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What should Texas parents be doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
What should Texas parents be doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are a regular reader of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan ’s blog , then you probably are familiar with the type of blogs that we produce. Typically, we will write about a very specific area of Texas family law and how it could potentially interact with your family. Child ...

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  • What should Texas parents be doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    What should Texas parents be doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    If you are a regular reader of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan ’s blog , then you probably are familiar with the type of blogs that we produce. Typically, we will write about a very specific area of ...

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  • What is financial fraud and how can it impact your Texas divorce?
    What is financial fraud and how can it impact your Texas divorce?

    Do you and your spouse speak to one another on a regular basis about your finances? I don’t mean disagreements about how money is spent or complaints about less and less income coming into the house. ...

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  • Financial fallout of COVID-19 for persons involved in Texas family law cases
    Financial fallout of COVID-19 for persons involved in Texas family law cases

    When we consider the lengths to which we have curtailed our normal behavior in hopes of limiting the transmission of the coronavirus , the main motivation for doing so is to protect our collective ...

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  • Identify your post-divorce priorities to achieve success in your Texas divorce
    Identify your post-divorce priorities to achieve success in your Texas divorce

    In yesterday’s blog post we discussed the importance of collecting financial documents early and often in your Texas divorce . I said that as soon as you know that you will be getting a divorce that ...

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  • Top 5 Mistakes when facing divorce of modification during COVID-19
    Top 5 Mistakes when facing divorce of modification during COVID-19

    Whether you are in a situation where a divorce or modification is on the horizon in your life, you need to know that your future case’s success just as much on what you don’t do as it does on what you ...

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  • The more you know about your finances the better your divorce will go
    The more you know about your finances the better your divorce will go

    You should start to gather financial statements and documents as soon as you know you are getting a divorce . If you are in the planning stages of your case you should start to pull documents from ...

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  • Texas School Closures: Is Your Parenting Time Plan Ready For COVID-19?
    Texas School Closures: Is Your Parenting Time Plan Ready For COVID-19?

    You probably did not anticipate that your parenting plan contained within your final decree of divorce was going to be put to the test by a virus from the other side of the world. The fact is that if ...

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  • Over 50 and getting divorced? Avoid these three problems to achieve a successful divorce
    Over 50 and getting divorced? Avoid these three problems to achieve a successful divorce

    Do you live on a budget ? This may not have been a question that you expected a family law attorney to ask but I think it is important for any person going through a divorce to ask themselves. I think ...

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  • Getting Divorced During The Coronavirus Outbreak? 3 Things To Know in Texas
    Getting Divorced During The Coronavirus Outbreak? 3 Things To Know in Texas

    Texas has declared a state of emergency over coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact in the state. If you are considering a divorce, or have a divorce case currently progressing through the ...

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  • Finances and Divorce for Texans over the age of 50
    Finances and Divorce for Texans over the age of 50

    For whatever reason, people seem to be getting divorced at a higher rates into their 50s and even later. I’ve not conducted any scientific studies on this subject but from my personal experiences as a ...

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  • Getting Divorced During the Coronavirus Outbreak? 3 Things to Know
    Getting Divorced During the Coronavirus Outbreak? 3 Things to Know

    Making the decision to move forward with a divorce can be the most challenging position that you will ever find yourself in. Ending a relationship that has marked an extended period in your life and ...

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  • Trying to make it as a single parent after your divorce? Read this blog post to learn how
    Trying to make it as a single parent after your divorce? Read this blog post to learn how

    If you are getting a divorce and have a child, by definition, you will be a single parent for at least a period of time. In fact, the fastest you can re-marry after your divorce is thirty days. For ...

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  • Coronavirus & Child Custody Plans in Texas
    Coronavirus & Child Custody Plans in Texas

    Being aware of the coronavirus and the risks it presents to you and your family is important. We are fortunate to live in an age of the internet and information on demand. Hopefully you have been able ...

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  • What do you want to get out of settlement negotiations in your Texas divorce?
    What do you want to get out of settlement negotiations in your Texas divorce?

    What kind of shopper are you? Do you go to the store with a list of items you need to purchase? With the list out, the moment you walk into the store you go right up to the items that you need and ...

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  • COVID-19 Update: How do you file for a domestic violence restraining order in Texas?
    COVID-19 Update: How do you file for a domestic violence restraining order in Texas?

