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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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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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