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June 2013 Archives

Supreme Court ruling a "win" for adoptive parents


It's not every day that an adoption case makes the news, but that is just what happened this week when the Supreme Court announced its ruling on a recent spotlight family law case. The case, which involves an ongoing dispute over custody rights between the biological father and the adoptive parents, may make some waves here in Texas as the holding filters back down to state courts.

New data reveals rising gray divorce rates


When people think about baby boomers -- the post-World War Two generation -- in Houston people think about a generation of people who grew up during some of the most tumultuous times in human history. Tough and resilient, baby boomers were at the forefront of the social and economic changes that defined the 20th century.

Dad who missed child support payments for years finally nabbed

The failure to make child support payments can have serious consequences. Sadly, the worst consequences are for the children, whose quality of life is affected. Texas family courts, like most states, are not very forgiving of those who intentionally and persistently avoid their child support obligations. In addition to being ordered to pay amounts in arrears, parents can also serve lengthy jail sentences, have flight restrictions imposed and lose their professional licenses.

Research suggests facebook use may lead to divorce

Nowadays, if a Houston resident wants to know what's going on with their friends, all that is needed is a laptop or smartphone where one can connect with them via facebook or some other social media website. This is fun and efficient, but recent studies correlate excessive facebook use with an increasing number of divorce and breakups.

Sequestration may limit support for family violence victims

The nation's volatile economy predicated the recent spending cut that was implemented in March 2013. Government-funded programs are some of the most affected. Funding for programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual and spousal abuse are those that are facing sequestration. Sadly, more and more victims in Texas are in need of these services.

More moms working, facing child custody challenges

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics's recent workforce report, women are becoming more and more career-oriented. In fact, the latest compiled statistics show that over 70 percent of mothers are employed. As an added bonus, nearly 30 percent of those working mothers are making more than their husbands. This data is very evident as in Houston, Texas.

Abandoned Texas baby is a step closer to adoption

A biological parent's right is always considered when it comes to adopting a child here in Houston, Texas. The state's family law addresses the importance of keeping families intact and in some cases, people need to wait before adopting a child to make sure that the biological parents' rights have been terminated.

Domestic violence: victim tells her story, wants others to learn

People involved in abusive relationships are sometimes reluctant to leave because of fear or because they believe their partners will change. With available technology, domestic violence can occur through online stalking or in more traditional ways. For Houston, Texas, residents, domestic violence can threaten the person's well-being. The effects of a complex family violence case can have long-lasting effects.

Texas mom faces charges for putting son up for adoption online

The Internet is a convenient place for many transactions in Houston. A recent twist in family law concerns happened near Houston. A 29-year old single mother from Huffman allegedly put her 3-year-old son up for adoption through Craigslist.

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