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Houston Divorce and Family Law Firm Busby & Associates Report Recent Changes to the Texas Family Code

From Child Support Cap to Conservatorship, the Firm Highlights Changes Impacting Divorce Cases

For Immediate Release

HOUSTON (September 20, 2007) -In keeping with their mission to keep clients and consumers alike informed of changes in the law that could impact their decisions, Houston divorce and family law firm, Busby & Associates, is reporting changes in the Texas Family Code.

Effective September 1, 2007 the Texas Family Code adapted a number of new changes. Among the most significant include:

Under the Standard Possession Order, the exchange date during the Christmas holidays has changed from December 26 to December 28. This is because school districts are generally changing their Christmas holiday periods so that the start date of those periods is moved closer to Christmas Day, which inadvertently reduces the amount of time parents having possession of their children during the first half of the Christmas holidays actually have to spend with them.

Temporary orders do not require a temporary parenting plan. Also, submission of parenting plans is no longer required before final hearing. However, under the new language, a parenting plan may be submitted before final hearing.

The child support cap has been increased from $6,000 (in net resources) per month to $7,500 (in net resources) per month. Also, the cap will be adjusted every six years to reflect inflation.

The child support obligation terminates on the date on which the child begins active service after enlistment in the armed forces. Additionally, the death of an obligor is no longer an event of termination of child support.

Where the parent-child relationship between the child and every living parent has been terminated, an adult sibling of the child, a grandparent of the child, an aunt who is a sister of a parent of the child, or an uncle who is a brother of a parent of the child has standing to file suit for modification requesting managing conservatorship. This is provided that the suit is filed no later than the 90th day after the date the parent-child relationship between the child and the parent is terminated in a suit filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Busby & Associates is a full-service family law firm which works on adoptions, Attorney General and child support cases, CPS cases, contempt actions, military divorces, modifications of visitation and custody orders, motions to terminate wage orders, paternity cases, and protective/temporary restraining orders. To learn more about Busby & Associates , visit www.busby-lee.com. Or call, (866) 912-9382.

Contact: Michael G. Busby, Jr.
Busby & Associates, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, P.C.

6100 Corporate Drive Suite 190
Houston, Texas 77036
Tel: (713) 974-1151
Fax: (713) 974-1181
E-mail: [email protected]

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