The Collaborative Divorce Process in Texas

If your marriage is over, but you want to end things amicably, or if you need to maintain a positive relationship with your ex for the benefit of your minor children, the traditional divorce process may not be the best way to go. Instead, you may want to consider the collaborative approach to divorce. Here's how it works. In the collaborative approach, you and your former spouse each hire your … [Read more...]

Determining the Best Interests of the Child

In Texas, when you have filed for a divorce and there are minor children in the home, decisions will have be made regarding managing conservatorship (formerly custody) and access (formerly visitation). Under state law, the standard used to make those decisions is the "best interests of the child," an approach that promotes the mental, physical and emotional needs of the minor. Though the courts … [Read more...]

Protecting Yourself in a Military Divorce

Protecting Yourself in a Military Divorce The divorce process can be a challenge for anyone, but when one or both of the parties are on active duty with a branch of the armed forces of the United States, there are a number of land mines just waiting for you. Here are some of the issues you need to address.Choosing the Best Place to File for Divorce In Texas, as in most states, there are … [Read more...]

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 legal separation. If you live separately for a period of time, that can be grounds for an … [Read more...]

The Grounds for Divorce in Texas

Though efforts have been made in recent months to eliminate the no-fault option for divorce in Texas, you can still seek to dissolve your marriage without stating specific grounds. However, there can be benefits to assessing fault in a divorce, particularly when it comes to custody, visitation and spousal support. Here are the causes that may legally be stated for the dissolution of a marriage in … [Read more...]

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 consideration a wide range of factors, including how long the parties were married, the age and … [Read more...]

Protecting Yourself from a Violent Spouse or Ex

The statistics are sobering, three women are killed every day somewhere in the United States by a current or former spouse. More than 1,500 women killed in 2011 by men they knew and almost five million subjected to physical violence every year. While it's far and away typically a woman who is the victim—85% of reported cases of domestic abuse are from women who have been hurt—statistics also show … [Read more...]

Study Indicates Dramatic Drop in Marriage Rate

A recent study shows the continuation and acceleration of a trend observers have noticed for approximately half a century—fewer and fewer Americans, at least those under the age of 30, are opting to get married. The data, gathered by Pew Research, indicates that among men and women under the age of 30, about one in five are now married. Just 50 years ago, that statistic was two and a half its … [Read more...]

Study Shows that March is “Divorce Month”

According to a study conducted by FindLaw.com, nearly half of all divorce complaints are filed in the first three months of the year, and the bulk of those are filed in March. The analysis showed a spike in traffic to divorce-related websites in January, with the peak in March. While many attorneys agree with the findings, they say that the specific reasons are not clear, but likely have to do … [Read more...]

Practical Tips for Recently Divorced Dads

Moving Forward—Practical Tips for Divorced DadsSo your marriage has ended and you're a dad with visitation of a small child. It can be easy to sink into depression, anxiety or shame. Here are some ways that you can keep your sanity, develop a good relationship with your children, and keep yourself moving in the right direction.Take the Opportunity to Improve Your Financial Situation If you … [Read more...]

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The Keys to a Successful Stepparent Adoption in Texas

When you've been through a divorce with minor children and you've remarried, there can be a lot of benefits to having your new spouse legally adopt your children. It can allow your new spouse to obtain job-related benefits for your child and can allow your new spouse to make medical, educational and other

Interstate Visitation – Creating a Plan that Works

It's a fairly typical situation in 21st century America—in the aftermath of a divorce, one of the parties relocates to another state, either for a job, to be close to family or simply for a fresh start. If there are minor children involved, though, there can be limitations on moving, particularly for

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