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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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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How Does Immigration Status Affect Divorce Cases in Texas?

The state of Texas and the Texas Family Code do not mandate that a person be a citizen of the United States to receive a divorce or pursue a custody case. The only residency requirement is that a person must have resided in the state of Texas for the previous six months and resided in the county of filing for the previous 90 days. There is no distinction in the Texas Family Code between a legal or an illegal resident. A court will not consider immigration status when awarding child custody, child support, property division, spousal maintenance, or any 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. 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 other…

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How does visitation work during the Holidays?

Holiday season is upon us and Texas parents working under a divorce or child custody agreement may be wondering how they will share custody of the child during the upcoming holidays. Ideally the parents will have mutually agreed to a custody plan the maximizes the time the children spend with their families over the holidays; however that may not be the case for all families.

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What do you wear to court for trial?

The idea of appearing in court to testify in a contested divorce or other family law matter can be terrifying for an involved party. A lot is on the line, including custody of children or property, and a person needs to put their best foot forward, both literally and figuratively. While the family law court system is decidedly more casual than other systems such as civil litigation or federal courts, it is important that litigants dress in an appropriate manner. Here are some tips for what to wear at a typical contested hearing, whether it’s for a divorce, child custody case, or any other family law issue.

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Ten Tips For Testifying at Trial

If you have an attorney, you should meet with them prior to trial to discuss what topics will be addressed during testimony and the attorney should give you tips or provide you with materials that will help you prepare for testifying. Many times in a family law case, testimony revolves around specific events and dates. It can be helpful to create a timeline of these events and times to review prior to testifying so you can clearly remember these facts.

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3 Tips to Make Your Divorce as Easy as Possible

Divorces are rarely ever easy. However, there are ways to ease the stress involved. As you go through this difficult turning point in your life, it can be all too easy to become frustrated, overwhelmed and downright angry. While these feelings are unavoidable at times, it is important to make an effort to be strong and realize that, in the long run, it is a positive step towards a new, better life. Here are some ways that you can streamline the divorce process and hopefully reduce your stress levels.

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