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Ask yourself: Is including a right of first refusal in your parenting plan the right thing to do?
Ask yourself: Is including a right of first refusal in your parenting plan the right thing to do?

In yesterday’s blog post we introduced the topic of the right of first refusal as it pertains to parenting plans in family law cases. Basically, the right of first refusal involves the need for either or your ex-spouse to contact the other if you have to be away from your ...

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  • Ask yourself: Is including a right of first refusal in your parenting plan the right thing to do?
    Ask yourself: Is including a right of first refusal in your parenting plan the right thing to do?

    In yesterday’s blog post we introduced the topic of the right of first refusal as it pertains to parenting plans in family law cases. Basically, the right of first refusal involves the need for either ...

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  • What is a right of first refusal in a Texas parenting plan?
    What is a right of first refusal in a Texas parenting plan?

    If you are involved in a divorce or a child custody case then your primary concern likely lies in the area of your who will be taking care of your children when you are not with them. That, from my ...

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  • The relationship between your attorney and your spouse's attorney and its potential impact on your Texas divorce
    The relationship between your attorney and your spouse's attorney and its potential impact on your Texas divorce

    People, like yourself, who are going through a divorce have a lot of questions typically. What is going to happen to your relationship with your children? Are you going to have to pay spousal ...

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  • Should you fire your divorce attorney? Read this blog post to find out
    Should you fire your divorce attorney? Read this blog post to find out

    Sometimes, relationships don’t work out. The fact that you are reading this blog post on a family law attorney’s blog tells me that this statement that I just made is absolutely true. It is true for ...

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  • Headed towards a divorce? Learn how to choose an attorney who is right for you
    Headed towards a divorce? Learn how to choose an attorney who is right for you

    For the past couple of days, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have spent some time helping you learn how to choose a family law attorney for your divorce case. The advice that we ...

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  • Searching for a divorce attorney in Texas? Consider these helpful tips first
    Searching for a divorce attorney in Texas? Consider these helpful tips first

    Hiring a divorce attorney takes time. If you have never gone through this process I can assure you that it is not one that you want to rush through only to find that by saving time you ended up ...

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  • Selecting the right attorney for your Texas divorce
    Selecting the right attorney for your Texas divorce

    No two divorces are created equal. Your divorce could be highly contentious and filled with drama about money and children. Your neighbor’s may be calmer with less to argue about and fewer hurt ...

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  • How to get a divorce in Texas when you can't locate your spouse
    How to get a divorce in Texas when you can't locate your spouse

    In the event that you are pondering whether or not to file for divorce it is also likely that your marriage is in bad shape. That may be the understatement of the century or about the least profound ...

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  • Moving your family law case from one Texas court to another
    Moving your family law case from one Texas court to another

    You have managed to file for a modification of a prior child custody order, you’ve gotten your ex-spouse served and are ready to move on to phase two of your case when you get the impression (for one ...

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  • Things you probably didn't know about divorce in Texas but definitely need to
    Things you probably didn't know about divorce in Texas but definitely need to

    You’ve probably heard the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” I don’t know where the phrase came from and as an attorney I couldn’t think of a less true statement, to be honest. What you ...

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  • Have Wealth? Over 50 years old? Read this before your divorce begins
    Have Wealth? Over 50 years old? Read this before your divorce begins

    We began to discuss the topic of over-50 divorces in yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC . As I will often do when we have multi-day topics such as this one, I recommend ...

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  • Over the age of fifty and considering a divorce? Read this blog post first
    Over the age of fifty and considering a divorce? Read this blog post first

    With the benefit of age comes the ability to have built up wealth that stands to benefit you, your spouse, your family and generations of your family to come. The effort that you put into building a ...

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  • Families in America are changing- here is what you need to be aware of
    Families in America are changing- here is what you need to be aware of

    It wasn’t that long ago when divorce was relatively uncommon and most people’s households looked pretty similar. Mother. Father. Children. Everyone lived under the same roof. Dad worked, maybe Mom ...

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  • Wanting to date before your divorce is over with? Read this first
    Wanting to date before your divorce is over with? Read this first

    Everybody wants to be happy. You do. I do. My wife does. My daughters do. I could go on and on just like this. Suffice it to say that in our modern world happiness and living out a life that causes ...

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  • Dating during your Texas divorce: Why you shouldn't do it
    Dating during your Texas divorce: Why you shouldn't do it

    Coming to the realization that you need to get a divorce can be extremely challenging. After all, you are pondering whether or not to end a relationship that has been the longest and most important ...

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  • Co-parenting tips for the summer and holidays
    Co-parenting tips for the summer and holidays

    As we inch closer to the end of another school year, parents across the State of Texas are bracing for the return home of their children. Not that the kids have been away from home for nine months, ...

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  • What effect does adultery have on your Texas divorce
    What effect does adultery have on your Texas divorce

    The reason that brought you to the website for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is likely the same reason why other members of your community are here as well. Infidelity (known in the law as ...

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  • Father's Rights in Texas divorce cases
    Father's Rights in Texas divorce cases

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we introduced and discussed information and topics related to father’s rights in the context of divorce cases. If you are a Texas ...

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  • The rights of fathers in Texas divorce cases
    The rights of fathers in Texas divorce cases

    You may be involved in a divorce case with your wife, but if you are a Texas father your primary concern is probably that you will not be able to have the same relationship with your children that you ...

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  • Quick and easy divorce? Read this to see if one is possible for you in Texas
    Quick and easy divorce? Read this to see if one is possible for you in Texas

    While not every divorce can be done in sixty, seventy or eighty days, some can. For this to be possible you and your spouse will need to understand how this can be done and if your circumstances will ...

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  • How to speed up your divorce in Texas
    How to speed up your divorce in Texas

    Nobody wants to go through a divorce . You may find yourself wanting to separate yourself from your spouse due to arguments, anger, violence, lies and any number of other bad and intolerable offenses ...

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  • Whether or not to move out of your family home during a Texas divorce
    Whether or not to move out of your family home during a Texas divorce

    When a divorce is filed, either by you or your spouse, it sets up a potentially awkward (at best) situation in your home. You and your spouse know that your marriage is not going to continue and that ...

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  • How to get a divorce based on abandonment in Texas
    How to get a divorce based on abandonment in Texas

    You are able to get a divorce in Texas for any reason under the sun- or none at all. I like to tell potential clients who come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC for a free of charge ...

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  • Disabled and receiving Social Security benefits? Read this blog post before beginning your divorce
    Disabled and receiving Social Security benefits? Read this blog post before beginning your divorce

    Let’s open up today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by going through a hypothetical situation that could be relevant in your situation. After we go through the hypothetical we ...

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  • Getting a divorce when you or your spouse is disabled
    Getting a divorce when you or your spouse is disabled

    People with disabilities face challenges that are unique to their given situation. Whether the disability is mental or physical if you are disabled there are daily, sometimes hourly reminders that ...

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  • The impact of divorce on spouses who receive disability payments
    The impact of divorce on spouses who receive disability payments

    If you are unable to work due to an injury that you have suffered or from an illness then you may well have applied for Social Security Disability benefits . These benefits are either disability ...

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  • Dating during divorce in Texas: To do or not to do?
    Dating during divorce in Texas: To do or not to do?

    There are lots of reasons to get a divorce . I meet with folks that have gone through serious problems in their marriages over the course of many years. These people have sought counseling, therapy ...

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  • Debt and Divorce in Texas
    Debt and Divorce in Texas

    Generally speaking, if you are getting a divorce there are two subjects that should be at the top of your list of important ones to consider before beginning your case. The first is children. If you ...

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  • Under the radar ways that divorce can impact your credit, Part Two
    Under the radar ways that divorce can impact your credit, Part Two

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC , we introduced the topic of how divorce can have long-ranging impacts on your credit . If you have not already done so I recommend ...

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  • Under the radar ways that divorce can impact your credit
    Under the radar ways that divorce can impact your credit

    In the world we live in today credit has become an integral part of our lives. If you want to rent an apartment, obtain a business loan, buy a house, put an addition on your existing home or do much ...

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  • What degree of impact will divorce have on your credit score?
    What degree of impact will divorce have on your credit score?

    If you search for online articles about divorce and finances you could spend the rest of your life reading through the results and still wouldn’t have enough time to read them all. Besides children, ...

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  • What should you do when you want a divorce but can't locate your spouse?
    What should you do when you want a divorce but can't locate your spouse?

    It’s 5:00 on the day that you file your Divorce Petition . Do you know where your spouse is? If you find yourself in a position where you want to get a divorce and in fact have already filed to get ...

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  • Alternative methods of service in a Texas divorce case
    Alternative methods of service in a Texas divorce case

    In yesterday’s blog post we details the steps that are involved with providing notice of your divorce lawsuit through a process called service. This is not a complicated topic but it is very important ...

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  • I Have Been Sued, Can They Take My Property?
    I Have Been Sued, Can They Take My Property?

    By Amir Tavakkoli, A.T. Law Office, Houston, TX In a today’s age where lawsuits and suing someone for monetary damages has become more common than ever before, a time when attempting to resolve ...

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  • Serving your spouse with a Petition for Divorce
    Serving your spouse with a Petition for Divorce

    A divorce case does not truly begin at the time you interview your attorney for the first time. It does not begin at the time you actually hire the attorney. It still really hasn’t begun when your ...

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  • Details on filing a motion for continuance in your divorce case
    Details on filing a motion for continuance in your divorce case

    The most prominent concern that most people have in regard to their divorce is the length of the process. How long is this going to take? Getting a divorce can be like going to the dentist…everyday, ...

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  • Uncontested divorce in Texas: Sixty days between you and the rest of your life
    Uncontested divorce in Texas: Sixty days between you and the rest of your life

    How can you speed up the divorce process a great deal in Texas? The best answer to this question to work with your spouse prior to filing for divorce in order to settle any outstanding issues that you ...

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  • Important questions regarding divorce in Texas
    Important questions regarding divorce in Texas

    Can you get divorced in Texas if you were married in another state? The answer to this question is yes, if you or your spouse qualify as residents in Texas and the state has jurisdiction over your ...

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  • What questions should you be asking about your Texas divorce?
    What questions should you be asking about your Texas divorce?

    What makes a divorce such an interesting process is that it combines the formalities of a full-fledged legal case, and the personal aspects associated with the relationship between you, your spouse ...

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  • Want to avoid a costly divorce in Texas? Avoid doing these three things
    Want to avoid a costly divorce in Texas? Avoid doing these three things

    In today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we will conclude our three day topic of discussing what factors/circumstances in your divorce can drive up the costs associated with the ...

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  • What can make your divorce cost more money?
    What can make your divorce cost more money?

    The title to the blog says it all. Most people who come in for a free of charge consultation with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will ask me some variation of the question: “What can I do to make ...

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  • What factors in your Texas divorce can increase the total cost of your case?
    What factors in your Texas divorce can increase the total cost of your case?

    As I’m sure you could imagine, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC represent all sorts of people who are going through divorces . We have clients who have a lot of money and no ...

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  • What goes into a social study evaluator's report
    What goes into a social study evaluator's report

    A social study can be a pretty invasive process. You are asked to speak to a stranger about your strengths and weaknesses as a parent. You are asked to turn over a list of references of people in your ...

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  • The importance of a reference letter during a child custody home study
    The importance of a reference letter during a child custody home study

    The past few days we have been discussing the topic of social studies generally and more specifically home studies in yesterday’s blog post. If you have not done so already I recommend that you go ...

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  • What happens during the Home Visit portion of social study
    What happens during the Home Visit portion of social study

    In a Texas family law case where child custody is being disputed you will be assigned a social study evaluator to work on your case. This evaluator will conduct a social study that results in ...

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  • Preparing for a Social Study during your divorce or child custody case
    Preparing for a Social Study during your divorce or child custody case

    In your divorce or child custody case you may be faced with a difference of opinion between yourself and your opposing party on who should have the right to determine the primary residence of your ...

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  • How to find and pay for an attorney in your Texas family law case
    How to find and pay for an attorney in your Texas family law case

    When you get into a position where you need to hire an attorney for your family law case, what should you do? I mean, you obviously want to hire a lawyer but what should you do to actually get into a ...

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  • Issues regarding selecting and paying for a family law attorney in Texas
    Issues regarding selecting and paying for a family law attorney in Texas

    If you were motivated to do so you could read through the hundreds of blogs that we have posted on our website over the past years and you can learn a lot about a number of different topics in Texas ...

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  • Is it possible to get your spouse to pay your attorney's fees in your divorce case?
    Is it possible to get your spouse to pay your attorney's fees in your divorce case?

    This past week I had an opportunity to meet with a woman who came in to the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC to tell me about a divorce petition that she was having to respond to. She was served with ...

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  • Tips for business owners going through a divorce in Texas
    Tips for business owners going through a divorce in Texas

    If you or your spouse own a business that is part of your community estate then you probably know just how much of an impact that business has had on your family and your finances. Whether it is a ...

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  • What can a CPS investigation into your family mean now and in the future?
    What can a CPS investigation into your family mean now and in the future?

    Some of the most frustrating and sad cases that the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC work on for our clients are those that center around Child Protective Services ( CPS ) ...

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  • Is it possible to appeal the results of a temporary orders hearing in Texas?
    Is it possible to appeal the results of a temporary orders hearing in Texas?

    A temporary orders hearing may not sound like a big deal based on its name alone. After all- “temporary” means not permanent and therefore not important, right? If you can change something later on ...

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  • Heading into a Temporary Orders hearing? Here is some advice on how to succeed
    Heading into a Temporary Orders hearing? Here is some advice on how to succeed

    Despite the fact that the vast majority of family law cases in Texas settle before the parties ever have to reach a contested hearing, there are still some instances where you may find yourself ...

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  • Can you file a motion for new trial in your divorce case after a default judgment was rendered against you?
    Can you file a motion for new trial in your divorce case after a default judgment was rendered against you?

    In the State of Texas, after you have been served formally with a divorce petition as filed by your spouse, you have until 10:00 a.m. on the first Monday that occurs after the expiration of twenty ...

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  • What is a motion for new trial in Texas?
    What is a motion for new trial in Texas?

    If you believe than an error was made by a judge in your child custody or divorce trial you have an opportunity to correct the error(s) by filing a motion for new trial. By filing a motion for new ...

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  • Can you appeal the division of property outcome from your divorce trial?
    Can you appeal the division of property outcome from your divorce trial?

    If your divorce case went all the way to a trial then you know just how much of a commitment it is to see a case from beginning to end. All of the time, money and emotional output that is required in ...

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  • Can fraud be the basis for your getting an annulment?
    Can fraud be the basis for your getting an annulment?

    If you have recently, or not so recently, gotten married and now are having second thoughts you are not alone. It happens with far too great of frequency that spouses across Texas believe that their ...

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  • How difficult is it to get an annulment in Texas?
    How difficult is it to get an annulment in Texas?

    I was fortunate to meet with a young lady this past week who came to our office to ask some questions regarding the possibility of getting an annulment from her husband. Her circumstances don’t need ...

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  • Are you eligible to adopt a child in Texas?
    Are you eligible to adopt a child in Texas?

    The State of Texas has certain requirements that you must meet in order to be legally able to adopt a child in our state. For starters, you must be at least 21 years old and be a responsible adult ...

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  • Adopting a child from a foreign country
    Adopting a child from a foreign country

    An adoption order that is created in another country in regard to you adopting a child from that country is given as much weight and enforceability as an adoption order created in Texas. The only ...

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  • Pre-adoptive social studies: What will yours look like and what should you expect
    Pre-adoptive social studies: What will yours look like and what should you expect

    Attempting to adopt a child is one of the most generous and loving acts that you can undertake. If you have already filed your petition for adoption you have likely come to realize that there will be ...

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  • Basic Information about Step Parent adoption in Texas
    Basic Information about Step Parent adoption in Texas

    Blended families are more and more becoming the norm in Texas and around our country. With that, the dynamics of what a family looks like and who comprises the family are changing. In situations where ...

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  • What is family violence mean in conjunction with family law cases in Texas
    What is family violence mean in conjunction with family law cases in Texas

    Family violence commonly refers to a pattern of sustained abuse by a perpetrator against a victim with whom the perpetrator shares a familiar, dating and or marital relationship. The purpose of the ...

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  • What is included in an emergency protective order in Texas?
    What is included in an emergency protective order in Texas?

    Otherwise known as a Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection, an emergency protective order must contain the following information no matter what your particular circumstances are. As we discussed ...

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  • The role of protective orders in Texas family violence cases
    The role of protective orders in Texas family violence cases

    There is a problem in our State (and you could insert the words country and world in here if you would like) regarding violence between spouses and intimate dating partners. Between emergency phone ...

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  • Spousal maintenance in a divorce with a disabled child
    Spousal maintenance in a divorce with a disabled child

    If you and your spouse have been married for at least ten years prior to your divorce then you are eligible to receive spousal maintenance after your divorce. Sometimes called “alimony” or “spousal ...

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  • Parenting your children through a divorce: A family law attorney's guide
    Parenting your children through a divorce: A family law attorney's guide

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This well known phrase has probably been uttered to you a time or two during your life to help you to conceptualize that your first step ...

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  • Divorce with a disabled child in Texas
    Divorce with a disabled child in Texas

    From my experiences working for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC , I have come to realize and appreciate that marriages can end even after both spouses have put in a lot of effort to maintain the ...

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  • Guardianships and alternatives for adult, disabled children in Texas
    Guardianships and alternatives for adult, disabled children in Texas

    In yesterday’s blog post we discussed the process of requesting and obtaining a guardianship over your disabled, adult child. We will continue to discuss that topic today and will also get into ...

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  • Obtaining a guardianship over a child with disabilities in Texas
    Obtaining a guardianship over a child with disabilities in Texas

    As a parent you are responsible for caring for your child in all areas of their lives. Making sure they go to school, making sure they eat their veggies, making sure that they have a place to live and ...

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  • How to become the guardian of a minor in Texas
    How to become the guardian of a minor in Texas

    If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other concerned person with a relationship to a child in Texas you may have pondered how you could become a more permanent part of that child’s life. Recently ...

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  • What does an Acknowledgment of Paternity actually say?
    What does an Acknowledgment of Paternity actually say?

    For the past couple days we have discussed paternity issues on our blog. An important document that is related to paternity is an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP). This is the form that you and your ...

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  • How can you establish paternity of your child in Texas?
    How can you establish paternity of your child in Texas?

    There is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way to establish paternity in Texas. Let’s start off today’s blog post by going through each of the three options. As an aside, I ...

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  • Child Support, Paternity and their relationship in Texas family law
    Child Support, Paternity and their relationship in Texas family law

    If you are a mother who has just given birth to a son or daughter your concerns are likely related to making sure that child is safe, healthy and well provided for in the years to come. These are ...

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  • Estate planning issues to address in conjunction with a divorce case
    Estate planning issues to address in conjunction with a divorce case

    One of the questions that I always ask clients as they prepare for a divorce is whether or not he or she has a Will in place. Many will tell me no, and that their reason for never having had one ...

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  • Estate planning, marriage and divorce: What you need to know
    Estate planning, marriage and divorce: What you need to know

    The word “adulting” has been added to our lexicon in recent years in referencing to activities that are thought to display the qualities of being an adult. Things like waking up early for work, ...

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  • Can spousal maintenance be ordered after a divorce has been finalized?
    Can spousal maintenance be ordered after a divorce has been finalized?

