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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tips to Negotiate a Strong Divorce Settlement


Do I need a divorce attorney to negotiate a divorce settlement?

Negotiating a divorce settlement can save you and your spouse time and money, but negotiations are complex.  Negotiations can become particularly heated when they involve two people who must reach such a monumental decision as the division of their marriage.  Reaching a strong divorce settlement will take skill and the assistance of a strong divorce lawyer.  Our Read more . . .


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Adultery and Divorce in Texas


How might adultery impact a divorce in Texas?

Adultery is a leading cause of divorce across the nation.  If you are going through a divorce due to adultery, you are likely wondering whether the existence of adultery will alter your legal rights.  Our Austin, Texas divorce lawyers discuss how adultery impacts divorce in Texas and what you should do if your spouse has had an affair that led to the divorce.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Modifying Your Divorce Decree


Can I change a provision in my divorce after it is final?

After your divorce is finalized, you might find it necessary to modify one of the stipulations within the divorce, such as child custody, child support, or property settlement.  Changing provisions within your divorce once it is final can be challenging.  Your Texas divorce attorney can guide you through the process of filing the necessary motions and providing the needed evidence to support your petition to amend your divorce.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Seeking Child Support in Texas


How much could I receive in child support?

Child support can be critically important for the financial well-being of a minor child, but attempting to establish and collect child support can be a difficult and frustrating process.  Child support is partially determined by Texas state guidelines, but can also be influenced by numerous factors relating to the best interests of the child.  Any parent who believes they may be eligible to receive child support from the child’s non-custodial parent should contact an experienced Texas child support lawyer who can assist them in the child support process.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Who Will Keep the Family Pet in my Texas Divorce?


How do courts determine who will keep the family pet after a divorce in Texas?

Pets are an important part of the family for many households across Texas.  If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, one of your main concerns may be who will get to keep the family pet.  While many couples call their pet their “baby,” in the eyes of the law, pets are not given the same regard as children.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Texas Courts Refuse to Recognize Cynthia Sinatra as Common-Law Wife of Frank Sinatra, Jr.


Is common-law marriage legal in Texas?

A Texas Supreme Court order recently ended Cynthia Sinatra’s legal quest to be recognized as the common-law wife of Frank Sinatra, Jr.  Cynthia, a Texas attorney, wed the son of the famous singer Frank Sinatra in 1998.  The marriage ended in divorce after two and a half years, but the couple’s relationship continued.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seeking Visitation With Your Grandchild


Can I get visitation with my grandchild in Texas?

Grandparents often play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, nurturing and guiding the next generation.  While most grandparents are able to visit their grandchildren on a regular basis with the support of the parents, at times divorce, the death of one parent, drug issues, or other serious factors can splinter a family.  Grandparents who are not permitted to spend time with their grandchildren may attempt to seek visitation.  Read more . . .


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Benefits of Mediating Your Texas Divorce


Could mediation benefit my divorce case?

Obtaining a divorce can be a lengthy, costly, and contentious process.  When most people think of divorce, they automatically conjure images of a courtroom and judge.  However, in Texas, most divorcing spouses will be required to go through mediation before their divorce case can proceed to trial.   During the mediation process, trained third party mediators will work with you and your soon to be ex-spouse to come to a mutual understanding about property division, child custody, alimony, and more.  Spouses that can reach a final settlement could avoid trial altogether.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Texas Fathers Fight for Equal Custody Rights


How is child custody determined in Texas?

A group of Texas fathers are fighting to get a law passed that would allow for equal custody for both parents during a divorce.  Texas House Bill 453 is authored by State Representative James White.  It states that the court shall enter a child custody agreement that divides the time equally between parents after divorce.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Ending Your Marriage Amicably with a Collaborative Divorce


What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?

A new way to divorce has garnered much support in recent years.  Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to the traditional adversarial divorce process.  During a collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented by his or her own Austin collaborative divorce lawyer and the parties make a decision to work together towards resolution of the divorce without going to court.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Texas Lawmaker Moves to Eliminate No-Fault Divorce


What is a no-fault divorce?

State Representative Matt Krause wants to strengthen marriages in Texas.  To accomplish this goal, Krause has moved to make it harder for spouses to divorce by eliminating no-fault divorce in the state.  Krause recently filed House Bill 93, which would repeal insupportability as a grounds for divorce and require a fault-based reason for approval of your divorce.  If adopted, the measure could have significant effects on divorce law as we know it in Texas.

No-Fault Divorce in Texas

No-fault divorce laws were first adopted in the 1970’s as a way of allowing couples to divorce more easily and without need to prove fault on the part of one spouse.


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