How Do You Modify a Court Order? You may be able to modify a final or temporary court order that provides for the conservatorship, support, or possession of or and access to a child if you meet certain requirements set forth in the Texas Family Code. It is important to know that in Texas, the overriding principle used in all cases involving children is a “best interests” standard. First, your … [Read more...] about Help! I Don’t Like My Court Order!
“I don’t want to do formal discovery – it’s a waste of time and you just want to charge attorney’s fees!” I’ve sometimes heard this statement, and I always say the same thing: “No, it’s not a waste of time, and discovery actually can protect you (unless you are trying to hide something).” Discovery in Texas is conducted according to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, which states, in part: … [Read more...] about Is Formal Discovery a Waste of Time in a Divorce?
How Different Mental Disorders Can Impact the Divorce Process Many times we hear that a person’s spouse is a narcissist, psychopath, sociopath, etc. As lawyers, we certainly cannot assess or diagnose your spouse to determine if they have any mental disorders, but we do have resources available to assist you from disengaging from difficult people throughout the legal process. If litigation is … [Read more...] about Help! I’m Divorcing a Psycho!
Should you have a divorce plan just in case? While not many people plan for a marriage to end in divorce, there might come a time where you feel the need to be prepared in case you end up as a party to a dissolution of marriage proceeding. Preparation is key! For example, we see a lot of clients who have allowed his or her spouse to solely control the finances - while this is common, what you … [Read more...] about Do I need a “Divorce Plan”?
Key Differences Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Spending time learning the differences between Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 is an important step if you want to file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy offers a way to restructure or eliminate debts you have, but one branch is typically better than the other. The branch that is better for you depends on your situation. Here are the key differences … [Read more...] about Bankruptcy Law 101: Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13
Have you ever thought about providing a child with a “forever home”? Have you ever thought about becoming a licensed foster parent? One of our favorite days at the courthouse is National Adoption Day! In Tarrant county, this special day happens each year in November, around Thanksgiving. Most counties across the United States have some form of National Adoption Day celebration. Certain … [Read more...] about Forever Home
A divorce can be very difficult on children (adults, too!) Depending on the age of the child, he or she may have difficulty processing and explaining the various emotions they are undoubtedly experiencing. An experienced mental health professional can be an enormous help to your child. If you already have court orders in place – whether temporary orders or a final order- be sure to consult … [Read more...] about The divorce is so hard on my children- should they see a therapist?
The holidays are usually a joyous time of year, but for children who split time between each parent’s home, the holidays can sometimes bring on a touch of anxiety. The following are a few tips we’d like to share for a stress-free holiday season: First and foremost, READ your order carefully. After you read your order, make sure you understand and follow your order. This may seem like simple … [Read more...] about Tips and Reminders for Successful Co-Parenting for the Holidays
Ending a marital relationship is rarely a pleasant experience. Many people envision a divorce as one of the worst things they could be forced to endure. Splitting up property, agreeing to child custody and other aspects of ending a marriage can be traumatic. However, there is a simpler way. Collaborative Divorce can settle family legal issues such as divorce without the need to go to court. Here … [Read more...] about Why Collaborative Divorce Can Be Better Than Traditional Divorce
I have been living with my partner for years…how can I best protect against common law marriage claims? While the State of Texas recognizes informal, or common law, marriage, certain requirements must be met before the court can make a finding that an informal marriage exists. Living together, or cohabitating, is one of the required elements that must be proven to substantiate such a … [Read more...] about How can I best protect against common law marriage claims?