    Here’s a question that was posed to me recently in a consultation with a potential client of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC : can spousal maintenance be awarded to a person after their divorce ...

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  • Can you collect spousal maintenance for an extended time period if you are disabled?
    Can you collect spousal maintenance for an extended time period if you are disabled?

    If you are in a position where during your divorce you are asking for spousal maintenance as a disabled person you may first be disheartened to learn that there are limitations on how much and for how ...

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  • A discussion of the factors that will be applied by a judge when determining spousal maintenance
    A discussion of the factors that will be applied by a judge when determining spousal maintenance

    If your judge determines that spousal maintenance should be awarded to you in your divorce has to figure out how much, how long and how the payments should be made to you from your ex-spouse. To ...

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  • Spousal Maintenance and Temporary Spousal Support in Texas divorces
    Spousal Maintenance and Temporary Spousal Support in Texas divorces

    Frequently referred to as “alimony” spousal maintenance is a relatively recent phenomenon. In fact, Texas was the last state in the country to create a law that allows a court to obligate a person to ...

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  • What is paternity fraud and how can it affect your child?
    What is paternity fraud and how can it affect your child?

    Paternity fraud occurs when a mother tells a man that her child is the man’s biological offspring despite knowing that either the man is not the father of the child or he may not be the father of the ...

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  • Spring Break Visitation in Texas
    Spring Break Visitation in Texas

    Spring Break is a great time of the year. It is that perfect mid-point between the short, cold days of Winter and the extended days of fun-in-the-sun that we are fortunate enough to experience in the ...

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  • Mediation for family law cases
    Mediation for family law cases

    Is your divorce or child custody case going to go before a judge? Will you have to withstand a couple days in court in order to arrive at a conclusion to your case? These are common questions, and ...

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  • Grandparents in Texas: What rights do they have in regard to visitation?
    Grandparents in Texas: What rights do they have in regard to visitation?

    Families are structured differently now than in previous generations. The “nuclear” family that has been exhaustively discussed and written about since the end of World War II. We now see families ...

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  • College Expenses and Child Support after divorce: Money, money, money
    College Expenses and Child Support after divorce: Money, money, money

    If you have not already done so I recommend that you go back to yesterday’s blog post and read what we were discussing about college tuition, divorce and agreeing with an ex-spouse to take on the ...

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  • College expenses for the children of divorced Texas parents
    College expenses for the children of divorced Texas parents

    When we talk about college expenses what exactly do we mean by that term? Tuition for attending classes at a college or university is probably the first thing that most of us think about. Room and ...

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  • Joint Custody and Child Support in your Texas divorce
    Joint Custody and Child Support in your Texas divorce

    When we use the term “ joint custody ” what do we mean, exactly? Custody as a word does not appear in the Texas Family Code even once. It is a term that we use to combine all aspects of parenting ...

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  • Answering common child custody questions for Texas parents
    Answering common child custody questions for Texas parents

    Answering common child custody questions for Texas parents In recent months I have had a handful of people come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC with questions about how set in stone their ...

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  • Things you didn't know about divorce in Texas
    Things you didn't know about divorce in Texas

    Have you ever misunderstood something but never bothered to ask for a clarification? Or have you ever been told something by a friend or relative that you knew in your heart wasn’t right but didn’t ...

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  • Trends in Texas custody law
    Trends in Texas custody law

    Many people going through divorces , especially fathers, tend to hold beliefs that are not quite accurate in regard to child custody laws in Texas- in the past and in the present day. Today’s blog ...

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  • What is a Stowers Demand?
    What is a Stowers Demand?

    I previously discussed in other articles of auto accident cases and/or personal injury claims, including, how to get more money after a car accident, and the auto insurance policy limits for your ...

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  • How Much Money Can I Get For My Car Accident
    How Much Money Can I Get For My Car Accident

    I previously discussed in another article, how to get more money after a car accident, ( click here to see previous article ) the issues with getting in an auto accident and how to get more money in ...

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  • Who gets the house in a Texas divorce?
    Who gets the house in a Texas divorce?

    We’ve all heard the tried and true sayings regarding a home . It’s the most important purchase you will ever make, some will say. It’s an investment in your future, others will opine. Whatever it is ...

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  • What does fairness mean in a divorce court when it comes to splitting property?
    What does fairness mean in a divorce court when it comes to splitting property?

    There’s more to life than money, stuff, property, etc. If you have kids then you know this to be an ironclad rule. If you don’t have kids you probably still have aspects of your life that are more ...

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  • How do property issues get sorted out in a Texas divorce?
    How do property issues get sorted out in a Texas divorce?

    When you think about a divorce does your mind immediately go to thoughts of a courtroom with an old, stuffy judge in the front who is banging a gavel and deciding your fate? It does for most people ...

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  • Answers to popular divorce questions in Texas
    Answers to popular divorce questions in Texas

    A divorce, simply put is a dissolution of your marriage. This means that you and your spouse will be declared to no longer be married by court order. Your marriage will no longer exist by virtue of ...

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  • Useful adoption information for Texas parents
    Useful adoption information for Texas parents

    Today, I would like to continue discussing an important topic that is related to family law : adoption . If you are interested in going back to yesterday’s blog post in order to read what we posted on ...

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  • Spouses in business together, domestic violence and adoptions in Texas
    Spouses in business together, domestic violence and adoptions in Texas

    If you and your spouse have any inkling about starting a business with one another then you will want to read this blog post. Starting a business with your spouse is not like starting a business with ...

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  • Money and Marriage- Answers to your questions
    Money and Marriage- Answers to your questions

    When I’m meeting with a person in our community during a free of charge consultation offered by the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC I do my best to notice trends in questions that are asked of me. The ...

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  • Duties that you owe to your spouse in marriage
    Duties that you owe to your spouse in marriage

    A lot of prospective clients that come in for a free consultation with one of the licensed family law attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will do so with questions about their marriage ...

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  • Premarital agreements and the duties of a husband and wife in marriage
    Premarital agreements and the duties of a husband and wife in marriage

    What sort of benefits and disadvantages may be inherent for you and your spouse when it comes to signing a premarital agreement ? That is probably the most common question that I am asked by a person ...

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  • Relevant questions to ask a family law attorney in Texas
    Relevant questions to ask a family law attorney in Texas

    In doing some recent consultations with potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC I have encountered some topics that I don’t think I have ever written about on this blog. With that ...

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  • Finances for the new, post-divorce you
    Finances for the new, post-divorce you

    Have you recently been divorced? Think back to your mindset at the beginning of your case. Were you worried about the future? Were you worried about how your children would react to all the changes? ...

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  • Wrapping up a divorce in Texas means dealing with financial issues
    Wrapping up a divorce in Texas means dealing with financial issues

    A final decree of divorce in Texas will typically have two main sections: one dealing with your children (if you and your spouse have any together) and then another on financial issues. Issues like ...

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  • A guide to post divorce life: Getting Organized and Moving On
    A guide to post divorce life: Getting Organized and Moving On

    Once you finally have made it through your divorce you may want to do nothing more than put your feet up and assess your situation for a good long while. After all, you’ve had to go through an ...

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  • Moving on from divorce means tying on loose ends and looking towards the future
    Moving on from divorce means tying on loose ends and looking towards the future

    When you have at long last attended mediation for final orders or have withstood a trial for the same purpose, you probably feel a sense of relief. You may even be asking yourself if this is really ...

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  • Big picture financial questions to ask during a Texas divorce
    Big picture financial questions to ask during a Texas divorce

    Today’s blog post from the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will focus on some bigger picture issues that are relevant to your divorce. You may not be focused on these particular ...

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  • Dividing up a retirement account in your divorce
    Dividing up a retirement account in your divorce

    Perhaps the most important decision that you will face in your divorce in relation to whether or not to divide up a retirement account during a property settlement is whether you would prefer to ...

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  • Essential knowledge for retirement savings in your post-divorce life
    Essential knowledge for retirement savings in your post-divorce life

    Depending on your goals for retirement savings and the circumstances that you find yourself in you may be in a position where you will want to deviate somewhat from what I am going to discuss with you ...

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  • Purchasing a home after divorce and a Primer on saving for retirement
    Purchasing a home after divorce and a Primer on saving for retirement

    In our world today we are bombarded with encouragement from people to purchase a home if we have not already done so. It’s the ticket to the American Dream, some say. You’re a fool for throwing your ...

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  • Tips on helping you decide whether or not to sell your home in a divorce case
    Tips on helping you decide whether or not to sell your home in a divorce case

    The mortgage has a role to play in this decision Most of us who own a home do so in part because we were able to take out a loan that represents the lion’s share of the purchase price. If you were ...

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  • Final thoughts on Bankruptcy and a transition into discussing the sale of your home in a divorce
    Final thoughts on Bankruptcy and a transition into discussing the sale of your home in a divorce

    When a bankruptcy is initiated after a divorce has already concluded a bankruptcy court will review the divorce decree and that may be all that they review from your divorce. The key points for the ...

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  • First comes divorce and then comes bankruptcy: What to expect when one follows the other
    First comes divorce and then comes bankruptcy: What to expect when one follows the other

    If you have not already done so, I would recommend that you go back to yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC and read our thoughts on bankruptcy and its potential impact on ...

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  • The short sale of a home: How does it work and how can it impact your divorce
    The short sale of a home: How does it work and how can it impact your divorce

    An unfortunate byproduct of going through a divorce is that selling the family home is often a reality that needs to be faced. Whether doing so is an order of the court or is agreed upon by you and ...

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  • Bankruptcy and Divorce
    Bankruptcy and Divorce

    Filing for Bankruptcy is a decision that you should make only after balancing it against all of the other circumstances and issues related to your divorce. Bankruptcy is a federal matter and is not ...

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  • Social media best practices during a divorce: Consider the risks
    Social media best practices during a divorce: Consider the risks

    In my daily life before I make any decision of consequence I always ask myself the following question: “Will my doing (insert specific action here) benefit me or my family in any way?”. If the answer ...

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  • Best practices in your Texas divorce: Debts
    Best practices in your Texas divorce: Debts

    I can count on one hand the number of people that have come in to meet with me for a consultation who have asked me about debts that they and their spouse have. Debt is a common attribute of married ...

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  • Child Custody best practices for your Texas divorce case
    Child Custody best practices for your Texas divorce case

    At the top of your divorce priority list you will find the subject that is far and away the most important to you. If you are a parent who is going through a divorce then you will almost certainly ...

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  • How not to handle issues related to property in your Texas divorce
    How not to handle issues related to property in your Texas divorce

    “Best practices” is a concept that is utilized pretty frequently in the business world. This concept refers to mimicking the operations and processes utilized by other people and companies that have ...

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  • Handling property issues during a divorce
    Handling property issues during a divorce

    Stressful situations usually bring about two sorts of responses from people, at least in my experience. The first group of people will understand that they are in a trying situation and will use that ...

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  • Maximizing your success in a divorce: What to do (and what not to do)
    Maximizing your success in a divorce: What to do (and what not to do)

    The way you act at your grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving is probably different than how you would act on a night out with friends or how you act at work. That’s not a critique of you or anyone else ...

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  • How not to behave towards your divorce attorney and other helpful tips
    How not to behave towards your divorce attorney and other helpful tips

    In yesterday’s blog post we spent a great deal of time going through how to go through the process of hiring a family law attorney to represent you in your divorce . Then, we transitioned into tips ...

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  • What exactly should you talk to your attorney about?
    What exactly should you talk to your attorney about?

    When a person decides to hire our office to represent him or her in their divorce I always do my best to make that person feel comfortable with our office and with me as a person if I am assigned to ...

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  • Hiring an attorney for your Texas divorce
    Hiring an attorney for your Texas divorce

    When I am interviewing potential new clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC , I will typically ask the person if they have ever hired an attorney before. The answer is usually, “No”. Next, I ...

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  • Technology as a sword and shield in your Texas divorce
    Technology as a sword and shield in your Texas divorce

    The great thing about technology is that you can use it both as an offensive weapon and a defensive mechanism in your divorce . In fact, if you are not doing so it probably cause you some harm in your ...

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  • Technology and its role in your Texas divorce
    Technology and its role in your Texas divorce

    Even the most resistant among us have an online or digital presence to one degree or another. Just think about how many conversations that you have had with older relatives around the holidays about ...

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  • Digital tricks to remember during your Texas divorce
    Digital tricks to remember during your Texas divorce

    You may count yourself among those people who are not all that computer/digitally/technology savvy. Your line of work may not call for much know how when it comes to technology and your interests in ...

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  • Digital issues in your Texas divorce
    Digital issues in your Texas divorce

    With the expansion of the digital world your divorce case now transcends the everyday world of time and space that we inhabit on a daily basis. Technology gives us so much and at the same time can ...

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  • Expenses of a Texas Divorce: How they are calculated and the role of attorney's fees
    Expenses of a Texas Divorce: How they are calculated and the role of attorney's fees

    Not only is divorce a fairly expensive process but it takes away resources from that already expensive and time-consuming commitment that we all share called our day to day lives. If you are ...

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  • The wide ranging financial impacts of a divorce in Texas
    The wide ranging financial impacts of a divorce in Texas

    It is not just your retirement savings or business interests that can be affected financially in a divorce . What you will learn quickly in a divorce is that the areas of your life are interconnected ...

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  • Evaluating the dollars and cents of your Texas divorce
    Evaluating the dollars and cents of your Texas divorce

    One way to examine the impact of a divorce is to look at it as a matter of dollars and cents. A business transaction of sorts. Yes, it is more than just a business deal. You and your spouse are not ...

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  • Defining the word
    Defining the word "property" in a Texas divorce

    Before we jump further into discussing how property is divided in a Texas divorce and all the issues that come along with it, let’s take a second to slow things down and actually define what property ...

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  • Getting yourself finances together at the start of a divorce
    Getting yourself finances together at the start of a divorce

    There are many moving pieces from a financial perspective when it comes to your divorce. Think of you and your attorney as entertainers who try to keep plates spinning on the end of a stick. Getting ...

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  • Questions about talking to your child about finances and divorce
    Questions about talking to your child about finances and divorce

    You may be asking yourself what is and what is not appropriate to talk to your child about in the context of divorce. The short answer is that what you believe is appropriate is what actually matters. ...

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  • Budgeting, Finances and Children and their effect on your Texas divorce
    Budgeting, Finances and Children and their effect on your Texas divorce

    If you’ve been hanging around the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC the past few days then you know that we’ve been discussing the topic of finances. Specifically, how your personal ...

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  • Talking to your kids about divorce from a financial perspective
    Talking to your kids about divorce from a financial perspective

    When I was growing up my parents didn’t really discuss finances with me all that much. They got divorced when I was in grade school but, while I knew it wasn’t worth the effort to ask for the most ...

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  • College Savings and Divorce in Texas
    College Savings and Divorce in Texas

    To get a divorce in Texas and not have some language contained in your Final Decree of Divorce that takes into consideration the need to prepare and save for your child’s college education would be a ...

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  • How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
    How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney? This is a question that people charged with a crime or their families often think about when dealing with the difficult process of facing ...

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  • Retirement should be high on your list of priorities during your divorce
    Retirement should be high on your list of priorities during your divorce

    Of all the things for you to worry about as a result of your divorce case you may not feel that your retirement is all that important compared to issues regarding your children, your home and other ...

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  • Assessing your long term goals divorupon the conclusion of your divorce
    Assessing your long term goals divorupon the conclusion of your divorce

    While a reasonable and immediate goal for you to hold in the middle of your divorce is simply for the divorce to be over with, this goal will not suffice when it comes to your need to plan long term ...

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  • Control the person in your mirror and you can control your finances after a divorce
    Control the person in your mirror and you can control your finances after a divorce

    There is no way of avoiding a simple truth about divorce : it is not fun. You may have a sense of satisfaction when your divorce is finished but you will not feel anything close to enjoyment as a ...

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  • 10 Most Popular Texas Family Law and Divorce Blogs of 2018?
    10 Most Popular Texas Family Law and Divorce Blogs of 2018?

    Maybe you have recently started to think about divorce. Or, maybe you are in the middle of your divorce , but you have been so busy that you missed some of our blog posts that could help you a ...

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  • Designating beneficiaries for insurance and retirement after your divorce
    Designating beneficiaries for insurance and retirement after your divorce

    At the outset of today’s blog post, I would like to briefly discuss the importance of having cash on hand in the immediate time period after your divorce. You may be thinking to yourself: “I’ll have ...

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  • Taking control of your credit after a divorce
    Taking control of your credit after a divorce

    There have been very few instances that I have seen spouses handle finances on an equal basis during my time as a family law attorney. There is usually one spouse who takes the lead on doing any ...

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  • Credit and Divorce: Get your finances in order by borrowing smart
    Credit and Divorce: Get your finances in order by borrowing smart

    Credit is a funny thing. Two generations ago our grandparents had a mortgage on their home- a home that cost around $10,000 most likely. One generation ago our parents started using a credit card for ...

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  • Divorce and your personal finances: How to prevent a split from your spouse being a spilt from your financial peace of mind
    Divorce and your personal finances: How to prevent a split from your spouse being a spilt from your financial peace of mind

    Divorce is complex. There are deeply personal components to divorce which make the process heart wrenching. You are separating, legally and figuratively, from your life partner and the stability which ...

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  • Making it through a gray divorce from a financial perspective
    Making it through a gray divorce from a financial perspective

    If you are over the age of fifty and are considering a divorce from your spouse you are not alone. Divorces among people of your age group are becoming more common. Just as with every age group, ...

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  • What is sufficient notice in a child custody case involving ICWA?
    What is sufficient notice in a child custody case involving ICWA?

    In a typical child custody hearing in Texas, only the parties to the case (as well as the Attorney General for child support purposes) needs to be given notice of a hearing. However, if there is a ...

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  • The Indian Child Welfare Act Examined
    The Indian Child Welfare Act Examined

    Because of the special circumstances surrounding Native American children, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was created in 1978. The Act requires child welfare organizations across the nation, ...

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  • The rights of a parent under the Indian Child Welfare Act
    The rights of a parent under the Indian Child Welfare Act

    In the event that your child is a member of an Indian tribe or is eligible to become a member of an Indian tribe then your family has rights under a federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act ...

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  • Child custody and Islamic law
    Child custody and Islamic law

    If you are a parent going through a divorce then you know that a large component of your case has related to your child and what sort of custody provisions will be included in your Final Decree of ...

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  • Obtaining a divorce in the United States as a Muslim-American
    Obtaining a divorce in the United States as a Muslim-American

    Despite the fact that Muslims can achieve a valid divorce in their faith tradition of Islam, Muslim men and women in the United States can only become legally divorced by obtaining a divorce decree ...

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  • An Introduction to Islamic Divorce and Marriage Contracts
    An Introduction to Islamic Divorce and Marriage Contracts

    One of the benefits of living in southeast Texas is the diversity of the people who live in our community. A group of people that are often the subject of much discussion but a lack of understanding ...

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  • Divorce in Judaism: A Jewish Court plays its part
    Divorce in Judaism: A Jewish Court plays its part

    In the Jewish faith tradition, there are courts that are specific to Judaism which play an important part in the life of married persons who are seeking a divorce . Known as a Beit Din (rabbinical ...

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  • Judaism and Divorce
    Judaism and Divorce

    Divorce is not an uncommon topic in our world today and is becoming seemingly less and less so as time passes. We all know a friend, co-worker or family member who has been divorced. You may have even ...

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  • Is it a good idea to hire an attorney when your parental rights can be terminated?
    Is it a good idea to hire an attorney when your parental rights can be terminated?

