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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 […]

debts in a Texas divorce

Things You Didn’t Know About Debts in a Texas Divorce

When you are going through a divorce, you will surely not just be dealing with the division of your marital properties – you might have to deal with debts in a Texas divorce too. The rule that applies to properties applies to debts in a Texas divorce too. The ones that have accumulated during the span of your marriage will have to be shared between you and your spouse. On the other hand, those that you have acquired before your marriage you will have to bear responsibility by yourself because it is considered separate property. Both spouses will not be automatically held liable for the debts that incurred during the marriage. During the divorce process, the judge will have to determine who is liable for which debts. There are cases when both of you will be liable for the debt though. This is referred to as ‘joint liability’ and often, it applies when the debt was made in order to pay for the marital home. Determining Liability for Debts in a Texas Divorce Just like how you will have to determine the details of how your marital properties will have to be divided, you will need to do the same […]

domestic violence and divorce in Texas

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 […]

how to establish paternity in Texas

How To Establish Paternity in Texas

When a married couple has a child, even without properly establishing paternity, people will automatically assume that the husband is the father. In order for that thought to be legally changed at court, ample evidence is necessary. It’s different when an unmarried couple has a child, it is often necessary for one parent to establish the identity of the father of the child. This is very important because this is the fact that the child will have to grow up with. This also matters because the child will need support from the father, such as financial support. Usually, despite being unmarried, the father would assume that his rights to the child are guaranteed even at the face of separation from the child’s mother. Acknowledging Paternity Usually, the acknowledgment of paternity is done at the hospital, after the child’s birth. There is an Acknowledgement of Paternity document that both parents can sign before it is submitted to the government office. When the father signs the documents, all doubts about paternity is put to rest, and the father’s name is added to the birth certificate, usually. If the couple is not married, the father is informed of the rights and duties of […]

Dealing with hidden assets in a Texas Divorce

Dealing With Your Spouse’s Hidden Assets in a Texas Divorce

 It is normal to be anxious about many things when thinking about getting a Texas divorce. You may have heard of horror stories about getting a divorce from your friends or acquaintances who have been through it. It’s difficult not to feel anxious when there is a possibility that something unpleasant will suddenly pop up before or after the Texas divorce has been finalized. Your spouse’s hidden assets could be one of these things. It will surely be complicated to deal with it especially when you don’t really know anything about it.   The Basics of Hiding Assets in a Texas Divorce    It is not uncommon for one spouse to try to hide some assets during the divorce. This is especially common when a lot of money and properties are involved. A common way to hide assets is to just choose not to announce a certain account or property. If your spouse has an account or property that you don’t know about, chances are, he will keep you uninformed about it. This is of course illegal, but that doesn’t really stop some spouses from hiding away some of their assets. Often, properties that are hidden throughout the marriage only are […]