Texas Military Divorce Laws

Understanding Military Divorce in Texas If you are an active duty soldier in Texas or are married to someone in the armed forces, and you want to get a divorce, there are some special issues you must address. Protecting the Rights of Military Personnel A federal law, known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, allows a Texas court, at its discretion, to postpone a divorce proceeding for … [Read more...]

Making Your Divorce Less Difficult for Your Children

Steps You Can Take to Minimize the Impact of a Divorce on Your Children Divorce is hard on kids, no matter what you do. Their sense of stability and security can be greatly reduced. While you wouldn’t do things to intentionally cause them additional suffering, there are some basic things you can do to make life easier for them during and after the transition. Avoid Potential Conflict Whenever your … [Read more...]

Can Documents Produced in Mediation Be Used in Litigation?

The Mediation Confidentiality Privilege: How Broad Is It? When you seek to resolve a dispute through mediation, one of the reassurances you will often receive from counsel is that “all mediation communications and documents are privileged.” On its face, this seems to indicate that any documents produced for purposes of the mediation may not be subject to disclosure in subsequent litigation. But … [Read more...]

Getting Temporary Support before Your Divorce is Final

Getting Child Support while Your Divorce is Pending Divorce proceedings, like any other type of legal action, can take months or years to make it through the process. If you are a custodial parent, you can’t wait that long for a judge to order your ex to pay child support. Fortunately, in Texas, as in other states, you can petition the court for an order of temporary support while custody, … [Read more...]

The Financial Cost of Venting to Your Divorce Attorney

Keeping Your Focus in a Divorce—Don’t Spend Needless Dollars Venting As a general rule, divorce lawyers only get paid one way—for the time they spend to complete your divorce. Some attorneys may charge a flat fee, but even those lawyers will draw the line if you continue to take up their time. When you are in the middle of a divorce, you can feel angry about a lot of things, and your attorney can … [Read more...]

Important Questions to Ask about Whether You Want the House in a Divorce

Knowing Why You Want the House in a Divorce Though divorce can sometimes feel like war, it’s not supposed to be a competition, with a winner and a loser. Unfortunately, many parties treat it that way, particularly with respect to property. The perception is often that the party who takes home the most property is the winner, and that award customarily goes to the person who keeps the marital … [Read more...]

Managing Your Emotions During a Divorce Proceeding

Keeping Your Emotions from Derailing You during a Divorce Divorce has been called “the living death.” You have many of the consequences you would have had, had your spouse passed away. But they’re not gone. In fact, for many, you have regular contact with them, as you shuttle minor children back and forth between custodial and non-custodial parents. The emotions that you experience during a … [Read more...]

Should I Remarry My Ex?

Should ex-spouses ever remarry once they’ve divorced? Says one ex-spouse, “There’s a reason why they’re your ex. Put them where they belong — in the rearview mirror. Move forward and leave the past behind.” On the other hand, it depends on why you divorced in the first place and why you are considering remarrying. If you believe that your spouse has magically changed and that things will somehow … [Read more...]

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...]

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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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