    One of the many side-effects of the national shutdown of the economy is that we all have been spending a lot more time at home. For some of us that meant that we would have the opportunity to be with ...

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  • Do you know what can be divided in a Texas divorce?
    Do you know what can be divided in a Texas divorce?

    What you don’t know can hurt you. If you are going through a divorce in Texas there is a lot of information that you need to be aware of. Yes, if you hire an attorney it is their responsibility to ...

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  • Parenting plans in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic: What you need to know
    Parenting plans in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic: What you need to know

    In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, it is important for you to understand that your family law needs can still be met by the legal community. If you are pondering a divorce , child custody case or ...

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  • The role of negotiations in a Texas divorce
    The role of negotiations in a Texas divorce

    Do you feel like you can talk to your spouse about important issues? Odds are if you are reading this blog post about divorce on a family law attorney’s website, the answer to that question is no. You ...

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  • Summer Break, COVID-19 and possession of children in Texas
    Summer Break, COVID-19 and possession of children in Texas

    Summer Vacation plans have changed for many families in our area as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if initial projections dramatically overestimated the impact of this virus on country and ...

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  • How to organize yourself, your life and your case during a Texas divorce
    How to organize yourself, your life and your case during a Texas divorce

    Think about the most recent times of your life where you have been stressed out. What have been some of the common issues surrounding those times? Have you been busy? Have you been worried? Were you ...

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  • The effects of COVID-19 and child custody in Texas
    The effects of COVID-19 and child custody in Texas

    The impacts of the coronavirus or COVID -19 are far reaching beyond public health. Every area of our lives has been impacted by either the virus itself or our government-led response to the virus. At ...

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  • Wondering what to do with your house in a divorce? Why not wait to make a decision?
    Wondering what to do with your house in a divorce? Why not wait to make a decision?

    Depending on the circumstances of your case it may be advantageous for you and your spouse to not do anything at the moment your divorce is finalized. This generally goes against a piece of advice ...

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  • The Law Office of Bryan Fagan is Providing Digital and Phone Consultations To Combat COVID-19 Concerns
    The Law Office of Bryan Fagan is Providing Digital and Phone Consultations To Combat COVID-19 Concerns

    The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to present unforeseen and ever-changing challenges for many of our clients on a daily basis. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan has been and continues to ...

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  • Own a home and going through a Texas divorce? Learn your options in this blog post
    Own a home and going through a Texas divorce? Learn your options in this blog post

    Your largest investment. Your largest asset. Where your children grew up. Where memories have been made. The site of marital problems. Where you and your children sleep at night. Your family house is ...

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  • What will the impact of the coronavirus be on Houston family court hearings and trials?
    What will the impact of the coronavirus be on Houston family court hearings and trials?

    The question on everyone’s mind these days is: when will life get back to normal? We’ve been living under various forms of stay at home, shelter in place, travel restrictions and other limitations to ...

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  • What you don’t know about your spouse’s finances can hurt you in a Texas divorce
    What you don’t know about your spouse’s finances can hurt you in a Texas divorce

    If you and your spouse are either moving in the direction of a divorce or are already going through a divorce, I want to ask you a question: what do you know about your spouse’s financial situation. ...

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  • Will there still be family court hearings and trials in Houston area courts in the state of disaster?
    Will there still be family court hearings and trials in Houston area courts in the state of disaster?

    The world as we knew it came to a screeching halt in the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world where we were all moving so quickly before, a virus has caused us to reassess ...

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  • Avoid financial mistakes in your Texas divorce by remembering these tips
    Avoid financial mistakes in your Texas divorce by remembering these tips

    It is easy to make a mistake in your divorce case. There are many opportunities to do so and their potential impact can be dramatic. When it comes to your finances, a divorce has the ability to either ...

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  • What can Texas parents do regarding the exchange of children under a Texas standard possession order during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    What can Texas parents do regarding the exchange of children under a Texas standard possession order during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    With schools across our state closing their doors until the fall (at least), many parents in our area have had questions regarding how to proceed with the pick-up/drop off schedules that are contained ...

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  • Mistakes related to finances that can ruin your Texas divorce
    Mistakes related to finances that can ruin your Texas divorce

    Before we dive into a handful of avoidable mistakes that can ruin your divorce case, I wanted to talk to you for a moment about the importance of coming up with a budget for your post-divorce life. ...

