Texas legislators promise action on education for foster kids

State Representative Richard Pena Raymond of Laredo said when the legislative session begins in January 2017 the Texas legislature will seek to address the issue of aiding foster children in their struggles to get college degrees. Pena is the chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Health and Human Services committee, which oversees Child Protective Services.

Elaborating on how the system of education works, Raymond said, “We’ve come to recognize that if we have students interested in free tuition, it’s another thing to deal with the whole situation of how you’re gonna get there, how you’re gonna live, how you’ll pay for books. People forget that.” Texas is one of the 28 states that provides free college tuition to former foster children, along with other individuals who are eligible for the program. However, many individuals are unaware when they are eligible for the program.

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Appeals court finds a suit affecting parent-child relationship cannot be separated from the divorce suit

On Aug. 18, 2015, a trial court separated a divorce suit from the suit affecting the parent-child relationship at the request of the wife involved in the divorce proceeding. She claimed her request was due to her need to buy a house, telling the court that she could not proceed as long as the divorce was pending.

Under the Texas Family Code, if those involved with a divorce proceeding are parents of a child who is not under the continuing jurisdiction of another court, the divorce petition must have a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

The Dallas Court of Appeals understands that under the Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 41, a trial court has wide discretion in ruling on a motion to sever a suit affecting a parent-child relationship from a divorce suit. However, the appeals court found on Wednesday, April 6, that severing an SAPCR from the divorce suit negates provisions mandated by the family code, and thereby ruled that the severance was an abuse of indiscretion.

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