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Category Archives: Family Law

Overcoming an Impasse in Divorce Mediation in Texas

We have all heard horror stories about how a divorce can turn into a nasty, difficult, and emotionally draining fight. The good news is that divorce does not have to be that way. Indeed, the vast majority of people want an amicable divorce. Mediation is one of the best legal options for divorcing couples looking …

Things to Know About Property Division Under Texas Divorce Laws

While spousal support and issues related to minor children may not come up in every Texas divorce, almost all parties must address property division when dissolving their marriage. Couples may acquire substantial assets after the wedding date, especially in long-term marriages. They might also incur considerable debt through loans, mortgages, and credit cards. Both property …

When Can You Modify Child Custody in Houston?

Child custody court orders are final and legally binding. Fortunately, that does not mean that these orders cannot be modified. If you can show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances and convince a judge of that fact, you may be able to modify your child custody order. However, there are certain requirements …

Your Comprehensive Guide to Spousal Maintenance and Cohabitation in Texas

Following a divorce, the financially-better-off party may be required to make ongoing payments to their former spouse. Known as alimony, spousal support, or spousal maintenance, these payments are not guaranteed in Texas. Spousal maintenance is subject to strict rules and regulations in our state. Under Texas law (Texas Family Code § 8.056), a person’s obligation …

How Long is the Adoption Process in Texas?

Adopting a child is a blessing for the entire family. If you are considering adoption, or are about to start the process, you likely want to expand your family as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, adoption does not happen overnight. Additionally, it is very difficult to determine how long any one case may take because the …

The Three Types of Spousal Support in Texas

Spousal maintenance, known as alimony in other states, is not guaranteed in all Texas divorces. However, when one spouse will be left unable to financially support themselves during or after the divorce process, a judge may order it. Couples can also reach an agreement on their own about whether spousal maintenance should be paid, the …

Family Law Services

You might not appreciate the expansive nature of Texas family law concepts until you realize that the relevant concepts encompass many of your closest, most personal relationships. Some scenarios involve joyful occasions and meeting the legal requirements for marriage or welcoming a new member of the family. Others are less cheerful, but it is still …

Court Admissible DNA Test

In Texas, unmarried parents have rights and responsibilities with respect to minor children, just as they do when the child is born into a marriage. However, the process that establishes these rights and obligations is different. There are specific ways to establish paternity, since the child’s parentage is not presumed when the parents are not …

What Can I Do If I Don’t Want to Pay Alimony Anymore?

Regardless of whether an award of alimony (or its proper Texas name – spousal maintenance) came through an agreement of the parties or a contested hearing, a so-called “final” divorce decree is not necessarily set in stone. Texas divorce laws recognize that the status quo that existed at the close of the divorce case will …