Family Law

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Everything You Need To Know About CPS in Texas

There are many situations that might lead CPS in Texas to take your child into their possession. CPS stands for Child Protection Services, and according to the Texas Family Code, it has the authority to handle investigations regarding neglect and abuse against children. CPS in Texas will carry out investigations when there are signs and allegations of abuse or neglect, such as when The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents  are not properly followed. If proven, the CPS can take your child away from your home. There are hotlines that are available 24/7 that are open for reports of abuse and neglect. Any report will be treated with utmost confidentiality. There are also some professionals who have the obligation to report abuse and neglect against children when they know of it. These professionals include police officers, doctors, teachers, and lawyers. If someone makes a report to CPS regarding your child, the CPS office in your area will be notified and they will begin the investigations. What To Do When CPS Investigation Begins and Your Child is Involved When there is an investigation that needs to be done, a caseworker from CPS in Texas will be assigned to handle the case. The caseworker […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Child Custody and Support Issues When Your Child Resides Outside of Texas

Child custody and support issues can get more complicated if your child does not reside in the same state where you file for divorce. For instance, you and spouse can choose to live in Texas for at least six months in order for the state to have power over your divorce. You will then be eligible to file for a divorce in a court in Texas. However, what if your child lives in another state? You may have just left your child with a relative for a couple of months. What will happen to your child during your divorce if your child has never been in Texas? Getting a Divorce in Texas When Your Child is Not a Texas Resident There can be an issue if your child has never been a resident of Texas because the child’s legal proceedings such as those dealing with parental rights, custody and child support will all be beyond the jurisdiction of any court in Texas. Even if the court makes a decision regarding your child, it is somewhat questionable whether or not such a decision can be enforced. If you are pushing for a divorce case, and there is a child involved, the […]

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Spousal Maintenance 101: Everything You Need To Know

Spousal maintenance is something that you might need to think about if you are contemplating divorcing your spouse. If you are thinking of filing for divorce or if you are already in the middle of one because your spouse had already gone ahead and filed for it, your major and immediate concerns would surely include your finances. If you have children and properties, these would be on your priority list too, for sure. Matters regarding your children would definitely make it on top of the list. If you don’t have enough knowledge regarding the divorce, it’s understandable why you would feel uncertainty in all levels. Financial uncertainty is probably the worst since you might even have to consider stepping down a few up to several notches from your current level of lifestyle. You can feel anxious and intimidated – not to mention scared. You might be relieved to know that you don’t really have to go through your divorce with these fears. You can obtain more information about how the laws in Texas works regarding divorce cases and you can then relate what you will have known to your own divorce case. Of course, to make things easier for yourself, […]

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Busting Myths and Rumors About Child Support in Texas

The area of family law that a lot of people are concerned about is the part that deals with child support. In a divorce, it’s unavoidable for both parents to worry about finances. It is common for the parent who needs to provide child support and the one on the receiving end of it to worry about it equally at the same time. As a parent, you will also worry about your rights and how and to what extent you should exercise it. You might hear a lot of rumors and myths from family members and friends who have been through it before or have heard about child support issues from others. They might want the best for you, but it does not necessarily mean that they can give you sound advice that you can really count on. You might voluntarily ask them for advice, but you can never know how accurate the advice you’d be getting unless they’re from legal experts skilled where family law is concerned. The thing with family law is that it changes quickly. What might have been true at that time your cousin had a divorce and had issues with child support may no longer […]

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Hacks on Hiring an Experienced Divorce Attorney in Texas

If you want your divorce case to go according to your expectations and to be successful quickly, hiring a divorce attorney is one of the most important things that you must do. It’s acceptable not to have much knowledge about getting a divorce, especially if it’s your first time. You might have only heard one-sided stories from friends and acquaintances who have been through a divorce. This gives you one more reason to hire a lawyer to guide you through all the steps of the case and to represent you in court. You might have expectations of what divorce cases are like based on what you see on television and movies. There is a possibility that this misinformation from the media would lead you to make rash and unwise decisions regarding your own divorce. A skilled and experienced divorce attorney would be able to keep you on the right path, provide you with assistance and most of all, make sure that your interests are protected. Qualities in a Lawyer That You Should Look For You might be wondering now how in the world would you be able to choose a lawyer out of seemingly thousands of divorce lawyers in your […]

Conservatorship in Texas

What You Need To Know About Conservatorship in Texas

Before tackling cases dealing with divorce in Texas, we always make it a point to know what the clients want out of the divorce. In most cases, clients want full child custody in Texas. Unfortunately, full custody does not exist in Texas, at least legally. In fact, the term “custody” does not even exist in the Texas Family Code. The closest thing to “custody” in the Texas is conservatorship. What does conservatorship in Texas really mean? Texas Conservatorship Designations There are primarily two types of conservatorships that exist in Texas. The first of which is managing conservatorship, which involves rights, duties, and decision making powers. Managing conservatorship can be legally given to both parents of a child if they are not married – no longer married or have never been married. When someone is a managing conservator it means that he or she is basically the legal guardian of the child, protecting the child and managing finances and other things with the child’s best interest in mind. Usually, both parents will become “joint managing conservators” of their children after the divorce and therefore share in those rights, duties, and decisions similarly to how parents who are still together would. There […]

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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 […]