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When Your Ex-Spouse Ignores The Settlement Agreement
When you opt to go for an alternative method of finalizing your divorce, you can end up with a settlement agreement. As you probably are well-aware, divorces do not always have to end in a courtroom. You can always try to be reasonable and discuss your divorce and matters related to it with your spouse. You can go to mediation, and if things work out well and you reach a settlement that is satisfactory for both parties, your mediator can draft a settlement agreement which will be signed by the judge. Going down this path will have a lot of benefits because you can make decisions about your divorce yourselves. It is a good way to maintain a decent relationship with your ex-spouse so that you can function as co-parents effectively. A settlement agreement will be a good method to placate both parties, but it can be such a headache when one spouse doesn’t keep his or her end of the bargain. It’s incredibly frustrating too. What should you do when your ex-spouse violates the terms specified in your settlement agreement? Your Settlement Agreement is Legal Your settlement agreement, otherwise known as MSA is legal and binding. You can treat it as a legal and binding contract that both parties must follow. After all, when your divorce was finalized, the judge had approved the agreement. If one party violates the terms stated in the settlement agreement, he or she can be subject to the civil contempt of court. Therefore, if you and your ex-spouse had agreed that he will pay a certain amount as child support and he now refuses to do so, you can take appropriate legal measures against him. How to Make Your Settlement Agreement Work You may not be aware of it, but most MSAs include ‘default’ […]

When Your Ex-Spouse Ignores The Settlement Agreement


How to File a Reimbursement Claim During a Texas Divorce
  Having questions about whether you can file a reimbursement claim is pretty normal, considering that you are still figuring out stuff about the division of property during the divorce. A huge part of a Texas divorce involves determining which property is owned by whom, which property is separate property and which ones are community property that must be split. This will all be new to you, so you will surely have a lot of questions. Before we discuss anything about filing a reimbursement claim, we need to fully understand the concept of separate and community property. Categorizing Your Properties Basically, when it comes to a divorce, there are three categories where each of your properties will fall into. You are probably aware that Texas is a ‘community property state’. That’s the first category your properties could fall into. Property that you and your spouse acquired during the length of your marriage will fall into this category. Inheritance and other similar types of properties are exemptions though. The separate estates that you have will fall into the separate property category. These are the accounts or actual property that already belonged to you before you got married. What if you contributed some money to your spouse’s separate property? This is where reimbursement comes in. For instance, if your spouse owned a house prior to your marriage and you spent a fortune renovating that house, that is basically separate property, but you can file a reimbursement claim. This is the third category.   Everything You Need To Know About Reimbursement   Filing a reimbursement claim means that you can get a chance to get back the money you spent on your spouse’s separate property. This does not mean that all the money you’ve spent on your spouse’s property will be completely reimbursed. […]

How to File a Reimbursement Claim During a Texas Divorce



Getting a Divorce When Your Spouse Is in Prison
Is divorce when your spouse is in prison possible? Getting a divorce when your spouse is in prison is not a topic we commonly discuss. Under normal circumstances, if you want a divorce in Texas, you will have to follow the procedures required by the state. Even under the most normal circumstances, the situation surrounding and leading to your divorce would be unique from that of others. However, you would still have to follow the same process that everyone has to go through in getting a divorce in Texas.     Divorce When Your Spouse is in Prison     What if you want to get a divorce but your spouse is in jail? It can be complicated to tackle any family law case when your spouse is in prison. If your spouse has been in prison for a long time, it’s possible that you may have lost touch, so getting a divorce can be more challenging than a normal divorce. Your spouse will also have limited ability to be present in mediations and hearings because of his or her incarcerated status. Is it even possible to get a divorce when your spouse is in prison?   Type of Divorce   When you are looking to get a divorce when your spouse is in prison, an uncontested divorce is your best bet. This will only be possible when you are communicating with your spouse and you both agree that getting a divorce is the best option for you and your family. If you also agree to all other issues that follow a divorce such as child custody and support, you will have an uncontested divorce. You will also have to agree about the division of your marital property. In this case, you can hire an attorney to help you file […]

Getting a Divorce When Your Spouse Is in Prison


How To Start Your Divorce in a Texas Family Court
  When you are trying to file for divorce in a Texas Family court, for sure there will be a lot of things that you would be considering. You will be anxious about what you need to do before you divorce your spouse and how you should prepare for it. Even if you know exactly how to prepare for your divorce, it can be tough if you don’t know how to start the process exactly. You will also be considering many things aside from the first steps you will have to take when you file for divorce in a Texas Family Court. Your primary concern will likely be how your children will be affected by the divorce. Your second major concern would be how the divorce could affect your financial status. We understand because this is what most (if not all) people considering a divorce are thinking about.   Goals To Get Through The Overwhelming Threat of Divorce   Even considering filing for divorce in a Texas family court can be overwhelming. The things that come with the divorce case will be mind-blowing as well. Before you tackle a divorce in a Texas family court, you need to be prepared. At the very least, you need to set some goals to help you focus your energy throughout the entire ordeal of your divorce. You should aim to regain control of your life. Make it a point to also think before you act. Obviously, you’ve never planned to get divorced, but here you are, considering filing a divorce in a Texas family law court. It might feel that things are getting out of control like you’re driving a truck on a sloping road without brakes. However, you can still be control of the situation. Get as much information as you can […]

