Custody Modification Issues in Wichita Falls, Texas

Custody Modification Issues
Call Richard T. Sutherland for Answers to Custody Modification Issues and Questions in Wichita Falls, Texas. (940) 691-6200.

Despite the Best Plans, Custody Modification Can be Necessary

While following the terms of your divorce decree or custody order, there may be bumps in the road, some more significant than others. Issues with conservatorship, possession of or access to the child can arise out of parents’ new relationships, job opportunities and military deployments. There are also times that child abuse, family violence and changes in financial circumstances make it necessary to file a custody modification case to set a new order for conservatorship or possession and access that is in the best interests of the child or children.

In a custody modification case, the party bringing suit must be able to establish a material and substantial change of circumstances, something more than the inconvenience of one parent not being able to make scheduled weekend pick-ups and drop-offs.

Every modification case is unique, and you should obtain proper legal advice to learn your rights and where you stand in bringing a modification suit. In Wichita Falls, Texas, Richard T. Sutherland advises and represents parents with custody and modification issues.

Job Change and Relocation Issues Affecting Custody Arrangements

When a parent has a new opportunity for career advancement, the new job can be beneficial for everyone in the family, including children whose needs become more expensive as they grow older and get closer to high school and their future beyond. At a crossroads, the new job opportunity may affect the parent’s current rights and duties regarding possession and access, regardless whether they are the primary parent with a right to determine the child’s residence.

The parent with possession and access on first, third and fifth weekends, for example, might need to travel further for pick-ups and drop-offs. But what happens when their new job is in South Carolina as opposed to Oklahoma, and transportation and distance are issues?

Listen to Richard T. Sutherland speak on relocation issues in a recent podcast, “Geographic Restrictions and Relocation.”

Grounds for Modification of Custody Orders in Texas

When the terms and conditions of conservatorship, possession of or access to a child are sought to be modified, and it would be in the best interests of the child, the court may modify that custody order. The circumstances of the child, a conservator or other party affected by the original order of the court have materially and substantially changed.

The facts that give rise to what the court may consider a material or substantial change are unique to every family and custody case. An experienced child custody lawyer can advise you as to whether your situation warrants a modification. Some factors that can affect your chances at obtaining a modification may be the age of the child, increased expenses because of change of residence, conviction for child abuse or family violence, military duty obligations and more.

In Wichita Falls, Texas, parents who need a custody modification may seek the advice and representation of child custody attorney Richard T. Sutherland, an experienced and frequent speaker on children’s issues and protecting their best interests. Call Richard T. Sutherland in Wichita Falls at (940) 691-2100 with your questions and custody modification issues.

Wichita Falls Divorce Lawyer Richard Sutherland Podcast Interviews

Wichita Falls Divorce Lawyer Richard Sutherland Podcast Interviews

Richard Sutherland’s Wichita Falls Family Law website contains several pages, articles and podcast interviews explaining answers to common questions about Texas divorce and family law. While the answer to many questions depend on specific situations, you can listen and learn the common issues involved in a Texas divorce or a case involving parent and child relationships. Call Richard Sutherland in Wichita Falls with specific questions or to schedule a consultation by dialing (940) 691-2100.

Wichita Falls Divorce Lawyer Richard Sutherland Podcast Interviews

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Welcome to The Wichita Falls Family Law Podcast

Meet Wichita Falls divorce attorney Richard Sutherland who explains Texas divorce and family law. Learn about the common issues a client might experience during a divorce or family law case involving children. Listen and learn the basics of child support and custody in addition to common concerns in divorce cases.

Child Support Calculations in Texas

Are you concerned about child support payments? Whether you are married and considering divorce or have a child with another to whom you are not married, you may listen to Richard Sutherland explain how child support is calculated in Texas and who may be obligated to make child support payments. Learn what to expect if you have a situation involving child support payments that are not being made or when it may be necessary to modify a child support obligation.

Texas Child Custody and Conservatorship

In Texas, the Family Code uses the term conservatorship, where most people think of custody. And when most people talk about visitation, the Texas term is possession and access. Listen and learn the differences among  and rights and duties of a joint managing conservator, a sole managing conservator, a possessory conservator and a non-parent conservator.

Geographic Restrictions and Relocation

Life happens, and people need to move from time to time. Your divorce judgment and custody arrangement may determine whether you may move freely, or you are limited by the court’s geographic restrictions. Listen to the podcast and learn why courts impose restrictions, why parents act the courts to life them and the factors involved when issues arise regarding geographic locations and children.

Premarital Agreements in Texas

You can make a contractual agreement with your future spouse to state what will happen if the marriage ends. While you can accomplish many goals with a properly written premarital agreement, there are some things you cannot change with a premarital agreement, such as an obligation to pay child support. In this podcast, you will learn the basics of what is required to form a valid premarital agreement, why people want them, and some common situations and issues involved.

Community and Separate Property

The differences between community property and separate property are the focus of this podcast in which Richard Sutherland explains why it matters whether property is considered community or separate. People often ask about the difference between property acquired by devise or descent, and as well how property is titled and whether it matters. Listen and learn how the Texas courts divide the community estate in a divorce and what other issues arise when determining who gets what in divorce.

Marital Debt and Liability in Texas

Are you considering divorce and worried about community debt? Are you worried about being liable for your spouse defaulting on the loan? Wichita Falls divorce lawyer Richard Sutherland explains the basics of sole management and control of community property as well as what happens a spouse or party to a divorce suit defaults on a financial obligation. Before you assume you are going to be ordered to pay the debts of the other, learn about marital debt and liability in Texas.

January divorce filings in Wichita Falls

 

January divorce filings are popular for several reasons. Many of the people filing for divorce this month knew that they were going to get a divorce well before the holidays.

While it might not be ideal driving to the homes of friends and family knowing you plan to divorce your spouse right after New Year’s, many people decide to make it past the holidays before they file in January. In some cases, spouses are on the fence and take a wait and see approach, and when things happen that justify suspicions and instinct, January may be an ideal time to file for divorce.

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January divorce filings are popular for several reasons:

  • January is a quiet month. Without holidays there is more time to gather information and work with a divorce attorney in identifying key objectives and issues in the divorce;
  • Children are back in school. As soon as kids go back to school, parents seeking divorce can concentrate without the disrupted schedule and routine often associated with the holidays;
  • Early divorce filers get earlier Temporary Orders hearings. Court calendars and early hearing dates fill up quickly when many people are filing new cases. When you file early, your chances are better that you can have your Temporary Orders hearing completed before spring.

Note that while many divorces are planned some time in advance, in other cases, unexpected events and occurrences can lead to a divorce people never saw coming.

January can be a stressful time for many trying to pay the credit cards and bills after overspending during the holidays. Financial distress is a common reason people divorce.

After the holidays people who were on their best behavior might sour after New Year’s. When the fights among couples are stirred back up after the holidays are over, it can be bad. In cases involving family violence those filing for divorce may have not been able to prepare for a divorce and can need extra help and support. Where one spouse lacks access to money, they may ask the court for an order of interim attorney’s fees, where the court can order one party to contribute to the attorney’s fees of another.

Please feel free to review several pages on our website dedicated to a variety of family law issues.

For information about Texas divorce and family law please call Attorney Richard T. Sutherland in Wichita Falls, Texas by dialing (940) 691-2100.

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