    Being in a position where your parental rights are at risk of being terminated means that you have to make decisions that can affect the rest of your life and the rest of your child’s life. Not only ...

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  • What you need to know about how your Parental Rights can be Terminated
    What you need to know about how your Parental Rights can be Terminated

    Simply put, terminating your parental rights occurs when your rights to your child are taken away. This means that you are no longer your child’s parent and have no duty to support him or her and have ...

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  • What is reality and what is myth regarding divorce in Texas?
    What is reality and what is myth regarding divorce in Texas?

    We all have a friend, neighbor, coworker or family member who is more than happy to give us their opinion on every subject under the son. Unfortunately for us, that person is normally wrong more often ...

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  • What to believe (and not believe) about family law cases in Texas
    What to believe (and not believe) about family law cases in Texas

    Yesterday we posted a blog that introduced the topic of some commonly held beliefs about Texas family law cases that may not be exactly true. Today we will continue with this subject and hopefully ...

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  • Getting More Money In Your Pockets After a Car Accident
    Getting More Money In Your Pockets After a Car Accident

    v Getting in an auto accident is no fun. There are many long-lasting consequences that people don’t realize. I have been involved in a few accidents myself and to this day, I have a fear to get on the ...

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  • Widely held beliefs about divorce in Texas: Which are actually true?
    Widely held beliefs about divorce in Texas: Which are actually true?

    One of the parts that I find to be rewarding of being a family law attorney is having the opportunity to meet with people just like you in our free of charge consultations. In one of these ...

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  • Parental Relationships of LGBT persons and their children
    Parental Relationships of LGBT persons and their children

    If you are the nonbiological parent to a child you should want to look for ways to legalize your relationship with your child in order to protect your rights. As a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or ...

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  • The rights of Lesbian, Gay and Transgender parents in Texas family law cases
    The rights of Lesbian, Gay and Transgender parents in Texas family law cases

    In an era where lesbian, gay and transgender persons are working towards gaining more widespread acceptance of their lifestyles it would only make sense for the legal system to follow suit and honor ...

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  • Recommendations for military families facing family law related problems
    Recommendations for military families facing family law related problems

    Just because you are an enlisted member of a military branch does not mean that your life outside of your commitment to our country does not continue. Unfortunately, you will need to deal with ...

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  • Challenges facing military families: Deployment and Station Reassignment
    Challenges facing military families: Deployment and Station Reassignment

    If you are a servicemember then you have likely been reassigned to a new station at least once. This change in “home base” often times comes with a change in pay as well. Military pay is based on the ...

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  • How does being a military family impact your child custody case in Texas?
    How does being a military family impact your child custody case in Texas?

    Texas is a big state. Texas is a state with a lot of people living here. Stop me before I tell you something you already knew. Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in the country. ...

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  • Military families and divorce in Texas
    Military families and divorce in Texas

    Families in today’s world are not the nuclear family of generations past. Unmarried couples cohabitate with as much frequency as married couples and children born to unwed parents are commonplace as a ...

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  • Preparing a Final Order in a divorce involving family violence
    Preparing a Final Order in a divorce involving family violence

    In a perfect world, a final decree of divorce would only be used as a fallback measure for families after a divorce has been completed. You and your ex-spouse would be able to work together to settle ...

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  • Why mediation may not be appropriate in your divorce from an abusive spouse
    Why mediation may not be appropriate in your divorce from an abusive spouse

    If you are a consistent reader of the blog posts from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC then you know that your attorneys are big fans of mediation . Mediation is a process by which two parties to a ...

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  • Emergency and Temporary Orders in divorce cases involving family violence
    Emergency and Temporary Orders in divorce cases involving family violence

    Probably the most frantic people that I come into contact with as a family law attorney are spouses that are needing to not only file for divorce but are victims of violent actions at the hands of ...

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  • How a judge assesses evidence in divorce that involves domestic abuse
    How a judge assesses evidence in divorce that involves domestic abuse

    One of the more straightforward responsibilities that a judge has is to review the evidence submitted, decide what will be included in the official record and then render a decision based on the ...

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  • How a judge can pick out an abusive parent based on how they behave in court
    How a judge can pick out an abusive parent based on how they behave in court

    One of the tough parts of being a family law attorney is that so much of what we do centers around our ability to convince a judge of something based on the individual circumstances of a case. So, if ...

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  • What a judge looks for in a child custody case involving family violence
    What a judge looks for in a child custody case involving family violence

    If you’ve read through the blog posts on our website for a long enough period of time I’m willing to bet that you have come across a post where we have suggested that you try to put yourself in the ...

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  • What does the end of your family law case mean for you and your family?
    What does the end of your family law case mean for you and your family?

    Well, you’ve finally made it. Whether it’s a divorce or child custody case you have managed to make it through the case in one piece. The case is done. Your judge has signed his or her name on the ...

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  • The importance of mental health and substance abuse on divorce
    The importance of mental health and substance abuse on divorce

    Family law attorneys tend to have people talk to us about subjects that they normally would reserve for their priest, pastor or best friend. It allows us to learn more about the person and how to best ...

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  • Sober up or risk losing your children: Substance abuse and divorce in Texas
    Sober up or risk losing your children: Substance abuse and divorce in Texas

    Money fights. Infidelity. These are two of the more common reasons why people get divorced in our country. There are violations of trust inherent in each of these reasons for divorce that once they ...

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  • Protecting your child from the abuse of drugs or alcohol by their other parent
    Protecting your child from the abuse of drugs or alcohol by their other parent

    A behavior that many parents will attempt to limit their child’s exposure to is that of drug and alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, there are many family law cases that involve a parent needing to protect ...

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  • Visitation essentials for your final order
    Visitation essentials for your final order

    After going through the ups and downs of a child custody or divorce case the last thing you want to have to deal with are final orders that either does not accurately reflect what was agreed upon in ...

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  • An Overview of Visitation in Texas family law cases
    An Overview of Visitation in Texas family law cases

    Negotiating the terms of a settlement related to visitation of your child after a child custody or divorce case can be the most important part of your case. It is not only what is agreed to that is ...

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  • How using marijuana can have an effect on a child custody case in Texas
    How using marijuana can have an effect on a child custody case in Texas

    Child custody decisions hinge on a determination of what is in the best interest of your child. If you are a known user of marijuana your use of the drug will be viewed in terms of how often you ...

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  • What to expect in a Texas Divorce
    What to expect in a Texas Divorce

    This week the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have been sharing our thoughts on the subject of divorce with you all. Specifically we have tried to provide you with an overview of ...

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  • What steps should a family law attorney take to help you navigate your case?
    What steps should a family law attorney take to help you navigate your case?

    I have heard from more than one person who has met with me for a free of charge consultation that they were nervous to come in and talk to a lawyer. The reason for this, I think, is that our culture ...

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  • Combating misinformation and untruths about divorce in Texas
    Combating misinformation and untruths about divorce in Texas

    As a family law attorney I run into people, clients and non-clients alike, who hold views on divorce and child custody cases that are sometimes so off from what the reality of the situation is that I ...

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  • Beginning a Divorce: Talking to your children about the divorce
    Beginning a Divorce: Talking to your children about the divorce

    If you have made the difficult decision to file for divorce then you have already crossed a threshold that many people sitting in a similar position as you do not have the mental fortitude to cross. ...

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  • Getting a divorce in Texas: What to Expect and How to Begin
    Getting a divorce in Texas: What to Expect and How to Begin

    Have you ever spoken to a friend or family member’s experiences in completing a task and wondered to yourself: “How did he go about doing that?” Detailed and complex processes can be glossed over when ...

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  • Advice and Perspective on Grey Divorces
    Advice and Perspective on Grey Divorces

    You may not know it, but people over the age of fifty are getting divorced in the United States at a pace not before seen in our nation’s history. As a result, the adult children of those folks ...

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  • Helping your children through your Grey divorce
    Helping your children through your Grey divorce

    A relatively recent phenomenon that we have seen occur in the United States is the rise of what are known as “ Grey Divorces ”. These are divorces that occur between parties that are nearing ...

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  • The tax implications of divorce
    The tax implications of divorce

    The change in tax law that has gone into affect in 2018 will see a new change in relation to spousal maintenance payments and the ability of the payor to deduct those payments. Starting in 2019 if you ...

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  • When is it necessary to litigate a divorce case?
    When is it necessary to litigate a divorce case?

    It may surprise you to learn that most divorce cases in Texas are not ultimately decided by a judge. The majority of Texas divorces are decided in mediation or in informal settlement negotiations. ...

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  • Want to settle your divorce? Follow these steps
    Want to settle your divorce? Follow these steps

    When you first hear the word divorce your mind probably cuts to a courtroom where two people are lobbing insults and accusations at each other about a wide array of subjects. Movies and television ...

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  • Mediate, don't litigate: How to settle your divorce
    Mediate, don't litigate: How to settle your divorce

    A divorce is a type of family law case. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are family law attorneys. However, a divorce is more personal than a personal injury case and often has more moving pieces ...

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  • Preparing for a Divorce in Texas
    Preparing for a Divorce in Texas

    Is a divorce right for you? That’s probably a question that you’ve asked yourself a time or two recently. After all- you’re reading through blog posts of a family law attorney so you at least have ...

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  • Divorce Preparation: How to get yourself and your family ready
    Divorce Preparation: How to get yourself and your family ready

    In the event that you are considering a divorce you should understand that of all things in life you should not rush into this process before putting forth some serious thought into whether or not ...

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  • Maximizing your consultation with a family law attorney
    Maximizing your consultation with a family law attorney

    Are you considering filing for divorce or attempting to modify a prior order from a judge? Has your spouse or ex-spouse filed a similar case against you and you need to learn how to respond? These are ...

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  • Managing your first Thanksgiving after a Divorce
    Managing your first Thanksgiving after a Divorce

    The holidays can be the best time of the year for many families. They can be a time for togetherness and memories- where cell phones are put away and old times are shared across generations. The ...

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  • Property considerations to make when divorcing your spouse
    Property considerations to make when divorcing your spouse

    There is never a good time to discuss a divorce either with your spouse or with an attorney. Your life is constantly changing and evolving and you will never have all the time, energy and resources ...

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  • Premarital agreements and real property issues
    Premarital agreements and real property issues

    As discussed in yesterday’s blog post, premarital agreements are becoming more and more popular in Texas for persons who are interested in setting up a plan before their marriage for how property ...

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  • Handling real estate in a Texas divorce
    Handling real estate in a Texas divorce

    With divorce rates increasing over the past generation martial property issues are becoming more and more relevant. Whether it means drafting premarital agreements or dividing property in a divorce, ...

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  • Residency Restrictions and your child after a divorce
    Residency Restrictions and your child after a divorce

    A question that many persons who are either going through a divorce or are facing the prospects of a future divorce ask me is whether or not they will be able to see their child as frequently after a ...

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  • How using social networks can impact your divorce
    How using social networks can impact your divorce

    If you are an adult of any age in 2018 it is likely that you have at least some degree of online presence in terms of social media. Without going through each social media website by name, I am almost ...

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  • How to respond to certain behaviors of your child after your divorce
    How to respond to certain behaviors of your child after your divorce

    Each child is an individual and displays individual characteristics and habits that set him or her apart from every other person and child on earth. It is important to keep in mind, however, that ...

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  • Examining the relationship between parents and children after a divorce
    Examining the relationship between parents and children after a divorce

    Whether you care to admit it or not, your relationship with your child will change after you and their other parent get a divorce . There is no way to escape this reality. In some ways the manner that ...

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  • Helping your child adjust to post divorce life
    Helping your child adjust to post divorce life

    When there is conflict and difficulty in your relationship with your spouse it is common that a separation would occur where one of you remains in your home and other leaves to find another place to ...

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  • How to handle a situation where your spouse is being unfaithful to you
    How to handle a situation where your spouse is being unfaithful to you

    One of the fears that many people that I have met with in my time as a family law attorney have presented to me have to do with whether or not their spouse is being faithful to them. When you make a ...

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  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Essential knowledge for Texans
    Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Essential knowledge for Texans

    There may be a less romantic topic to discuss with your spouse to be than a prenuptial agreement . Nothing says “love” quite like a contract between yourself and another person where your property is ...

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  • More questions and answers regarding your military divorce
    More questions and answers regarding your military divorce

    How is a divorce in Texas structured in terms of stages? No two divorces are exactly the same. As such, it is difficult to accurately predict the length of your divorce in terms of time. However, the ...

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  • Answers to popular questions regarding military divorces
    Answers to popular questions regarding military divorces

    In yesterday’s blog post the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC introduced the subject of military divorces by posing a number of questions that we have been asked throughout the years ...

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  • Divorcing your spouse while serving in the military abroad
    Divorcing your spouse while serving in the military abroad

    If you are serving in the military and are living thousands of miles away from your home in Texas you probably have questions that differ from other people who are also considering a divorce from ...

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  • Characterizing your assets as community or separate property through tracing
    Characterizing your assets as community or separate property through tracing

    If you are embarking upon a divorce then you probably understand that it is not an easy process to go through. One of the difficult aspects of a divorce is how to properly characterize the property ...

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  • Important aspects of infrequently discussed issues in child support enforcement suits
    Important aspects of infrequently discussed issues in child support enforcement suits

    Our state provides attorneys with the ability to collect child support on behalf of their clients that is due and owing. The thought is that parents who do not support their children financially are ...

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  • Important yet infrequently discussed issues in child support enforcement
    Important yet infrequently discussed issues in child support enforcement

    If you have an ex-spouse who was ordered in your divorce to pay child support then you know all too well that feeling of unease when a payment is not received by the first of the month. It wasn’t ...

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  • Partnerships, sole proprietorships and other topics related to small business and divorce
    Partnerships, sole proprietorships and other topics related to small business and divorce

    Do you or your spouse own a small business , either together or independently? If you do and are also marching quickly towards a divorce it is likely that you do not know nearly as much about how the ...

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  • 10 Tips on How to Find the Best Child Custody Lawyer in Houston
    10 Tips on How to Find the Best Child Custody Lawyer in Houston

    If you're searching for a child custody lawyer you're probably looking for the "best lawyer," right? Few things get us as passionate or protective as our children. That is a major reason child custody ...

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  • How to treat your small business in the context of a contested divorce
    How to treat your small business in the context of a contested divorce

    If you and your spouse are moving towards a divorce it will be a difficult time for both of you regardless of what the circumstances are. A factor that can make the divorce even more difficult- from ...

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  • A father's rights in the context of a child custody or divorce case in Texas
    A father's rights in the context of a child custody or divorce case in Texas

    My motivation to write this blog post and the one that preceded it (posted yesterday) was based on my experience working with dozens and dozens of good, well-intentioned fathers who feel like their ...

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  • Viewing a custody case through the eyes of a father
    Viewing a custody case through the eyes of a father

    When considering a child custody or divorce case , the issues contained in these legal matters can have potentially large impacts on the lives of the mothers and fathers involved in them. Once it has ...

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  • Standards of Proof  How Would Kavanaugh Hearing Have Played Out in Court?
    Standards of Proof How Would Kavanaugh Hearing Have Played Out in Court?

    Being a lawyer who handles family, criminal, and car accident cases, I must be familiar with all standards of proof. Standard of proof is the level of convincing required to get a judge or jury to ...

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  • How manage your Child Protective Services case and maintain your sanity
    How manage your Child Protective Services case and maintain your sanity

    As we have spent the past few weeks discussing the subject, you can hopefully tell that a CPS case can be complicated, difficult, stressful and rewarding all at the same time. You will be pushed in ...

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  • Advice on transitioning your child back into your home after a Child Protective Services investigation
    Advice on transitioning your child back into your home after a Child Protective Services investigation

    The good news is that your child is back in your home after a long absence due to an ongoing CPS case . The not so good news is that you are now going to have to make adjustments to how you did things ...

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  • How to proceed after your child is returned home after a Child Protective Services case
    How to proceed after your child is returned home after a Child Protective Services case

    Great news! Your child has been returned home after being away for up to one year. You have done what was needed to improve the safety of your home and to ensure that your child is your number one ...

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  • Life after a Child Protective Services Investigation has ended
    Life after a Child Protective Services Investigation has ended

    Like all things in life, good and bad, your CPS case and investigation will eventually end. If you are just beginning the process it may not seem like it but it is absolutely true that CPS will not be ...

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  • Handling a Child Protective Services case while addicted to drugs or alcohol
    Handling a Child Protective Services case while addicted to drugs or alcohol

    If you are a parent who is facing a CPS investigation due to an addiction to drugs or alcohol there is specific information you should be aware of as you begin to map out a plan for yourself and your ...

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  • If domestic violence is occurring in your home can your children be removed by Child Protective Services?
    If domestic violence is occurring in your home can your children be removed by Child Protective Services?

    When considering the potential safety risks that could result in your child being removed from your home domestic violence ranks very high on the list. It is looked upon as being so high a risk and ...

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  • Child Protective Services cases from the perspective of a teen parent
    Child Protective Services cases from the perspective of a teen parent

    It is possible for a teenager to be a part of a CPS investigation as both the subject of the investigation as a parent as the child who was potential abused or neglected by their parent. If you are a ...

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  • Prepare financially for your Texas divorce
    Prepare financially for your Texas divorce

    Most people do not move towards a divorce eagerly. Begrudgingly, anxiously, nervously, angrily- insert whatever adverb you would like, most people are not all that excited to be legally ending their ...

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  • The role of the non offending parent in a Child Protective Services case
    The role of the non offending parent in a Child Protective Services case

    Supposed that you are a parent of a child who was recently removed by CPS from your home. What’s more, now CPS has gone to court and asked a judge for an order that allows them to keep conservatorship ...

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  • Miscellaneous pieces of advice regarding your Child Protective Services investigation
    Miscellaneous pieces of advice regarding your Child Protective Services investigation

    A general caveat that I apply to many blog posts written on behalf of the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is that the advice that we give and the hypothetical situations we present ...

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  • Saying goodbye to your child after a Child Protective Services visitation session
    Saying goodbye to your child after a Child Protective Services visitation session

    When you are working your way through a Child Protective Services investigation the time that you are afforded with your child is precious. Having a child removed from your house was an ordeal that ...

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  • Approaching visitation from the perspective of your Child Protective Services case
    Approaching visitation from the perspective of your Child Protective Services case

    The most important aspect of your being able to visit with your child during your Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case is that you all will have been separated from one another for what will likely ...

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  • Visitation with your child during a Child Protective Case in Texas
    Visitation with your child during a Child Protective Case in Texas

    In all of the confusion, stress, and anxiety that surrounds a Child Protective Services case in Texas, one of your most immediate concerns likely has to do with how quickly you can see your child if ...

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  • Communicating with Child Protective Services employees during an investigation
    Communicating with Child Protective Services employees during an investigation

    You may consider yourself to be a friendly, outgoing person but that does not necessarily mean that you possess the communication skills that are needed to be able to communicate with a CPS case ...

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  • The Dirty Divorce Trick of The Trial Separation
    The Dirty Divorce Trick of The Trial Separation

    Although this trick got its own blog in many ways, it is a continuation of a previous blog regarding “ Getting Your Spouse to Leave the Marital Home .” I have seen many spouses use the hope of ...

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  • How to successfully work with Child Protective Services during an investigation
    How to successfully work with Child Protective Services during an investigation

    The tough part of being involved in a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) investigation is that the same people who are investigating you for allegedly abusing or neglecting your child are the same ...

