Hidden Assets — Is It Really Possible to Find Them in Divorce?

All too often during a divorce, one of the spouses is not playing it straight when it comes to assets. They stash cash in the hopes of keeping it from their soon-to-be ex. They lie, they cheat and they don’t want their schemes to be revealed. However, there are ways to search for and find hidden assets. First, there is such a thing as a forensic accountant. These are individuals whose profession … [Read more...]

Fighting Over Custody of Our Dog

Dogs are the animals that people fight over most when going through a divorce. In fact, some 88 percent of custody battles involving pets are over dogs, according to a recent survey of lawyers from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Ruff! Some states allow pet custody disputes, while others do not recognize the legal standing of pets. This means that in those latter states, … [Read more...]

Animal Custody — an Emerging Area of Family Law

People who live with dogs, cats, birds and other nonhumans consider those animals part of the family. They often even consider their animal as their child. So who gets to keep the family pet when a couple divorces, and how do you come to a fair decision on this critical issue? According to a recent American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey, some 27 percent of attorneys have seen the number … [Read more...]

Setting Yourself Up For Success After Divorce

It’s been said that how you separate and divorce is how you move into the next phase of your life. So, what’s in the way of your experiencing success in your personal and professional life after your divorce? Many times, a divorce can shake the very foundation of a person’s life. Many people are drained, physically, emotionally and spiritually, after a breakup. You need to rebuild. You need to … [Read more...]

The Impact of Allegations of Domestic Violence in a Texas Divorce Case

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse and finally decided to get out of your marriage, you may have legitimate concerns about the potential for further abuse, or even the physical abuse of your children. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for a spouse to make unfounded allegations of domestic violence in an attempt to obtain an advantage in divorce proceedings. This blog post provides … [Read more...]

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Texas

If you haven’t been able to get along in your marriage, it may seem unlikely that you will be able to work together to end your marriage. There can, however, be significant advantages, if you can find a way to resolve your differences amicably. This blog post looks at the advantages and disadvantages of contested and uncontested divorce proceedings in Texas. At the office of Len Conner & … [Read more...]

Collaborative Divorce in Texas: An Overview

Understanding the Collaborative Divorce Process in Texas Your marriage may be over, but you may have many reasons to try to resolve your differences amicably. A cooperative effort can save both of you a lot of money. If you have minor children, you can minimize the trauma they experience by working together to move forward, and your children can avoid having to take sides. In recent years, the … [Read more...]

The Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

There are a number of situations in Texas where it becomes necessary to terminate the rights of a biological parent. You may be a stepparent seeking to adopt the children of a new spouse—to do so, you must terminate the non-custodial parents rights. There may be evidence of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. At Len Conner & Associates, P.C., we understand the process for obtaining a … [Read more...]

Texas Child Custody Issues: Relocating to Another State

Parental Relocation after Divorce in Texas In Texas, there is a presumption that both parents will share a “joint managing conservatorship” of minor children after a divorce. While the children will typically spend more time with one parent, parents may agree that neither parent is primary. In such a situation, the parents will not designate a specific residence for the child, but will agree that … [Read more...]

The New Face of Child Custody and Visitation in Texas

Managing Conservatorships and Possession Replace Custody and Visitation In an effort to transform the emphasis in divorce proceedings involving children, the Texas Family Law Code has adopted new language to describe which parent will determine where a minor child lives, as well as how both parents will work together in the best interests of minor children. The old concept of “custody,” which many … [Read more...]

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Does Texas Recognize Legal Separation?

You may be having marital challenges, and feel like you need some time apart, but you're not ready to call it quits. Maybe you've heard of the concept of legal separation, but you don't know what it means and how it differs from divorce. Unfortunately, unlike most other states, Texas does not recognize

The Community Property Laws in Texas

One of the most challenging tasks you face during the divorce process is dividing the assets and debts accumulated or incurred during the marriage. In many states, which follow the principle of "equitable distribution," the court has to try to make a determination of what's "fair," often taking into a

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