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Monday, October 15, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Potential Divorce Attorney

How do I select a good divorce lawyer?

Divorce is a stressful time filled with uncertainty, fear, and much emotion.  Those contemplating divorce will need the assistance of an experienced divorce attorney.  Your divorce attorney will become your primary advocate and sounding board throughout the divorce process.  Your selection of a divorce lawyer could well make the difference between achieving the divorce outcome you desire or finding yourself struggling to make due with a lesser divorce settlement or an unfair custody arrangement.  With so many divorce lawyers out there, how do you choose the right one? Start by asking the right questions of your potential divorce attorney.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

The True Consequences of a Felony Conviction

How long with a felony stay on my record?

Being convicted of any felony offense can have tremendous consequences.  While the first concern on the mind of most defendants is the potential for prison time, a felony conviction will continue to impact your life long after you have served your time in jail.  Convicted felons will lose their basic right to vote, right to own or use a firearm, and right to serve on a jury.  In addition, a felony conviction will appear on your employment record and could severely impact your ability to obtain and keep your career.  These are just a few of the many potential negative consequences that may accompany a felony conviction.  Our Midland, Texas criminal defense lawyers discuss the consequences of a felony conviction below and the tremendous importance of defending against any felony charge.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tackling The New School Year Post-Divorce

How can I help my children start off the school year smoothly after our divorce?

Following a divorce, you and your children will go through many firsts. Things that were once routine may now seem different and new. One critical first for your children will be the first school year after your divorce. Starting the school year as a divorced family will involve transitions and scheduling challenges, but it also presents an opportunity to reach a new normal in which your children can thrive.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Strategizing Alimony Under the New Tax Laws

How will the new tax code change divorce negotiations?

Starting on January 1st, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will take effect and the law could result in big changes when it comes to alimony. Under the old tax laws, alimony payers were able to deduct the amount outlaid in alimony from their federal income taxes. For many divorcing spouses, the deduction became a central negotiation point, making the payment of alimony less onerous to the paying spouse.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

The new tax code will take full effect on January 1st, and several of its provision are anticipated to have a significant effect on divorce. With just months to go before the tax code replaces previous laws, potential divorce filers need to consider whether it is best to wait and plan their divorce to take place after January 1st, or to file quick before the deadline. Which move will be more beneficial depends on several factors unique to your own circumstances.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Information for Birth Mothers

Will I be able to choose the adoptive couple for my baby?

Electing to put your baby up for adoption is a brave and love filled decision, requiring that you put the interests of your child above your own. If you are pregnant and weighing the thought of placing your child up for adoption, you will naturally have many questions and concerns. Our Midland, Texas adoption lawyers answer some questions that you may have as a mother weighing the option of adoption.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Violence During a Divorce

How can an order of protection keep me safe during my divorce?

A Texas man recently shot his estranged wife while the couple was going through divorce proceedings. Kenneth Martin and his wife Linda had been married for 20 years when Linda filed for divorce. The couple continued to live together as they attempted to work out the details of the divorce, but the situation became tense. Following a mediation session during which Linda asserted her rights to several critical assets, Kenny shot Linda in the face as she sat waiting at a red light. Linda tragically died as a result of her injuries.


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Retirement Plans and Divorce

How are retirement plans divided in a divorce?

Retirement accounts can be a valuable asset, so understandably many divorcing spouses have concerns about what will happen to their retirement accounts in a divorce. Under Texas law, your individual retirement account may, in fact, be community property, and thus subject to division upon your divorce. Our Midland, Texas divorce lawyers discuss some facts you should know about the potential handling of your retirement assets post-divorce.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Expenses Covered by Child Support

Will child support cover private school expenses?

Child support was created in order to protect children nationwide from the economic impact of separation or divorce. There is a common belief that child support should only be awarded to cover a child’s bare necessities like food and clothing. In fact, Texas law permits the award of child support to cover a wide array of kid related expenses.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Divorce Mediation Benefits

How long does it take to get a divorce with a mediator?

A traditional divorce can be lengthy, messy, and costly. Many couples seeking an alternative to divorce turn to divorce mediation. Mediation has become one of the most common methods of achieving a divorce settlement.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

How Men and Women Deal With Divorce Differently

Do women or men move on more easily after a divorce?

It has been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and these differences in personality extend to the realm of divorce. An article by Kathleen O’Connell Corcoran explores the differences in how men and women are impacted by divorce. Knowing how your gender tends to cope with divorce can help you to move past divorce or assist a friend going through a divorce. Our


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