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  • The Dirty Divorce Trick of The Do it Yourself Divorce
    The Dirty Divorce Trick of The Do it Yourself Divorce

    Doing your own divorce is a very difficult task. I have heard it compared to trying to perform surgery in the dark. Another comparison I like is that it may be possible to do your own brain surgery, ...

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  • Assisting your lawyer during a Child Protective Services case
    Assisting your lawyer during a Child Protective Services case

    When you hire an attorney to represent you in a case involving Child Protective Services ( CPS ) you are placing a lot of trust in that person to competently and effectively represent your interests. ...

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  • The Dirty Divorce Trick of Getting Married Again
    The Dirty Divorce Trick of Getting Married Again

    Being a divorce attorney has given me a front-row seat to people behaving badly, sometimes in a mercenary manner. I am not suggesting that anyone wanting to marry their ex-spouse again after a divorce ...

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  • Expectations for you to have regarding your attorney in a Child Protective Services case
    Expectations for you to have regarding your attorney in a Child Protective Services case

    If you’ve been reading the blog posts from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC for the past few weeks you’ll know that we’ve been focusing on Child Protective Services ( CPS ) cases recently. This is ...

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  • Your attorney's role in a Child Protective Services case
    Your attorney's role in a Child Protective Services case

    When it comes to Child Protective Services ( CPS ) and the potential impact a CPS investigation can have on you and your family it is always advisable to have an attorney in your corner representing ...

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  • The Dirty Divorce Trick of Forget What the Papers Say, I’ll Do This or That
    The Dirty Divorce Trick of Forget What the Papers Say, I’ll Do This or That

    There are various manifestations of this dirty trick that I have seen where a spouse has asked the other spouse to ignore the language of the divorce decree and sign the papers. In today’s blog, we ...

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  • Family Group Conferences and Family Team Meetings in a Child Protective Services case
    Family Group Conferences and Family Team Meetings in a Child Protective Services case

    If you are involved with CPS in a case involving your child he or she will invariably ask to talk to you about involving your family as a support network in caring for the best interests of your ...

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  • How to conduct yourself in the courtroom during a Child Protective Services case
    How to conduct yourself in the courtroom during a Child Protective Services case

    Whenever a client asks me how to act in court I always smile and think that person must have led a pretty good life to that point to never have had to enter a courtroom for any reason. The fact of the ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding going to court for your Child Protective Services case
    Frequently Asked Questions regarding going to court for your Child Protective Services case

    We’ve now had an opportunity to discuss how and why Child Protective Services (CPS) would open up an investigation regarding you and your family as well as how the investigation proceeds. The legal ...

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  • Status and Permanency Hearings in a Child Protective Services case
    Status and Permanency Hearings in a Child Protective Services case

    Before we continue our discussion on the court process associated with your CPS case , I wanted to take a quick timeout to go over what a service plan is and how it can impact your case. A service ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Stripping the House During a Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Stripping the House During a Texas Divorce

    This blog is a continuation of a previous blog regarding damaging, destroying, or selling marital assets. Some spouses move everything out of the house before they file for divorce . Alternatively, if ...

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  • Finding permanency for your child in a Child Protective Services case
    Finding permanency for your child in a Child Protective Services case

    Your life was probably pretty predictable before Child Protective Services became involved in an investigation regarding your child. You woke up, got ready for work, got your child ready for school ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Using the Same Divorce Lawyer
    The Dirty Trick of Using the Same Divorce Lawyer

    One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear is, “Can my spouse and I use the same attorney for our uncontested divorce ?” The answer is no. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, ...

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  • Foster care examined in the context of a Child Protective Services case
    Foster care examined in the context of a Child Protective Services case

    Suppose that you and your family have become the subject of a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case and it has been determined that your home is not a safe environment for your child to reside in. As ...

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  • Important information relating to the removal of your child during a Child Protective Services case
    Important information relating to the removal of your child during a Child Protective Services case

    Many people that I have spoken to as an attorney with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have asked me how exactly their child may be removed from their home as a result of a Child Protective ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of the Common Law Marriage
    The Dirty Trick of the Common Law Marriage

    In Texas, many people are aware that Texas recognizes common-law marriage. However, not everyone I meet with is aware of what it takes to meet the Texas statutory requirements of being common law ...

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  • Your family as a resource during a Child Protective Services case
    Your family as a resource during a Child Protective Services case

    While you may feel like retreating into a corner during the initial days of a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation involving your child, I can tell you that this is not a good use of one of ...

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  • How your interfering with a Child Protective Services investigation affects your case
    How your interfering with a Child Protective Services investigation affects your case

    If you have been reading through the blogs posts that the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC has been posting the past few days then you will know that we highly encourage any person who is going through ...

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  • The different possible outcomes of a Child Protective Services case
    The different possible outcomes of a Child Protective Services case

    At the conclusion of your Child Protective Services case the agency will determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence available regarding whether or not you have abused or neglected your ...

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  • When Child Protective Services Inspects your home
    When Child Protective Services Inspects your home

    If you and your family are involved in an investigation with Child Protective Services ( CPS ) then you should be aware that part of that investigation will be an inspection of your home. A CPS ...

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  • What to know about your child being interviewed by Child Protective Services
    What to know about your child being interviewed by Child Protective Services

    If during the course of an investigation by Child Protective Services ( CPS ) an investigator seeks to interview your child, you should know that this is normal and not an indication of any specific ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Getting Your Spouse to Leave the Marital Home
    The Dirty Trick of Getting Your Spouse to Leave the Marital Home

    This blog is inspired by some cases and consults I have had where a spouse has gone out of their way to get their spouse to leave the marital home. Many of the consults I meet with have a lot of ...

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  • A CPS Investigation: An in-depth examination
    A CPS Investigation: An in-depth examination

    One issue that I would like to touch on at the outset of this blog post is that if CPS becomes aware of potential abuse or neglect of your child during the course of your investigation it can use that ...

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  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Child Protective Services Investigation
    The Nuts and Bolts of a Child Protective Services Investigation

    To this point in our series of blog posts on Child Protective Services ( CPS ) investigations we have discussed many topics that range from the persons involved in the investigation, to managing your ...

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  • Confidentiality in your Texas Child Protective Services case
    Confidentiality in your Texas Child Protective Services case

    The concept of the attorney-client privilege is fairly well known among citizens of our country. The basic premise is that if you are represented by an attorney the information that you provide to him ...

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  • Child Protective Services cases: Explaining the roles of the persons involved in your child's case
    Child Protective Services cases: Explaining the roles of the persons involved in your child's case

    If your child has been removed from your care then a judge will be holding hearings to discuss the merits of your child’s removal and then the ability of your child to be returned to your care. You ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Fake Emails and Electronic Evidence
    The Dirty Trick of Fake Emails and Electronic Evidence

    There is much discussion these days about “fake news.” It appears that the term is popping up everywhere from talk show hosts, the White House, and TV dramas such as the “The Good Fight.” The Term ...

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  • Child Protective Services and their ability to impact your child's life
    Child Protective Services and their ability to impact your child's life

    As a parent, you have the responsibility to raise your child and to provide the basic necessities of life for him or her. Part of this responsibility is to see to it that he or she are protected from ...

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  • The origins of your Child Protective Services Case
    The origins of your Child Protective Services Case

    Child Protective Services in Texas is part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). This state agency’s objective is to protect the children that live in our state after ...

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  • Knowing your rights in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case
    Knowing your rights in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case

    During a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case, it may feel like you have no rights to assert but believe me that is only how it feels. Once you take a step back and examine the situation for what it ...

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  • Representing your children's interests in a Child Protective Services case
    Representing your children's interests in a Child Protective Services case

    During a case that involves Child Protective Services ( CPS ) you would be excused if you lost sight on occasion of the fact that despite all the troubles and difficulties that you are going through, ...

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  • Help your child and yourself in a Child Protective Services case by remaining actively involved
    Help your child and yourself in a Child Protective Services case by remaining actively involved

    When you’ve just been dealt a blow in your life you may feel like stepping back and not doing much of anything. For instance, if Child Protective Services ( CPS ) initiates an investigation into you ...

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  • Maintaining a positive outlook during a CPS investigation in Texas
    Maintaining a positive outlook during a CPS investigation in Texas

    If you find yourself in the middle of a CPS case it is easy to find your spirits low and your optimism levels even lower. The life that you had led previously with your family could be gone forever ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of the Unenforceable Visitation Order
    The Dirty Trick of the Unenforceable Visitation Order

    The unenforceable visitation order combines elements of both the “ amicable divorce trick ” and “ using the children as weapons trick .” The success of this trick is largely a result of a parent not ...

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  • An Overview of a Child Protective Services case in Texas
    An Overview of a Child Protective Services case in Texas

    If Child Protective Services ( CPS ) becomes a part of your life it is understandable to feel a lot of different emotions all at once. You are likely some combination of angry, upset, stressed out and ...

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  • Relinquishing parental rights on a voluntary basis in Texas
    Relinquishing parental rights on a voluntary basis in Texas

    Parents can feel the burden of raising and providing for a child in very tangible ways- beyond merely feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. For example, if you are a father of a child and are paying ...

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  • What are your chances of winning primary custody of your child as a father in Texas?
    What are your chances of winning primary custody of your child as a father in Texas?

    If you are a father who is going through a divorce or child custody case you have undoubtedly heard from friends, family or co-workers about how difficult it is for a man to get a fair shake in a ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service of Process
    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service of Process

    It is required under the Texas Family Code that a spouse be notified when a family law case has been opened. This means they must be informed that you the Petitioner have asked the Court to do ...

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  • Child Custody terminology in Texas
    Child Custody terminology in Texas

    A child custody case can be difficult enough as it is before even considering learning the language of the family law courts. Every field has their own special “lingo” that you have to learn to be ...

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  • Winning custody of your child with a criminal conviction
    Winning custody of your child with a criminal conviction

    If you are at the outset of a child custody case one of the key factors that will go into the evaluation as to what type of custody you should have of your child is your ability to care for and ...

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  • Ways to save money on your child custody case in Texas, Part Two
    Ways to save money on your child custody case in Texas, Part Two

    In our last blog post, we began to discuss the topic of the costs of a child custody case. Specifically, we went over concerns you may be having in advance of a child custody case as well as how a ...

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  • Ways to save money on your child custody case in Texas
    Ways to save money on your child custody case in Texas

    Having gone through a divorce it is possible that you promised yourself that you would never put your family, or yourself, through that process ever again unless absolutely necessary. The stress of ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Filing for Divorce
    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding 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 process is the ...

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  • Is it possible for Child Protective Services gives temporary conservatorship to your child's grandparents?
    Is it possible for Child Protective Services gives temporary conservatorship to your child's grandparents?

    Family law cases that involve Child Protective Services ( CPS ) involve some of the more difficult and frustrating subject matter of any sort of case that the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC helps ...

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  • Frequently asked questions regarding child support in Texas
    Frequently asked questions regarding child support in Texas

    The fact that you are reading this blog post tells me that you have questions about child support . I know, I know: way to go out on a limb there, Mr. Lawyer. In all seriousness, the topic of child ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Contested and Fault, Divorce
    Frequently Asked Questions About Contested and Fault, Divorce

    Unless you and your spouse have resolved all issues in a divorce, your divorce will more than likely be considered "contested". This doesn't mean that there is going to be a full-on assault to you, ...

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  • If you want to win sole custody of your child, read this blog post first
    If you want to win sole custody of your child, read this blog post first

    Simply put, there is a presumption in Texas family law that it is in your child’s best interest to have a relationship and continued contact with both of their parents. In order to further this goal ...

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  • 20 Biggest Trials of the Past 20 Years, from O.J. Simpson to Scott Peterson to Casey Anthony
    20 Biggest Trials of the Past 20 Years, from O.J. Simpson to Scott Peterson to Casey Anthony

    It’s our delight to introduce a guest blogger Nicolas M. German who is a DUI attorney in Denver, Colorado. Many criminal trials have simply been sensational to people throughout the years. And here is ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Divorce Process
    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Divorce Process

    If you are considering filing for divorce, it’s a given that you will have questions about the divorce process such as How do I file for divorce? Read on as we answer some of the of our most ...

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  • Understanding the basics of Child Support in Texas
    Understanding the basics of Child Support in Texas

    The amount of time that you are in possession of your child after a divorce determines whether or not you will be responsible for paying or receiving child support . Should you be named the primary ...

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  • What methods of payment are available to non custodial parents in Texas?
    What methods of payment are available to non custodial parents in Texas?

    If you are the non custodial parent of a child in Texas and have the obligation to pay a monthly amount of child support to your child’s custodial parent you may have questions regarding how payments ...

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  • The beginnings stages of a Texas child support modification case
    The beginnings stages of a Texas child support modification case

    In the subsequent months and years from the time you and your child’s other parent established a child support obligation in court it may be that the current monthly child support obligation no longer ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions How Long Does It Take and Other Court Dates?
    Frequently Asked Questions How Long Does It Take and Other Court Dates?

    What Do I Do If I Am Served with Divorce Paperwork? Be aware of the due date for your response. Once you are served with the lawsuit (the divorce papers ) you have very little time to respond. Under ...

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  • The beginning stages of a child support enforcement case
    The beginning stages of a child support enforcement case

    Do any of you reading this blog post follow the news closely? Whatever your particular political persuasion is, I think we can all agree that depending upon the news outlet that you are reading or ...

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  • The Texas Divorce Process
    The Texas Divorce Process

    What is the Texas divorce process? How do I start my divorce? Get the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about getting divorced in Texas: How can I save my marriage if my spouse ...

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  • Risks associated with representing yourself in a Texas child support case
    Risks associated with representing yourself in a Texas child support case

    Whether you are the parent who is going to be receiving child support or are the one who will likely be on the hook for paying child support, the fact remains that the legal case that establishes ...

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  • Texas Out-Of-State, International Divorce & Military Divorce
    Texas Out-Of-State, International Divorce & Military Divorce

    Deciding to divorce your spouse is rarely easy. A divorce when a spouse lives outside of Texas, however, can be a bit more difficult. If you are a Texas resident but your spouse lives elsewhere, you ...

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  • Cost Cutting Tips in your Texas child support case
    Cost Cutting Tips in your Texas child support case

    While cost should not be the top priority when deciding to hire an attorney or to pursue a child support case it certainly is factor that you should be considering. Your goal of increasing, decreasing ...

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  • High Net Worth Divorce in Texas
    High Net Worth Divorce in Texas

    In a high net worth divorce, there are a number of issues that can turn an otherwise simple divorce into a complex web of litigation. Aside from complex child related matters , there is a wide variety ...

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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Texas
    Alternative Dispute Resolution in Texas

    If you are looking for a low conflict way of getting divorced, negotiating child custody, or sorting out other family law matters, Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ADR ) could be for you. ADR refers ...

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  • Texas Contested Divorce
    Texas Contested Divorce

    If you have recently decided to divorce , you may find that you are unable to agree with your spouse on important issues such as child support , alimony , and division of assets/liabilities . This may ...

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  • The benefits of hiring an attorney to represent you in a child support case
    The benefits of hiring an attorney to represent you in a child support case

    If you have been through a difficult divorce , the last thing you probably want to think about is the possibility of having to go back to the family law court in order to have another aspect of your ...

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  • Child Protective Services: Their involvement with you, your child and your family as a whole
    Child Protective Services: Their involvement with you, your child and your family as a whole

    When Child Protective Services (CPS) is investigation an allegation of abuse or neglect against your and/or your spouse, it common for case workers to investigate and conduct interviews of your ...

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  • Can Child Protective Services take action against you for abusing drugs or alcohol?
    Can Child Protective Services take action against you for abusing drugs or alcohol?

    Some of the more frantic and concerned people that I have the opportunity to meet with as an attorney with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are those parents who have recently been contacted by ...

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  • Communicating with an ex-spouse regarding your child's medical treatment
    Communicating with an ex-spouse regarding your child's medical treatment

    We have discussed in previous blog posts the importance of you and your ex-spouse exchanging information relating to the medical care and well-being of your child. This is especially true if your ...

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  • Communicating about your child's medical information with an ex-spouse
    Communicating about your child's medical information with an ex-spouse

    Health and happiness is what most parents wish for when it comes to their children. If you could tell me that my children would grow up to be happy and healthy I would tell you that sounds pretty darn ...

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  • Co-parenting tools to utilize after a divorce in Texas
    Co-parenting tools to utilize after a divorce in Texas

    Have your child travel with a notebook to write down thoughts and updates In our last blog post I went through all of the different technological advances that can be utilized in order to benefit your ...

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  • Email essentials for effective communication with your ex-spouse
    Email essentials for effective communication with your ex-spouse

    So you open up the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC and you see that today’s post is about…email? You may be wondering what the person writing this blog, someone who attended four years of ...

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  • Methods of communication for divorced parents
    Methods of communication for divorced parents

    Whether you and your ex-spouse are on great terms and have coffee once a week or you can’t stand the sight of him or her, there are methods for you both to communicate with one another that can ...

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  • Filing for Divorce in Texas
    Filing for Divorce in Texas

    If you are considering filing for divorce, it’s a given that you will have questions: How do I file for divorce? Should I file first, or wait for my spouse to serve papers? Do I need my spouse’s ...

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  • Grounds for Divorce in Texas
    Grounds for Divorce in Texas

    When you file divorce paperwork in Texas, the key document that you will complete is called the “Original Petition for Divorce.” In it, you will list biographical information about your family and ...

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  • Tips for being able to communicate with your ex-spouse on parenting issues
    Tips for being able to communicate with your ex-spouse on parenting issues

    Even if you and your ex-spouse want nothing to do with one another on a personal level, you will still need to be able to co-exist and parent your child together in a manner that is suitable to you ...

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  • How to co-parent with an unreasonable ex-spouse
    How to co-parent with an unreasonable ex-spouse

    If you have worked to get through a difficult divorce you will likely want to take a step back and relax. You’ve made it through one of the most difficult times in your life and have managed to keep ...

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  • Child Support Suits after the death of a parent in Texas
    Child Support Suits after the death of a parent in Texas

    If you have gone to a family law court in Texas and had an order issued from the judge that relates to child support (known as an Order in Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR)) then that ...

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  • Texas Divorce Attorney Explains Starting the TX Divorce Process
    Texas Divorce Attorney Explains Starting the TX Divorce Process

    Making the decision to start the divorce process can be extremely unsettling. For most people, just contemplating the various life changes that can result from a divorce is overwhelming. In addition ...

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  • Getting Uncontested Texas Divorce
    Getting Uncontested Texas Divorce

    An uncontested divorce in Texas is a no-fault divorce and allows a lower conflict way of getting divorced for you and your spouse. Is an uncontested divorce right for you? If you are one of the ...

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  • The effect of a death after your divorce in Texas
    The effect of a death after your divorce in Texas

    Different circumstances can arise if either you or your spouse were to pass away after your divorce has been finalized but the terms of that divorce decree : payments yet to be made to creditors, ...

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  • Community Property Essentials for Texas divorces
    Community Property Essentials for Texas divorces

    The law in Texas provides that a married couple can agree in writing that either of your separate property can be characterized as community property . This is not the same thing as being co-tenants ...

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  • Community Property and Credit in Texas Divorces
    Community Property and Credit in Texas Divorces

    If either you or your spouse make a purchase on credit during your marriage in Texas, there is a presumption that the credit utilized is community in nature. This would make sense as all property that ...

