Family Law

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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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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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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Monday, March 20, 2017

Who Gets the House? Property Division in a Texas Divorce

How is property divided during a Texas divorce?

If you have decided to file for divorce, you likely have many questions about the future.  One of your main concerns may be who will get to keep your home and other assets.  Dividing property between two divorcing spouses is always a complicated matter.  With a contentious divorce, property division can become even more difficult.  Our

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Top Reasons for Divorce in Texas

Why do so many couples end up divorced in Texas?

The divorce rate in America has declined in recent years, but remains quite high. Today, it is estimated that between 40 and 50 percent of all married couples will eventually divorce.  For second and third marriages, the divorce rate is even higher.  Staying married for the long run in today’s society can be challenging.  Couples now face immense pressures both in the workplace and at home.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Protect Yourself with a Prenup

How can a prenuptial agreement protect me in Texas?

Under the Texas Family Code, parties are allowed to enter into a prenuptial agreement, better known as a prenup, before marriage.  The agreement will be enforced in the event of divorce so long as it meets the requirements set out under Texas law.  Bringing up the subject of a prenup before marriage is not always easy, but Texas couples are urged to consider the many benefits of a prenup prior to marriage.  Our Read more . . .

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