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Monday, March 12, 2018

Including Your Pet in Your Texas Divorce

Who will keep our pet after the divorce?

Your pet is a treasured member of your family.  If you are considering filing for divorce, you may be concerned with what will happen to your pet post-divorce.  Texas courts take the position that pets are property, not family members.  Nonetheless, there are steps divorcing couples in Texas can take to ensure their pet is care for in the best manner possible post-divorce, which may include setting out ownership of the pet in your

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bitcoin and Divorce

How can cryptocurrencies complicate a divorce?

Cryptocurrencies have heightened tremendously in popularity in recent years.  Digital currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum allow internet users to purchase digital assets with relative anonymity.  Many users feel that cryptocurrencies represent the future of money as the currency cannot be counterfeited, allows for immediate settlement, can be accessed by anyone with the internet, and offer lower fees.  Already, leader Bitcoin has skyrocketed in value since its original inception.  Despite the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies, the existence of cryptocurrency can lead to complications when couples divorce.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Helping Your Friend Through a Divorce

What should I do if my friend is going through a divorce?

With roughly half of all marriages ending in divorce, chances are you may have already had or will have a friend going through a divorce.  As a friend, you want to be there and say the right things, but so often friends are unsure of how to react to a divorce.  Our West Texas divorce lawyers offer some tips for helping your friend through divorce.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Exploring International Adoption

How long does it take to complete an international adoption?

Internationally, there are over eight million orphans awaiting a family of their own.  Couples wishing to adopt have several options when it comes to adoption. One of the first choices a family will often make is whether to adopt domestically or internationally.  Several high profile adoptions by Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie and Madonna have led to more Americans considering international adoption.  Domestic adoptions, however, continue to be more prevalent than international adoptions.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Developing a Co-Parenting Plan

How can a parenting agreement help me to co-parent effectively?

Divorce is often a time of immense acrimony.  Tensions may naturally be high following any divorce.  When children are involved, it becomes essential for parents to put aside their hostilities in order to co-parent effectively.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Divorce and Your Health Insurance Coverage

Will my health insurance coverage be impacted by my divorce?

Divorce has an effect on everyone involved, from the breadwinner to the stay at home parent.  Divorce will impact nearly every aspect of your finances and your life.  Your health insurance is one of the many things that may change due to your divorce.  Health insurance is critical to protect your wellbeing and the health of your family members, so it is important that you anticipate what will happen to your health care coverage after a divorce.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Consequences of Hiding Assets in a Divorce

What actions can I take if I believe my spouse is concealing assets?

Divorce can be costly for some well-to-do individuals.  As such, it is not uncommon for spouses to attempt to conceal their assets from their spouse and the divorce court in order to preserve their wealth.  A spouse may begin planning for divorce long before the actual filing by hiding funds offshore, using trusts, joint partnerships, and the like.  The spouses of those who hide assets may need to take action to uncover the missing assets and obtain their legal stake. Those who attempt to conceal assets could face potential charges from the IRS and negative consequences in divorce court.

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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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