Is a divorce more complicated when there are children involved?
Yes. There are many facets of a divorce that need to be settled with regard to children. Custody, visitation, and child support must be specifically outlined. Three forms that are generally always required are the Health Insurance Information Form, Medical Support Order, and the Employer’s Withholding Order. There may be others. Also, parents are required to attend a 4-hour Co-Parenting class.
What is an illegitimate child?
Basically this means a child born to people not married to each other. In the case of a divorce proceeding, this means any child born during the marriage to a man other than the husband. If there is an illegitimate child in the marriage, the paternity of that child must be legally established before the divorce can be finalized.
What is paternity?
The formal and legal determination of a child’s biological parents. In some cases, this may require DNA testing. For divorce actions involving an illegitimate child, paternity must be established before the divorce can be final.
How is paternity established?
If all parties (biological mother, biological father, and husband to biological mother) agree, then an affidavit can be signed at the Bell County, County Clerk’s Office. Contact 254-933-5165 for more information. If the parties disagree or require proof, contact the Office of the Attorney General to establish a paternity suit that may require DNA testing. Contact the Office of the Attorney General at 1-866-255-2006 or on the web at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
Where can I find a Co-Parenting class?
ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS. There are multiple options through the internet. Whichever option is selected, it is important that it meets the four hour minimum requirement and provide a certificate of completion.
FORT HOOD CLASS OFFERING CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE. Fort Hood offers a class for military service members and their spouses. The classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and is free of charge. Classes run from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Family Life Chaplain Training Center, Building 328. Contact 254-288-1913 to enroll.