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Sunday, February 28, 2021

How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial


Whether you are a defendant, witness, or some other party involved in a pending criminal trial, the entire process can seem foreign and overwhelming. This is obviously truer for the defendant than anyone else. If you have been charged with a crime, you likely feel as though you are in uncharted territory and, at the same time, you may know how much is at stake. The unknown combined with knowing how your life can change if that Read more . . .


Friday, February 26, 2021

Do You Need a Divorce for a Common Law Marriage?


Did you know that you can have a common law marriage in Texas? It is true! There are, however, specific requirements for a common law marriage that must be met. If you and your partner have met the requirements for a common law marriage in Texas, you may, at some point or another, wonder whether you need to get a divorce for the marriage to end. We will talk more about that here.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Relocation after Divorce


After a divorce, you may be looking for your fresh start. This fresh start may involve a move to be closer to family or perhaps for a new job. If you have children with your former spouse, however, moving may be more difficult than just packing up and heading out.
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Thursday, January 28, 2021

How Long Will I Have to Pay Alimony?


If you are contemplating divorce or are about to get a divorce, you probably have a lot of questions about your future and about what happens during divorce proceedings. One of the most contested issues in a divorce relates to alimony, also referred to as “spousal support.” While Texas allows for the awarding of spousal support, called “spousal maintenance” in Texas, in a divorce, there are very specific eligibility requirements that must be met. There will also be a thorough analysis regarding how much alimony should be paid and how long the alimony award should last.

How Long Will I Have to Pay Alimony?

While divorcing parties may reach an agreement regarding alimony on their own, for a spouse to make a demand for alimony, there are certain eligibility requirements that must be met.


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

What Is the Texas Controlled Substance Act?


There are many laws, both federal and state, that address criminal conduct. Different types of criminal offenses often involve the application of multiple laws. For instance, drug crimes in Texas can involve several different laws, even those beyond the Texas Penal Code. The Texas Controlled Substance Act, for instance, plays a central role in


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Thursday, January 14, 2021

What Are DUI and DWI Offenses in Texas?


The terms DUI and DWI often get mixed up, intertwined, and used interchangeably. They do, however, represent different offenses in the State of Texas. Furthermore, there are other offenses related to a DUI or DWI charge that a person may face as well. Here, we will discuss some of the different


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Monday, December 28, 2020

How to Establish Paternity in Texas


Paternity refers to the legal standing of being a father to a child. The fact that a person is considered to be a child’s legal father means that he has certain rights and obligations in regards to that child. With paternity legally established, a father will be entitled to things such as custody and visitation rights and will also be obligated to provide support for the child.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

What Does a Forensic Accountant Do During Divorce Proceedings?


There are so many issues at play in a divorce. Things can turn to a mess at many different levels. One such level involves finances.
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Monday, December 21, 2020

What to Expect During Cross-Examination


Have you been called as a witness in a criminal trial? This can be a nerve wracking experience, even if you are not necessarily the one standing trial. A witness is called by either the prosecution or the defense. The attorney who calls the witness will have the first opportunity to question them on what is referred to as “direct examination” or “direct.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

When Divorce Mediation Might Be Right for You


Have you decided that your best path going forward involves divorce? It is the right decision for many and can signal a fresh, brighter start for many people and their families. To help ease the process, many reap the benefits offered by divorce mediation. A frequently used negotiating method in the divorce settlement process, divorce mediation involves you and your spouse retaining a neutral third party, referred to as the “mediator,” and you all meet together to discuss and work to resolve the issues incident to the divorce.


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Monday, November 16, 2020

The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Divorce


Divorce is stressful even under the most amicable, honest, and open of circumstances. Throw in complex financial matters and spouses that are being less than forthright and transparent with critical pieces of information and things can get tumultuous fast, to say the least. Financial matters can be some of the most heated, contentious matters to be addressed during a divorce.


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