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Father involvement and child support payments

During the fiscal year of 2015, parents in Texas and the rest of nation paid a total of $32.4 billion in child support via the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, according to a 2017 report issued to Congress. Parents who do not reside with their children are typically required to pay child support to the parents who do. According to a new study, fathers who owe back child support tend to see their children less often, work fewer weeks throughout the year and are more likely to have children with multiple partners.

How frequently paternity is established

Fathers in Texas and throughout the country of children born out of wedlock are more likely to claim the child as theirs when the mother is healthier, better off financially and better educated. The father is also slightly more likely to claim paternity when the child is a boy. These were the findings of a study that was published in the journal Human Nature that looked at 5.4 million births to unmarried women over a four-year period.

Divorce proof your business

Good business managers know how to minimize risk, but they may not realize that a marriage could represent a major risk to their business. Texas community property laws dictate that all property acquired during a marriage is owned by both spouses. This means that property is subject to asset division in the case of a divorce. Unless a couple takes certain legal steps, business assets and increases in valuation can easily become entangled in the asset division process should they divorce.

Obama's rule on child support modification still in place

Parents in Texas who owe child support might be interested in learning that, so far, Donald Trump has not overturned a new rule Barack Obama put into place on Jan. 19 regarding child support. The regulation says that states must allow parents who are incarcerated file for modifications in child support based on a change in circumstances.

Options for dividing a home in a divorce

Many Texas couples who are getting a divorce own a house together. They have several choices as to how they can divide the home. There are also a few questions to consider as well. For example, one or the other should think about whether they want to remain in the home at all or if that would be too difficult emotionally or financially.

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