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”?
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 you should know about. Income Qualification … [Read more...] about Key Differences Between Chapter 7 and 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 counties … [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 law can settle family legal issues such as divorce without the need to go to court. Here is an … [Read more...] about Why Collaborative Law 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?
The court cannot enforce child support without an enforceable court order. However, if there is a properly drafted court order that contains a child support obligation, then that child support obligation can be enforced. (It is imperative that the obligee seek competent legal counsel to ensure a proper child support obligation is established in the court order.) Basically, the obligee files a … [Read more...] about What happens if the obligor doesn’t pay child support?
Texas favors a strong public policy based on the expectation that parents must share the financial responsibility for raising their children. Child support is critically important to the future of the child. Simply, child support is the amount of money that one parent is ordered to pay to the other parent (or in some instances, a non-parent conservator) to help support the ch The amount of … [Read more...] about What are the nuts and bolts of child support in Texas?
Each year, there are approximately 1.5 million children adopted in the United States. Just as no two families are quite the same, adoptions vary greatly on the personal, legal, financial and emotional levels. There are many people who are interested in adopting. However, it can get a bit tricky legally. Before contacting an attorney, learn about these five types of adoption. Agency … [Read more...] about 5 Types of Adoption