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  • Community Property Law in Texas
    Community Property Law in Texas

    When spouses divorce in Texas the laws regarding community property come into effect. For the most part the laws are easy to follow despite what friends and family members who have gone through a ...

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  • Methods for Valuing a Business in a Texas divorce
    Methods for Valuing a Business in a Texas divorce

    Let’s get one thing established at the outset of today’s blog post. Some of the subject matter that we will be discussing today is not easy to understand and is not the most thrilling material to ...

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  • Strategies for Desired Custody in Texas
    Strategies for Desired Custody in Texas

    An experienced lawyer can offer strategies to help you get the custody arrangement you desire. There are no guarantees that the outcome will be precisely what you want, but there are several custody ...

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  • How Much Will My Texas Child Custody Case Cost?
    How Much Will My Texas Child Custody Case Cost?

    One of the most popular questions asked in my consults is “how much is my child custody case going to cost me?” It is a reasonable question. However, there is no easy answer. As with other ...

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  • Valuing a business in a Texas divorce, Part Two
    Valuing a business in a Texas divorce, Part Two

    Divorces are hard. Divorces with businesses are harder. Valuing a business that is owned by you and/or your spouse can be just as hard. In this series of blog posts from the attorneys with the Law ...

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  • Valuing a business in a Texas Divorce
    Valuing a business in a Texas Divorce

    If you or your spouse own a business and are now contemplating or beginning a divorce then today’s blog post has been written with your family in mind. It is a challenge to determine the fair market ...

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  • Handling a Child Support case as a non custodial parent: Questions, questions, questions
    Handling a Child Support case as a non custodial parent: Questions, questions, questions

    What happens if you were to lose your job? Do you still have to pay child support? Generations before our own saw people starting work with an employer at a young age. The worker would often time ...

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  • Spousal maintenance in a divorce with a disabled child
    Spousal maintenance in a divorce with a disabled child

    If you and your spouse have been married for at least ten years prior to your divorce then you are eligible to receive spousal maintenance after your divorce. Sometimes called “alimony” or “spousal ...

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  • Handling a Child Support case as a non custodial parent, Part Six
    Handling a Child Support case as a non custodial parent, Part Six

    Determining what is in the best interests of your child As a parent, you likely have the belief that you know what is in the best interests of your child. Under most circumstances, our legal system ...

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  • Handling a child support case as the non custodial parent, Part Five
    Handling a child support case as the non custodial parent, Part Five

    Receiving a court summons-What should you do? One minute you are minding your own business and the next you have been handed some paper from a person you’ve never met before that instructs you to head ...

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  • How to handle a child support case as the non custodial parent, Part Four
    How to handle a child support case as the non custodial parent, Part Four

    The importance of paternity in a child support case If you are the presumed father of a child but have not yet been declared legally as the child’s father then you have work yet to be done. Paternity ...

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  • How to handle child support as the non custodial parent, Part Three
    How to handle child support as the non custodial parent, Part Three

    For many of you reading this blog you probably have no idea how to begin a child support case . It could be that as the noncustodial parent of your child you have limited access right now even to see ...

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  • How to handle child support as the non custodial parent, Part Two
    How to handle child support as the non custodial parent, Part Two

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC , we introduced our topic of child support cases from the noncustodial parent’s perspective. You are the non-custodial parent if your ...

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  • How to handle child support as a non custodial parent
    How to handle child support as a non custodial parent

    A benefit of being one of the attorneys working at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is that I have the opportunity to meet with many in our community to talk to them about their problems and to see ...

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  • The effect of divorce on your credit
    The effect of divorce on your credit

    Today’s blog will feature you as the main character in a hypothetical divorce that you may (or may not) be going through. The purpose of trying to teach you all something through a story is that I ...

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  • Credit Accounts and their effect on your divorce
    Credit Accounts and their effect on your divorce

    Most people going through a divorce in Texas know that the laws our of state regarding community property will play a role in their case. If you can count yourself among those that possess this ...

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  • Completing the Divorce- Handling Retirement and Avoiding Last Minute Problems
    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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  • Is a Mediated Settlement Agreement Still Valid in Texas if a Case is Dismissed?
    Is a Mediated Settlement Agreement Still Valid in Texas if a Case is Dismissed?

    A while back, a friend and fellow attorney asked me some questions about whether an MSA was still valid if a case was dismissed. I have heard this question debated before among attorneys and opinions ...

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  • How to protect your finances during divorce
    How to protect your finances during divorce

    The emotional difficulties associated with a divorce are fairly well known. If you have a family member or friend who has been through a divorce it’s likely that he or she has spoken to you about just ...

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

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  • Marriage, Finances and Preparing for Unforeseen Events
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 process is the ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship, the Standard Possession Order and Child Support
    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 their ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Child Support in Divorce
    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
    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
    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
    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 Office of ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Punishments for the failure to pay child support
    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 some ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Defenses to Child Support Enforcement Suits
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: Conservatorship for Grandparents and Custody Determinations
    Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship for Grandparents and Custody Determinations

    The nuclear family of the 1950s is no longer the norm in the United States if it ever was in the first place. In today’s world non-parents (including Grandparents) play larger roles in their family’s ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship Explained
    Family Law Cases in Texas: Conservatorship Explained

    The word that I hear most often from clients in regard to their children, and frankly use myself when discussing the rights and duties of parents, is “ custody ”. It’s a word that is commonly used in ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Temporary Orders and the Final Orders stage of a divorce
    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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  • Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce? Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Lawyer
    Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce? Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Lawyer

    Many people believe that a divorce in Texas should be easy, that it is just a status change ending the marriage and that it does not directly impact other issues. However, that is not the case. A ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Examining Divorces
    Family Law Cases in Texas: Examining Divorces

    Probably the most common family law case in Texas is the divorce . It’s likely that you know a handful of people in your own life who have been divorced and you yourself may be one of those people. ...

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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: The final stages of a CPS case
    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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  • Family Law Cases in Texas: Examining the steps in a Child Protective Services case
    Family Law Cases in Texas: Examining the steps in a Child Protective Services case

    During the past few weeks, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have taken an opportunity to write about the steps of different types of family law cases in an effort to help you ...

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  • Verbal and emotional abuse: Mistakes to avoid in a Texas divorce
    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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  • Emotional abuse in a Texas Divorce
    Emotional abuse in a Texas Divorce

    When you hear the words “emotional” and “abuse” what comes to mind? I’m willing to bet that if you were being completely honest the image of a raised eyebrow may have appeared in your mind’s eye ...

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  • Abandonment as grounds for divorce in Texas
    Abandonment as grounds for divorce in Texas

    The majority of divorces that occur in Texas each year are what is known as “ No Fault ” Divorces . This means that the parties simply could no longer get along in the marriage and say no chance at ...

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  • Managing a Texas Family Law Case, Part Three
    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
    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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  • Managing a Family Law case in Texas
    Managing a Family Law case in Texas

    The piece of advice or reassurance that I provide to clients with the most frequency before a courtroom appearance is that the anxiety that we all possess surrounding events that we’ve never ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Uncontested and No-Fault Divorce
    Frequently Asked Questions About Uncontested and No-Fault Divorce

    The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Uncontested and No-Fault Divorce in Texas . The answers are general and designed to help you better understand how Texas ...

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  • Post-divorce financial independence
    Post-divorce financial independence

    Divorce is one of those steps in life that you may go through and will never stop to think about what life is actually going to be like after the divorce. So much time and energy goes into getting ...

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  • How you can help your child practice their religious faith after a divorce
    How you can help your child practice their religious faith after a divorce

    Whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim or member of another faith group it goes without saying that the practice of your faith is central to your life. This is one of the rights that we as Americans ...

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  • Retirement Benefits and Divorce, Concluding Thoughts
    Retirement Benefits and Divorce, Concluding Thoughts

    As long as we’re talking about one unpleasant subject, namely divorce , we may as well talk about another, namely death. A good question to ask yourself is what happens to your share of the retirement ...

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  • In what ways is a retirement plan divisible?
    In what ways is a retirement plan divisible?

    Once you have figured out what retirement plans are in place for you and your spouse, collected information from each and provided that to your attorney, you will need to know how a retirement plan ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Separation
    Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Separation

    The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about legal separation in Texas. The answers are general and are designed to help you better understand how Texas handles legal ...

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  • Retiring with security after a Divorce
    Retiring with security after a Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce and have no children then your financial future should be at the top of any list of concerns that you have to go into the process. While there are assuredly ...

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  • Dividing a Pension in your divorce
    Dividing a Pension in your divorce

    If you or your spouse have worked for a company or more likely a public entity for an extended period of time it is likely that either of you has a pension that has been made available to you for ...

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  • Proceeding into Divorce aware of risks regarding retirement division, Part Two
    Proceeding into Divorce aware of risks regarding retirement division, Part Two

    Learn about social security benefits and their effect on your divorce Attorneys are great at courtroom advocacy and knowing the ins and outs of the law. That much should be a baseline for what your ...

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  • Proceeding into Divorce aware of risks regarding retirement division
    Proceeding into Divorce aware of risks regarding retirement division

    When you decide to file for divorce and select an attorney to help guide you through the process and advocate for your rights along the way the most powerful tool you have at your disposal is your ...

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  • Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and your Divorce: Taxes and General Information
    Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and your Divorce: Taxes and General Information

    If you are in the beginning stages of your divorce it’s likely that you have numerous questions about how your case is going to proceed. How much is it going to cost you in attorney’s fees? Are you ...

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  • Social Security division in a Divorce
    Social Security division in a Divorce

    Most working people in our country are aware that as part of the taxes taken out of your pay, part goes towards social security taxes. What fewer people realize is that the amount of money we stand to ...

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  • The division of military benefits in a Texas Divorce, Part Two
    The division of military benefits in a Texas Divorce, Part Two

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC , we introduced the topic of retirement accounts and how the funds within them are divided in a divorce. Today we will continue that ...

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  • The division of military benefits in a Texas Divorce
    The division of military benefits in a Texas Divorce

    If you are a person who either serves our country in the military or are married to a spouse who does, enough cannot be said about your family’s sacrifices in order allow your fellow citizens the ...

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  • Parental Relocation with children after a Texas Divorce
    Parental Relocation with children after a Texas Divorce

    Suppose that you have gone through a divorce from your spouse and you are attempting to adjust to life as a single adult raising a child in different households. You may need to find a new place to ...

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  • Common Law Marriages in Texas, Part Two
    Common Law Marriages in Texas, Part Two

    Much of yesterday’s blog post related to common law marriages discussed the three qualifications that must be in place for yours to be a valid common law marriage: be two adults who consent to be ...

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  • Common Law Marriage in Texas
    Common Law Marriage in Texas

    For the majority of married persons in Texas, our married lives began with a ceremony of some sort where vows were exchanged and a pronouncement was made that you and your spouse are now married. It’s ...

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  • Handing Taxes during and after your divorce
    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 those H ...

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  • Stress Related to Combat and its effect on a military member's ability to parent their children
    Stress Related to Combat and its effect on a military member's ability to parent their children

    It is no secret that as a military member you are exposed to stressful situations. These are not always the sort of deadline driven, people induce stresses that we as civilians encounter in our jobs, ...

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  • More on Child Support and Miscellaneous Divorce Information
    More on Child Support and Miscellaneous Divorce Information

    In most situations if you are the parent who is responsible for paying child support then that support payment will be docked from your paycheck however often you are paid. A wage withholding order ...

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  • Summertime Divorce in Texas
    Summertime Divorce in Texas

    The heat in Texas definitely has an effect on how we behave? Don’t believe me? Consider how the summertime, specifically the second half of summer, is a peak time during the year for divorces . Maybe ...

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  • Considering whether to move out of the home after a divorce is filed? Read this blog first
    Considering whether to move out of the home after a divorce is filed? Read this blog first

    The decision as to whether or not to move out of your marital home after your spouse has filed for divorce from you is one of the most important decisions you will make in your divorce . Issues ...

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  • The Standard Possession Order and Child Support- A Texas Divorce Overview Continued
    The Standard Possession Order and Child Support- A Texas Divorce Overview Continued

    Time and Money. Those are two of the things that we as human beings are most concerned about, especially when considered in the context of our families. That goes double when you are going through a ...

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  • If your spouse is divorcing you do you have to leave the family home?
    If your spouse is divorcing you do you have to leave the family home?

    It is impossible for me or for any other attorney to tell you how to handle yourself when you are faced with the prospect of a spouse who wants to divorce you. You have spent the better part of your ...

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  • Spousal Support and Children in a Texas Divorce
    Spousal Support and Children in a Texas Divorce

    Spousal support or maintenance as it is sometimes referred to as is when one spouse supports another spouse financially after a divorce has occurred. If you are able to prove to a court that you have ...

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  • Reimbursement of the Community Estate: Continuing the Discussion on Divorce
    Reimbursement of the Community Estate: Continuing the Discussion on Divorce

    Dividing community property and debt, grounds for divorce and residency requirements in Texas have all been hashed over thus far in our discussion on getting a divorce in the Lone Star State. Today we ...

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  • Texas Divorce Overview: Dividing Community Property and Debts
    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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  • Overview of the steps in a Texas Divorce
    Overview of the steps in a Texas Divorce

    Waking up one morning and filing for divorce from your spouse without first understanding the process and steps involved is probably not a great idea. This is true even if you’ve hired an attorney to ...

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  • The attorney-client relation explained, Part Two
    The attorney-client relation explained, Part Two

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC 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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  • Details about the Attorney-Client Relationship
    Details about the Attorney-Client Relationship

    For the purposes of this blog post, I am going to assume that you, as a reader of this blog, have never hired an attorney, filed a lawsuit or even seen the inside of a courtroom before. Maybe you’ve ...

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  • How to conduct yourself in the courtroom during a Child Protective Services case
    How to conduct yourself in the courtroom during a Child Protective Services case

    Whenever a client asks me how to act in court I always smile and think that person must have led a pretty good life to that point to never have had to enter a courtroom for any reason. The fact of the ...

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  • Financial Issues to Consider in Divorce, Part Two
    Financial Issues to Consider in Divorce, Part Two

    Seeking a divorce means more than just taking into consider what is next for you and your family from a relational standpoint. While raising children in two households and beginning to repair your own ...

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  • Considering a divorce? Think about these financial issues first
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    Texas Family Law Courts: Beginning the Divorce Process

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    Texas Family Law Courts: Divorce essentials

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    Texas Family Law Courts: Mediation and Divorce Essentials

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    Business owners should be aware of the following tips to prepare for a divorce in Texas

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    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law: An Overview

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  • Post Nuptial Agreements in Texas
    Post Nuptial Agreements in Texas

    In popular culture and perhaps even in this blog-space, pre-nuptial agreements are discussed with much more regularity than are post-nuptial agreements. Pre-nuptial agreements are unsurprisingly ...

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  • The United States Supreme Court Answers a Question about Military Retirement Benefits
    The United States Supreme Court Answers a Question about Military Retirement Benefits

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  • How to raise or lower your monthly child support obligation in Texas
    How to raise or lower your monthly child support obligation in Texas

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  • Do Texas fathers have a chance to win primary custody of their child in a divorce?
    Do Texas fathers have a chance to win primary custody of their child in a divorce?

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  • Mistakes that men make in Texas Divorces
    Mistakes that men make in Texas Divorces

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  • What to expect in a Temporary Orders hearing in Texas
    What to expect in a Temporary Orders hearing in Texas

    Temporary Orders hearings can arise in many different family law cases in Texas Courts . Whether you are going through a divorce or child custody case a temporary orders hearing occurs typically ...

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  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Texas Divorces
    Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Texas Divorces

    If you are in a marriage where your spouse is dealing with an alcohol or drug addiction you know how difficult it is can be on a family. There are ups and downs associated with your spouse’s mood. ...

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  • Can I Still get Child Support After the Paying Spouse Dies in Texas?
    Can I Still get Child Support After the Paying Spouse Dies in Texas?

    Recently, a prior client who I had represented in her divorce came in to discuss some recent developments in her case. Her questions caused me to look into an area of child support law that I was ...

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  • Post-Divorce Anger Issues: Co-parenting advice in difficult circumstances
    Post-Divorce Anger Issues: Co-parenting advice in difficult circumstances

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  • How can I get child support if my ex-spouse lives outside of Texas?
    How can I get child support if my ex-spouse lives outside of Texas?

    The subject of child support is probably the most delicate one that the attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC deal with on a near daily basis. This is the case no matter if we are talking ...

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  • What you need to know about: Child Support in Texas
    What you need to know about: Child Support in Texas

    Many potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC come into our office for a consultation and have a concern about one subject in particular prior to engaging in a divorce or child custody ...

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  • High Conflict Child Custody Cases in Texas
    High Conflict Child Custody Cases in Texas

    In many divorces , both spouses just want to get out of the marriage without too much bloodshed from either side. Maybe they’ve been divorced before and know the toll that a divorce can take. Maybe ...

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  • Dividing Stock Options in a Texas Divorce
    Dividing Stock Options in a Texas Divorce

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  • Military Divorces in Texas
    Military Divorces in Texas

    Life for the men and women who serve in our country’s military is both extremely rewarding but also full of challenges and hardships. As an attorney with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, I have ...

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  • Foreign Marriage Contracts and Divorce in Texas
    Foreign Marriage Contracts and Divorce in Texas

    Humans are as mobile now as we have ever been. Transportation, technology and the desire to see the world and understand one another has led to a rise in immigrants coming to the United States. Many ...

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  • Marriage Fraud in Texas
    Marriage Fraud in Texas

    Immigration to the United States, while not at its peak levels currently, is still prevalent. People from all over the world see our country as a pathway to a better life for themselves and their ...

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  • Where do you file a divorce in Texas and what are the steps after filing?
    Where do you file a divorce in Texas and what are the steps after filing?

    A divorce is like many things that we want to achieve in our lives. We know where we currently are and we know what the goal is. The part we are often unsure of is how to actually get there. When you ...

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  • If I date a sex offender after I get divorced will I get to see my kids?
    If I date a sex offender after I get divorced will I get to see my kids?

    In a perfect world, people would get married, have kids and stay together until they’ve got more great grandkids than they do teeth. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and divorce happens ...

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  • Reality, Art and the TV Show Divorce
    Reality, Art and the TV Show Divorce

    It is fairly well established that we are living in a golden age of television. While newly released movies are seemingly limited to re-makes of old movies or re-re-makes of comic books stories, ...

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  • Who Gets the House in a Texas Divorce?
    Who Gets the House in a Texas Divorce?

    In terms of physical property, there is no more important investment that you can make than buying a home. You need to consider the actual dollars spent on purchasing the home and furnishing the ...

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  • Uncontested Divorces in Texas
    Uncontested Divorces in Texas

    The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC help clients across southeast Texas with divorces that do not involve going to court or multiple year disputes over property. These types of ...

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  • What can happen when you ask the Judge to talk to your teenager during a divorce
    What can happen when you ask the Judge to talk to your teenager during a divorce

    In a divorce or child custody case in Texas any child under the age of eighteen is covered by the conservatorship, possession, access and visitation sections in a Court’s order. It is the state’s ...

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  • No Fault Divorce in Texas
    No Fault Divorce in Texas

    It used to be the case where if you wanted to divorce your spouse you had to specify the reason why. Maybe she was abusive against you. It could be that he used your name to sign up for some loans and ...

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  • Getting divorced in Texas when you cannot locate your spouse
    Getting divorced in Texas when you cannot locate your spouse

    In some marriages, the problem is that the husband and wife cannot get out of each other’s hair. In other marriages, the issue is the exact opposite- one spouse has left the marital home and cannot be ...

