Divorce

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Changing your name after your divorce in Texas

How To Change Your Name After Your Divorce in Texas

Do you know that you can change your name after your divorce? A lot of people who have been through a divorce often seek the help of an attorney to change their name after the divorce has been finalized. It is not so difficult to do, but there are certain processes and guidelines that you will have to follow before you can successfully change your name after your divorce. According to the Texas Family Code, you are free to change your name after your divorce, provided that you change it back to a name you have been using previously. Always, before your case will be finalized, your attorney or the judge will ask you about your purpose for wanting to change your name. It could be that you are trying to hide from someone, you might want to start completely anew, or you might want to keep creditors off your tracks. In any way, as long as you are not doing it for something illegal, the judge will likely grant you the name change. Some clients tend to worry that the judge will reject their request for a name change due to the fact that all family members should have […]

Making changes in Child Support in Texas

Must-Know Facts About Modifying Child Support in Texas

The guidelines for child support changes in Texas can be found in the Texas Family Code. There are rules that are strictly imposed when it comes to making child support changes in Texas. There are many factors that can lead to changes in the child support amount. These factors can include a significant increase or in a decrease in income. Child support changes in Texas must be done officially, with the judge’s approval. No matter how much you want to settle the matter outside of the court, it is still ideal to make the changes official for your financial security. If you make the changes outside of the court, sealing it with a handshake between you and your ex-spouse, the other party could go back on their word anytime, and you could suffer financially. True, it would be possible for that arrangement to work for a certain period of time, but you wouldn’t have the legal security for the future. Imagine when your spouse would suddenly have financial issues in the future or when some medical bills or major extracurricular expense would come up. It would be an extremely difficult time if your ex-spouse would suddenly decide not to honor […]

Changing schools after the divorce

Things to Think About Before Changing Schools After the Divorce

If you are undergoing a divorce now, changing schools after the divorce is one of the major changes that you will have to anticipate. For sure, you will go through many changes, more than just transferring the kids to another school as you go through the divorce. You could also move your residence, get another job, and of course, you will have to get used to not having your spouse with you. You might even have to let go of property that you valued. There will be physical, mental, emotional, social and financial adjustments before the divorce is even finalized. In the midst of all these, you can’t help but worry about the kids. Will you really have to change your child’s school? How will the divorce affect your child? You will keep on hoping that the divorce will not have a strong negative impact on the kids, emotionally, socially and academically. Your children will surely have to deal with changes in their own way too. The most significant change is probably the fact that they would no longer stay under one roof with two parents and that they might have to move from one home to another. It can be a […]

rights and duties of Texas parents

The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents

When you are getting a divorce, establishing the rights and duties of Texas parents before the divorce is finalized is a must. It is also important to pay attention to the parenting plan that will be included in your final divorce decree. The parenting plan will include many things such as a guide to the rights and duties of Texas parents until the children graduate high school or turn 18, as well your considerations regarding your child after the divorce. In other words, the parenting plan will include information about conservatorship and child support as well as access and possession information. These factors cover the different parenting methods you’d have to adapt following the divorce. Of course, these factors are basically the same ones you need to maintain a good relationship with your child even while staying married. It’s just that in a divorce, the judge will spell out your duties and responsibilities clearly in a legal document. Most parents are most concerned about how much time they’d be allowed to spend with the children after the divorce. Here are the things you need to know about the factors mentioned above so that you can feel at ease somehow, and […]

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How to Prepare to Meet Your Divorce Attorney for the First Time

A divorce attorney is who you need next once you have decided that you are going through with the divorce you’ve been thinking about for a long time. You will want to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your divorce plans. There are many family law attorneys you can contact, and most consultations are free. You need to look for a divorce attorney who knows how to put you at ease. After all, a divorce is a serious matter and you’d have to deal with many uncomfortable things, so you need an attorney who can make you feel comfortable. Since you are planning to meet a divorce attorney for the first time, it is reasonable to think about the kind of preparation you need to do in order to ensure that your first meeting will go smoothly. There are definitely things you can try to prepare to have a more efficient discussion on your first meeting, but not preparing these things does not mean that your meeting would be a complete failure. It’s just that with these prepared before your first meeting, your attorney would be able to easily address your concerns and make the necessary plans […]

