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How Divorce Affects Social Security Benefits in Texas

The process of divorce is difficult at any age or circumstance. However, it can be especially intimidating later in life. The more knowledge you have about how your divorce will affect Social Security benefits, the better prepared you’ll be for your retirement years following a marital breakup in Texas. Here’s a glimpse at how divorce...

Protecting Assets Before Divorce in Texas

Marriage is more than a loving relationship. It’s a legally binding civil contract that defines what you and your partner own. During divorce, it’s natural to want to preserve as much of your combined assets as possible, particularly if you were the one who earned them. But what you see as moving to protect your...

Dealing with Psychological & Verbal Abuse During Divorce

Sadly, abusive marriages are not entirely uncommon. It happens to both men and women. If it happens to you, the best thing you can do is get out. Unfortunately, the divorce process may exacerbate this behavior from an abusive spouse, and things may only become more difficult in the short term. Identifying Abuse Even if...

What is Community Property in Texas Divorce?

Each state has its own set of laws that govern the division of property during a divorce or dissolution of marriage. Community property is a term for the assets that a married couple owns together. There are nine states that recognize the philosophy of community property, including Texas. Which assets are considered separate or community...

Is it Better to File for Divorce First in Texas?

If you are the first to file for divorce, you will be known as the Petitioner. Ultimately, the differences between who files first are minimal but there are some procedural considerations as you will see below. The Petitioner May Choose the County If there are multiple counties in which the courts could have proper jurisdiction,...

How Long Does Divorce Take in Texas?

Very few people seeking a divorce want to see the process drag out longer than necessary. Divorces can be difficult and expensive. If you’re seeking a divorce, you likely don’t want to spend a lot of time and money in the process either. But the answer to how long a divorce takes in Texas will...

What Happens If I Don’t Respond To Discovery?

It is always in a party’s best interest to respond to discovery. This is for two main reasons. First off, it can hurt your ability to put on evidence at trial. Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, failure to timely respond to discovery may prevent a party from being able to admit evidence at trial. If you plan on using witnesses at your trial and they are not timely disclosed during discovery process they may not be able to testify on your behalf. Evidence can be of the utmost important during a legal dispute, responding to discovery ensures evidence important to your case can be heard at trial.