Attorney Ed Sherman, author of How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas, has released the 2015 update of his book. Sherman updated the book based on new legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature this fall. The Texas Legislature meets every other year, on the odd-numbered years, so Sherman has published new editions of his Texas divorce book on those years, ever since he released the first edition 28 years ago.
One of the major changes in the 15th edition of How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas is a new form that is now required for all cases involving children: The Dental Support Order. This is something new that Texas law makers added, in addition to the already existing Medical Support Order, as part of child support.
The new Dental Support Order form requires divorcing parents to select options regarding the following:
- availability of dental insurance
- orders to be made by the judge in the divorce case, regarding dental care coverage for the children
- who will provide the required dental insurance
- who will pay for the dental insurance
- how the dental insurance is to be paid for
- what kind of dental insurance will be provided for the children
- how to handle uninsured dental care expenses
- how to handle dental insurance claims
The addition of this one new form required changes to several other forms, including the Petition, Decree, Child Support Order, and Standard Possession Order. Sherman revised all these forms in the new edition of How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas. These new forms are good as of September 2015, and all earlier versions of the forms are now obsolete, and should no longer be used.
The new book, which is valid from September 2015 through August 2017, includes instructions on how to fill out and file your forms, along with the forms in both paper and electronic format on the CD that comes with the book.
The book is an essential guide to anyone getting divorced in Texas, and is a complete kit for an uncontested divorce. This means that divorcing couples who are willing to cooperate and agree on all issues can do their own divorce using the book. But even people who want or have to work with an attorney will do well to read the book first, as it clearly explains the process you go through to get divorced in Texas. The more you know about divorce before seeing an attorney, the less you will pay in legal fees.
For more information on the 15th edition, please visit How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas 2015 – 2017.