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Is my marriage valid?

Clients come into our offices complaining that they did not divorce their previous marriage before getting married again to another person.   Their question is – is my current marriage valid?   The answer is usually an unequivocal “No”.   In general,  a person can not be married to 2 persons at the same time.

In order to […]

Establishing my parental rights?

In Texas,  issues arise when 2 people proceed to have a child without the protection of a marital relationship.   Under the Texas Family Code, Section 160.201, establishment of the Parent-Child Relationship, the mother-child relationship is established between a woman and a child by the woman giving birth to the child, an adjudication of the […]

Spousal Maintenance in Texas

In any suit for divorce in Texas or in a proceeding for maintenance in a Court with personal jurisdiction over both former spouses following the dissolution of their marriage by a court that lacked personal jurisdiction over an absent spouse,  the Court may order maintenance for either spouse only if the spouse seeking maintenance […]

Modification of the Parent-Child Relationship

The issue of a party having increased expenses to exercise their visitation rights is a common occurrence in Texas.   Usually the increased expense is the result of a party moving to a different location and causing a change of address and in turn an increased expense for the other parent to visit the children.

Under […]

What do I need to start a divorce?

At our law firm,  we meet with thousands of individuals consulting about many legal matters; however, a common conference is to discuss filing for divorce.   Most of the time,  we speak with our clients on the phone for the first time to let them know what information we need when they meet with one […]

Can I be jailed for nonpayment of child support?

A major problem for parties who either fall behind on child support payments; or, in the alternative do not pay their court-ordered child support, is for the Court or the oblige to file an enforcement action against the obligor for nonpayment of court-ordered child support.  And, yes, a person can be jailed in Texas […]

Divorce with a Protective Order

In the field of family law, many situations warrant one of the parties to be protected against domestic violence for the other party. In many cases, when Barbosa Family Law files a divorce proceeding against a spouse of one of our clients, the need to explain to the client that an application for a […]

Can I just annul my marriage?

At the Barbosa Law Firm, P. C., we get hundreds of inquiries about an alternative to a divorce proceeding. Usually, the calls focus on the proceeding that will save people money. Divorce proceedings are a costly alternative to just staying together as a married couple. However, eventually, a party will have to decide on […]

Custody of a Child by a Grandparent

In many of our cases involving family law, divorce, and custody of children, the grandparents are the people that step up and desire to do what is best for a child.  However, in a lot of cases that come into our office at Barbosa Family Law,  the grandparents are not aware or do not […]

Issues Common in a Divorce – Part 2

First read: Issues Common in a Divorce – Part 1

At the Barbosa Law Firm, P. C.,  a common questions our clients or just people calling us for information deals with child support.   Why should I pay child support?   Why should I pay so much child support?  Questions almost always revolve around people not wanting […]