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  • Where in the world did I file this case? Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases
    Where in the world did I file this case? Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases

    The set of laws that sets the standard in the United States for determining what state has jurisdiction over a child custody matter is the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ...

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  • Parental Alienation and its effect on Texas families
    Parental Alienation and its effect on Texas families

    Parental alienation is, simply put, when one parent essentially makes the children of the marriage choose sides in order to undermine the relationship between the other parent and the child. When one ...

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  • The Importance of an Inventory and Appraisement in a Texas Divorce
    The Importance of an Inventory and Appraisement in a Texas Divorce

    One of the ways that people can be divided up is based on whether or not they are “big picture” or “details” people. Big picture people tend to focus more heavily on the results of a situation rather ...

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  • What sets a Texas Family Law case apart from other civil cases?
    What sets a Texas Family Law case apart from other civil cases?

    For those of you who are not experienced with legal cases you may be wondering what sets family law cases apart from other areas of law. Having worked with clients across Southeast Texas in courts ...

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  • Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation, Part 3
    Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation, Part 3

    In the third and final installment in the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC’s series of blog posts on Child Protective Services , we will discuss issues surrounding the extent to which CPS can inspect ...

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  • Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation, Part 2
    Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation, Part 2

    This blog post is the second in a series of posts that detail CPS investigations : what they are, how CPS conducts them and how you can present yourself most favorably during one. Obviously there is ...

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  • Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation
    Child Protective Services Investigation- What to expect and how to handle the situation

    When a potential client walks into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC with a question regarding a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation it is the goal of the attorney to provide information ...

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  • Mediation Essentials for a Texas Divorce
    Mediation Essentials for a Texas Divorce

    What is mediation, you may be asking. Mediation is an event where the parties to a divorce and their attorneys meet with a neutral, third party called a mediator to attempt to settle any outstanding ...

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  • Spying on your spouse - What to know in a Texas Divorce
    Spying on your spouse - What to know in a Texas Divorce

    We all live in an age where information is readily at each of our fingertips. A few keystrokes can lead to our discovering the names and birthdates of long lost relatives if we visit a genealogy ...

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  • Child Protective Services: Investigation Essentials for Texas Families
    Child Protective Services: Investigation Essentials for Texas Families

    Protecting the health and well being of children in Texas is the mission of Child Protective Services (CPS) . As a branch of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) , CPS ...

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  • Paternity Law Essentials for Texas Families
    Paternity Law Essentials for Texas Families

    When a child is born in Texas and his or her parents are not married there the child will not have a legal father. Of course, the child has an actual father but that biological father must complete ...

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  • Child Support Enforcement Defense - Act Sooner Rather than Later
    Child Support Enforcement Defense - Act Sooner Rather than Later

    We have written several articles on why it is a good idea to pay your child support . We also have written articles on why ignoring a child support agreement or making an informal agreement with the ...

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  • I Am Already Divorced. Can My Ex Divorce Me in Another State?
    I Am Already Divorced. Can My Ex Divorce Me in Another State?

    Recently, a friend and fellow attorney asked me some questions regarding one of his cases. He was representing the husband in a divorce case . The facts were a little unusual in that they had ...

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  • Texas Child Visitation Enforcement
    Texas Child Visitation Enforcement

    One of the biggest reasons people seek out our help in a divorce or custody case is there are children involved. One scenario that we hear frequently is that a parent will go to pick up the children ...

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    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Seven

    In the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC’s final installment of our series of blog posts whose subject is preparing for a temporary orders hearing in Texas , we will discuss some final pieces of advice ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Six
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Six

    The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC understands that if you are facing a Temporary Orders Hearing in your divorce or child custody case that you will be nervous and a little apprehensive about the ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Five
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Five

    The attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are eager to share some tid-bits of knowledge with you in regard to Temporary Orders hearings and how best to prepare for them. In the previous ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Four
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Four

    In part four of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC’s series on Temporary Orders hearings , we will discuss the part of the hearing itself that gives clients the most amount of discomfort- their ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Three
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Three

    If you’ve managed to arrive at this blog post without reading the prior two installments in the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC’s series of articles on preparing for a Temporary Orders hearing it may ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Two
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part Two

    In case the title of this blog post didn’t give it away, this is the second in a series of articles that the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC has produced to introduce topics that concern Temporary ...

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  • Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part One
    Preparing for a Temporary Orders Hearing in Texas, Part One

    It happens on a somewhat frequent basis that potential new clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will walk into our office for a consultation only a day or two before a Temporary Orders ...

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  • Protective Orders in Texas Family Law Cases
    Protective Orders in Texas Family Law Cases

    In order to prevent the abuse of a child or other family member a Protective Order can be issued by a Court. Clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC walk into consultations with our attorneys ...

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  • The Effects of Abuse on Child Custody in Texas
    The Effects of Abuse on Child Custody in Texas

    It is an unfortunate truth that violence in the home is more common than any of us would like. When incidents of violence occur in the home it is less likely that anyone else ever becomes aware of the ...

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  • Undisclosed Assets in a Texas Divorce
    Undisclosed Assets in a Texas Divorce

    The Houston divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC work as hard as possible to uncover any hidden assets or money that an opposing party may be attempting to hide from one of our ...

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    Discovery in Texas Divorce Cases

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    Common Law Marriage in Texas

    The State of Texas is among those States that does recognize common law marriages . There is a legal standard that the relationship has to meet in order to be considered a common law marriage, ...

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  • Termination of Parental Rights and an MSA in Texas
    Termination of Parental Rights and an MSA in Texas

    A while back, a friend and fellow attorney had asked me some questions regarding terminating parental rights on a father. My friend’s potential client, the father, had a one-night stand that resulted ...

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    Getting Ready for Divorce in 2017 in Texas: Part Two of a Two Part Series

    This blog post is second in an installment of two articles intended to provide some assistance to people who are planning for a divorce in the near future. Part One of the series provided advice in ...

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    Writing My Book, the Journey I took to Write the: Texas Divorce Handbook

    In the intro to my book I wrote about how I had been encouraged to write a book and how I did not want to write a book. Why not? Because, I did not believe I could find the time in my busy work and ...

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  • Getting Ready for Divorce in 2017 in Texas: Part One of a Two Part Series
    Getting Ready for Divorce in 2017 in Texas: Part One of a Two Part Series

    Whenever a potential new client walks into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC for a free of charge consultation the person will usually approach their family law situation in a straightforward ...

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  • Protecting your Credit during a Texas Divorce
    Protecting your Credit during a Texas Divorce

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  • Cost Cutting Tips for your Texas Divorce
    Cost Cutting Tips for your Texas Divorce

    The popular notion about divorces is that they are very expensive. While this can be true, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are here to attempt to dispel this notion at least as ...

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  • Spousal Support Availability in a Texas Divorce
    Spousal Support Availability in a Texas Divorce

    Spousal Support in a Texas Divorce case can be awarded to a party for the duration of the divorce. The support in tended to be temporary in duration so that the spouse who lacks the wherewithal to ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Spousal Spying in a Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Spousal Spying in a Texas Divorce

    Our office has had to deal with cases where one party suspects their spouse, rightly or wrongly, of having an affair. They have seen signs: staying out late at night, giving vague information about ...

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  • How to Prepare for a Meeting with a Divorce Attorney
    How to Prepare for a Meeting with a Divorce Attorney

    When you’ve reached the point where a decision is made regarding whether or not to move forward with a divorce the first thing you may want to do is go and speak to an attorney. Some attorneys, like ...

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  • Summer Visitation Basics for a Divorced Parent in Texas
    Summer Visitation Basics for a Divorced Parent in Texas

    With the official start of summer having just passed us by it is an appropriate time to discuss the sometimes misunderstood topic of summertime visitation in Texas for divorced parents. As our kids ...

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  • Mediation Essentials for Divorce and Child Custody cases in Texas
    Mediation Essentials for Divorce and Child Custody cases in Texas

    The image of divorce from TV and movies is that the husband and wife will inevitably wind up in a courtroom arguing with one another over every last issue of their marriage. Attorneys on TV are nasty ...

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  • Ideas to help pay for your Texas Divorce
    Ideas to help pay for your Texas Divorce

    When a potential client of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC walks into our conference room to discuss their family law question their first concern is making sure they are in a position to be able ...

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  • Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights in Texas
    Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

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  • How to Co Parent with an Addict Ex-Spouse
    How to Co Parent with an Addict Ex-Spouse

    It is not surprising to learn that many divorces have been filed because one spouse is addicted to either drugs or alcohol. When a person isn’t able to control their behavior to an extent where the ...

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  • Conservatorship in a Texas Divorce
    Conservatorship in a Texas Divorce

    A common first question for an attorney with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC to ask a potential client in a consultation is what they would like to see happen in a best-case scenario. A common ...

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  • Removing Yourself from a Marriage affected by Domestic Violence
    Removing Yourself from a Marriage affected by Domestic Violence

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  • The Role of an Amicus Attorney in a Texas Divorce Case
    The Role of an Amicus Attorney in a Texas Divorce Case

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  • Getting Drug Tested in a Texas Divorce
    Getting Drug Tested in a Texas Divorce

    An Order can come from a court in Texas that mandates each party to a divorce to be drug tested for many reasons. Among the reasons why a parent may lose the right to have as much possession and ...

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  • SUCH AN EASY DIVORCE? THAT HUSBAND MAY LOSE HIS HOUSE!
    SUCH AN EASY DIVORCE? THAT HUSBAND MAY LOSE HIS HOUSE!

    A couple weeks ago I met with a husband who wanted to divorce his wife. I was informed by the consult that this would be an “easy case” Whenever a consult tells me how easy the case will be, I always ...

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    Advice on How to Make a Divorce Easier in Texas

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  • Parenting a Young Child after Divorce in Texas
    Parenting a Young Child after Divorce in Texas

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    How to Calculate Net Resources for Child Support payments

    Different people earn their incomes in different manners. At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, we have clients who are a salaried employee working for a major corporation. Others work as hourly ...

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  • Establishing paternity upon the birth of a child in Texas
    Establishing paternity upon the birth of a child in Texas

    When two married people have a child, it is presumed that the father of the child is the mother’s husband. For that presumption to be rebutted, evidence to the contrary must be produced for a Court to ...

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  • Key Elements of a Divorce for persons over the age of 50
    Key Elements of a Divorce for persons over the age of 50

    If you are a person who is over the age of fifty and considering a divorce there are factors for you to consider beyond those that younger persons would need to think about. What sort of ...

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  • Child Support Payments in Texas: How to Make them and Why
    Child Support Payments in Texas: How to Make them and Why

    When a parent is ordered, whether in a divorce or child custody case , to pay child support that parent’s natural inclination may be to want to pay the other parent the support directly. I recently ...

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  • An Explanation of the Grounds for Divorce in Texas
    An Explanation of the Grounds for Divorce in Texas

    When a person walks into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC and seeks a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss a divorce, the person will invariably get into the grievances that they have ...

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  • Visitation Tips for Recently Divorced Parents
    Visitation Tips for Recently Divorced Parents

    After the attorneys have been retained, money has been spent, time away from work and family has been expended and a final order has been signed by both parties and the judge, a divorce is complete. ...

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  • Confidentiality Laws in a Texas Divorce
    Confidentiality Laws in a Texas Divorce

    Most civil cases in Texas are open records, meaning that the filings made into the case by either party or the Court itself are viewable by the public. While this may seem invasive at first, the ...

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  • Do I have to bring Evidence to a Default Judgment Hearing in Texas?
    Do I have to bring Evidence to a Default Judgment Hearing in Texas?

    In addition to the concerns that most people have that are going through a divorce, or contemplating the steps of a divorce in Texas, are procedural steps that must be met in order for the divorce to ...

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  • Will a Texas Court enforce a Mediated Settlement Agreement when one party is a registered sex offender?
    Will a Texas Court enforce a Mediated Settlement Agreement when one party is a registered sex offender?

    For most people, whether they are going through a divorce or child custody case in Texas , a mediated settlement agreement is the golden ticket to finalizing their case. By choosing the work out an ...

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  • Do I need Temporary Orders in my Texas Divorce?
    Do I need Temporary Orders in my Texas Divorce?

    When a person files for divorce it means that there will be fewer certainties for the family in a number of areas. For starters, if the married couple have children under the age of 18 their needs ...

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  • Child Custody Geographic Restrictions in Texas
    Child Custody Geographic Restrictions in Texas

    When parties enter into either a divorce, child custody proceeding or modification of a prior court order the Court which has jurisdiction over the case will weigh whether or not to place a geographic ...

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  • Family Pets in Texas Divorces
    Family Pets in Texas Divorces

    Many people consider their pets to be a part of the family. Whether it’s our own childhood pet, the pet of a neighbor or longtime friend, the little fury, four legged creatures tend to be very ...

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  • Divorce and Special Needs Children in Texas Revisited
    Divorce and Special Needs Children in Texas Revisited

    Divorces are difficult on all members of the family no matter the circumstances. However, if a child has a disability of some sort this can lead to additional problems that need to be solved by the ...

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  • Child Custody Basics for Texas Parents Revisited
    Child Custody Basics for Texas Parents Revisited

    When parents walk into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC for a consultation with one of our family law attorneys , the subject will invariably turn to how they can maximize the amount of time that ...

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  • International travel with children after a Texas Divorce
    International travel with children after a Texas Divorce

    There are many issues in a divorce that are concerns for parents as soon as the paperwork is filed with a Court. Such as: How much time will I be able to get with my children? How much child support ...

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  • How are Student Loans divided in a Texas Divorce?
    How are Student Loans divided in a Texas Divorce?

    A student loan is a type of debt- one that many folks have in the State of Texas. Debts as well as property are divided up in a divorce based upon whether they are community debts or separate debts of ...

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  • How Technology Can Impact a Divorce in Texas
    How Technology Can Impact a Divorce in Texas

    Divorce , when you get right down to it, can be a pretty routine process. If a couple has property of any sort- a house, a car, bank accounts- those items get divided up between the parties either by ...

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  • Relinquishment and Termination of Parental Rights in Texas
    Relinquishment and Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

    Relinquishing one’s rights and duties as a parent in Texas can be easier said than done. One way that a parent can voluntarily relinquish their parental rights is to sign an affidavit of ...

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  • Child Support Enforcement Actions in Texas
    Child Support Enforcement Actions in Texas

    It is the public policy of the State of Texas that both parents of a child should play an active and involved role in their upbringing. While parents may get divorced or separate permanently, a Court ...

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  • How to Divorce Your Spouse in Texas When Their Whereabouts are Unknown
    How to Divorce Your Spouse in Texas When Their Whereabouts are Unknown

    Attempting to locate your spouse in order to divorce them wouldn’t at first thought seem to be that difficult but for some clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC this is exactly what has had ...

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  • Prenuptial Agreements in Texas
    Prenuptial Agreements in Texas

    Agreements that marrying persons enter into before the marriage actually begins are enforceable by law under the Texas Family Code. The requirements of a prenuptial agreement must be met, but so long ...

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  • Custody and Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Texas
    Custody and Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Texas

    The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have represented grandparents in many cases and as we could tell you, the circumstances of each family were very different and represented just ...

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  • Essential Information for Military Divorces in Texas
    Essential Information for Military Divorces in Texas

    In order to finalize a divorce in Texas , certain procedures must be followed in order for the Court to grant the divorce. Military divorces are similar in many regards to civilian divorces there are ...

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  • Essential knowledge to have prior to Filing for Divorce in Texas
    Essential knowledge to have prior to Filing for Divorce in Texas

    If you are taking the time to read a blog post with the above title, it’s safe to say that you are either considering filing for divorce or you are holding divorce paperwork in your hands that has ...

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  • Why are Retirement Funds Important in a Texas Divorce?
    Why are Retirement Funds Important in a Texas Divorce?

    When parties enter into divorce proceedings in Texas it is not only the children , the house and their bank accounts that are issue- it’s also their retirement accounts. The Houston divorce attorneys ...

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  • Can my Texas Driver's License Be Suspended for Not paying Child Support?
    Can my Texas Driver's License Be Suspended for Not paying Child Support?

    Chapter 232 of the Texas Family Code has the answer to the question of whether a person can have their Driver’s License suspended for failure to pay child support . In short, yes, your driver’s ...

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  • Are Dads at a Disadvantage when trying to win 50/50 custody in a Texas Divorce?
    Are Dads at a Disadvantage when trying to win 50/50 custody in a Texas Divorce?

    Family Courts in Texas have a reputation as being “pro-Mom” in that most people believe (rightly or wrongly) that if their divorce or child custody case proceeds to go in front of a judge, that judge ...

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  • How Does Summertime Visitation Work for Divorced Parents in Texas?
    How Does Summertime Visitation Work for Divorced Parents in Texas?

    Across southeast Texas, schools are getting closer to completing the Spring Semester and with that three months of vacation time is quickly for students. While just about all parents are concerned ...

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  • What is taken into account for Child Support Calculations in Texas
    What is taken into account for Child Support Calculations in Texas

    One of the major concerns families have when going through a Texas divorce is how support will be paid to the custodial parent from the non-custodial parent. Custodial, for clarification’s sake, is ...

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  • What Happens if my Ex-Spouse Refuses to Sign the Final Decree of Divorce Revisited
    What Happens if my Ex-Spouse Refuses to Sign the Final Decree of Divorce Revisited

    A Texas divorce case will typically lead both sides to assume the worst of their soon to be ex-partner. I wish there was another way to state this but the truth of the matter is that for most married ...

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  • The Effect of Divorcing a United States Citizen While a Non-U.S. Citizen
    The Effect of Divorcing a United States Citizen While a Non-U.S. Citizen

    When considering whether or not a person can file for divorced in Texas , there are two items which are required to do so. They are: The State of Texas mandates that at least one party to the divorce ...

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  • How long after the divorce does my ex-spouse have to remove items from my house?
    How long after the divorce does my ex-spouse have to remove items from my house?

    Your Texas divorce has been finalized, all the parties have signed the Final Decree of Divorce as well as the Judge. That decree awards you the marital home and certain pieces of property within it. ...

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  • Can I move to another city before filing for divorce?
    Can I move to another city before filing for divorce?

    When spouses are going through difficult and trying times at home, it is often the instinct of at least one of the spouses to pack up their belongings and leave the marital residence. Whether it is to ...

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  • Free Wifi Internet Access Now at the Law Office Bryan Fagan
    Free Wifi Internet Access Now at the Law Office Bryan Fagan

    Dear Valued Members of the Community. We are pleased to announce the introduction of free WiFi Internet access is available the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC for our clients and potential clients. ...

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  • Texas Divorce and Virtual Parenting or Electronic Access to Children
    Texas Divorce and Virtual Parenting or Electronic Access to Children

    Something that most people and the courts can agree upon is that it is important to spend time with your children. This sentiment can be found in Section 153.001 of the Texas Family Code which ...

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  • Texas Child Support Order Modification (Part 2)
    Texas Child Support Order Modification (Part 2)

    When a potential client walks through the door at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan wanting to change the terms of a Texas child support order their reasons are typically very straightforward. Typically, ...

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  • Texas Divorce and Airline Employee Child Custody Possession Order?
    Texas Divorce and Airline Employee Child Custody Possession Order?

    Certain professions such being an airline employee have unique custody situations. As discussed in a previous blog regarding firefighters the readers of our blog will know that in Texas there is a ...

