Daily Archives: November 7, 2019

mulitiple personality spouse
Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you can ever make in your entire life. It follows that it is an equally significant decision to end this marriage. The cost is tremendous, but there are situations wherein ending the union could be the only rational choice. Such is a situation if your spouse is mentally ill. When your spouse suffers from Multiple/Dissociative Personality Disorder Until recently, mental illness has not been given the attention it deserves. There are still many conditions that the fields of psychology has not yet figured out. Some of these conditions could make a person become a threat to his/her spouse and their children.  It can be threatening if your spouse exhibits the symptoms of multiple personality disorder (also called Dissociative Personality Disorder). Persons with this disorder can sometimes manifest symptoms wherein they are not aware of their own identity or current situation. Panic attacks can be expected too. If it happens often enough, can a spouse use this as grounds for divorce? Mental Illness as Grounds for Divorce Confinement to a mental institution is a “no-fault ground” for divorce. Even in this case, the confinement must last for three years. The petitioner will have to establish two things: That the disorder has reached an extent that it will no longer improve; and That even if does improve through therapy, there is a strong possibility of relapse.  To prove these states, the petitioner must secure the official diagnosis of licensed psychiatrists and therapists. The court may request other experts in the field to give a diagnosis. Cruelty as a Fault Ground In the absence of the required conditions stated above, then the petitioner can use the fault ground of cruelty. Texas law does not clearly define the notion of “cruelty”. It depends on how the case is […]

My Spouse has Multiple Personalities, Can I Divorce?

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2
I thought I would start off this blog with a bit of information on what types of things to watch out for that can get DFPS (Department of Family and Protective Services, the umbrella organization for CPS) involved in your life.  Most of the time, when people are looking up or contacting lawyers about their dealings with CPS they are usually very confused.  In most cases, parents feel they have done nothing wrong (and in fact, a reasonable person might even feel they have done nothing wrong) and yet, they are being “investigated” by the government for how they parent their children.  I certainly sympathize with this, as most people really have no easy way of finding out information about the process.  My goal is to hopefully bring a bit more transparency into the area, and hopefully be able to help some families avoid a lot of hassle later. First of all, it is important to know a little bit about the intake procedures that CPS uses.  CPS gets a MASSIVE (and I may even go into HOW massive at a later date) amount of calls into their system of possible child “abuse and neglect” which covers a broad range of categories.  They then have to classify the report and determine whether to investigate or not.  The vast majority of calls into their intake system are not such types of things that need to be investigated.  The criteria are somewhat specific, but it is mostly a calculation on the veracity of the report, as well as potential risk to the child. Some of the areas that MAY cause CPS to investigate you are a bit of a surprise to some parents, so I feel its important to mention them here.  One of the more common calls to the intake centers is parents leaving small children […]

How to Avoid Problems with CPS (DFPS)

postnuptial agreement
Married life can be wonderful for a lot of couples. But just like every marriage, there will always be some problems that’ll come along. Many married couples still manage to make it through and even make it out in a better place. Not all couples like to think that their marriage is going to end because of a problem or two. In fact, some couples don’t like thinking about their marriage ever coming to an end. So, does that mean you shouldn’t consider getting a postnuptial agreement? What’s a Postnuptial Agreement A postnuptial agreement is basically like your standard prenuptial agreement, except it was made after a couple’s marriage. Postnuptial agreements are made just in case the possibility of a divorce comes along during a couple’s marriage. In a postnuptial, matters such as who gets ownership over certain properties, whether there will be alimony, and asset division are some of the things that are sorted out. Postnuptial agreements focus more on the financial aspects of a couple’s marriage. Do You Need One? As much as getting a postnuptial agreement sounds pessimistic, considering that you’re planning for a divorce that might happen, it can help provide some sense of security for you and your spouse should you decide to call it quits and go your separate ways. Just keep in mind that postnuptial agreements may work out for some couples and may not for other couples. Whether or not you should get one depends entirely on what you and your spouse agree on. Sometimes, just sorting things out and talking about it with your spouse can be good enough. But if you and your spouse are the type to prepare for absolutely anything and don’t mind considering the possibility of your marriage coming to an end, then maybe a postnuptial agreement […]

Do You Need a Postnuptial Agreement?