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Many times after a divorce or child custody order is finalized, a party is so relieved to have the whole process over with that the person fails to recognize that the decree or child custody order places certain notice requirements on them.
For example, Texas law requires that certain notices be placed in any child custody order. Under Texas Family Code 105.06, the each parent is required to notify the other parent, the court, and the state case registry, of any change in address, telephone number, or employer information. This notice can be done simply by mailing a letter to the court clerk and the other party (with proof), but often times parties don’t even realize the requirement is there.
Parents are also required to notify the other party anytime certain medical emergencies come up involving the child. There also is normally a requirement that the parent providing the health insurance provide the other parent with a health insurance card and policy information within a certain time frame.
Notices in a divorce decree typically include a requirement that a spouse provide financial documentation related to the marriage to the other spouse in certain tax situations.
These are just some of the notices that are included in a divorce decree or child custody order. Be sure to go over your all provisions of your divorce decree or custody order with your attorney so that you are aware of exactly what is required of you going forward.
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