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  • Texas Divorce and Firefighter Child Custody Possession Order?
    Texas Divorce and Firefighter Child Custody Possession Order?

    Our office has had the privilege of representing several firefighters through family law matters include divorce and child custody cases . Certain professions such being a firefighter have unique ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Embarrassing your Spouse During a Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Embarrassing your Spouse During a Texas Divorce

    Today’s blog topic is inspired by some cases and consults I have had where a spouse has gone out of their way to try and embarrass their spouse. This is done for a variety of reasons: Anger To teach ...

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  • Military Support Without a Court Order During a Divorce in Texas
    Military Support Without a Court Order During a Divorce in Texas

    In prior articles, we have discussed alimony , spousal support and child support . We have also discussed “spousal starving” when one spouse cuts off financial access to the other spouse. In today’s ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Damaging, Destroying, or Selling Marital Assets in Texas
    The Dirty Trick of Damaging, Destroying, or Selling Marital Assets in Texas

    This article is inspired by one of the questions I hear frequently regarding damaging, destroying, or selling marital assets . The question takes on some of the following variations: Can I sell X ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Filing for Divorce in Another City
    The Dirty Trick of Filing for Divorce in Another City

    Many of my potential clients are concerned with filing first in their Texas divorce case . Many of them have the impression that if they are not the first to file, they will be at a disadvantage in ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Moving Out of State with the Kids
    The Dirty Trick of Moving Out of State with the Kids

    I have seen spouses use the trick of moving out of the state with the children very effectively to the detriment of the other spouse during a Texas divorce . However, in some cases, this move can ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Hiding Assets During Your Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Hiding Assets During Your Texas Divorce

    This blog article is inspired by several consults I had over the last two days where the topic of asset hiding came up in the context of a divorce . Asset hiding is one of the most popular dirty ...

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  • My Wife is Taking Half My Paycheck in Child Support. What can I do?
    My Wife is Taking Half My Paycheck in Child Support. What can I do?

    It is not unusual for parents I meet with for consults to have questions regarding child support . Often, the parent paying thinks he is paying too much and the parent receiving feels they are not ...

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  • Can I Keep My Retirement in a Texas Divorce?
    Can I Keep My Retirement in a Texas Divorce?

    One of the first homework assignments we give our clients who are going through a divorce in Houston, Texas , is to gather all the information you can regarding your retirement accounts such as: the ...

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  • Husband Not the Father, what do I do in a Texas Divorce?
    Husband Not the Father, what do I do in a Texas Divorce?

    This year I have had several consults in which the wives I have met with have brought up how their husbands are not the father of one of their children. In many of these consults, the women were ...

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  • How to Get a Free or Nearly Free Divorce in Texas?
    How to Get a Free or Nearly Free Divorce in Texas?

    I have previously mentioned how much a divorce costs , how to keep the costs of a divorce down, where to get the money to pay for a divorce, and even online divorce. However, I have never previously ...

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  • Can I get Child Support for my Adult Child in Texas?
    Can I get Child Support for my Adult Child in Texas?

    Recently I had a consult with a potential client who was inquiring about modifying a child support order . This is a very common occurrence over the course of a child’s life and something we see ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Wasting Marital Assets or Going on a Spending Spree During Your Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Wasting Marital Assets or Going on a Spending Spree During Your Texas Divorce

    When a divorce is on the horizon, sometimes otherwise honest spouses start to act out of character. This can often take the form of going on a spending spree. This spending spree often leaves both ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Using Delaying Tactics During Your Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Using Delaying Tactics During Your Texas Divorce

    Two of the most frequently asked questions I get during my Houston divorce consults are: “How much is my divorce going to cost?” and “How long is my divorce going to take?” It is understandable that ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Using Children as Weapons in Your Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Using Children as Weapons in Your Texas Divorce

    One of the saddest things I have observed during Texas divorce proceedings is when parents start to use their children as weapons. This can take several different forms: Withholding the children ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Engaging in Spousal Starving During a Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Engaging in Spousal Starving During a Texas Divorce

    One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “can I get my spouse to pay for the divorce .” We have even written an article on that topic that I will include a link to at the bottom of this post. ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Quitting Your Job to Avoid Child Support During a Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Quitting Your Job to Avoid Child Support During a Texas Divorce

    Unfortunately, some spouses do not feel an obligation to support their children after a divorce . I have heard all kinds of excuses from “I shouldn’t have to pay because I have a car note” to “I ...

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  • The Dirty Trick of Conflicting Out Lawyers in Your Texas Divorce
    The Dirty Trick of Conflicting Out Lawyers in Your Texas Divorce

    Fans of the “The Sopranos” or other legal TV shows may already be familiar with how conflicting out an attorney can take place. In one particular episode of The Sopranos a neighbor of Tony’s, who ...

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  • Know How Children's Issues are Handled When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce
    Know How Children's Issues are Handled When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce

    Children’s issues can be some of the most hard fought and contentious parts of a Texas divorce . It is not uncommon for parents going through a divorce not to care about anything but the children. It ...

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  • Know Your Finances, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce
    Know Your Finances, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce

    We have observed that is common for there to be a division of labor in relationships in the Texas divorce cases we have handled. This means that there often a spouse in the marriage who has a more ...

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  • How Parental Incarceration Affects a Texas Child Support Case?
    How Parental Incarceration Affects a Texas Child Support Case?

    Recently I had a consult with a man who was in my office who was having problems with a child support . His story was not that different from many who have come to see me. He had missed so many ...

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  • Be Careful or Computers and Social Media May Destroy Your Texas Divorce Case
    Be Careful or Computers and Social Media May Destroy Your Texas Divorce Case

    Social media, computers, and cell phones have become very prominent in Texas divorce cases . This is largely because they are a great source of evidence. It is not uncommon for potential divorce ...

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  • Know How Property and Debts are Divided, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce
    Know How Property and Debts are Divided, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce

    Unless you and your spouse have resolved all issues in a divorce , your divorce will more than likely be considered " contested ". If your case is contested and goes to a court the Judge will make ...

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  • Know How to Determine Whether Alimony will be Owed and for How Long, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce
    Know How to Determine Whether Alimony will be Owed and for How Long, When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce

    Unless you and your spouse have resolved all issues in a divorce, your divorce will more than likely be considered "contested". If your divorce case is contested and goes to a court the Judge may ...

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  • Know How to Calculate Child Support When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce
    Know How to Calculate Child Support When Preparing for Your Texas Divorce

    Unless you and your spouse have resolved all issues in a divorce, your Texas divorce will more than likely be considered "contested". If your case is contested and goes to a court the Judge will be ...

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  • What are the Steps of a Contested Texas Divorce, and How can I Prepare for Them?
    What are the Steps of a Contested Texas Divorce, and How can I Prepare for Them?

    Unless you and your spouse have resolved all issues in a divorce, your divorce will more than likely be considered "contested". This doesn't mean that there is going to be a full-on assault to you, ...

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  • The relationship between Valentine's Day and Divorce
    The relationship between Valentine's Day and Divorce

    New Year's Day causes people to make resolutions about losing weight. Tax Day causes people to tell themselves that next year they won't wait until the last minute to complete their taxes. Last minute ...

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  • My Fiancé wants me to sign a Texas Prenup. What should I do?
    My Fiancé wants me to sign a Texas Prenup. What should I do?

    My office gets inquiries from people seeking a prenup or asking for our advice on signing one. Generally, people fall into two categories on the subject either they feel they are absolutely necessary ...

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  • Is Adultery a Crime in Texas?
    Is Adultery a Crime in Texas?

    It is fairly well known that adultery is grounds for divorce in Texas and can impact how a judge rules in a Texas divorce proceeding . The State's laws take adultery into account when it comes to the ...

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  • Why do I have to follow the rules in My Texas Divorce?
    Why do I have to follow the rules in My Texas Divorce?

    One of the things that troubles my clients the most while going through Texas divorce process is that they feel that they are following the rules while their ex is ignoring the rules and getting away ...

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  • What Rights do I have as an Immigrant in a Texas Divorce?
    What Rights do I have as an Immigrant in a Texas Divorce?

    It is not uncommon for married couples to move. Sometimes the move means just changing neighborhoods in the same city, and is a short drive away. Sometimes a move is to a totally different state. That ...

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  • How Do I Change My Child's Last Name and Add My Name to the Birth Certificate in Texas?
    How Do I Change My Child's Last Name and Add My Name to the Birth Certificate in Texas?

    It is not uncommon for fathers who consult with me regarding obtaining their father’s rights to ask about changing their child’s last name and adding th Birth Certificateeir name to child’s birth ...

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  • 15 Myths About Divorce in Texas
    15 Myths About Divorce in Texas

    When I meet with potential new clients many of them come to me with preconceived ideas on how property is divided in a Texas Divorce . There are many myths floating around on how property is divided ...

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  • 5 Things to Do to Prepare your Texas Divorce Case for Mediation
    5 Things to Do to Prepare your Texas Divorce Case for Mediation

    It is not uncommon for some of the people who consult with me regarding a divorce to ask why do we need to go to mediation ? Is mediation required to get a Texas divorce ? The answer is no mediation ...

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  • How a Parenting Class Can Help Me and My Ex-spouse Co-parent in Texas?
    How a Parenting Class Can Help Me and My Ex-spouse Co-parent in Texas?

    In Texas, when parents get divorced their court may require them to take a co-parenting course prior to the finalization of their case. This is due in so small part because conflict between parents is ...

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  • How Can a Family Law Consultation Help Me in Texas?
    How Can a Family Law Consultation Help Me in Texas?

    In his best selling book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People", author Dale Carnegie notes that every person that he had come into contact with in his life had talents that outweigh his own in ...

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  • When Your Child's Extended Family Wants Visitation in Texas
    When Your Child's Extended Family Wants Visitation in Texas

    Babies can be wonderful and often bring families closer together. Both my wife and I have family member that live close by. Having extend family can be wonderful they help provide a support system and ...

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  • How Can I Prove to a Texas Divorce Court I am Sober?
    How Can I Prove to a Texas Divorce Court I am Sober?

    As a Houston Divorce Lawyer I have been involved in several divorce cases where substance abuse was an issue in the case. This has taken the form of everything from illegal drugs to alcohol to ...

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  • Can I get a Jury Trial for My Texas Divorce?
    Can I get a Jury Trial for My Texas Divorce?

    Can I get a jury trial for my Texas divorce ?” That question comes up frequently and it’s especially common when one party does not trust the assigned judge. One party might feel that a jury would be ...

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  • Texas Divorce in 7 Steps: The Initial Consultation
    Texas Divorce in 7 Steps: The Initial Consultation

    This is where it all begins…the start of a new chapter in your new life. Very few people dream or plan for a divorce as they walk down the aisle to get married. Yet at one time the U.S. Department of ...

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  • Divorcing from an Abusive Spouse in Texas: What you Need to Know
    Divorcing from an Abusive Spouse in Texas: What you Need to Know

    I have recently had several consults with woman who have been the victims of domestic violence . In one consult, she confessed her husband had tried to kill her. In another she and her children had ...

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  • When Should You Go to Divorce Court in Texas?
    When Should You Go to Divorce Court in Texas?

    Most of the clients I represent would prefer to settle their cases outside of court. However, sometimes my clients or their spouses are insistent on going to court and having a judge hear and decide ...

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  • Dos and Don'ts Regarding Electronic Communications in a Texas Divorce
    Dos and Don'ts Regarding Electronic Communications in a Texas Divorce

    It never ceases to amaze me what people post or email each other during a divorce in Texas . I have had clients bring in pictures that they obtained from Facebook of the opposing party: using drugs ...

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  • Grandparents' Rights in Texas
    Grandparents' Rights in Texas

    Unfortunately, difficulties often arise when raising children. Whether the circumstances were avoidable or unforeseeable from the perspective of the parents, sometimes other family members feel the ...

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  • How are Credit Cards Handled in a Texas Divorce?
    How are Credit Cards Handled in a Texas Divorce?

    A major concern for many of our potential clients during their divorce is dividing up the debt . Unfortunately for many married couples this is because they are under water and have more debt than ...

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  • How Can I Get My Spouse to Pay My Attorney's Fees in a Texas Divorce?
    How Can I Get My Spouse to Pay My Attorney's Fees in a Texas Divorce?

    A major concern for just about every potential party to a Texas divorce case is the cost of hiring a Texas divorce lawyer . Attorney's fees are a major cost to consider when contemplating a divorce , ...

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  • How am I going to Pay for My Texas Divorce?
    How am I going to Pay for My Texas Divorce?

    I have written on the topic of finances and divorce previously in more than one blog article. These topics have ranged from how much can someone expect to pay for their divorce to how to try and ...

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  • Explaining the Contested Divorce Process in Texas
    Explaining the Contested Divorce Process in Texas

    No two divorces are exactly similar. In that way, they are like snowflakes. Unpleasant, frustrating and time consuming snowflakes. Make no mistake, divorces are difficult for both spouses and if there ...

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  • Until Death Do Us Part and the Texas Divorce?
    Until Death Do Us Part and the Texas Divorce?

    We have written about in previous blogs about the importance of having an estate plan in place during a Texas Divorce should something happen to you while you are going through a divorce. I was ...

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  • The Simplified Process for an Uncontested Divorce in Texas
    The Simplified Process for an Uncontested Divorce in Texas

    Television and movies paint a picture of all divorces being full of acrimony and strife. Husbands and wives battle it out to determine who gets the kids, the house and the pride of knowing they got ...

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  • Why do divorces cost so much in Texas?
    Why do divorces cost so much in Texas?

    Maybe the most common complaint I hear from people in my life about attorneys is that they cost too much money to employ. I'm not breaking new ground in discussing this issue but since it's a common ...

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  • How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Texas Divorce
    How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Texas Divorce

    If You are ready to take the next step and move on with your life without your spouse, one of the challenges ahead is how to tell your spouse you want a divorce . Having “the I want a divorce ...

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  • I don't want to Stay Married but I am Afraid to get Divorced in Texas
    I don't want to Stay Married but I am Afraid to get Divorced in Texas

    It is not uncommon for me to me with consults who inform me that their marriage is a mess, and they want to get out, but are afraid to get divorced. Sometimes they ask me if they should stay married? ...

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  • Non-Marital Conjugal Cohabitation Agreements for the Unmarried Couple in Texas
    Non-Marital Conjugal Cohabitation Agreements for the Unmarried Couple in Texas

    Over the past 6 months, I have met with several potential clients who decided to make some major financial decisions with their boyfriend or girlfriend and unfortunately the relationship did not work ...

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  • Can I Get My Ex-wife's New Marriage Terminated or Voided?
    Can I Get My Ex-wife's New Marriage Terminated or Voided?

    I am often looking for inspiration on topics to write about for or law firms blog. Recently, inspiration walked in the door in the form of a consult. The potential client who was inquiring about ...

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  • 10 Most Popular Texas Divorce Blogs of 2016?
    10 Most Popular Texas Divorce Blogs of 2016?

    Good divorce advice is like an umbrella when it rains. You need it when you need it. When you do not need it, you will hardly notice it. For this reasons you may have missed some of my most popular ...

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  • Married but dating another person during a Texas Divorce?
    Married but dating another person during a Texas Divorce?

    You’ve moved out, gotten your own place, and you have started to think about moving on with your life. You have started to notice other people when you go out and think it would be nice to finally ...

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  • What can I do on my part to help my Texas divorce process go easier?
    What can I do on my part to help my Texas divorce process go easier?

    The customer is always right. We all grew up going to stores, restaurants and other businesses where above the door or by the cash register a sign hung that read that very saying. In a competitive ...

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  • My Spouse Has Accused Me of Adultery in my Texas Divorce and I Haven't
    My Spouse Has Accused Me of Adultery in my Texas Divorce and I Haven't

    Recently I had a consult with a man who had going through a divorce in which his wife has accused him of committing adultery. During the consult, he informed me that yes during the marriage he did ...

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  • 6 things You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce in Texas
    6 things You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce in Texas

    There are the six things you must do before you act on any thoughts you have about divorce . These steps are specific to Texas divorce but can be applied to divorce in many states. It’s important to ...

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  • Should I Hide Money from my Spouse to Get Ready for my Texas Divorce?
    Should I Hide Money from my Spouse to Get Ready for my Texas Divorce?

    Many of the people I meet with ask about how they can pay for a divorce and whether they can put money aside for a divorce fund? There are many reasons why you may why you might want to hide money ...

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  • 7 Important Ways to Financially Prepare for Your Texas Divorce
    7 Important Ways to Financially Prepare for Your Texas Divorce

    I am often asked by clients and potential clients about things that can be done to get ready for a divorce . I have written various articles on this topic before and I will put links to those articles ...

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  • 5 Incredibly Useful Texas Divorce Statistics - Divorce Rates Decline
    5 Incredibly Useful Texas Divorce Statistics - Divorce Rates Decline

    A quote you often hear is the 50% of marriages end in divorce. According to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics the divorce rate in the United States peaked between the late 1970’s and early ...

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  • Can I get child support while my Texas divorce is pending?
    Can I get child support while my Texas divorce is pending?

    Often, once a divorce is initiated, a need for support arises for the custodial parent (the one with whom the child or children primarily reside). A common question that clients in this situation ask ...

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  • Texas Estate Planning, Divorce and Protecting Assets
    Texas Estate Planning, Divorce and Protecting Assets

    People are often reluctant to talk or think about the inevitable, and estate planning involves that very thing. The experience in our office is that, most of our clients, are glad once they put a plan ...

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  • 49 Best Texas Divorce Advice Tips
    49 Best Texas Divorce Advice Tips

    Recently I had a consult in which I was asked “If I were your sister, what divorce advice would you give me?” The question made me pause. I have given my share of divorce advice normally about the ...

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  • How do I Fire My Texas Divorce Lawyer?
    How do I Fire My Texas Divorce Lawyer?

    Making a decision to fire your divorce attorney , for whatever reason, is one that must be done according to court approved methods and protocols. The State Bar of Texas allows clients to fire their ...

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  • 11 Things You Must Know About Texas Child Custody
    11 Things You Must Know About Texas Child Custody

    The Texas child custody process can be a confusing, emotional, and stressful maze to navigate. It does not help that the laws concerning child custody and divorce vary by state. This blog article is ...

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  • Texas Divorce Morality Clause: Be Careful What You Ask For
    Texas Divorce Morality Clause: Be Careful What You Ask For

    Many clients I have represented in a divorce ask about obtaining a “morality clause,” either while their divorce is ongoing or for after their divorce is finalized. In this section, we will discuss ...

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  • 12 Texas Custody & Conservatorship Battle Tips
    12 Texas Custody & Conservatorship Battle Tips

    Before engaging in a custody or conservatorship battle you need to way the cost. A custody battle will very likely: Cause you and your child pain drain your bank account cost you time as it drags and ...

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  • I Want a Texas Divorce but My Husband Doesn't: What can I do?
    I Want a Texas Divorce but My Husband Doesn't: What can I do?

    Recently I have had more than one client hire me who wanted a divorce but their husband did not. The conversations kind of went a little like this this: “Hi, Bryan. I want a divorce but my husband ...

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  • 7 Tips for Divorcing After Age 50 in Texas
    7 Tips for Divorcing After Age 50 in Texas

    Our office has handled and seen divorce from almost every age range. We have helped every from 18-90. It may seem surprising to see couples over the age of 50 going through a divorce especially when ...

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  • Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have Joint Custody of My Child in Texas?
    Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have Joint Custody of My Child in Texas?

