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Property Division During Mediation

Mediated Property Agreements

If you have read some of our previous articles regarding property division, you would know that any type of income or property you have gained during your marriage is considered community property in Texas. Not only that, but same goes for the debts you and your spouse incurred during the marriage too. If you want some of the property, assets or debts to be considered separate property, you need to present evidence in court to prove that the presumption of the court is incorrect. This can be done by showing the courts that the property in question is a gift solely for you, or that a certain property is a part of your inheritance. There are a lot of people who are all about fighting in court for property division that is acceptable to them. However, you also have another useful alternative: mediation. Mediation on Community Property and Avoiding a Trial Mediation is an effective and successful tool that you can use to settle community property division and other issues regarding your divorce. If you opt to go for mediation, you can avoid fighting in court – you can just settle everything without a trial with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. This […]

common law marriage FAQs

Common Law Marriage and Divorce FAQs

When it comes to common law marriage and divorce, there might be different circumstances that could be associated with individual cases. The following are the most commonly asked questions regarding common law marriage and getting a divorce after a common law marriage. The answers are addressing the questions below are in general form and if there are unique circumstances in your case, these might not apply to you. What is a common law marriage? A common law marriage is also referred to as an informal marriage. It is as legal as a ceremonial marriage. A couple may be considered legally married when they agree to be married, lived together as husband and wife and treated each other in public as husband and wife. You can also think of ceremonial marriage as a marriage with a license, while a common law marriage is a legal union without a license. A union can only be considered common law marriage if the couple met all the factual and legal requirements. Can a couple living together be considered married in a common law marriage? No, just because a couple lives together does not automatically makes them a common law married couple. There are requirements […]

How to Avoid Getting Trapped in a Common-Law Marriage

How to Avoid an Accidental Common-Law Marriage

Did you know that it’s possible to be accidentally trapped in a common-law marriage? Surely, a lot of people marry for many reasons. Some marry for love, some for financial security and some even get married just because a baby is on the way. There are a lot of circumstances that could push people into a marriage. Sometimes, people even get married without knowing it, and without the slightest intention of doing so. How can you be married without even knowing that you are? This is where common-law marriage comes into the picture. As it is a marriage that is considered informal, the formalities and traditions are kicked out into the curb in this type of marriage. You can be in a common-law marriage without a proposal, without a ceremony or exchange of vows and even without knowledge of it. It can really come as a shock when your partner suddenly insists that you are married and it turns out that you actually are. What should you do when your girlfriend or boyfriend insists that you are married? It would be fine and even exciting when you’re looking to be married. However, if it’s not your intention, it’s another story. […]

arguments and marriage

Are Your Arguments Leading to a Divorce?

If your marriage is on the rocks, it’s possible that you have already considered getting a divorce at least once. In thinking about a divorce, you must have several reasons why you’re even considering it. It’s likely that there’s either you have arguments regarding trust or infidelity or money issues that would push you over the brink. If you are in the middle of such issues, it might be difficult for you and your spouse to consider any other option to save your marriage. Things might get too tough that the only thing you can think about is getting a divorce. In marriage, it is almost impossible for the couple to not ever fight. Family lawyers generally see more of these fights than any other professionals. We see married couples fighting about all sorts of things, some of which eventually lead to an unfortunate breakup that tears a once-happy family apart. Often these fights range from one spouse accusing the other of infidelity and other fights are more about the finances and some fights are even about trivial stuff like who should do the dishes. What kind of fights should you look out for if you’re looking for signs of […]