations and still cannot find them, you can ask the court to let you serve them by posting or publication. Service by posting is where a notice of the divorce is posted at the courthouse. Service by publication is where notice is printed in a newspaper that meets certain requirements. However, you cannot serve by posting if there are children under the age of 18 involved in your divorce. If you have minor children and cannot find your spouse, you must serve by publication. What If My Spouse Is Currently Incarcerated? Serving divorce papers requires following a certain process. For example, you cannot simply mail the papers to the jail. Instead, ask the clerk whether service is mandatory, given that your spouse is incarcerated. If it is a requirement, you can hire the local sheriff's office to serve the papers for you. This ensures the service is legal. If you do not properly serve papers, it can delay your proceedings. Can The Papers Be Served To A Relative Of My Spouse? The papers must be given to your spouse directly, not to someone else. However the papers can be given to someone of suitable age and discretion who lives in the same home with your spouse. You will have to be able to convince the judge that your spouse lives with this other person. If your spouse authorizes, in writing, someone else to accept the papers, then you can serve that person. What If My Spouse Refuses To Take The Papers? Sometimes, a spouse thinks they can block the divorce by not signing the papers they're served. However, one spouse cannot prevent the other spouse from obtaining a divorce. A Texas court can grant a divorce petition even if the other spouse does not cooperate. If your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers, your divorce becomes contested. While the divorce will still go through, it will likely extend the divorce process. If your spouse refuses to sign the divorce decree, you will have to set a hearing and present evidence to a judge so they can determine the terms of the divorce. Will I Need A Lawyer If I'm Served Divorce Papers? Although you do not have to have a lawyer to file or respond to a divorce case, it is a good idea to speak with one to decide if a lawyer is right for your case. Divorce cases can be complicated and your rights as a parent, your property and your money may be at risk. It’s a good idea to talk with a family law lawyer about your particular situation. Family law lawyers specialize in cases involving families. A family law lawyer can explain your rights and what options will be best for you. How Long Do I Have To Serve My Spouse The Papers? Your spouse has 21 days to file an Answer with the court. The Answer is your spouse's statement that tells the court whether he or she agrees or disagrees with what you say in your divorce Complaint, including whether he or she agrees or disagrees with what you say or wants the court to do something different. Understand that when you serve papers to your spouse, you are now engaged in legal proceeding and talking to a lawyer is a great next step. C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC is here to help. Our team has more than a decade of experience helping families through the divorce process. We are committed to finding the best solution for your case while keeping your best interests in mind throughout the process.
- Setting Boundaries After Your Divorce
Setting boundaries with your ex-spouse is best when trying to move on after divorce while still fostering a respectful relationship for one another. Setting boundaries after divorce gives you time and space to grieve your losses and start healing. Here are some key points to consider while creating boundaries after your divorce. Understand Why You Need Boundaries There are dozens of situations that will change after your divorce, and while it may seem awkward, setting boundaries of how you both will interact and communicate with each other will make it much easier in the long-run. Boundaries will help you both to navigate the kind of relationship you want to have after the divorce is final. Consider the following questions while establishing boundaries with your ex, How often do you want to communicate? What's the best form of communication for you? How will you handle family engagements with their family in a way that's comfortable for you and your child(ren)? How will child(ren) drop off and pick-up be handled? If healthy boundaries can give you and your ex-spouse the space you need to move forward. However, if you feel that you and your spouse did not have a healthy relationship, professional help may be needed in order to establish boundaries that will best help you move on from your ex. Establish Ground Rules Whether you have children or not, there are a few rules that are universal in dealing with an ex-spouse. As divorced individuals, you are not longer entangled in each others lives and are entitled to privacy about your personal life. Questions such as who you're seeing or where you're going should only be answered if you're comfortable doing so. If not, establish ground rules on how much of your new personal life you're willing to share with your ex. Physical boundaries, such as your home, can provide must needed space between you and your ex-spouse. Ground rules for your physical space are just as important as any other boundaries you may feel you need. While in your residence, you're ex-spouse should be considered a guest, not an occupant, and needs to respect the boundaries you've put in place. Both you and your ex-spouse need to understand that these ground rules are not indented to hurt anyone, but rather help you both adjust to roles other than Husband and Wife while still maintaining a relationship. Find Healthy Means of Communication Healthy means of communication are important when it comes to creating boundaries after your divorce. If you share child(ren), agree to not use your them as messengers as well as keep your conversations about each other positive and respectful around them. Set ground rules for how and when the two of you will talk to each other as well as how the conversation should go. Let your ex know you will speak to one another in respectful ways or the conversation is over. Limit the boundaries of communication to what you're comfortable with. If your ex-spouse is calling you constantly, establish that you would rather communicate via email or only certain hours of the day via text or short phone call. If your communication tends to end in arguments or high emotions, let your ex know that communication will be limited to only what is necessary for the kids or legal matters. Don't Be Scared To Ask For Help Sometimes, there's a fine line between too relaxed and too rigid and it can be difficult to find the right boundaries for you and your ex-spouse. One might want boundaries more strict/relaxed than the other and raising children together can complicate boundaries further. If you’re struggling to figure out what boundaries you need or find an agreement, get a third party involved. A therapist, relationship counselor, or court mediator can help you figure out boundaries that work for everyone involved. Remember, healthy boundaries benefit everyone. It is not selfish or mean to set boundaries that best help you heal. You do not have to do things to make your ex-spouse happy and should meet your own needs first. The good news is that you can do all of this and still be a good person and parent. Need more divorce advice? Check out our blog.
