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July 2012 Archives

Commission Seeks Uniformity in Child Custody Laws for Military Families

Under Texas law, child custody determinations cannot be made solely on the gender of the parents. For example, mothers should not automatically get custody just because they are the mothers. However, when it comes to parents in the military - which is often the father - family courts throughout the nation are often biased against absent parents when making child custody determinations, even if their absence is the result of military deployment.

"Grey" Divorces on the Rise

Divorces among older couples - otherwise known as "grey" divorces are increasing at a dramatic rate. According to research done by Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin at Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family & Marriage Research Center, the divorce rate has doubled from 1990 to 2009 for American couples 50-years-old and older.

Texas Falls Behind Other States in Collecting Back Child Support

According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, child support payments had a monthly average of $430 in 2010. Texas alone collected more child support than any other state, however, when it comes to collecting delinquent child support payments, Texas falls behind many other states.