marriage and business
Married life isn’t easy. Whether you like to admit it or not, there are just some aspects of your married relationship that are tough to navigate. Imagine how much harder things can get if you happen to be business partners with your spouse. There’s just so much to watch out for that it might just seem impossible to do. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be done though. There are just a lot more things that you need to keep in mind if you do find yourself in that situation. Communication is Key As with every relationship, the best way to make things work would be to communicate. Whether it’s something about your marriage or something about your business, the best way to make sure that things don’t go terribly awry would be to talk about it with your spouse. By communicating with them, allow them to know what it is your feeling and what’s going on your mind. Telling them gives them a chance to understand where you’re coming from and gives them a chance to do something about it so that things can continue to go smoothly. Communication is always key. Divide the Responsibilities In any workplace, there is always a chance for conflict. Sometimes you might feel like you could do a certain task better, sometimes you feel like you’re doing what you shouldn’t be doing. In order to avoid this, or at least lessen the chances of conflict from happening, it’s best that you divide the work responsibilities between you two. Keep in mind what your strengths and weaknesses are and use those to help figure out who does what. That way you maximize productivity for both of you and avoid any possible conflict that can arise. Don’t Mix Work with Home Life Even if […]

How to Be Business Partners and Stay Married   Recently updated !

 The first thing people worry about when they start thinking about divorce is their children and their property. The children, the house, the cars, the money and other properties are things people think about the most when they’re on the verge of getting a  Texas divorce. If you happen to be in the same situation, these are subjects you need to seriously think about. Were there any debts incurred during your marriage? How seriously have you contemplated about the financial issues and responsibilities you have during your marriage? If you think that only the property and assets are divided when a divorce happens, you’ll have to think again. Debt is just as important as retirement accounts and properties and it is divided between the couple as well. The amount of responsibility each spouse needs to take at the time of the divorce for the debts incurred during the marriage is extremely important. Preparing for Debt in Your Divorce One of the most common debts in a marriage that are strongly debated about by both parties are credit card debts. When marital debts are divided, they can be handed to either of the spouses or both. Credit cards are a different matter. If you have applied for a credit card that bears your name and your spouse’s name during the duration of your marriage, none of you can be freed from the liability for the future usage of the card. It may have not happened to you, but it is something to be careful about. A lot of clients I came across with complain about how credit card companies and debt collection companies keep hounding them to pay off debts and credit card balances that they had nothing to do with. This is really a horrible situation because your spouse could […]

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emotional blackmail
While the title says, “him”, this doesn’t mean that women do not threaten suicide as well. This is for anyone who’s been blackmailed with suicide. But for discussion purposes, let’s assume that the husband blackmailing his wife that he will commit suicide. When people speak of abuse, the first idea is about physical abuse. Scars or bruises are the telltale signs that there is a case of abuse between the married couple. In the absence of these signs, the common reaction is that any claim of abuse is merely exaggerated.  However, there are many manifestations of an abusive spouse, and it is not limited to the physical. There is also psychological, emotional, sexual or financial abuse, and it can be evidenced in many forms.  Coercion and blackmail are the more obvious forms of abuse. When one spouse is forced to do something against his or her own volition, it qualifies as abuse.   Emotional Blackmail When a husband uses emotional connections to force his wife to do his bidding, it’s emotional blackmail. These days, most wives are aware of the proper reaction when their husband makes threats of physical harm. But what if the husband threatens to harm himself instead? The husband has the tables turned, and somehow makes the wife responsible for his well-being. This is a clear form of manipulation. It may seem like the wife is trapped in a hole. It’s like she is left with no choice. The husband can use this repeatedly and make the wife a virtual prisoner.  How to React The key to avoiding the trap is to take the threat seriously, but not to show signs of panic. The threat is definitely a cry of desperation. It is encouraged that the wife gives the husband some form of reassurance. However, she must […]

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MSAs Texas
When you have decided to file for divorce, it does not always proceed to a court case. You have the option to attend mediation or the judge can order you to undergo mediation proceedings. There are actually many benefits to mediation. It will save both parties time, money and the tension of a court battle. However, mediation can only work if both you and your spouse can agree on a mutual settlement. This is a mediated settlement agreement (MSA).  MSAs on Divorce  The process of mediation starts when you and your spouse agree on a mediator. A divorce mediator will meet with you and cover every aspect of the divorce, including custody, property division, spousal support and alimony, and visitation. He will present the legal options available. It is better to settle amicably, but this entails that you and your spouse are on speaking terms and agreeable to the divorce. If there is any animosity, there could be conflict even at the slightest disagreements.  Mediation does not require a full or partial agreement, but the mediator and the petitioner’s attorneys can record the proceedings, agreements and the respective positions and demands of both spouses in the Mediated Settlement Agreement. In any case, if there is any issue left unsettled, then the couple will proceed to a court trial.  Custody Issues One of the most sensitive issues in a divorce is child custody. It should be understood that American law would always prescribe joint custody whenever applicable. If both parents do not have any reasons to disqualify themselves from custody, the starting point of custody mediation would be based on joint custody. Of course, every couple presents a unique situation and there are issues that would definitely be considered. For instance, if you are the one who gets to stay in […]

