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How the upcoming changes to the Texas Family Code affects you

| Dec 29, 2015 | Divorce

While it may seem like the law is a dependable constant, the truth is that the Texas code changes on a regular basis as laws are added, removed and altered to reflect the changing times. Whether you are in the middle of a divorce or are thinking about separating from your spouse in the future, it’s important to stay on top of the changes and what they could mean for you.

One of the biggest changes is the addition of specific prohibitions against using electronic means to harass or threaten a spouse or destroying or damaging your spouse’s electronic devices or communications therein. While this may seem like common sense, technology has progressed much faster than the laws, and this was previously a gray area for the courts.

Another significant change to be aware of pertains to the subject of family violence. From now on, the courts will have a “legal presumption” of family violence in cases where the accused party has had a previous deferred adjudication or conviction on charges of family violence. This could significantly impact those on both sides of these situations.

Those divorcing after August 2018 will also have to deal with new guidelines for how the courts appoint a child custody evaluator and some changes to how insurance is ordered for minor children part of custody proceedings. If you have questions about how any of these changes may impact your divorce proceedings, talking with a family law attorney can help you better understand how the current and anticipated laws will apply to your situation.

Source: Chron, “Texas Family Code sees changes in 2015,” Dec. 16, 2015

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