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  • Divorce from a financial perspective: How to ready yourself and your family for what is to come
    Divorce from a financial perspective: How to ready yourself and your family for what is to come

    When you go through a divorce it is essential that you be able to organize your financial documents, make decisions that are practical and sensical from the perspective of your money and create a plan ...

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  • How High-Conflict Co-Parents Can Get Their Kids Through The COVID-19 Emergency
    How High-Conflict Co-Parents Can Get Their Kids Through The COVID-19 Emergency

    The Covid-19 pandemic is one that has brought about a high degree of fear and stress for families in our area and around the country. More than the disruption to our normal way of life, the problems ...

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  • Co-parenting after a divorce: Can it be done?
    Co-parenting after a divorce: Can it be done?

    Many parents who go through difficult divorce cases spend the entirety of that divorce constantly going through all of the problems that their spouse has caused. Whether they are problems related to ...

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  • Co-parenting made easy (well, easier, at least) in Texas
    Co-parenting made easy (well, easier, at least) in Texas

    If you are in the midst of a difficult Texas family law case then you are likely to have a lot of things on your mind currently. First and foremost you are worried about your children. How are they ...

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  • Family Law Answers to Coronavirus Custody & Divorce Questions
    Family Law Answers to Coronavirus Custody & Divorce Questions

    As the coronavirus continues to progress (hopefully) towards a conclusion, many people have questions about their family law related matters. Living under family court orders can be difficult enough ...

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  • Family Law Answers to Coronavirus Custody & Divorce Questions
    Family Law Answers to Coronavirus Custody & Divorce Questions

    As the coronavirus continues to progress (hopefully) towards a conclusion, many people have questions about their family law related matters. Living under family court orders can be difficult enough ...

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  • Technology, social media and cell phones: Divorce with children in the 21st century
    Technology, social media and cell phones: Divorce with children in the 21st century

    If you have a child over the age of five he or she is likely as knowledgeable of the digital world as you are. These kids seem to be learning from friends, family and their schools more and more about ...

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  • The relationship between pets, children and divorce in Texas
    The relationship between pets, children and divorce in Texas

    Are you under the age of thirty and going through a divorce? What about over the age of 55 and divorcing your spouse? These two groups- millennials and older adults- are more likely than other groups, ...

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  • The right of first refusal in a Texas family law case
    The right of first refusal in a Texas family law case

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the topic of the right of first refusal . You can look at that phrase a handful of times and you probably won't figure out ...

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  • Covid-19 Coronavirus Impact on divorce and child custody in Texas
    Covid-19 Coronavirus Impact on divorce and child custody in Texas

    As if any of us needed one more thing in our lives to cause stress and disruption, the coronavirus came swooping in during the month of March and sort of knocked us for a loss. I hope that you and ...

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  • Making educational decisions for your child in the wake of a Texas divorce or child custody case
    Making educational decisions for your child in the wake of a Texas divorce or child custody case

    It is not always a given that you or your child’s other parent will be awarded the right to determine the primary residence of your child in a child custody or divorce case. For the past ten years or ...

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  • How does the Stay Home Stay Safe order affect possession exchanges?
    How does the Stay Home Stay Safe order affect possession exchanges?

    The month of April saw changes occur to our daily lives that many of us (myself included) would have thought to be impossible had it not actually happened. The way we make a living, the activities we ...

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  • Create your solutions to your Texas family law problems
    Create your solutions to your Texas family law problems

    Do you think that your circumstances are so unique that nobody else could know what you're going through? Are the problems of your family so unique that the one size fits all solutions that you've ...

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  • Post high school life for an adult disabled child in Texas
    Post high school life for an adult disabled child in Texas

    Judges know that your child will be living at home with you until he or she graduates from high school- at the absolute earliest. Most kids have needs are fairly limited. They live in the same house ...

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  • Special Needs Trusts: What they are and how they can impact your Texas divorce
    Special Needs Trusts: What they are and how they can impact your Texas divorce

    Special needs trusts are designed to hold onto assets of a person who is receiving governmental benefits like Supplemental Security Income ( SSI ) and Medicaid. Whatever assets are held in the trust ...

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  • What should parents do about exchanging their children under a Texas standard possession order when school is not in session due to COVID-19?
    What should parents do about exchanging their children under a Texas standard possession order when school is not in session due to COVID-19?

    This is a question that the family law attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan have been receiving with great frequency since the middle of March. Most family court orders in Texas determine ...

