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Monday, December 28, 2020

How to Establish Paternity in Texas


Paternity refers to the legal standing of being a father to a child. The fact that a person is considered to be a child’s legal father means that he has certain rights and obligations in regards to that child. With paternity legally established, a father will be entitled to things such as custody and visitation rights and will also be obligated to provide support for the child.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

What Does a Forensic Accountant Do During Divorce Proceedings?


There are so many issues at play in a divorce. Things can turn to a mess at many different levels. One such level involves finances.
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Monday, December 21, 2020

What to Expect During Cross-Examination


Have you been called as a witness in a criminal trial? This can be a nerve wracking experience, even if you are not necessarily the one standing trial. A witness is called by either the prosecution or the defense. The attorney who calls the witness will have the first opportunity to question them on what is referred to as “direct examination” or “direct.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

When Divorce Mediation Might Be Right for You


Have you decided that your best path going forward involves divorce? It is the right decision for many and can signal a fresh, brighter start for many people and their families. To help ease the process, many reap the benefits offered by divorce mediation. A frequently used negotiating method in the divorce settlement process, divorce mediation involves you and your spouse retaining a neutral third party, referred to as the “mediator,” and you all meet together to discuss and work to resolve the issues incident to the divorce.


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Monday, November 16, 2020

The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Divorce


Divorce is stressful even under the most amicable, honest, and open of circumstances. Throw in complex financial matters and spouses that are being less than forthright and transparent with critical pieces of information and things can get tumultuous fast, to say the least. Financial matters can be some of the most heated, contentious matters to be addressed during a divorce.


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Monday, November 9, 2020

The Benefits of a Premarital Agreement


A prenup, prenuptial agreement, or premarital agreement often gets a bad name. People can have some very strong opinions of a premarital agreement and, commonly, these opinions are not favorable, to say the least. Premarital agreements, however, have many benefits that are often overlooked. A legally binding contract that can establish how spouses will divide assets and liabilities in the event of a


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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What Are the Differences Between a Jury Trial and a Bench Trial?


Should you be facing the possibility of a criminal trial, you will need to decide whether or not you want a jury trial or a bench trial. The basic difference between the two is easy enough to state. A jury trial is when a criminal case is presented before a jury and the jury decides on the verdict.


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

What Is a Plea Bargain?


While the focus on many shows about the criminal justice system may be on the courtroom battle, most criminal cases end up getting settled out of court, before the need for a full-blown trial. This is because the defendant and prosecutor have come to a plea bargain regarding the criminal defendant. What exactly is a plea bargain? We will discuss it in more detail here.


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Co-Parenting Struggles in the Time of Covid-19


Co-parenting can be difficult in the best of times. Throw a pandemic into the mix, and things can become exponentially more complicated and tough to handle. Know that you are not alone. Co-parents across the country have been faced with new and heightened challenges underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, we will not only discuss some of these challenges but also offer possible solutions to help overcome them.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How Is Paternity Established in Texas?


Paternity, in the legal sense, refers to a child’s legal father. Being the legal father of a child comes with important rights and responsibilities. In Texas, when parents are married to each other at the time the child is born, the husband is automatically established as the child’s legal father.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Benefits of Divorce Mediation


Divorce proceedings may call to mind images of soon to be former spouses battling it out in the courtroom. Fights about alimony, child support, division of assets, and more may be associated with this. This, however, is not how divorce needs to be.


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