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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Annulling Your Marriage in Texas


Am I eligible for an annulment under Texas law?

Obtaining an annulment is a complicated process in Texas, but there are several advantages of seeking an annulment rather than a divorce.  An annulment is a legal proceeding by which a marriage is declared “void.”  While a divorce ends a previously valid marriage, an annulment ends a marriage that should never have been valid.  Many people who seek an annulment are not actually eligible for one, so review the grounds for an annulment carefully and obtain the assistance of an


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Protect Yourself With a Prenuptial Agreements


How important is a pre-marital agreement in Texas?

Planning for your wedding day is a joyous occasion, but in the midst of romance all couples should consider whether a prenuptial or pre-marital agreement may be wise to protect their financial interests.  While all of us plan and hope that our marriage will last forever, the reality is that many marriages do eventually end in divorce.  By including prenuptial planning in your wedding planning, you and your future spouse can protect your finances and ward against potential disagreements in the future. 

Prenuptial Agreements in Texas Defined

The Texas Family Code allows prospective spouses to enter into a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage.  Prenuptial agreements are all unique, but generally they will govern the division of property in the event of divorce, as well as the rights and obligations of spouses regarding separate and marital property.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Federal Taxes and Your Divorce


What tax issues should I consider if I am divorcing my spouse?

Taxes may not be the first thing on your mind if you are planning a divorce, but it is important that you understand the potential federal tax implications you may face in a divorce.  Divorce involves the division of property, child custody arrangements, and potentially alimony or child support.  All of these divorce components can have tax implications.  For personalized assistance with your divorce and help minimizing your tax obligations post-divorce, contact an Read more . . .


Monday, November 28, 2016

Texas Couple Brings Fight for Grandparent’s Rights to State Capitol


What are my rights as a grandparent to care for my grandchild?

A San Antonio couple is pushing to change Texas’ laws on grandparents’ rights following the death of their two-year-old great-granddaughter.  Raymond and Linda Bryant lost their great granddaughter K’Lanie Reyes in August of this year.  Officials report that she died due to blunt force trauma while with a caregiver.  

Raymond and Linda Bryant were given temporary custody of their great-granddaughter for nine months in 2015.  She was ultimately returned to the care of her parents.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3 Reasons to Keep Divorce Details Confidential


Earlier this month, a once under-the-radar divorce suddenly turned public, with nearly a half billion dollars at stake. The situation, which involved one unfindable Bahrainian spouse, began with a default divorce ruling awarding the U.S.-based wife $400 million after her husband failed to appear or respond to proceedings. Kept strictly confidential, the order was set to take effect after a certain period of time due to the husband’s unknown whereabouts.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Texas Set to Submit Plans for Major Child Welfare Overhaul


The Texas child welfare system has garnered quite a bit of publicity in recent years – and not for good reason. The system, which was grossly overworked and understaffed, is blamed for growing rates of abuse as workers are unable to promptly respond to the influx of hotline reports involving these allegations. As a result, federal oversight was mandated and a mandatory reform ordered – which will all take some time to sort out. In the immediate present, experts have put together a plan for reform, which tackles the major areas of concern that led U.S.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Half-Billion Dollar Divorce Goes Public Amidst Claims of Deceit


How can I keep my divorce out of the public eye?

Two years ago, a Galveston, Texas judge issued a final ruling in the divorce of Winnie Alwazzan and Isa Alwazzan.  Winnie was awarded over $400 million as part of the divorce decree, and the case stayed well away from the public light.  In fact, few had ever heard about the half billion-dollar divorce until now.  Recently, Isa and his legal team filed to have the divorce overturned on the grounds of fraudulent legal practices.  That motion was granted, and Winnie and Isa are once again married.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Divorce Happens


Q:  Is divorce bad for your health?

Despite all your hopes and dreams for an eternal union at that magical moment when you exchanged your vows, many couples come to realize that life is not a fairy tale, and happily-ever-after is more the exception than the norm these days. Divorce attorneys can attest that after the rice and confetti is swept up and the honeymoon is over some couples start to feel like, well, the honeymoon is over.

Stress is ever present, working its destruction on even the happiest unions.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Miranda Lambert Moves on From Divorce, Opens Store in Texas


How can I move on after my divorce?

Miranda Lambert is taking steps to move on after her divorce from Blake Shelton.  Recently, she opened a new Pink Pistol store in Texas, moving on from her original store in Oklahoma, which she opened while still married to Shelton.  Lambert opened her Oklahoma boutique in 2011, shortly after her marriage to Shelton.  Now, one year after her divorce from Shelton, she is back in her hometown and starting a new chapter.  Lambert is also working to launch a new album that includes post-divorce songs.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Texas Family Law Judges Can Reign in Conflicting Foreign Laws


Q: Can Texas judges refuse to apply foreign law to family court matters?

Don’t mess with…us. Especially when it comes to family law matters.

State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) is on a mission. As Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions and Investments, he is authorized to seek opinions from the State Attorney General. He recently reached out to Texas AG, Ken Paxton, seeking an answer to the underlying question: To what extent can a Texas judge refuse to apply the law of a jurisdiction outside the United States in certain family law matters?

In that letter, he asked 12 questions that covered 19 different factual family law scenarios.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bethenny Frankel Will No Longer Have to Pay Ex $12,000 Per Month in Spousal Support


When is spousal support awarded in Texas?

TV personality Bethenny Frankel recently won a significant victory in court when a judge ruled her spousal support obligation to estranged husband Jason Hoppy has ended.  Frankel had been paying her soon to be ex-husband $12,000 a month in temporary maintenance pending finalization of the divorce.  Frankel publically stated she was “pleased” to have the obligation end.

Frankel and Hoppy are embattled in a dispute over the correct interpretation of their prenuptial agreement and a trust agreement involving the couple’s apartment, estimated to be valued at $7 million.  In the prenup, Frankel and her legal team urged that Hoppy waived any right to spousal support or alimony.


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