How to Start a Divorce in Texas



Divorce Tips for Business Owners in Texas
Divorce tips for business owners can come in handy when you are a business owner undergoing a divorce. Divorce will never be an easy process. There would be conflict from any angle you look from. Divorce is also life-changing. It can literally change your life the moment the Final Order is released by the court. The problem is, there are not a lot of helpful information available. If you are a business owner, you could be worrying about how the divorce can impact your business. It can also be worrisome to think about how your business can impact your divorce proceedings. This is why we came up with these divorce tips for business owners to help you out.     When a Business Owner Goes Through a Divorce   Most business owners have worked all their life to make their business prosper. Since it’s something you’ve dedicated most of your life to, it’s understandable for you to be worried that the divorce might cause all that you’ve worked hard for to crumble down. Divorce means disaster for your family. You wouldn’t want it to unless chaos for your business as well. When all information you have are hearsay, you can’t really rely on it. It’s better to be informed of divorce tips for business owners from an experienced family law attorney.     Risks For Your Business     One fact that you should never forget is that your business could be subject to property division. It is likely that your business is part of your community estate. Fortunately, it’s possible that the business itself won’t be sharply divided, but chances are, you will share ownership with your spouse. Of course, a key point here is whether or not your business is classified as community property. If during the divorce […]

Divorce Tips for Business Owners in Texas


What a Bill of Review Means in a Family Law Case in Texas
First and foremost, what is a bill of review? Basically, a bill of review is a method to secure a new trial after the initial trial has ended. For instance, if you had a case in Texas and you were not satisfied with the result, you have the option to seek means to get a new trial. One option is to file a motion for a new trial, and another is an equitable bill of review. If you had received a default judgment, the best way to approach your case is to file a motion for a new trial. You can get a fresh start with your case when you file the motion for a new trial within thirty days from the day the judgment is signed.   On the other hand, a bill of review can be filed anytime from four months to four years from the day the judgment was signed in court. There is an exception to this rule though. If you can prove that fraud was involved and it greatly influenced the ruling of the judge, you might be granted a bill of review even after the 4-year period is over. An example of this would be when you have enough evidence that you were lied to by the opposing party, which caused you to fail to show up in court on the day of the trial.     How to Get a Bill of Review Granted   How can you increase your chances of successfully winning a bill of review motion? Of course, there is a standard set in Texas law that states what things are needed to win a hearing for bill of review. We can also take a look at what is needed in a motion for new trial to get an idea […]

How to Use a Bill of Review for Family Law in Texas



6 Tips for a Successful Divorce According to Family Law Attorneys
Aiming for a successful divorce is probably what everybody undergoing a divorce have in mind. Unfortunately, there are no classes you can take to ensure that your divorce will end successfully. The good news is you can hire a family law attorney who can be with you at each step of the divorce. This way you will get professional advice and you can also have all the information you need to have a successful divorce. If you want to easily have a successful divorce, experienced family law attorneys have a couple of tips for you. These tips will help them help you better. Aside from that, these tips will be useful in hastening the preparations and the actual divorce process.   Be transparent to your family law attorney regarding the details of your relationship   Sharing the details of your relationship with someone may sound mortifying and it could be the last thing on your mind. Since you are undergoing a divorce, the details of your relationship might not be pretty. However, you need to reveal important details to your attorney for a successful divorce. It will help your attorney prepare better for your case. For instance, if infidelity was involved in your divorce, if you’ve been struggling with a non-traditional relationship, addiction, infertility, issues with child-rearing and financial problems within your marriage, this can impact your divorce case in a big way. Make sure to let your attorney know about such issues so that you can prepare together for your successful divorce.   Don’t keep your finances a secret   You might think that concealing your assets would help in achieving a successful divorce, but it’s just a huge mistake. In fact, it could be the worst mistake you could ever do during your divorce. If you want your […]

6 Tips for a Smoother Divorce


testify in court
For people who are undergoing a divorce, thinking about how to testify in court for your divorce can be a constant source of stress. You may be thinking about making the right preparation for your appearance in court at the onset of the divorce. However, not all divorces end up in court, especially in the state of Texas. Texas really has a high rate of divorces ending in settlements compared to other states. Of course, it is better to play it safe than to end up sorry later on. If you think that there is a possibility that your case will end in a Texas court, by all means, prepare to testify in court for your divorce. If you already hired an attorney, for sure, your attorney would also advise you about these important points before you testify in court. 1. Choice of Outfit If you randomly bring this up to people, they would probably scoff and tell you that going to court is not about what you wear because it’s not going to be a fashion show. If you are preparing to testify in court for your divorce, you might be agonizing over what you should and should not wear. In fact, the clothes you wear can really have an impact on how people will perceive you in court. Of course, what you wear will probably not change the judge’s decision but people’s perception of you can be affected with what you wear, which in turn can affect your divorce case in many ways. With that said, it’s better to appear modest, so avoid clothes that are too revealing or showing too much skin. If you wear such clothing, it would certainly look inappropriate in the courtroom. If you are still unsure about what to wear, you can always […]

Testifying in Court For Your Divorce