Standard Possession Order in Texas

Video Transcription: The Standard Possession Order in Texas comprises of a weekend possession calendar, which is normally the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends and a Thursday during the school year, for a weekday period of possession. You also have to include a possession calendar for the holiday schedule. You would determine when the holiday schedule would actually begin based on the school district that your child is enrolled in, or if your child is not enrolled in school, the school district that he would be enrolled in. To determine when your holidays would start, we would technically include Thanksgiving. One…

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What are the benefits of mediation?

Video Transcription: Ninety percent of cases are actually resolved in mediation. You and I will meet in one room and most of the time, the other attorney and their client will meet in a separate room and the mediator will then go back and forth between both rooms to try and come up with an agreement. Most of the time, one spouse starts with this type of idea where they think they want to be and so does the other spouse. So through the mediation process, we compromise to the point where we can both live with something that we…

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Things not to do during the divorce process

Video Transcription: Things not to do during your divorce process. Don't date. Don't do drugs. Don't drink and drive. Don't use your children as pawns or put them in the middle. Don't dredge on the past of your divorce process. Let the past be the past. We're trying to move forward. It's not gonna be beneficial emotionally or financially for you to focus on the past when we're trying to get you moving forward. If you need counseling to deal with issues in the past, that's probably a good idea to seek counseling or a support group in some form…

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Tips to help reduce the cost of legal representation

Video Transcription: Divorce can get expensive, especially when you have people that won't agree to things. So attorneys get involved and expenses skyrocket. One of the ways that you can consider in reducing your attorney fees during the divorce process is to communicate via email to your attorney when you have questions and concerns. At my office, we request that you actually send them, questions one through five or so, in an email, so that they can be addressed and dealt with. We have an office policy to return all emails within a 24 hour period. Another way is for…

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Served with divorce papers? Now What? Do we need to go to court?

Video Transcription: Do we even need to go to court? As soon as we file some type of response, we notify the opposing counsel, and from that point we will then attempt to see if we can do something by agreement, put temporary orders in place, have temporary injunctions in place that say that neither party will cancel insurances or accounts or transfer moneys. That just is to maintain everything status quo until we can actually divide the community estate between the parties. Once we do that, we may have an option to attend mediation. Mediation is required on all…

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Benefits of Parenting Classes During a Divorce

Video Transcription: There is a parenting class that's required, a four hour parenting class, and some courts require different classes, depending. Now this is a class that I ask my clients to take from the beginning, so that they have that knowledge and information to utilize during the case. The parenting class normally doesn't teach you how to be a parent, but it teaches you how to communicate now in two different households. It is very difficult to discipline in one household when you have kids. Now that we're in two separate households, it makes it extremely difficult. And children…

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OurFamilyWizard.com – Tools to help improve co-parenting

Video Transcription: Normally when parents have an issue with communicating with each other, there is a great website that a lot of attorneys and judges use, called OurFamilyWizard. Now this is an online calendaring program where both parties can actually log in and create an account for their children. On this website, they can post the children's extracurricular activities, doctors' appointments, they can even include requests for exchanges of weekends and whether or not the other custodial parent will actually accept or deny those exchanges. And you can post uninsured medical expenses all to the same website. One of the…

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My ex has received a raise. Can I modify the child support amount?

If there has been a material and substantial change in the circumstances of the child, three years since the last child support order and a difference in the month child support amount by either 20% or $100 from what is currently ordered, then you are entitled to ask the Court to increase the amount of monthly child support ordered. This cannot be done by a simple agreement by the parties; a new order must be signed and approved by the Court for the increased amount to go into effect. You can achieve this by either working with the Office of…

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Same Sex Marriage in Texas – A Look to the Future

06/26/2015 - Same-sex is now legal across the nation. - Alfredo Texas is currently one of twenty states in the United States which ban same-sex marriage via a constitutional amendment. In October 2014, the US Supreme Court let stand a ruling held by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals finding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The resulting effect was that same-sex marriage bans are effectively voided in states such as Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. By declining to rule on the issue, combined with the changes in attitude toward same-sex marriage throughout the country, it can be inferred…

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Top 10 Rules for Protecting Kids During a Divorce

Read on to learn the top 10 rules for protecting kids during a divorce. Divorce can get nasty and a lot of times parents don’t consider the emotional toll it can take on the children. Below are some rules parents should keep in mind when going through a divorce. 1.  Don’t Make the Child Choose a Side Children instinctively love both their parents and being asked or expected to choose a side can be severely traumatic for a child. It’s natural for a child to want to please both parents so expecting them to be on one side or the…

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