- Academic Scholarship | Houston Divorce Now
ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP DEDICATED TO HELPING STUDENTS C.Y. Lee Legal Group, located in Houston, Texas, is devoted to helping students during their academic career. Medical, social or financial obstacles can make higher education a mere dream to some students. Therefore, every year we offer a $1,000 scholarship to the law student who submits the strongest essay focusing on family law. 2021 Essay Subject Write an essay on the following Family Law topics: Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, or post-separation support. Essay Format Requirements: 1. The essay must be 1,500 words or less. 2. Post the essay to your blog. This can be a student blog on your university website or your own personal blog. If you do not have a blog, you can create one here for free: . https://www.wordpress.com/ 3. Include at least three “clickable” links to authoritative sources. At least one of these links have to go to an article on houstondivorcenow.com and another from leelegalgroup.com. Please note that link to houstondivorcenow.com and must be “clickable,” meaning that it is not enough to simply cite to the post. (Quick tip: In order to make a link clickable, highlight the entire link, click “Command + K” on your keyboard). leelegalgroup.com 4. You must be listed as the author of the essay on the website and the blog post must be set to “public”. 5. The work must be your own. Application Requirements: The applicant must complete the online form which appears below by July 15th, 2021. Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered. The applicant must give full rights for the use of the essay to Houston Divorce Now and for any advertising or promotional purposes. C.Y. Lee Legal Group The winner must provide proof of full-time enrollment. The winner consents to the use of his/her picture and other basic information on the winner page of the Houston Divorce Now and website. C.Y. Lee Legal Group Eligibility Criteria This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident who will be enrolled full-time in Fall 2021 at an ABA accredited law school, earning credits toward a Juris Doctor degree. Bonus Points Students who give us a social-media shoutout will be credited with one bonus point per social-media channel. The shoutout should include a link to the leelegalgroup.com website and a tag (link) to our respective Social Media Account. Please use the hashtag #cyleelegalscholarship and #cyleelegal so we can find your account easier. This is not a requirement and students without social media access will still be considered. Multiple shoutouts within the same social media channel are appreciated but will not result in additional points. We will not credit points for channels on which we are not active. Please find a list of our Social Media accounts below. Facebook LinkedIn Announcement of the Winner The decision of the committee is final. The winner will be notified via email or phone by August 1st, 2021. The funds will be disbursed directly to the college or university to be used for tuition only. The winning essay may be published at and also be published among other applicants on houstondivorcenow.com. leelegalgroup.com Our scholarship recipient will also be asked to submit a current photo to be published in an announcement to recognize this year’s winner on our website. Please complete the form below to submit your application. By submitting your application, you consent to Lee Legal Group publishing your essay and picture on leelegalgroup.com and houstondivorcenow.com. C.Y. Lee Legal Group has the sole right to resolve any disputes which may arise in the selection of the award winner. There will only be one award allotted. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION By checking this box you give full rights for the use of the essay to C.Y. Lee Legal Group and Houston Divorce Now, for any advertising or promotional purposes. Apply Now Thanks for submitting! Recent Awards National Advocates Avvo Rating (2) customer-badge_edited VABA-Seal PBTX_badge_fullres Top Family Lawyers 2018-01 Top Lawyers 2017 National Advocates Avvo Rating (2) customer-badge_edited VABA-Seal PBTX_badge_fullres Top Family Lawyers 2018-01 Top Lawyers 2017 BACK TO TOP
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