Yearly Archives: 2017

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post-nuptial agreement

What a Post-Nuptial Agreement Can Do For Your Family

In case you’re wondering what a post-nuptial agreement is, it’s basically just like a pre-marital agreement. The only difference is that pre-marital ones are signed before the marriage and post-nuptial ones are signed after the wedding. Usually, the motivation between a prenup agreement and a post-nuptial agreement are not the same. In Texas, you are allowed to sign a post-nuptial agreement that includes part or all of your community property. The separation of one spouse’s income or both spouse’s income is commonly a part of such agreements as well. This means that when you sign the agreement, you agree that your spouse’s income will be his or her separate property and your income will be yours as well. Furthermore, this means that if a divorce were to occur, your spouse will not be able to claim any part of that income. If you sign a prenup or a post-nuptial agreement, the court will not try to ‘meddle’ in your affairs at the time of your divorce, if you were to divorce. Turning Separate Property Into Community Estate If you want your separate property to be a part of your community property, you can also specify this condition in your pre-nuptial […]

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Paternity and DNA Testing in Texas: What You Need to Know

It can be pretty horrible when you’re just minding your own business and you suddenly receive a letter from the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division, demanding that you pay thousands of dollars in child support. It would feel as if your world has turned upside down in a matter of seconds. To make it worse, the letter informs you that you have been delinquent in paying child support. It’s a sticky situation, especially when you know in your soul and conscience that you are not a father – you are certain that you do not have a child. Does this shocking situation sound familiar? No, it’s not a plot of a movie, this really happens in real life. Of course, cases that require paternity determination do not always unfold like this, but you get the point: it’s pretty complicated. If you are in a similar situation, or if you know someone who is in a situation similar to the one we mentioned above, you need to understand that the  situation calls for a family law attorney. Legal advice would certainly be necessary to sort out the case. In cases such as the one mentioned in our scenario above, the […]

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A Holiday Reminder for Divorced Parents in Texas

  The holiday season may be almost over but it’s not a secret that it remains a challenge for divorced parents in Texas. Divorced parents also have to buy gifts, make and carry out plans for the holidays but it’s a period they have to deal with a little differently. To top that off, the holiday obligations all parents have to deal with can cause them to lose sight of what really counts during the holiday season. This season is still one that’s meant to be celebrated and enjoyed.   Stresses and Challenges of Divorced Parents in Texas   If you are a divorced parent, you must be already well-versed regarding the challenges and the struggles this holiday season brings. For sure you have your own holiday plans, and your spouse also has his or her own plans. Both of your expectations could be different, which poses as a potential risk for disappointments on either side during the holidays. Even if things go well between you and your ex-spouse for the rest of the year in terms of co-parenting, it is the holiday season at the end of the year that will really test your civility towards each other. There […]

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How To Prepare for Christmas After Your Divorce

The biggest holiday season of the year is approaching and for those who had just been divorced, the prospect of spending Christmas after your divorce can be daunting. Christmas is an event that is usually spent with family. The first Christmas after your divorce could be the toughest, since you could feel at a loss in the midst of the festivities. You should expect things to be different. In the past, you might have spent the holiday season from beginning to end with your kids, but now you will have to share the kids with your spouse, and it’s highly likely that you will spend the holidays separately. Of course, you will still be able to create and share priceless memories with your children at Christmas after your divorce but it will never be like the previous years again. It’s not something to be bitter about though. You should also consider your ex-spouse, who would also want to create new Christmas memories with your children in his or her own way.   Christmas Visitation After a Divorce in Texas If your final divorce decree was made in a Texas court, surely, one parent would have been awarded the right concerning […]

DUI and conservatorship

Does a DUI Affect Custody?

Before your attorney can answer any of your conservatorship questions, you will first need to provide information about you, your marriage and your family. First, there’s the basics. This includes your name, address and basically every significant information about you. You will also need to provide names, ages and other information about your children and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The reason why you need to provide these to your attorney is simple: without this vital information, your attorney and the staff of the law firm won’t be able to prepare anything for your case. Or they could prepare for your case, but you can’t expect them to be able to do any proper preparation without this information. It’s like going to war. Your legal team can go to war, yes, but without ammunition. Your attorney may also ask about any dark secrets you make have. The worst time for the skeletons in your closet to come out and haunt you is when you are fighting for conservatorship during your divorce. Your spouse is probably the person who knows you the most. If there is anything he or she can use against you in court, it’s best to let your attorney know […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Parenting After Your Divorce