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  • How much child support can you receive in Texas for a disabled child over the age of 18?
    How much child support can you receive in Texas for a disabled child over the age of 18?

    It is not necessarily only one parent that could be ordered to pay child support for an adult disabled child in Texas. The Texas Family Code allows for you, your child’s other parent or both of you to ...

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  • Child support for special needs children in Texas
    Child support for special needs children in Texas

    For the most part, a parent can only be ordered to pay child support for a limited amount of time. Usually, the extent of those limits begins at the time that a court order is instituted by a judge ...

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  • What happens if a parent cannot travel or does not follow the court approved possession schedule in Texas?
    What happens if a parent cannot travel or does not follow the court approved possession schedule in Texas?

    As a parent who has gone through or is going through a family law case in Texas, you are aware of the difficulties associated with taking advantage of every opportunity available to you for spending ...

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  • Leave your divorce in the past: Tips to seek out during and after a Texas divorce
    Leave your divorce in the past: Tips to seek out during and after a Texas divorce

    Have you ever had something bad happen to you, and for a while after it occurred you cannot seem to get over it? You think about it all the time. You talk to other people about it. You look through ...

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  • What actions should you avoid concerning your children and divorce in Texas?
    What actions should you avoid concerning your children and divorce in Texas?

    Before you begin your divorce it is wise to consider how you are going to parent your children during the case. There isn't much information out there that touches on this subject (at least that I ...

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  • Focus on potential mistakes to avoid a bad divorce in Texas
    Focus on potential mistakes to avoid a bad divorce in Texas

    Divorces are tough. There are so many aspects of a divorce case that you would have difficulty controlling even half of all the circumstances that are in play. However, you will still have control ...

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  • Sheltering-in-Place and Intimate Partner Violence: Seeking Help During an Emergency
    Sheltering-in-Place and Intimate Partner Violence: Seeking Help During an Emergency

    There are sometimes unintended consequences that are associated with the decisions that we make. This is true in our personal lives. If you decide to go to a restaurant for lunch that has a long wait ...

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  • Avoid mistakes and find success in your Texas divorce
    Avoid mistakes and find success in your Texas divorce

    What can you do to give yourself a leg up in your divorce case? Are there any simple actions that you can take to benefit yourself and your family? What if I told you that the answer to these ...

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  • What to focus on during a divorce in Texas
    What to focus on during a divorce in Texas

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced a topic that I hope will be helpful to just about all of you. That is, I wanted to share some basic tips to improve your ...

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  • Roadmap your way through a successful Texas divorce
    Roadmap your way through a successful Texas divorce

    Sometimes when we go through difficult times in our lives, we get the idea that there is nobody else out there who understands what we are going through. It is in this isolation that we withdraw from ...

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  • Parental alienation: What it is and how it could affect your Texas family law case
    Parental alienation: What it is and how it could affect your Texas family law case

    Are you going through a difficult circumstance with your family right now? Does it look like you are going to get a divorce or will need to go back to court for a child custody related matter? If so, ...

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  • Interested in getting a Texas divorce? Learn the paths your case could take before you begin
    Interested in getting a Texas divorce? Learn the paths your case could take before you begin

    Would you go on a trip to Florida without knowing how to get there? Imagine jumping in the car for a long road trip and having no idea what roads to take how long the journey is going to last. That ...

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  • Harris County’s Stay at home order does not affect exchanges of children
    Harris County’s Stay at home order does not affect exchanges of children

    Regular custody arrangements are what you and your children have come to expect since your prior divorce or child custody case. The court orders that your family is operating under are likely very ...

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  • What are the different methods of getting a divorce in Texas?
    What are the different methods of getting a divorce in Texas?

    When you file for divorce in Texas your goal is the same as every other person who has ever done that: to get divorced. However, there is more than one path that you can take to get divorced. What you ...

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  • Job loss and Child Support in Texas during the coronavirus
    Job loss and Child Support in Texas during the coronavirus

    Whether we are in the middle of a virus pandemic caused by the spread of the coronavirus or are just in tough economic times, the loss of your job does not mean that you can stop paying child support ...

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  • Military disability pay in a Texas divorce case
    Military disability pay in a Texas divorce case

    One of the great parts of being a Texan is that we can have so many veterans in our communities. These brave men and women have sacrificed for the good of our nation, and the rest of us are forever ...

