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Friday, August 25, 2017

Will I Receive Spousal Maintenance in My Texas Divorce?

When does a court order spousal maintenance?

A divorce can leave you in a difficult financial position.  Splitting apart a household often results in one partner having less income or assets.  While awarding alimony used to be the norm, Texas and other states across the nation have taken steps to limit the use of alimony in divorce.  Alimony is not awarded automatically, but Texas courts can issue an order for spousal support in certain cases.  Our Read more . . .

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Moving On From Your Divorce with Travel

Why are more divorcées electing to travel post-divorce?

Even when you know divorce is the best option for your family, it can be difficult moving past the divorce.  Divorce may leave you in a state of uncertainty and even mourning for the loss of your relationship.  For some people, moving on from a divorce will involve relocating to a new city or state, starting a new job, going back to school, or finding a different hobby.  For an increasing number of Americans, travel is just the way to start anew.  Our Read more . . .

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Most Common Reasons for Divorce

What leads couples to divorce in Texas?

The divorce rate in America is high, with between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce.  Couples on their second or third marriage have an even higher chance of divorce.  Withstanding the test of time is challenging for any marriage.  The following is a look at some of the top causes of

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

How Do I File for Divorce in Texas?

What are the steps for obtaining a divorce in Texas?

If you and your spouse have made the decision to file for divorce, you likely have many questions about the divorce process.  Filing for divorce is a complicated procedure that will have long term implications for your future.  You will want to ensure your divorce is completed with the assistance of an experienced Texas divorce lawyer who will protect your legal rights to the fullest extent.
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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 . . .

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