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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Modifying a Texas Child Support Order

What are the requirements to change a child support order in Texas?

Child support is intended to provide necessary financial support for the millions of children in America living primarily with one parent.  Child support orders are determined by weighing a number of factors, including both parents’ monthly income and contributions to the child’s expenses.  At times, circumstances will change that require a current child support order be modified.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Fathers Continue to Fight for Equal Custody Rights in Texas


How do Texas courts determine who gets custody over a child?

In Texas, a group of concerned fathers and mothers are continuing to push for equal parenting laws in the state.  The Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement had several members present in Austin recently to find out more information about the state’s child custody laws.  According to organizers of the movement, it can be difficult for Texas parents to obtain equal visitation time with their children in the event of a divorce or separation.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Adopting a Child From Your Local Community


What is the process to adopt a child from foster care?

Recently, Bastrop County held a special adoption day.  Twenty-eight children from 17 different families found forever homes at the Bastrop County Courthouse as a part of November’s National Adoption Awareness Month.  In a courtroom lovingly decorated with balloons and banners, adoptions were processed one by one.  The newly formed families cheered as their long-held dreams became a reality with the
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Use Caution Splitting Your Retirement Accounts in DIY Divorce


Why is it difficult to divide retirement accounts between divorcing spouses?

In the internet era, more spouses are turning to do-it-yourself divorce as an affordable means to end a marriage.  While some couples may be able to successfully divorce on their own, there are numerous risks if you elect to undergo a DIY divorce.  Divorcing spouses may end up with far more significant financial expenses from going it alone than they would have incurred in attorney’s fees for experienced assistance with the divorce.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Divorce Among Millennials


How are divorce patterns changing with the Millennial generation?

Divorce rates and the circumstances surrounding divorce tend to shift with each new generation.  As more millennials are getting married, and divorced, divorce lawyers in Texas and elsewhere across the nation are noticing some distinct trends among today’s generation when it comes to divorce.  Millennial divorces may not involve as much property or debt to divide, but they nonetheless require the assistance of a skilled divorce lawyer.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Creating a Parenting Plan in Texas


What is the best custody schedule for my child?

A parenting plan is a document created and agreed to by the parents of a minor child, and approved by the court, often during a divorce.  It governs the relationship between two parents regarding custody of the child.  Your parenting plan will be of critical importance to your child’s future and your life post-divorce.  Our Read more . . .


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dividing Property in Your Texas Divorce


Who will keep the family house during my divorce?

For many divorcing spouses, the issue of who will keep what property is a matter of great importance.  You and your spouse may own property, retirement accounts, valuable furniture, and much more.  Understandably, you do not want to lose your valued property in a divorce.  In Texas, marital property will be divided equitably, which does not always mean equally.  Our Read more . . .


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Keeping Your Texas Divorce Out of the Public Eye


Can I prevent my divorce from being made public?

When you are going through a tough divorce, the last thing you want is your private life made open to the public.  However, once you or your spouse files for divorce, some of your personal information, including financials and custody matters, may become part of the public record in Texas.  The public, which could include your employer, neighbors, creditors, and others, may be able to view documents filed in court and attend court proceedings. For many people, the publicness of a divorce is alarming.  For those already in the spotlight, keeping your divorce private may be imperative as it could impact your image and career.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Why Divorce Litigation is Sometimes Inevitable


What circumstances will generally give rise to divorce litigation?

Most divorce cases will end up settling out of court.  Settling your divorce case can save money and time, but in some cases litigation is simply the only option.  Our Midland Texas divorce lawyers at Navarrete and Schwartz, P.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Divorce and Your Family Business


Who will keep the family business in a divorce?

Divorce can be messy and complex for anyone, but if your spouse is also your business partner, divorce presents a unique set of challenges.  Many happily married couples who start a family business never take the time to contemplate the possibility of divorce.  Without advance planning, your successful business may become a point of contention in your divorce.  Our Read more . . .


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Navigating Your Role as Stepparent


What are some mistakes I should avoid making as a new stepparent?

The role of stepparent is not an easy one.  When you become a stepparent, the first thing you likely want to do is bond with your new stepchildren. This can prove challenging, however, because you must also navigate the intricate web of relationships between the stepchild and his or her biological parents.  Being the best stepparent you can be will involve opening your arms to welcome your new children.  As you step into the role of stepparent, consider the following mistakes to avoid.
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