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Completing the Divorce- Handling Retirement and Avoiding Last Minute Problems

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order ( QDRO ) is the key to your being able to turn a Divorce Decree which provides you the right to access a portion of your ex-spouse’s retirement benefits into ...
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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: 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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Family Law Cases in Texas: Temporary Orders and the Final Orders stage of a divorce

I like to think of divorce cases as having two stages. You could argue that there are far more, but for the purposes of this blog post, I will stick with my general theory that there are two. The ...
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Family Law Cases in Texas: The final stages of a CPS case

Status Hearing A Status Hearing is one of the most important steps of a CPS case. It is held after a service plan has been prepared by CPS. Within two months of your child being placed into the ...
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Verbal and emotional abuse: Mistakes to avoid in a Texas divorce

If you begin down the road towards divorce it is easy to encounter roadblocks. Many of these barriers are ones that are completely out of your control and must still be dealt with. In some areas, ...
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Managing a Texas Family Law Case, Part Three

Your rights in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case It can feel like that you have no rights whatsoever, and that CPS can do whatever they would like to you if you become involved with them. After ...
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Managing a Family Law Case in Texas, Part Two

Who can attend your court appearance with you? Your hearing is not a closed process where only the parties, their attorneys, and the judge can attend. Any other party with a hearing scheduled on your ...
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Handing Taxes during and after your divorce

There’s no more exciting topic in the world than taxes, am I right? In all seriousness, nobody in the world likes to talk about taxes - that includes CPAs, tax preparers and even Jon Hamm in ...
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Texas Divorce Overview: Dividing Community Property and Debts

Community property is defined in the Texas Family Code as any property that is acquired by either or both spouses during marriage by any means other than gift or inheritance. This is obviously a ...
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The attorney-client relation explained, Part Two

In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan we introduced the topic of the attorney-client relationship. If you are interested in learning more about how a law office handles ...
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Modifying your divorce decree in Texas

So much effort, time and thought goes into the creation of a Final Decree of Divorce. If you have been through a divorce you know exactly what I am talking about. From the time that your Original ...
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Understanding Mediation and its benefits in your Texas divorce

The popular conception of divorce that most people hold prior to actually starting one is that the case will likely end up with both you and your spouse standing before a judge. You each will have ...
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The effect of a divorce on an LLC, Part Two

A subject that, in my opinion, that is becoming increasingly relevant is the status of a business after a divorce. Specifically, we have been discussing a Limited Liability Company (LLC) as a specific ...
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Can you negotiate child support during mediation?

The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan are huge proponents of mediation. For those of you reading this blog who don’t know what mediation is, it is a process where you, your opposing ...
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How much will your child support enforcement case cost?

If you ask a lawyer a question about your legal situation, their response may well be, “It depends.” Years of seeing a number of different scenarios play out for different sorts of clients ...
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How to handle a cheating spouse in Texas

One of the most difficult and challenging aspects of a family law case is that they are, above all else, personal matters. This means that not only will you become engaged financially, relationally ...
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Texas Family Law Courts: Adoption and Modification Cases

For an adoption to take place the parental rights of either the child’s mother or father must first be terminated by a court. A petition for adoption would be filed in the court with ...
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Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 245TH Judicial District Local Rules

As a Houston, Texas divorce and family law attorney I have had the opportunity to help service members through divorce and family law cases. In order to do this, it is important to not only be aware ...
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Texas Family Law Courts: Mediation and Divorce Essentials

If you’re just joining us for our discussion on Texas family law courts, I would recommend going back to yesterday’s blog post and reading through some of the basic information that we ...
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Texas Family Law Courts: What to Expect

If you are considering whether or not to file a child custody or divorce case in Texas you probably have some questions about what going to court is actually like. You may have never filed a lawsuit, ...
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What is a summary judgment and how could one affect your Texas family law case?

A summary judgment allows for a court to dispose of a case where either the Petitioner (the party who filed the lawsuit) either does not have sufficient evidence to win the relief he or she is ...
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Can family violence render a Mediated Settlement Agreement void?

This past week the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan posted a blog article that centered around mediated settlement agreements in family law cases. We discussed how these documents are ...
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Can you challenge a Mediated Settlement Agreement in Texas?

Family courts in Texas are overburdened with cases. I’m not telling you this to push you towards feeling bad for court staff or judges, necessarily. My intention in sharing this information with ...
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Helping your child cope with your divorce

You don’t need to read a blog post to know that your divorce is going to be difficult on your child. Children thrive on stability and consistency in all facets of their lives and when those ...
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