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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Child Custody Disputes in Texas


How can parents resolve a child custody dispute?

For parents going through a divorce or unmarried parents that do not live together, child custody is a critical issue that often gives rise to disputes.  Splitting parenting time can be difficult to fathom for any parent. Some parents can simply not agree to a custody plan on their own, necessitating the assistance of outside parties.  Below, our Read more . . .


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Felony Charges


Put simply, a felony is a serious crime. Defined by its punishment, a defendant charged with a felony faces state prison or jail time. This is in contract to misdemeanor crimes which are punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. For a felony, the jail term could be anywhere from 6 months to life. If you are up against felony charges, you are looking at jail time.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

New Technologies Could Make Co-Parenting Easier


How might an app improve your ability to co-parent?

Communication is crucial when you are learning to co-parent.  Many newly divorced or separated parents report that communication can be the most difficult element to achieve so soon after a split.  With tensions running high, finding a way to coordinate schedules, discuss crucial child rearing issues, and delegate parenting responsibilities can be difficult, if not impossible.  Fortunately, today there are some new technologies that could improve your ability to co-parent effectively. Our Midland, Texas
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?


Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?


With a divorce looming, it can be tense to remain living in the marital home with your spouse.  Understandably, one of the spouses will often want to leave the home before the divorce is finalized.  However, moving out of the marital home before the divorce is complete could potentially have implications for your legal rights to the home in the long run.  OurRead more . . .


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bail Reform Legislation


Texas pretrial jailing practices have recently come under fire. There have been a string of critical federal court rulings. Additionally, there have been multiple jail deaths and the murder of a state trooper drawing attention to Texas bail and pretrial jailing practices. Two of the most largely populated counties in Texas have bail practices that have been deemed unconstitutional by federal judges. The federal court rulings held that the bail practices were discriminatory against poor criminal defendants who did not have the means to pay for their release from jail.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Co-Parenting Tips for Newly Divorced Parents


How do I make joint custody work when I have a contentious relationship with my ex?

 

Effective co-parenting can be quite challenging, especially following an acrimonious divorce.  Despite the challenges, in most cases having both parents play an ongoing and active role in the lives of the children will be beneficial for all involved.  For the sake of your children, it is important to find a way to work with your ex to develop a working co-parenting arrangement.  Our Read more . . .


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Divorce Mediation


Going through a marital break-up is never easy, and the highly charged emotions associated with divorce can cloud a person’s judgment. This can make resolving the key issues in a divorce (e.g. property division, child custody, child support), more complicated and add to the tension. One way to avoid a contentious, protracted legal battle, however, is an alternative to litigation known as
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Declared Single, Though Divorce Proceedings Are Ongoing


What is a bifurcated divorce?

Celebrity power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially split, despite ongoing divorce proceedings.  More than two year ago, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars, who share six children together, announced their estrangement.  The couple’s divorce has been contentious from the start, with a fierce custody battle and unresolved financial matters.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

“Ban the Box” Ordinance


In March of 2016, Austin’s City Council passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance. This ordinance is referred to as the “Ban the Box” Ordinance because it removes the check box that asks if a job applicant has a criminal record. It prohibits most employers from asking questions about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment is made. The ordinance applied to private employers with 15 or more employees. Once a conditional employment offer is made, an employer may ask about criminal history.
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Preparing for Divorce

What documents will I want to gather before filing for divorce?

Seeking a divorce can be a challenging and emotional time.  Along with the stress surrounding the divorce, preparing your paperwork for the divorce itself can be complex and time consuming.  If you are starting off on the path towards divorce, now is the time to engage in some advance preparations so that you will be in a stronger position legally when the time comes to file your divorce petition.  Our Midland, Texas divorce lawyers outline some steps you should take as you prepare for divorce below.


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Friday, March 29, 2019

Adultery and Divorce in Texas


Will evidence of adultery impact my alimony award in Texas?

Adultery is one of the most common causes of divorce.  It is believed that somewhere between ten and 30 percent of all divorces occur due to adultery by one or both of the spouses.  Before the advent of the “no-fault” divorce, adultery used to serve as one of the major grounds for divorce between couples.  Today, Texas, along with most other states, allows for no-fault divorces in which the couple does not have to list a reason for the breakdown of the marriage.  Nonetheless, Texas still allows for the filing offault based divorces and adultery can have a tremendous financial impact on a divorce in the state.


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