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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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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Prenups Can Help Your Marriage Succeed


How could a prenuptial agreement help my marriage?

When you think about a lasting marriage, a prenup is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind; however, prenuptial agreements can often be a component to marital bliss.  A prenuptial agreement is about a lot more than divorce.  With a prenup, you and your future spouse will discuss important financial issues, such as how you will manage finances.  Laying out your financial ideals in a prenup before the wedding can help to protect against arguments and misunderstandings about money.  Our


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Domestic Violence and Your Divorce


How might my spouse’s domestic violence affect our divorce?

Millions of Americans tragically find themselves affected by domestic violence each year.  Domestic violence can have a tremendous impact on your divorce in Texas.  The Texas Family Code defines domestic or family violence as any act by a member of a family against another member with the intent to result in bodily injury, physical harm, or a threat that places the family member in fear of imminent physical harm.  Domestic violence is a tremendous national problem, and any spouse that has been the victim of domestic violence should contact a


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Adopting a Child from Foster Care in Texas


What is the legal process for adopting a child in foster care?

There are over 30,000 children currently in foster care in Texas.  While some kids in foster care will ultimately be reunited with their biological parents, many more are in need of a new family though adoption.  Children available for adoption range in age from infants to older teens.  Some foster kids have siblings who are also in need of adoption, while others are special needs.  Electing to adopt a child from the foster care system can be a wonderful choice for both the child and your family.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Adultery and Divorce in Texas


How could adultery impact my divorce in Texas?

Adultery is one of the most common causes of divorce across the country.  Adultery can be incredibly painful for everyone involved.  Even though Texas allows for no-fault divorce, evidence of adultery could still impact your legal rights in a divorce in the state.  Our


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Texas Bans Child Marriage


At what age can I legally get married in Texas?

Texas has the second highest number of child marriages in the nation, but now the state is taking steps to eliminate the practice. The Governor of Texas recently signed a bill into law that will close current loopholes that allow child marriages in Texas. Under the new law, no one can marry unless they are at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor, and therefore a legal adult. The new law could result in fewer Read more . . .


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Creating an Enforceable Premarital Agreement in Texas


Why might a prenuptial agreement be invalid?

Prenuptial or premarital agreements have become increasingly common among couples contemplating marriage today.  While all of us enter into marriage expecting it to last forever, the reality is that close to half of all marriages will end in divorce.  Premarital agreements are carefully drafted by Texas family law attorneys and serve to clarify the rights and responsibilities of each spouse in the marriage, and the division of property in the event of a divorce.


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tips to Achieve a Happy Divorce


How can I divorce successfully?

The terms “success” and “happy” may not seem like they belong in the same sentence as divorce, but for many people, divorce can be just the step you need to find a brighter future.  It is imperative that divorcing people realize that divorce does not represent a failure; but rather, it symbolizes two people who tried to make a marriage work. Our Texas divorce lawyers offer a look at some of the secrets to achieving a successful divorce below.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Studies Support the Importance of Shared Parenting


Custody arrangements have evolved over the years, going from mother-centric custody to a preference for joint custody.  Research still emerging supports this continuing trend of ensuring both parents have a strong relationship with their children post-divorce.  Our Texas child custody lawyers discuss the research surrounding custody arrangements and how you can create a custody schedule that best supports the well-being of your child after divorce.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Broaching the Topic of a Post-Nup With Your Spouse


Will a post-nuptial agreement help to protect my assets?

If you married without a pre-nup, you may be wise to consider entering into a post-nuptial agreement with your spouse. A post-nuptial agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial contract, but instead of being executed before marriage, it is entered into during the union.  In a post-nup, you and your spouse can set out your wish to voluntarily divide your assets and property in the event of divorce or death.  Post-nups are authorized under Texas law, but it can be difficult to bring up the topic of a post-nup with your spouse.  Our


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Answers to Your FAQs About Divorce in Texas


Divorce is a complicated process that will have a significant impact on your future.  If you are considering filing for divorce, you likely have many question about the divorce process in Texas and your legal rights.  Below you will find some answers to the top questions asked by divorcing couples in Texas.  For individualized assistance with your divorce, contact our Read more . . .


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