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  • Divorce COVID style- Why you should consider a collaborative divorce
    Divorce COVID style- Why you should consider a collaborative divorce

    You haven’t been living under a rock for the past six weeks, so I know that you are aware of the mass shutdowns, quarantines and social distancing orders that are in place due to the coronavirus ...

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  • How to effectively utilize social media and text message evidence in a Texas divorce trial
    How to effectively utilize social media and text message evidence in a Texas divorce trial

    So here you are, ready to begin your divorce trial . The past few months have been not all that great for you or your family but you've finally made it to the end. What happens over the next day or ...

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  • Social Media and Text Messaging: How technology impacts the evidence in a family law case
    Social Media and Text Messaging: How technology impacts the evidence in a family law case

    Towards the end of yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we began talking about two of our favorite things as a society: text messaging and social media. I don't say that ...

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  • Therapists, Counselors, Social Media and Text Messaging: How they relate to your Texas divorce
    Therapists, Counselors, Social Media and Text Messaging: How they relate to your Texas divorce

    Does your child see a counselor or therapist? If this question were asked twenty years ago the answer would almost certainly be, "No." However, in recent years it seems that more and more children are ...

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  • Spousal maintenance: What you need to know in a Texas divorce
    Spousal maintenance: What you need to know in a Texas divorce

    Are you about to start a divorce but have no clue about spousal maintenance ? Have you talked to family members who live in other states about divorce subjects like alimony? What these folks may have ...

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  • Sweeping the corners of your family law case: What about gifts and loans in Texas divorces?
    Sweeping the corners of your family law case: What about gifts and loans in Texas divorces?

    If you have ever gone through a divorce or have known someone who has gone through a divorce then you likely are aware of at least some of the issues relevant to that type of case. The children, the ...

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  • Interested in how to pull equity out of your family home after a divorce? Read this blog post
    Interested in how to pull equity out of your family home after a divorce? Read this blog post

    At the conclusion of yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan we discussed just how you and your spouse may be able to pull equity out of your house to satisfy the orders of your Final ...

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  • Texas Family Courts and Exchange of Children during COVID-19 State of Disaster
    Texas Family Courts and Exchange of Children during COVID-19 State of Disaster

    It is understandable if you don’t know where to begin with this COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic. I like to compare life to baseball. For the most part, our lives are pretty mundane and predictable. We ...

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  • Do you owe money on your mortgage with a spouse? How this is relevant in a Texas divorce
    Do you owe money on your mortgage with a spouse? How this is relevant in a Texas divorce

    This is an issue that I think is relevant to most people going through divorces . I'd say the vast majority- 75% or greater- of people going through a divorce own home with their spouse. Even in ...

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  • Valuing the family home in a Texas divorce
    Valuing the family home in a Texas divorce

    If someone were to stop you on the street and ask you where a person should look to determine the value of their home, what would you say? I'm willing to bet that you would say the same thing as I ...

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  • Do you have coronavirus related problems? Read this blog post for solutions
    Do you have coronavirus related problems? Read this blog post for solutions

    With so much of our news media focusing on hypothetical situations that involve extremely complicated sets of data and models to interpret that data, I wanted to put out some content that may actually ...

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  • What about the house? Community versus separate property in a Texas divorce
    What about the house? Community versus separate property in a Texas divorce

    Your home is a huge asset for you and your spouse in a Texas divorce - in most cases. Assuming that you own some amount of equity in the home then how it is characterized in the divorce will be ...

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  • Coronavirus and your Texas family: What you need to know
    Coronavirus and your Texas family: What you need to know

    If you began the month of March with an active family law case in Texas, or were at least contemplating the start of one, then you are aware of what the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has done to the ...

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  • Should you leave your family home before starting a Texas divorce?
    Should you leave your family home before starting a Texas divorce?

    So much of a divorce boils down to strategy. What do you want to do with your money? What do you want to do with your property ? What do you want to see happen with your children? These are all ...

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  • What will happen with your family home in a Texas divorce?
    What will happen with your family home in a Texas divorce?

    Your home is likely to be the largest single investment that you ever make in your life. While you may have retirement funds and other investments that have grown to be worth more than your home over ...

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  • What sort of third party claims can be brought in Texas divorce cases?
    What sort of third party claims can be brought in Texas divorce cases?

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the topics of fraud , waste and community property division. These are important subjects that have the potential to ...

