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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Tax Bill May Lead to More Divorces

How will the tax reform bill impact your divorce costs?

The new tax reform bill is bringing sweeping change to several legal fields, including divorce.  Starting in 2019, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in elimination of the deduction for alimony payments.  This looming change is leading many divorce lawyers to counsel clients considering divorce to act before year’s end.  Our Read more . . .

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Selecting the Right Divorce Attorney for You

What should I look for in a divorce lawyer?

Selecting a divorce attorney is a critical step in your divorce.  Choosing the right divorce lawyer can make the difference between a painless, efficient divorce and a drawn-out, contested one.  Your divorce attorney will have great influence over the outcome of your divorce and on the issues that matter most to you, like child custody, property division, and alimony.  With so many attorneys out there, it can be hard to select the one that is right for you.  Consider the following factors as you set out to Read more . . .

Monday, January 22, 2018

Divorce in the Digital Age

Is it legal for my spouse to spy on me using my cell phone?

Ever advancing technologies has opened new and potentially dangerous ways for divorcing spouses to gather damaging information about each other.  In today’s digital world, divorcing spouses now have to worry about not just physical stalking, but GPS tracking, cell phone spying, and much more.  While GPS trackers and spyware are commonplace, their use in a divorce raises some critical issues of legality.  Our Read more . . .

Sunday, December 31, 2017

More Texas Grandparents Are Raising Grandchildren Due to Drug Abuse

How can I obtain custody of my grandchild?

Drug abuse, particularly abuse of prescription drugs, is on the rise nationwide.  With so many people hooked on drugs, countless children are left to suffer.  At times, it takes a grandparent to step in and raise the child when the child’s parents are battling addition problems.  Today, it is estimated by Generations United, a non-profit that aims to help grandparents raising grandchildren, that about 10,000 children in Texas live with their grandparent or another relative due to drug or alcohol abuse occurring within the home.  This figure leaves out the many Read more . . .

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Divorce and the Holidays

How can I make the holiday season enjoyable after a divorce?

The holidays should be a time of joy, fun, and family, but for those who have recentlydivorced or separated from their significant other, the holidays can prove difficult.  Choosing to navigate the holidays with grace rather than dread can help you to emerge from the season a stronger person.  If you have children, it becomes all the more important to put the children first and embrace the holiday cheer.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Preparing to Mediate Your Divorce

What steps should I take before my divorce mediation?

Divorce can be a complicated and high stress situation.  For many couples that have made the decision to divorce amicably and now want the process completed quickly, mediation may present a wonderful alternative to a traditional litigious divorce.   Mediation is defined as the process by which the divorcing parties and their attorneys meet with a neutral mediator who is trained in the art of mediation and Texas divorce law.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Divorce and Your Retirement Assets

What will happen to my retirement accounts in a divorce?

Your retirement assets are an integral part of your future.  You have likely worked for years or even decades to save for retirement, and rightfully you may feel concerned about what might happen to your retirement accounts during a divorce.  According to a study released by the Insured Retirement Institute, 24 percent of divorced individuals self-report that they are in a worse position in retirement due to their divorce and they will need to work longer as a result of the divorce.  Our Read more . . .

Friday, October 27, 2017

Divorce Rate Climbs Among Those Aged 55 to 64

Why are more couples in their 50s and 60s filing for divorce?

While the divorce rate has overall held steady in the past few years, one segment of the population is saying “it’s over” at an alarmingly high rate.  The divorce rate among adults over the age of 55 is twice as high as it was in the 1990s, as reported by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research.  Our Austin, Texas divorce lawyers at Stinson Moyle, PLLC, discuss this puzzling divorce trend and how you can keep your marriage intact below.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

New Study Suggests Divorce Could Have Genetic Link

Why are the children of divorced parents more likely to divorce themselves?

Researchers across the nation have long sought to uncover a reason why so many married couples get divorced. It is estimated that between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages today end in divorce. Psychologists have long theorized that the children of divorced parents are more likely to divorce themselves later in life due to witnessing and experiencing divorce. Now, however, a new study suggests that it may not be growing up with divorced parents that leads many to divorce; rather, the likelihood of divorce could actually be genetically linked.

Examining Divorce Histories in Sweden

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and Virginia Commonwealth University teamed up to examine whether the divorce histories of adopted children more closely resembled their adoptive parents or biological parents.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Overview of Grandparents’ Rights in Texas

Can I sue for visitation with my grandchild in Texas?

Grandparents often play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. At times, circumstances arise in which a grandparent has been prevented from visiting with their grandchild. Every state has some type of grandparent visitation law, though the extent of the law varies widely by state. In Texas, it is difficult but not impossible for grandparents to receive an award of visitation with their grandchild against the parent’s wishes. Our Read more . . .

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jurisdictional Challenges that Could Impact Your Texas Divorce

Where should I file for divorce?

Divorce often coincides with a move by one or both spouses.  As the family unit splits, one spouse may find themselves needing to move to accept a better job or live closer to relatives to have family support.  When a move happens before the divorce lawsuit is filed, it can result in jurisdictional challenges as well as child custody disputes.  Our Read more . . .

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