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August 2015 Archives

Do domestic homicide perpetrators share common traits?

There are few things in this world more tragic than family violence homicides. One would hope such incidents would never happen, but sadly, there are plenty of individuals here in Texas and in the United States who have lost their lives at the hands of a partner or family member. One statistic that illustrates this is that it is estimated that homicides in which a woman is killed by her male partner or ex-partner make up one-third of all homicides against women in the United States.

Gender trends regarding breakups differ between marriages and non-marital relationships

In heterosexual relationships, is one gender more likely than the other to initiate a breakup? A recent study indicates that the answer to this question may depend on whether or not the couple is married.

Child support and putting kids in a position to succeed at school

The school year will soon be starting here in Texas. Thus, many Texas parents are getting ready to send their kids back to the classroom and hoping that their children will have a good year. Parents generally have a strong hope that their children will get a great education and will succeed at school. Many things can potentially impact how a child does in school. For children of divorced/separated parents, one such thing is whether they are getting the financial support of child support.

Deadline set for same-sex partner birth and death certificates

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, many new legal rights opened up for same-sex couples here in Texas relatively quickly. However, some things were left somewhat unclear. One is what rights and abilities individuals who were in a same-sex relationship will have regarding the amending of their partner's death certificate in the wake of the decision. Another, as we discussed in a post last month, is what rights and abilities same-sex couples will have when it comes to birth certificates. It appears things here in Texas are now moving towards there being more clarity when it comes to these two issues

Can Texas' Attorney General handle child support matters?

The Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division provides many services to parents in relation to their children, free of charge. Depending on each specific circumstance it is possible that the entity could provide services such as establishing paternity or locating a parent who is absent. In addition, it can assist with establishing and enforcing child support and medical support orders. I also adjusts child support payments and collects and distributes them.

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