Parenting after your divorce can undoubtedly be stressful. There are changes that you’ve never dreamed you’d ever have to deal with but now you are expected to deal with them one by one. Life after divorce without kids is difficult enough but the adjustments you’d have to face when you have kids is even worse. You will have to help the kids cope with the changes while fighting to cope yourself. Your rights, duties, and responsibilities will undergo a massive change. It’s natural for a parent to be somewhat afraid and worried about what life may hold after your divorce. Parenting after your divorce requires a lot of courage, determination, and patience. It will also require you to cooperate with your ex-spouse even when you don’t want to face him or her ever again. Basically, parenting after your divorce requires you to deal with conservatorship, child support, adjusting to the changes in your rights and duties as parents, and dealing with your child’s school. There’s a possibility that your child will have to change schools or deal with the changes while staying at the same school. There’s also a chance that you will have to deal with CPS if you’re […]

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How To Prepare for and Complete Your Divorce Successfully

It takes a lot of preparation and information if you want to divorce successfully. We have previously discussed many times the preparation and the possible issues you should prepare for when you deal with a divorce. If you want to complete a divorce successfully, you also need to absorb a lot of useful information in case you need it sometime later. You can read through this article for our complete guide. We have also included links to detailed articles for your reference. First, you need to find a good lawyer who can be on your side and who would fight for you until you complete your divorce successfully. You also need to familiarize yourself with the issues that might arise during the divorce so that you can make ample preparations. 1. Finding the right Attorney Finding the right attorney is all about knowing what qualifications you should look for. You also need to have a budget of up to how much you’re willing to pay so that you can look for an attorney whose fees are within your means. Make sure not to hire someone just because of money though. If they’re too cheap or too expensive, it won’t do […]

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Divorce Components

The different components of a divorce are worth thinking about individually. Sometimes it is easier to break a big issue down to the individual components, because trying to handle it all at once is too much. In everything that you face in life, proper evaluation is necessary so that you can prepare and react appropriately. Sometimes, it is easy to conclude that a certain thing is impossible to accomplish or conquer when you are just evaluating it from one aspect. However, viewing it from different sides and studying each factor would make you realize that it’s not impossible to deal with it successfully. In fact, it is much easier to handle a gigantic thing when you deal with it one little piece of it at a time. This can also be your mindset towards divorce. Now you are probably wondering what are the smaller factors that constitute this huge, intimidating thing called divorce. You might have heard about many different factors of divorce from your friends, but not all of those apply to you because each situation is different. There are a few of it that applies to almost all divorce cases though. Check out these relevant factors of divorce […]

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Guideline Child Support in Texas

Most people who are undergoing a divorce worry about the child support guideline. When child custody is an issue, it’s common for parents to wonder how much child support is imposed by the state of Texas on a monthly basis. The The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents vary by case. If you are the parent who stays with the child and provides care regularly, you would surely be concerned about the amount you receive for child support. It’s easy to worry that the amount you will receive will not be enough for the needs of your child. If you are the parent who needs to pay child support, your main concern should be all about how the ordered amount will be too big for you. You must be worried right now that the amount the court will ask you to pay would be difficult to come up with monthly. Must-Know Facts About Modifying Child Support in Texas The State of Texas has a set amount of child support that the parent who doesn’t have the custody of the child needs to pay monthly. This needs to be paid to the parent who has the custody of the child. There will […]

CPS in Texas

Everything You Need To Know About CPS in Texas

There are many situations that might lead CPS in Texas to take your child into their possession. CPS stands for Child Protection Services, and according to the Texas Family Code, it has the authority to handle investigations regarding neglect and abuse against children. CPS in Texas will carry out investigations when there are signs and allegations of abuse or neglect, such as when The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents  are not properly followed. If proven, the CPS can take your child away from your home. There are hotlines that are available 24/7 that are open for reports of abuse and neglect. Any report will be treated with utmost confidentiality. There are also some professionals who have the obligation to report abuse and neglect against children when they know of it. These professionals include police officers, doctors, teachers, and lawyers. If someone makes a report to CPS regarding your child, the CPS office in your area will be notified and they will begin the investigations. What To Do When CPS Investigation Begins and Your Child is Involved When there is an investigation that needs to be done, a caseworker from CPS in Texas will be assigned to handle the case. The caseworker […]