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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 . . .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Deciding if Divorce Mediation is Right for You

What are some benefits of divorce mediation?

Divorcing your spouse can be costly and time-consuming if you go the traditional route, but with divorce mediation it doesn’t have to be.  For the right situation, mediation offers a less expensive and more time efficient way to divorce your spouse in Texas.  Mediation involves hiring a neutral third party to help you resolve the issues in your divorce.  Our Read more . . .

Friday, May 12, 2017

Adopting a Child in Texas

Who is eligible to adopt a child in Texas?

There are over 30,000 children in foster care within Texas and hundreds of thousands of children across the country that are searching for a family.  Children needing to be adopted range in age from infants to teens.  There are several different options for adopting a child, including adopting a child in foster care or private adoptions of children.  Our Read more . . .

Monday, April 17, 2017

Establishing Paternity in Texas

What steps do I need to take to establish the paternity of my child in Texas?

The birth of a child is a time of excitement and joy.  While a new baby will likely preoccupy your mind with concerns over feedings, diapers, and sleep, it is important for unmarried couples in Texas to take steps to establish paternity for their child.  Establishing paternity is a critical step all parents must take to create a legal relationship between a father and his child.  Our

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