Very few family law cases end up in a final trial, whether before a jury or before a judge.  Most of the time, parties are able to settle their differences at some point during the course of the litigation.  Sometimes, these settlements are reached informally, by passing settlement offers back and forth between the lawyers…

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As if divorce weren’t tough enough, throw in long-distance parenting and you’ve got a tricky proposition.  In today’s fast-paced existence, the reality is that both parents aren’t always able to live within the bounds of standard language in your typical Texas custody agreement, whether the reason is financial (job) or personal (you name it). Let’s…

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Coaching is a process which strives to take a situation which is not working as well as it could and make it better.  It looks to the client to take responsibility for the outcome of the process and offers guides to help along the path.  This is not the normal view of the attorney client…

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New Child Support Guidelines, 2019 - What You Need To Know

Child support can be one of the most miscalculated topics (figuratively, literally) within the family law/divorce experience. Not how to arrive at an individual’s recompense, depending on the particulars of a couple’s situation, but on what details actually factor into the equation. With that in mind, this blog endeavors not only to make you aware…

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Five Tips to Protect and Maintain Your Separate Property

In the beginning, there was the word, and that word was Separate Property.  Technically, that’s two words, but who’s counting anyway. To those readers who as kids sharpened their crayons so they would never color outside the lines—this article is for you! Unfortunately, that group also stopped reading after the whole word/words debacle in the…

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When a divorce suit is filed, the Court is required to divide the estate of the parties in a manner that the Court deems “just and right.”  The Court is also challenged to “give due regard for the rights of each party” and last but not least, to not forget about the children.  Seems reasonable.…

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Does Dad Always Get Visitation on Father’s Day? In Texas, the standard custody agreement gives mom time with the kids on Mother’s Day and dad gets them on Father’s Day (usually the entire weekend, but some orders deal only with the Sunday). Of course, not every agreement follows the standard, particularly if the parents don’t…

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Financial Wildcards in Divorce

In the first post of Money, Debt, and the Modern Divorce, we covered the regulars of marital liabilities, the biggies, aka mortgage and credit card debt. While no walk in the park, these complicated financial dilemmas are nothing new for the family law attorney. Here we address those unique situations we don’t see every day,…

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Money, Debt and the Modern Divorce

Nothing gives a family law attorney that get up and go energy like diving into the liabilities section of a client’s inventory—money is sexy! Hm. Let’s put it this way: if each client came with a checking account brimming with sufficient funds to pay every liability, and a bundle left over for reasonable, necessary legal…

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When Divorce Requires Litigation

When Litigation is Necessary A good, experienced family law attorney understands – and advises his clients – that the courthouse is the emergency room of the legal system. There are many ways to resolve issues that are much better for the “patients,” the clients, than going up against their spouse in front of a judge.…

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