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Monday, April 16, 2018

Divorce and the Stay at Home Parent in Texas

Will I receive alimony if I was a stay at home parent during the marriage?

Divorce impacts the lives of all involved, but for the stay at home parent, a divorce can create financial turmoil. Most stay at home parents are women, who already face a significant wage gap in the workforce within Texas and across the nation. Stay at home moms or dads will likely find it difficult to reenter the workforce after often years away, and most likely will not be paid the same wage as their peers who have stayed in the workforce the whole time.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Benefits and Drawbacks of a Collaborative Divorce

When is a collaborative divorce not recommended?

Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to the typical divorce litigation process.  With a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will work together with the assistance of your collaborative divorce attorney to reach a resolution without the need for court involvement. There are several key advantages to a collaborative divorce, including reduced costs, less contention between you and your spouse, and speed of divorce.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

How will my divorce affect my kids?

If you are a parent considering divorcing your spouse, your children are likely one of your biggest concerns.  We all want our children to emerge from a divorce unscathed, but even the thought of discussing divorce with the kids may prove a daunting task.  National Public Radio (NPR) recently announced that it was conducting a special project on how parents can best explain divorce to their kids.  As NPR gathers responses from parents nationwide on this critically important subject, our Read more . . .

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dividing Complex Assets in Divorce

How will our family business be divided in a divorce?

Texas is a community property state. As such, most property acquired during the marriage will belong to both spouses and must be divided during a divorce. Some assets are fairly easy to divide, like funds held in a joint bank account, but other assets present unique challenges. Complex assets that could be involved in your divorce include the family business, stock options, hidden assets, and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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