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How To Modify Your Final Divorce Decree
For those who are going through a divorce, the final divorce decree is something that you could feel anxious about or something you are looking forward to. It indeed takes a lot of time and effort to achieve the Final Divorce Decree. In most cases, it also takes lots of heartaches and stress. For sure since the moment you thought of getting a divorce, to the time you receive your final divorce decree, you’ve been in a rollercoaster of stressful events. Despite all your sufferings, there is really no guarantee that the final divorce decree will hold the terms that you are hoping for. An excellent Texas divorce attorney can help you achieve what you want out of the divorce but there are no guarantees in a divorce unless you go for a mediation and negotiate well with your spouse. You can get the court’s final order whether you go for a trial or a mediation. No matter which way you choose to end your divorce, everything is still subject to the court’s approval and decision. The court will release final orders, which will be your final divorce decree. It states all of the terms related to your divorce. It involves basically everything, from child custody arrangement to child support schedules, visiting schedules and terms for every matter related to your divorce. It will also state orders related to finances, such as division of property, spousal support and the like. Your Final Divorce Decree will be very specific. However, you won’t always be in agreement with it. When Your Situation Calls For a Modification of Your Final Divorce Decree As they say, the only constant thing in life is change. There will be changes in your life and your children’s life after the divorce. After some time, there will be […]

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standing order
Going through a divorce is hard, especially if you have to go about your everyday life while the process of divorce is still going on. It’s no easy matter to go about your everyday routine with something like that in mind. But if it’s already hard for you, imagine how hard it would be if you add kids into the equation. Watching both your parents go through a divorce might do a lot of harm to the kid. You’re practically watching your family fall apart. In Texas, the divorce court has a way to help mitigate this and try to make it easier for the children caught up in a divorce. Texas has a “Standing Order” for divorces that involve children. Purpose of the Standing Order It’s hard for kids to see their parents going through a divorce. A lot of things are going on that they might not understand and that might just end up affecting them negatively. The standing order is there to help keep the status quo at home and sort of protect the children. Ideally, children shouldn’t see their parents go through a rough patch. Tension affects children. In a way, this standing order is there to help the children transition through their parents’ divorce. Kids shouldn’t get caught up in the divorce nor get caught off guard by it.  What the Standing Order Entails Since the standing order entails maintaining the status quo of things at home, that means neither of the children’s parents are allowed to disrupt the way things are going at home. Aside from making sure that they don’t show any negative emotions or actions towards the other in front of the children, this also applies to the property at home. No one is allowed to sell or give away anything that […]

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announcing divorce
Getting a divorce can put you in a pretty tough situation. One of the things that makes it tough is that at some point, you will have to tell people about it, especially your parents and in-laws. Doing so could help make things easier after that. But if you’re having difficulty figuring out what to tell them, maybe read the following tips below for ideas. Lay It Out The best way to do it is to just go ahead and put it out there. Be straightforward and just tell them that you’re getting a divorce. Be sure to explain why. It’s better that you just go on ahead and tell them why you’re getting a divorce rather than making your parents and in-laws guess why. They’ll at least know where you’re at and why it’s happening. So, make sure you tell them in such a way that they understand so that they don’t have to keep asking questions that might just end up complicating things. Share as Much as You’re Comfortable With If there are some details regarding your divorce that aren’t as important or that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with family members, then you don’t have to share it. Share what you think is enough, what you think they need to know, and what you’re comfortable with them knowing. You don’t always have to share every single detail. Remember that telling them about the divorce is more for your sake than theirs, so your best interests are still your priority. Tell Them What You’d Want from Them Be sure to tell them what you’d like them to do for you in light of the divorce. The reason why you’re telling them could be because you need help or just because you wanted to let them know. Either way, […]

How to Tell Your Parents and In-Laws You are Getting Divorced   Recently updated !

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The decision A divorce isn’t a process that a lot of people know much about before they begin and there tend to be a lot of questions.  The first step of a divorce is to file for divorce, or rather to petition the court for a divorce.  I will go into that briefly before answering one of the biggest questions, where do I file for divorce?  You  can  find more information about it elsewhere  on our blog as well. Filing For Divorce Filing for divorce is the process during which you submit paperwork to the court stating that you are seeking a divorce.  This is called the Original Petition For Divorce.  Essentially this states the reasons for which you are filing for divorce and what you are asking the court to do.  Texas offers several different types of divorce and you can read about those on our blog. At this stage, you can also request a temporary hearing to determine various issues that need to be decided while the divorce is pending as well as a temporary restraining order in regards to the parties behavior during the case. Many counties include a number of these temporary injunctions as part of a “standing order” that governs the behavior of parties during the litigation, but other more specific orders can be added. Residency Requirements Like with many states, Texas has a requirement for residency in order to file for divorce here.  At least one party must have resided in Texas for at least 6 months before filing and in the county you intend on filing the divorce for at least 90 days.  This is a issue involving jurisdiction over the parties, and if its not met, the court would not have authority to proceed.   Process Serving Its not enough to simply […]

Where do You File for Divorce and What to Do after Filing   Recently updated !