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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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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Look At the Most Expensive Divorce Settlements Of All Time

What factors should high net worth individuals consider a divorce?

When ultra-wealthy couples divorce, it often makes headline news. Mega celebrities like Tiger Woods, Madonna, and President Trump have all been hit with costly divorce settlements. These massive divorce settlements are nothing compared to the top divorce settlements of all time. Our


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rushing to File for Divorce

Does it matter who files for divorce first?

Deciding to file for divorce is never easy. Divorce is a major step that will have an impact on your life. Once you have determined that divorce is your best course of action, you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney right away.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Texas’ Paternity Registry Explained

How can I preserve my paternal rights in Texas?

Several cases of abandoned newborns have made headline news in Texas in recent months. These cases, in which the child is placed into foster care, beg the question as to what steps a biological father can take to protect their legal rights. In Texas, a paternity registry exists that allows registered fathers to be notified in the event their offspring is placed for adoption or the paternal rights are contested in court.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dissipation of Marital Assets in Texas

What are the consequences for wasting marital assets in Texas?

Divorce can get ugly, and sadly some bitter spouses will do anything to avoid giving their spouse a fair cut of the marital assets. One of the most common ways in which a spouse can reduce the number of marital assets is through marital waste. When a spouse intentionally squanders marital assets in order to prevent the other spouse from receiving a fair share, this is considered marital waste.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Stepparent Adoption Process in Texas

Can I adopt my stepchild if his or her absent biological parent will not consent?

Millions of stepparents across the country are raising their stepchildren. Adopting a stepchild can be a wonderful way to create a permanent legal bond. Stepparent adoptions are the most common form of adoption and the adoption process can be completed far quicker than other forms of adoption.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Including a Forensic Accountant on Your Divorce Team

How could a forensic accountant benefit my divorce case?

Finances are often the most contested issue in a divorce. During your divorce in Texas, all marital assets and debts must be separated between the spouses. A fair divorce requires financial transparency, but at times a spouse will attempt to conceal assets. A forensic accountant can prove invaluable in uncovering hidden assets or dividing complicated assets. For high earners or divorces potentially involving hidden funds, a forensic accountant could be a vital member of..


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Common Law Marriage in Texas

Does Texas recognize common law marriage?

More Americans today are electing to cohabitate before or as an alternative to getting married. When a long term cohabiting couple splits, it can raise issues quite similar to divorce. After all, these couples may own property together, have children, and intermix their assets. In some states, long term cohabitating couples are deemed married and can seek a divorce just like a married couple. Other states refuse to recognize so-called common law marriages.


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bringing a Paternity Suit in Texas

Do I need to establish paternity to receive child support for my child?

Establishing the legal paternity of your child is critically important for protection of your child’s legal rights.  When a child is born out of wedlock, there are two common ways to determine the paternity of the child. The father can either acknowledge the paternity of the child or a lawsuit will be initiated to adjudicate the paternity of the child.  With paternity established, you may then seek child support from your child’s father for the benefit of your child.


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