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...]

Relocation After Divorce – Your Rights When a Minor Child Is Involved

Relocating when you are subject to a child custody or visitation agreement has always been complex. Since the economy turned downward several years ago, many parents have faced a new urgency; the need to move for a job opportunity in another part of Texas or the U.S. Regardless of the reason for your need to relocate with your minor child following a divorce or paternity dispute, count on the … [Read more...]

Texas Divorce and Members of the Military

Things to Consider as a Member of the Armed Forces Members of the armed forces and their spouses know that, as enlisted individuals, military members often face unique challenges. It frequently comes as a surprise to learn, though, that military members and their families can face unique challenges during divorce proceedings. For instance: Unique rules and laws govern the division of military … [Read more...]

Divorce Decrees – Can They Be Changed?

Answering Your Family Law Legal Questions in Irving, Texas When you divorce, the courts prepare a divorce decree. The divorce decree sets forth the terms and conditions for your divorce, and may involve issues such as: Spousal support Child support Child custody Visitation Property division Terms set out when a divorce decree is created are usually intended to work in the short, medium and … [Read more...]

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Children are innocents when it comes to divorce. For the most part, children would never choose for their parents to be separated or divorced. Texas family law courts recognize this. Judges make decisions about custody that are in the best interests of any minor children. Unfortunately, custody laws cannot prevent one parent from choosing to alienate or try to destroy the bond that the other … [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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