Blog Posts in July, 2018

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Should a Divorced Parent Sign a Waiver (Release) and Indemnity Agreement to Allow a Child to Participate in Recreational Activities?

It’s our delight to introduce a guest blogger Paul H. Cannon who is a trial attorney and shareholder at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. He has been practicing personal injury and product liability ...
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Marriage, Finances and Preparing for Unforeseen Events

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in the landmark case, Obergerfell vs. Hodges, which provided equal protection for same-sex marriage in our country. As a result, ...
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Social Security Retirement Benefits and Divorce

If you are divorced but were married to your spouse for ten or more years you are potentially eligible for spousal benefits through Social Security. However, there is more to this eligibility than ...
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Financial Decisions that surround family law cases

A divorce can have a dramatic impact on your life. This may feel like the understatement of the century if you are going through a divorce right now, but for those who are in the contemplation stage a ...
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Texas Jurisdiction over Child Custody

How do you know if child custody will be an issue in your case? Custody proceedings are part of every family law matter involving children. Parenting issues can arise out of a couple’s divorce, ...
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Financial Decisions associated with Family Law Matters

Are you considering re-marrying after a recent divorce ? Or perhaps you are a single person who just found out that you are pregnant or your partner/significant other is pregnant? These are not only ...
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Introduction to Child Custody Proceedings in Texas

Many parents have misconceptions about what their rights are and what the law requires of parents. This short article is essential reading for every parent who will participate in, or already has ...
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Nonmarital Children’s Paternity and Death of Alleged Father

Recently I have had more than one person ask me about establishing paternity and doing a name change after a father has passed away. There is an automatic presumption of paternity for children who are ...
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How to change your name in Texas

Many people (women, mostly) will change their legal name after their divorce has been finalized. It is simple to do so in the divorce as long as the name you are asking yours to be changed to has been ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Mediation

Before a trial and likely before a temporary orders hearing in a divorce, you and your spouse will either be ordered to attend or can choose to attend mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for you ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Notifying your Spouse regarding a Divorce case

Depending on the dynamics of your family, you may consult with a family law attorney and decide to file for divorce without first having discussed the subject with your spouse. Alternatives would be ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Filing for Divorce

I’m sure if you wanted, you could go online and search through 1,000 proverbs about beginning a process and you’ll find a few that mention that perhaps the most difficult step in that ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship, the Standard Possession Order and Child Support

Sole Managing Conservatorship In yesterday’s blog post we discussed that the typical arrangement for parents coming out of a divorce is for each to be named as a Joint Managing Conservator of ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Child Support in Divorce

Of all the subjects surrounding a divorce, child support seems to garner the most extreme opinions from parents. The child support levels are either too high or not high enough, depending upon your ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Spousal Maintenance and Children's Issues

Money. Other than your children, money is the most important aspect of a divorce. I hate to break it down for you like that, but in my experience, it is the truth. You may disagree. You may want to ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Marital Property and the community presumption

If you read anything about divorce in Texas then you have probably come across at least one article online that has told you that Texas is a community property state. What does this mean and how ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Enforcing Visitation and Property Orders

Enforcement cases are not solely to ensure back child support payments are made. On the contrary, many different areas of a family law order can be enforced. Today’s blog topic from the Law ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Punishments for the failure to pay child support

In child support enforcement cases your back is against the wall if the record from the Attorney General’s Office shows that you have not paid your support obligation in full and on time. In ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Defenses to Child Support Enforcement Suits

If you find yourself in a position where you have been unable to pay the child support you have been ordered to pay there are defenses that you can offer in an enforcement hearing. The fact of the ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Modifications and Enforcements

In general, courts are wary about modifying orders that designate the parent with the exclusive duty to determine the primary residence of a child. This is the case in large part because courts do not ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Initiating a child support case

If you are wanting to begin a family law case involving child support matters it is recommended that you contact an attorney before doing so. I know- shock of the century- a family law attorney is ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Child Support in Focus

Whether you are expected to pay or receive child support in a divorce or Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship ( SAPCR ), there is no one topic that I answer questions about more frequently ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Geographic restrictions and Child Support

Your life can change in the blink of an eye, and this is no less true after you’ve been through a family law case. Whether you have court orders from a divorce or Suit Affecting the Parent-Child ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Visitation, Possession and Access

In learning more about family law concepts and terminology you may have come across the terms: visitation, possession, and access. Interestingly enough possession and access are what visitation is ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: Fighting for Custody? Start your research here

If you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or cousin of a child and want to be able to head to the courthouse nearest to you and fight for custody and conservatorship then you ought to know what ...
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