    One of the recurring questions in many of my consults is whether child support is still paid if parents share joint custody . I have briefly touch on this topic and variations of this same question in ...

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  • 7 Steps - When Your Spouse Wants a Divorce In Texas - But You don't!!!
    7 Steps - When Your Spouse Wants a Divorce In Texas - But You don't!!!

    This year I have had more than one client hire me who did not want a divorce. The conversation went a little like this this: “Hi, Bryan. I am, here because, my husband wants a divorce . But, I do not ...

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  • Can I Sue My Ex for Retroactive or Back Child Support in Texas?
    Can I Sue My Ex for Retroactive or Back Child Support in Texas?

    Quite frequently when I meet with potential clients who are interested in establishing child support after breaking up with their Ex they are also interested in establishing retroactive child support. ...

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  • What to Do When CPS Asks for a Drug Test in Texas
    What to Do When CPS Asks for a Drug Test in Texas

    Quite frequently I get the call from potential clients when they have come under the radar of CPS after someone has placed an anonymous call to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services . ...

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  • Can I Sue My Ex for Hacking My Computer in My Texas Divorce?
    Can I Sue My Ex for Hacking My Computer in My Texas Divorce?

    It is not uncommon for a divorce client to come into my office with all kinds of printouts of emails or text messages between his or her spouse and their new lover. One of the big questions that goes ...

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  • The Holidays During Your Texas Divorce?
    The Holidays During Your Texas Divorce?

    As the old adage goes: you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. This is true to a great extent, however, any person who's going through a divorce can tell you that your spouse can ...

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  • Supervised Visitation in a Texas Divorce: Can it happen to me?
    Supervised Visitation in a Texas Divorce: Can it happen to me?

    The general position of the State of Texas, its courts and its legislature is that parents should be able to have fulfilling relationships with their children. This means being able to not only share ...

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  • What if My Ex Will Not Sign the Final Decree in My Texas Divorce?
    What if My Ex Will Not Sign the Final Decree in My Texas Divorce?

    Sometimes forward thinking clients or consults will ask about problems that may arise in the future. One question I have been asked a few times is “what if my spouse will not sign the divorce decree.” ...

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  • Child Support and College Tuition in Texas
    Child Support and College Tuition in Texas

    In the United States, a parent is obligated to support his or her children, regardless of whether parents are married to each other or not. In Texas, we have guidelines regarding what amount to set ...

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  • Fathers' Rights: Children Born Out of Wedlock in Texas?
    Fathers' Rights: Children Born Out of Wedlock in Texas?

    It is a weekly if not a daily occurrence that fathers reach out to us to find out what their rights are in Texas in regards to their children. In the state of Texas, family law protects a father’s ...

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  • What am I or My Spouse Entitled to During a Texas Divorce?
    What am I or My Spouse Entitled to During a Texas Divorce?

    Any person who is entering into the divorce process has questions regarding their rights and how they can best be enforced. The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are experienced in ...

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  • Who gets to keep the kids while the divorce is pending in Texas?
    Who gets to keep the kids while the divorce is pending in Texas?

    When going through a divorce when children are involved, the biggest questions are almost always about the kids. The kids’ best interests are the focus of the court in every case, and should remain a ...

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  • Can I Sue My Spouse for Mental Abuse in My Texas Divorce?
    Can I Sue My Spouse for Mental Abuse in My Texas Divorce?

    Infidelity in a marital relationship is one of the most fatal wrongs that one spouse can commit against the other. It is a betrayal of not only the trust between the two partners but of the bonds that ...

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  • Roadmap of Basic Divorce Procedure in Texas
    Roadmap of Basic Divorce Procedure in Texas

    The divorce process in Texas , can be rather daunting, particularly when there are children involved. Before your divorce case is filed, you need to know that there are two bodies of law involved in ...

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  • Divorcing After Age 50 in Texas: What it Can Mean for You and Your Spouse
    Divorcing After Age 50 in Texas: What it Can Mean for You and Your Spouse

    Known as " gray divorces ," marital dissolution of couples over the age of fifty are on the rise in our country. While a divorce is an especially stressful and emotion laden time for any couple, it ...

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  • Am I Married? - Marital Status in Texas
    Am I Married? - Marital Status in Texas

    "Am I married?" Seems like a simple question, right? Sometimes however the answer to this question is not always easy. Recently wrote an article "Common Law Marriage and Texas Divorce Guide." In that ...

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    Frequently Asked Questions in Texas Divorce Cases

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    Will My Spouse Get Part of My Retirement in Our Texas Divorce?

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    Texas Child Support Appeals

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    6 Mistakes that can Destroy Your Texas Divorce Case

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    Can I get sole custody of my kid in Texas?

    A very common question that clients ask when beginning the process of a divorce or a child custody suit is: “Can I receive sole custody of my child?” However, this can be a difficult question to ...

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    Can I sue my spouse's mistress in Texas?

    It is a sad but frequent occurrence for clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC that they have become aware that their spouse is having an affair. For most people this is the highest form of ...

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  • Child Custody Basics in Texas
    Child Custody Basics in Texas

    I often have potential clients that come into my office wanting “custody.” Custody is a term that means different things to different people. In my experience, child custody matters can be one of the ...

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  • When Can a Minor Child Weigh in on Custody Decisions in Texas?
    When Can a Minor Child Weigh in on Custody Decisions in Texas?

    I often have a parent ask me if, “If their 12-year-old child can decide which parent they live with?” This is one of the biggest myths in Texas child custody law . In some states, the minor child may ...

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  • Dividing Property in a Texas Divorce - The Just and Right Division
    Dividing Property in a Texas Divorce - The Just and Right Division

    Before a couple can get a divorce in Texas , one thing that must be resolved is the division of their property and debts . There are multiple steps that must occur during such a division including: ...

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  • Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 308TH Judicial District Local Rules
    Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 308TH 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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    Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 257TH 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 Divorce and the Right of First Refusal
    Texas Divorce and the Right of First Refusal

    Potential divorcing parents that come to see me often ask about get a “right of first refusal.” It often seems like a good idea to them. It has been my experience that in practice for many of clients ...

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  • Rule 11 Agreements in a Texas Divorce
    Rule 11 Agreements in a Texas Divorce

    Rule 11 agreements are often used in family law and cases . I have had clients and potential clients ask me about what a Rule 11 agreement is and what they are used for. Many lawyers use Rule 11 ...

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  • What does a Default Judgment Mean in a Texas Divorce?
    What does a Default Judgment Mean in a Texas Divorce?

    Many times the reason people end up in my office is because they are concerned because their spouse has sued them for divorce , and the paperwork is talking about a default judgment. They ask what is ...

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  • What does Insupportability or No-Fault in a Texas Divorce Mean?
    What does Insupportability or No-Fault in a Texas Divorce Mean?

    Potential clients who come to see us who have been served with divorce paperwork often ask us “what is “insupportabilty?” Insupportability Under the Texas Family Code The Texas Family Code section ...

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  • Grandparent Visitation Rights in Texas?
    Grandparent Visitation Rights in Texas?

    An attorney in our office recently settled a case where two grandparents were seeking court approved and mandated visitation with their two grandchildren. The circumstances for these folks were tragic ...

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  • Should I tell my spouse to move out of the home during a divorce?
    Should I tell my spouse to move out of the home during a divorce?

    Last week a prospective client walked into our office and asked for some advice regarding the divorce process . She had made up her mind that it was time to file for divorce against her husband but ...

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  • Why is Separate Property Important and How to Keep it Separate in a Texas Divorce?
    Why is Separate Property Important and How to Keep it Separate in a Texas Divorce?

    Property and Debts The issue of how to divided property and debts is one of the main issues that must be resolved in any Texas divorce proceeding. Marriage creates three independent property estates: ...

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  • When is, Cheating Considered Adultery in a Texas Divorce?
    When is, Cheating Considered Adultery in a Texas Divorce?

    What is adultery in Texas? Under Texas Family Code section 6.003 adultery is a legal term in Texas that means the voluntary sexual intercourse of a married person with one not the spouse. Burden of ...

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  • Emancipation of a Minor Child in Texas
    Emancipation of a Minor Child in Texas

    When I was a teenager, I was barely able to boil water and couldn't do laundry. However, there are circumstances where teenagers are able to live separately from their parents. Starting at the age of ...

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  • Voluntarily Relinquishing Your Parental Rights in Texas
    Voluntarily Relinquishing Your Parental Rights in Texas

    I periodically consult with a potential client who ask about terminating their own parental rights. Why would a parent want to relinquish their parental rights? In this case as in it came come down to ...

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  • The Divorce Temporary Orders Guide
    The Divorce Temporary Orders Guide

    What occurs between filing and finalizing a divorce case in Texas? One of the biggest concerns spouses have after filing for divorce is, “What happens now?” It is vital for you to fully understand all ...

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  • Common Law Marriage and Texas Divorce Guide
    Common Law Marriage and Texas Divorce Guide

    In Texas, many people are aware that Texas recognizes common-law marriage . However, not everyone that I meet with is aware of what it takes to meet the Texas statutory requirements of being common ...

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  • How Much Will My Texas Divorce Cost?
    How Much Will My Texas Divorce Cost?

    One of the most popular if not the most popular questions asked in my consults is “how much is my divorce going to cost me?” I have thought about writing a blog article on this topic for a long time ...

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    How to pick a mediator: Introducing Our Guest Blogger - Fran Brochstein

    It’s our delight to introduce a guest blogger, Fran Brochstein of Fran Brochstein, LLC. Fran Brochstein has been license as an attorney in the State of Texas for over 20 years. Fran Brochstein has ...

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  • 15 Quick Tips Regarding Filing for Divorce in Texas
    15 Quick Tips Regarding Filing for Divorce in Texas

    The next step after hiring a divorce lawyer, is to initiate a divorce in Texas by filing for divorce . A Texas divorce filings often includes the following two documents: An Original Petition for ...

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  • 9 Questions to Ask Yourself and the Divorce Lawyer Before You Hire Them
    9 Questions to Ask Yourself and the Divorce Lawyer Before You Hire Them

    Choosing an attorney to represent you in your family law matter may be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It is important to be selective when you are choosing a divorce attorney. ...

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    A Short Evolution of Divorce Things are Getting Better

    In 1986 a Mom and Dad were taking the final steps in their divorce. A small business owner and a stay-at-home mom were finishing a years-long battle over the kids, the business, and their assets . Mom ...

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  • How Long Will My Texas Divorce Take?
    How Long Will My Texas Divorce Take?

    One of the most frequently asked questions in my divorce consults is “How soon can I be divorced ?” Generally, what I tell people is that is the answer depends on them and their soon to be Ex. The ...

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  • Texas Divorce Details
    Texas Divorce Details

    In Texas in its simplest form a divorce terminates a marriage giving a married couple the legal right to marry another person. What many people do not know is that a divorce is a lawsuit that does ...

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  • Texas Divorce Basics
    Texas Divorce Basics

    Before making a decision on proceeding with a Texas divorce, it is a good idea to take time to understand the basic process and the key issues that must be addressed. For most people, divorce is new ...

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  • 9 Benefits to Mediating your Texas Divorce Case
    9 Benefits to Mediating your Texas Divorce Case

    One of the things I like about my job is that is never boring. Every case and client I represent is different and unique. Often one of set of facts or situation may be similar to another set of facts ...

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  • In Texas are Child Support and Visitation Connected?
    In Texas are Child Support and Visitation Connected?

    It is natural to believe that child support and the visitation with the children are intimately connected. Often the support and a parent’s visitation with the children will be decided during the same ...

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  • 8 Tips for Reducing the Cost of a Divorce in Texas
    8 Tips for Reducing the Cost of a Divorce in Texas

    You have probably heard that divorce can be a very expensive process. This is made all the more frustrating because, at the time of divorce, you may be in the most difficult financial position you ...

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  • Do I Need a Lawyer in Texas to Get a Divorce?
    Do I Need a Lawyer in Texas to Get a Divorce?

    Many people believe that a divorce in Texas should be easy and that it is just status change ending the marriage and that it does not directly impact other issues. However, that is not the case a ...

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  • Can I Get 50/50 Time with My Children?
    Can I Get 50/50 Time with My Children?

    One of the things that comes up in many of my consults is a parent who tells me that they want to get 50/50 time with their children. I have briefly touch on this topic in a previous blog article, “ ...

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  • Why You Should Have a Will
    Why You Should Have a Will

    Why You Should Have a Will Your will directs how, and to whom, your estate will be distributed upon your death. If you die without a will (“intestate”), your assets are distributed according to Texas ...

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  • The Cheap and Easy, Online Divorce Is Usually Anything But...
    The Cheap and Easy, Online Divorce Is Usually Anything But...

    The internet is a great source for referencing information, learning a new recipe and updating your friends on the latest and greatest coffee shop in town. However- it's been the experience of the ...

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  • Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations is a Bad Idea in Texas
    Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations is a Bad Idea in Texas

    Many of my consults revolve around child support. Sometimes people are coming to see me because they are unable to pay child support . Other times it is because things had been going well both parents ...

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  • I am not the biological father but I want to be - Paternity by Estoppel?
    I am not the biological father but I want to be - Paternity by Estoppel?

    In the past 12 months, my office has represented three different Husbands each going through their own Texas divorce who all had cases in which their wife has had a child with another man. The facts ...

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  • Can I get child support and custody of my kids in Texas if we were never married?
    Can I get child support and custody of my kids in Texas if we were never married?

    I met with a mother recently that who had questions about custody and child support for her children. One of her concerns was whether the fact that she and the father were never married and if that ...

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  • Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship: Who Needs One and Why?
    Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship: Who Needs One and Why?

    When two people who have not been married have a child, the lawsuit that is filed in court to determine custody, duties, rights and visitation (among other things) for a child is called a Suit ...

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  • Can I buy a House During My Texas Divorce?
    Can I buy a House During My Texas Divorce?

    In a previous blog article, “His, Hers and Ours - Texas Divorce” we discussed the difference between community property and separate property . At its core it is a fairly easy concept to understand. ...

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  • Pet Custody and other Considerations in a Texas Divorce?
    Pet Custody and other Considerations in a Texas Divorce?

    Many people have heard that divorce is hard and expensive. However, not many people think about pets in a divorce. As a Houston Divorce Lawyer , I will discuss applicable law and important ...

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  • Does it Matter who Files First in a Texas Divorce?
    Does it Matter who Files First in a Texas Divorce?

    Many of my potential clients are concerned with filing first in their divorce case. Many of them have the impression that if they are not the first to file they will be at a disadvantage in their ...

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  • What is a DWOP or Dismissal for Want of Prosecution in My Divorce or Family Law Case in Texas?
    What is a DWOP or Dismissal for Want of Prosecution in My Divorce or Family Law Case in Texas?

    Today I had a consult with a potential client whose case had been "dismissed for want of prosecution" and they wanted to know what they could do about it. As a Houston Divorce Lawyer , I have noticed ...

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  • Terminating Parental Rights in Texas on the Absent Parent
    Terminating Parental Rights in Texas on the Absent Parent

    Today I met with a potential client asking for advice on whether they could terminate parental rights of their child's other parent. In this case the parent had been absent for several years and had ...

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  • 13 Things to Think About After Your Texas Divorce is Final
    13 Things to Think About After Your Texas Divorce is Final

    I have found as a Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyer after I am able to help my clients get a divorce often times they still have questions. What I like to do for them is send them a closing letter. This ...

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  • Getting the Deed to Your House After a Texas Divorce
    Getting the Deed to Your House After a Texas Divorce

    As a Houston Divorce Lawyer on more than one occasion, I have had my clients think that once the Final Decree of Divorce is signed there is nothing left to do. In some cases, that may be the case. In ...

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  • How Do I Get my name or my soon to be Ex-Spouse's Name off of the Mortgage in a Texas Divorce?
    How Do I Get my name or my soon to be Ex-Spouse's Name off of the Mortgage in a Texas Divorce?

    Financial concerns are only natural during the Texas divorce process . Recently during one of my consults, a potential client brought up that he was very concerned about getting his soon to be ex-wife ...

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  • Harris County, Texas Family Law Court -  247TH Judicial District Local Rules
    Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 247TH 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 Divorce and Family Law Cases and Parenting Classes
    Texas Divorce and Family Law Cases and Parenting Classes

    The purpose of this blog article is to answer common questions regarding parenting classes in their family law or divorce case involving children. Can a Texas Court order me to Take a Parenting Class? ...

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  • Getting Ready for a Hearing On Temporary Custody Orders
    Getting Ready for a Hearing On Temporary Custody Orders

    Often times it feels that the T emporary orders hearing comes very quickly. There have been times when representing the Petitioner there has only been 14 days’ notice or when representing the ...

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  • Should I sign a Texas Premarital or Prenuptial Agreement?
    Should I sign a Texas Premarital or Prenuptial Agreement?

    This week I have written blogs on attacking the enforceability of prenuptial Agreements and on postnuptial agreements . As promised in those blogs I am going to discuss whether or not a non-moneyed ...

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  • Making Postnuptial Agreements Stick in a Texas Divorce
    Making Postnuptial Agreements Stick in a Texas Divorce

    In an earlier blog post I discussed attacking the enforceability of a Prenuptial Agreement . In this blog article I will discuss Postnuptial Agreements and whether the formalities for a postnuptial ...

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  • Attacking the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement in a Texas Divorce
    Attacking the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement in a Texas Divorce

    As a Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyer I from time to time get questions regarding Premarital or Postnuptial agreements. At the beginning of the year I had several people ask me about whether or not they ...

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  • 16 Steps to help you Plan and Prepare for your Texas Divorce
    16 Steps to help you Plan and Prepare for your Texas Divorce

    I have written other articles regarding things that can be done and should be considered when preparing for a divorce in Texas . However, this questions comes up a lot in my consultations so I thought ...

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  • Who Gets Custody of the ITunes Account in a Texas Divorce?
    Who Gets Custody of the ITunes Account in a Texas Divorce?

    As a Spring, Texas divorce lawyer I have seen many couples fight over lots of different types of property . One of my biggest head shakers was when a couple was fighting over potted plants. Another ...

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  • Dower Contracts and a Texas Divorce
    Dower Contracts and a Texas Divorce

    Some cultures and religions continue to honor the ancient tradition of the dower, and this can become an issue in dividing assets in a Texas divorce . The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC has ...

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  • Texas Child Support – Trust and Annuities
    Texas Child Support – Trust and Annuities

    In some cases, the parent who is ordered to make child support payments may be concerned that the other parent will not spend all of the money on the children. A trust or annuity may be a good option ...

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  • Mom Versus Dad Who Gets the rights? - Custodial Rights Vs. Non-Custodial Rights in Texas
    Mom Versus Dad Who Gets the rights? - Custodial Rights Vs. Non-Custodial Rights in Texas

    Who gets the rights to the child? In a typical Texas Divorce , the parents of a child will either agree to dividing up the rights and duties each party has or a Court will order a division for them. ...

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  • Texas Family Law and Divorce Strategies For Beginners
    Texas Family Law and Divorce Strategies For Beginners

    Divorce is a difficult, stressful, and life-changing experience. You need a legal team that can help you wade through the complexities of resolving your f amily law case . The attorneys at The Law ...

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  • What Wikipedia Can’t Tell you About Texas Divorce and Marital Property Division
    What Wikipedia Can’t Tell you About Texas Divorce and Marital Property Division

    Texas courts must divide the community estate in a manner that results in a just and right division. Community property includes all property that was obtained throughout th