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domestic violence and divorce in Texas

How to Deal with Domestic Violence and Divorce in Texas

Domestic violence is cancer in a marriage and it does not choose victims based on race, age or background. This is an unfortunate and unpleasant to talk about but it does exist. Victims always have a hard time surviving and getting over the experience despite resources made available to help and support the victims. The worst thing about domestic violence is that the abuser is someone who knows you more than anyone else so it hurts more. Often, domestic violence leads to divorce. You will need a divorce attorney if you intend to pursue a divorce to get out of a marriage where domestic violence occurs on a regular basis. Domestic Violence and Divorce A divorce is originally stressful and with an abusive spouse, it can get even more complicated. Most abusers always resort to violence to maintain over you. It is common for victims of domestic abuse to feel trapped as if there’s no way to seek help. The mental hold of the abuser towards the victim usually blinds them and keeps them from seeking help. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are reading this right now, you are making a significant step towards breaking free […]

Dealing with a new school year after your divorce in Texas

Dealing with the New School Year After Your Divorce in Texas

Some divorce cases are fortunately finalized in summer where you can still have ample time to make the transition before the school year starts. However, no matter how much time you have set aside for the transition and preparation for the new school year, it can still be challenging and tough for everyone, especially the kids. This is where you can really see how your family will handle the changes brought about by the divorce in Texas. The kids will have to be passed from one parent to the other and it will be difficult for them to adjust to that setup especially with schoolwork threatening to eat them alive. It is also likely that they will be suffering from emotional scars brought about by the divorce. You will have to help them cope as you cope with the changes yourself. Tips for Dealing with the New School Year after Your Divorce in Texas There are many ways of successfully dealing with the post-divorce changes, and it is especially important to try and do so, since the children will be looking up to you for guidance and support with their own problems and emotions in a very difficult time period. Here […]

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Why You Should Be Careful When Signing Texas Divorce Forms

There are many people who are getting a divorce but are choosing not to hire a Texas divorce attorney. Most of the time, it is because they underestimate the situation, thinking that it’s too simple to be needing a divorce lawyer’s advice. They also think that hiring an attorney is a waste of money because of the sheer simplicity of their case. However, this is a misconception. There are many people undergoing a divorce who end up losing a lot of money just because they failed to hire a divorce lawyer to guide them properly through the divorce process. In a divorce, sometimes, the most expensive mistake you can make is not in paying for a divorce attorney but in choosing not to hire one. In divorce cases, there are several documents and forms that need to be signed. These could easily be overlooked and even misunderstood if you are not equipped with the guidance of a divorce lawyer. Although everything may seem easy enough, you might be surprised by the financial consequences such forms and documents will burden you with – a few years later. Signing a Waiver of Service Signing this document means that you do not have […]

how to establish paternity in Texas

How To Establish Paternity in Texas

When a married couple has a child, even without properly establishing paternity, people will automatically assume that the husband is the father. In order for that thought to be legally changed at court, ample evidence is necessary. It’s different when an unmarried couple has a child, it is often necessary for one parent to establish the identity of the father of the child. This is very important because this is the fact that the child will have to grow up with. This also matters because the child will need support from the father, such as financial support. Usually, despite being unmarried, the father would assume that his rights to the child are guaranteed even at the face of separation from the child’s mother. Acknowledging Paternity Usually, the acknowledgment of paternity is done at the hospital, after the child’s birth. There is an Acknowledgement of Paternity document that both parents can sign before it is submitted to the government office. When the father signs the documents, all doubts about paternity is put to rest, and the father’s name is added to the birth certificate, usually. If the couple is not married, the father is informed of the rights and duties of […]

