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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Can I Oppose Divorce?


Way back when, a divorce in Texas would only be granted for certain, specified reasons. To seek a divorce, a spouse had to both allege and prove one such specific reason to get a divorce. Should he or she be unsuccessful in proving the alleged reason for seeking a divorce, then the divorce would be denied.
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Monday, May 24, 2021

The Burden of Proof in Criminal Cases


A burden of proof is a legal standard. It is the legal standard that requires parties to a case to demonstrate that a claim is either valid or invalid, a criminal charge justified or not justified, based on the facts and supporting evidence presented. In order to be successful in proving or disproving a legal claim, a party must meet its burden of proof.
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Can a Payor Spouse Modify Child Support Payments After Having More Children?


Divorce can mark a significant change in a person’s life. After divorce, however, life does of course continue to change. Can post-divorce life changes impact issues that were decided on during divorce proceedings? In certain instances, yes, they can. It will greatly depend, however, on what divorce issue you are referring to as well as what life changes would possibly merit reevaluating a previously resolved issue. Most commonly, people want to know when it might be possible to modify child support or alimony.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

What Is a Hate Crime in Texas?


Do you know what a hate crime is? The federal government and 49 states have hate crime laws in place. Wyoming is the only state without a hate crime law in place. While some states address a hate crime as a separate offense, others handle hate crimes as an aggravating circumstance to a separately specific crime.
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Monday, April 26, 2021

What Is the Difference Between Fault and No-Fault Divorce?


If you have considered getting a divorce, you may have seen the terms “fault” and “no-fault” come up in any initial research you may have done. Divorce is a complicated area of law, a highly personal one, and one that can have profound impacts on the personal and financial future of anyone who goes through it. Divorce can be the best choice for a person and a family.
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Friday, April 23, 2021

Is My Spouse Entitled to Half of My Business?


In a Texas divorce, marital assets are subject to equitable division. Marital assets are considered to be, with certain exceptions, those acquired, those that gained in value, or those that both spouses contributed to building during their marriage. This can include a business.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?


Have you been charged with a crime in Texas? If so, you potentially face harsh penalties including incarceration, fines, community service, and probation. Depending on the severity of the crime with which you are charged, you can face other penalties as well. In Texas, there are misdemeanor offenses and Read more . . .


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

My Spouse Wants a Divorce—What Do I Do?


Whether expected or unexpected, having your spouse directly inform you that he or she wants a divorce can send you reeling. Even saying the request out loud can feel like a marked change has fallen over your relationship. If your spouse has asked for a divorce, it will likely take a minute to compose yourself.


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Friday, March 26, 2021

What Is Covered Under Attorney-Client Privilege?


In the criminal justice system, it is all too common for defendants to feel isolated. Facing a criminal charge can be a lonely and stressful experience. Having a trusted attorney by your side can bring a sense of control and anchoring when you may otherwise feel completely free floating in chaos.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial


Whether you are a defendant, witness, or some other party involved in a pending criminal trial, the entire process can seem foreign and overwhelming. This is obviously truer for the defendant than anyone else. If you have been charged with a crime, you likely feel as though you are in uncharted territory and, at the same time, you may know how much is at stake. The unknown combined with knowing how your life can change if that Read more . . .


Friday, February 26, 2021

Do You Need a Divorce for a Common Law Marriage?


Did you know that you can have a common law marriage in Texas? It is true! There are, however, specific requirements for a common law marriage that must be met. If you and your partner have met the requirements for a common law marriage in Texas, you may, at some point or another, wonder whether you need to get a divorce for the marriage to end. We will talk more about that here.
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