How Adultery and Pregnancy Affects a Divorce Case In Texas

How Adultery and Pregnancy Affects a Divorce Case In Texas

You may have noticed that adultery has snaked its way and somewhat settled itself into the society today. There are definitely more cases of adultery nowadays than ten years ago. Statistics suggest that this is somewhat related to people becoming less religious. Media such as movies and television programs are not helping either – they just help people become more comfortable in justifying adultery and decisions related to infidelity. Technology is also a factor because it makes adultery a lot easier. This is also one of the major reasons why the number of divorce cases and broken families are steadily on the rise. This post is not meant to be judgmental or offensive. Instead, it is just meant to discuss the relevant issues surrounding divorces that stem from adultery. This is a question that many clients ask: “How will adultery impact my divorce case?” Whether you are the one who cheated or the one who has been cheated on, there is a lot of information you need to know as you go down the path to your divorce. There will also be a handful of things to consider if infidelity is what led you to pursue divorce.   The Big […]

Pets in a Texas Divorce

The Fate that Awaits Your Pet in a Texas Divorce

It goes without saying that a divorce comes with many considerations and if you have pets in a Texas divorce, you might be worried about their fate. One of the most devastating things that come along with divorce is separation. One parent would have to live separately from the children and the other spouse in most cases. Pets such as dogs and cats are part of the family and it’s difficult not to have an emotional attachment to them. However, when it comes to a divorce, the harsh reality is that they are classified as property. As property, these pets will be in the same category as your house, television, jewelry, bank accounts and other properties. As it is with other properties you have at the time of the divorce, the pets will need to be awarded to one spouse. You can talk and have an agreement about the fate of your pet, otherwise, the judge will have to decide on what to do with your pets in court. The thing is: since pets are considered a part of your property, they will be treated either as separate property or community property. The judge will not make a decision based on […]

proprty division in a texas divorce

Property Division in a Texas Divorce: It’s Not Just About the Money

Any divorce consists of many separations, such as property division – not just a break up of a couple. These days divorce is happening virtually everywhere, and you probably have at least one friend or family member who has gone through it. For sure, you would have heard issues they’ve experienced regarding property division. Most people typically skip the boring parts and stories such as in cases of peaceful, no-fault divorce cases. Instead, people love to talk about cases wherein the couple completely battled it out at court, cases full of scandals and such. Therefore, you might have heard of couples getting a divorce and fighting over children and property. These two makes it to the top of the list of the most important subjects in a divorce case. Children are obviously the most important, but nobody wants to get out of a divorce with nothing save for the clothes on their backs. After all, both spouses have the right to the properties obtained during the divorce. When you’ve spent almost half of your life listening to these types of stories, and now you are about to go through a divorce, you might feel terrified. Property division can intimidate anyone. […]

Community Property Issues

How to Effectively Guard Yourself Against Community Property Issues

One thing is for certain, if you want to avoid the complications from issues associated with community property, you need to know more about it. When you have ample knowledge of how it works and how to manage it properly, you’d be able to avoid the nasty complications of community property issues. If you are thinking of or in the process of getting a divorce, you might have come across ‘community property.’ These two words can play a huge role in your divorce but you may not know it quite well yet. A lot of questions should be on your mind when you cross paths with community property for the first time. For example, questions like: “How should I know which ones are community property and which aren’t?” “Is everything in the house considered as community property?” “Is it possible to have properties with you as the sole owner?” Separate Property and Community Property When you are asking about stuff that you can call ‘yours alone,’ you can refer to that as separate property. Basically, according to the Texas Family Code, separate property are things that are owned by one spouse before the marriage. It can also be a property […]

disabled spouse divorce

Things To Know When Filing for Divorce With a Disabled Spouse

Divorce is a major blow for anyone and for a disabled spouse, going through a divorce might prove to be almost life-threatening. There will be a lot of considerations that you need to think about if you are contemplating on getting a divorce and either you or your spouse is disabled. The person who is disabled will need an able and expert attorney by his or her side to protect his or her rights. There are some pertinent issues that you will have to consider when contemplating divorce with a disabled spouse. Check them out below: 1. Can a disabled spouse ask for a divorce and go through a divorce trial at court? There are definitely a lot of people who wonder about whether a disabled person is allowed to participate in a divorce. In this case, probate law is involved. There is a concept of guardianship that is always exercised when one is disabled and cannot handle their own affairs. If the disabled person is married, it is often their spouse who takes on the guardianship role. When a divorce is in the picture, there will surely be a conflict of interest, no matter who filed for divorce. The […]