Dealing with hidden assets in a Texas Divorce

Dealing With Your Spouse’s Hidden Assets in a Texas Divorce

 It is normal to be anxious about many things when thinking about getting a Texas divorce. You may have heard of horror stories about getting a divorce from your friends or acquaintances who have been through it. It’s difficult not to feel anxious when there is a possibility that something unpleasant will suddenly pop up before or after the Texas divorce has been finalized. Your spouse’s hidden assets could be one of these things. It will surely be complicated to deal with it especially when you don’t really know anything about it.   The Basics of Hiding Assets in a Texas Divorce    It is not uncommon for one spouse to try to hide some assets during the divorce. This is especially common when a lot of money and properties are involved. A common way to hide assets is to just choose not to announce a certain account or property. If your spouse has an account or property that you don’t know about, chances are, he will keep you uninformed about it. This is of course illegal, but that doesn’t really stop some spouses from hiding away some of their assets. Often, properties that are hidden throughout the marriage only are […]

coping after your divorce in Texas

Coping Successfully and Facing a New Life After Your Divorce in Texas

A divorce in Texas or anywhere else, is definitely life-changing. It could be a major turning point in your life. The result of the divorce might make you feel like you’ve won or lost, but regardless of that, you will have to cope along with your family members. There are many legalities you and your family will have to deal with before you can properly start a new life after your divorce. You will have to discuss these things with your family members too.   Changing your Name   Even before you started the process of your divorce in Texas, you might have thought about keeping or discarding your last name. Of course, this typically only applies when you’re a woman. Your decision about changing your name should be included in the documents that your attorney will submit for the divorce. The request to revert back to your maiden name is usually included in the Original Petition for Divorce. Even if you’re not the one who initially filed for divorce, you can always file a counter-petition to request for the name change. It’s also possible to request for a name change for children who are minors but it is not […]

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Dealing with Credit Card Debts in a Texas Divorce

 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 […]

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How To Split Retirement Accounts in a Texas Divorce

When you have just started the process of getting divorced, it might feel burdensome and endless – like you’re in a dark tunnel and you can’t even see the light at the end yet. A divorce certainly does not happen overnight, but it really doesn’t go on forever either. It’s just a matter of time before the nightmare would finally be over. Before the divorce would be finalized, you will have to go through the pain of sorting out finances, debts and even retirement accounts. Splitting retirement accounts either of you own is an important and undoubtedly complicated part of the divorce. Texas Laws on Community Property Texas laws pays utmost attention to the distinction between community property and separate property. Community property refers to any property that was acquired during your marriage. Retirement accounts that were secured during the marriage is considered community property. On the other hand, separate property refers to properties acquired before the marriage. In a Texas divorce, community properties are subject to division along with other community assets. Though it can be split exactly in half, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. You can create an agreement with your spouse with regards to the percentage […]

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The Financial Impact of Going Through a Divorce With Kids

 These days, it is not uncommon to see unhappy couples staying together because of the kids. There are many reasons why a lot of people choose to live their lives this way. They may not want to go through the mess of a divorce and the psychological effect it will have on the kids. Without a doubt, divorce is really daunting. Think about how the kids would have to be passed to the other parent on schedule. Co-parenting after a divorce is definitely challenging. A lot of parents are concerned about its effects on the children’s growth and development. Many also worry about the financial impact that goes along with it even more. Child support can pose serious financial issues, and these issues are enough to keep couples together despite mutual dissatisfaction in their marriage.   Financial Impact on Relationships   Many researchers have conducted various interviews and studies addressing this issue. One particular study focused on the relationship between finances, children and relationships. According to the results, 14% of the respondents of the research divulged that they chose to stay in an unhappy relationship because it was more practical. For obvious reasons, when children are in the picture, money concerns are heightened some more. Most parents […]

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 Divorcing Your Mortgage

Many of the divorce cases nowadays are caused by financial issues. It doesn’t come as a surprise when after post-divorce couples fall behind mortgage and face foreclosure. Foreclosure is enough of a headache as it is. When it is complicated by issues pertinent to divorce, it can be more difficult to manage. When a couple gets a divorce, it is not an uncommon move to transfer the interest for the house to the other spouse. Usually, they do this thinking that this will place the responsibility for the mortgage completely on the other spouse. However, it just doesn’t work that way. When the mortgage is originally listed under both names, both spouses are responsible in making sure the mortgage gets paid. Even if you transfer the property to your ex, the bank won’t care about that. All the bank cares about is getting the mortgage paid off. Transferring the house to your spouse might even become a bigger financial burden. If your ex would let the mortgage go unpaid after the transfer, and it won’t be just his/her credit that would be affected, but yours as well. There is even a possibility that you would face a deficiency judgement. A […]