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Many people going through a divorce or child custody situation in which child support is involved think that the support amount is determined by the courts through a formula, and that both parties have no choice but to accept the outcome. However, this is only half true.   Depending on your state, there likely is a specific worksheet that the courts use to determine the initial child support obligation. Influencing factors include: how much both parents have been making, including any bonuses or overtime pay; health insurance costs, out-of-pocket medical expenses, any childcare expenses; and who gets the federal tax exemption. Once...

Going through a divorce is hard, and the myths swirling around the process make it even harder. Misconceptions are often spread by well-meaning friends and family that are trying to help but end up doing just the opposite. If you're considering divorce, it's important to separate fact from fiction so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Here are five common misconceptions about divorce. 1. Half of All Marriages End in Divorce Half of all marriages end in divorce is a statistic that hasn't been true for decades. Divorce rates hit their peak in the 1970s and 1980s and...

Heather Tessmer, attorney and owner of Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC, San Antonio, Texas, has been selected for the fourth consecutive year as a Texas Super Lawyer. This is a prestigious and highly sought-after honor. According to SuperLawyers.com, attorneys cannot nominate themselves or campaign for this award. The Super Lawyers organization seeks peer surveys and nominations, third party feedback, and do their own research, among other research criteria. The top 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas are selected. Congratulations, Heather!   Your Tessmer Law Firm family is very proud of your accomplishment!...

If you're facing a divorce, you already know you'll have to speak with a lawyer to determine your custody arrangements and alimony payments, but what about dividing your assets? While you might think that division of assets is a fairly simple process, the truth is that things can quickly become complicated if you live in a communal property state. This is because in a communal property state, everything you and your spouse own is considered joint property. If you have a boat, a car, or even a business, this may be considered to be shared property. If you're new to...

On November 30th, Heather and some of the Tessmer Law Firm family attended the graduation ceremony for the 2017 LEAD Academy's inaugural class.  Tessmer Law Firm's associate attorney, Ms. Christine Rudy was among the honored graduates in attendance.  LEAD's website says, "The LEAD Academy is a year-long leadership-development program born out of a desire to assist women attorneys in attaining the highest level of success in their firms and organizations, in their communities, and in the legal profession."   Congratulations, Christine!...

Heather appeared in the Sep/Oct 2017 edition of San Antonio Woman, along with financial advisor, Diane Moore, and divorce coach, Robin Brown.  They have teamed up for a 4-hour workshop called “Divorce Workshop for Women,” which provides a roadmap to navigate the divorce process and make everything go as smoothly as possible when a woman is faced with this situation.  This quarterly workshop is held around San Antonio area locations....

  Heather Clement Tessmer Selected in 2017 Thomson Reuters    Heather was selected as a “Super Lawyer 2017” for excellence in practice. This annual list of top attorneys is sponsored by SuperLawyers.com and is bestowed on attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  ...

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Troxel v. Granville, a case involving the visitation rights of grandparents. Troxel held that a parent has a fundamental right to decide who has access to a child. It was found that a parent who is “fit” is presumed to make decisions – including the decision to prevent a grandparent from contacting a child - that serves the child’s best interest. This “fit parent” presumption can be rebutted if the grandparent shows, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the parent was not fit or that denial of access by...

Typically, parents who are divorcing in Texas are appointed as Joint Managing Conservators of the children.  This means that both parents have specific rights and duties when it comes to the children.  These rights and duties include:   • physical possession of the child, • directing the moral and religious training • designating the primary residence, • consenting to medical, dental, and psychological treatment, • receiving child support, • consenting to marriage or joining the armed forces, • education decisions, and many more.   Joint Managing Conservators are also awarded possession and access schedules.  The most common is the Standard Possession Order where the non-primary parent has the children on...