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  • Community property issues in Texas divorces: Wasting of assets by spouses
    Community property issues in Texas divorces: Wasting of assets by spouses

    Texas is a community property state. This means that if you and your spouse were to get a divorce the laws of community property would dictate how your property is divided upon completion of your ...

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  • What is a reimbursement claim and when to pursue one in a Texas divorce
    What is a reimbursement claim and when to pursue one in a Texas divorce

    When I work with clients going through divorce cases I find that reimbursement claims are the most difficult to describe. When something is difficult for an attorney to describe to a client then you ...

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  • What about your kids? What you need to protect as your children deal with divorce
    What about your kids? What you need to protect as your children deal with divorce

    It is natural to be concerned with the well-being of your children as you begin a divorce case. In many ways, you may even be telling yourself that you are divorcing your spouse to provide some ...

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  • Divorcing in Texas? Know how to protect yourself and your family by having proper insurance
    Divorcing in Texas? Know how to protect yourself and your family by having proper insurance

    Of all the topics in the world that I could think to write about, I can’t think of many that are less exciting than divorce and insurance . Imagine yourself at a party and think of what the person ...

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  • Can a Texas family court reduce an above guidelines child support obligation in an out-of-state Order?
    Can a Texas family court reduce an above guidelines child support obligation in an out-of-state Order?

    One of the cool parts of being a family law attorney with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan is that there is never a dull moment. There are always unique people with unique circumstances who walk through ...

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  • Insurance issues related to Texas divorces
    Insurance issues related to Texas divorces

    In the context of a divorce case, most people think primarily about the areas of their lives that stand to make them money. These are investments, their place of employment, and their home. Income ...

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  • Car problems in a Texas divorce? Read this blog post to gain some peace of mind
    Car problems in a Texas divorce? Read this blog post to gain some peace of mind

    Are you concerned about how your vehicle will be handled in conjunction with your Texas divorce ? If you don't know quite how you and your spouse are going to sort out issues related to your vehicle ...

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  • Car questions regarding your Texas divorce? Ride over here for some answers
    Car questions regarding your Texas divorce? Ride over here for some answers

    Americans, and Texans, in particular, love the open road and automobiles. Cars, trucks, etc.- it has a motor and four wheels, odds are we have driven one that has created memories for us. As Texans, ...

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  • Read this blog to learn the basics of Texas family law before interviewing attorneys
    Read this blog to learn the basics of Texas family law before interviewing attorneys

    The title to today’s blog post may have caught some of you by surprise. Most folks don’t think that they are interviewing attorneys when they find themselves wanting to start a family law case. I get ...

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  • Got questions about Texas divorces? We've got the answers you need to know
    Got questions about Texas divorces? We've got the answers you need to know

    Whether you are curious about divorce in Texas and are just wanting to learn more about the process or are about to start interviewing attorneys, it is wise for you to know as much as possible about ...

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  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Texas family law
    Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Texas family law

    If you are preparing for a family law case of any kind, the decision that you make regarding what kind of attorney to hire for representation is crucial. Not all attorneys are created equal and it is ...

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  • Texas Family Law Fundamentals: What you need to know and why you need to know it
    Texas Family Law Fundamentals: What you need to know and why you need to know it

    Not every attorney has experience practicing every kind of law. For instance, I do not know patent law. I've never tried a medical malpractice case. If you asked me a question about secured ...

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  • How to get through back to school time in Texas with your ex-spouse
    How to get through back to school time in Texas with your ex-spouse

    There are not too many times in your life or your child's that are more stressful than back to school time. New friends, new schedules, new school, greater expectations and making good grades face ...

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  • How may your children react to your divorcing their narcissistic father?
    How may your children react to your divorcing their narcissistic father?

    As a father of two girls, I think that there is no more special relationship than that of a father and daughter. I may be biased, but I think that fathers are in a position that mothers are not, as ...

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  • How to deal with a narcissistic father in a Texas divorce
    How to deal with a narcissistic father in a Texas divorce

    If you are married to a man who has not always taken his responsibilities as a father seriously, then today's blog post is for you. Fatherhood is something that mothers and fathers alike can take for ...

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  • What does a Temporary Orders hearing mean to your Texas family law case?
    What does a Temporary Orders hearing mean to your Texas family law case?

    Family law cases have stages that you must pass through before you can finish your case. One of the most important of those stages is what I call the Temporary Orders stage. Temporary Orders are, wait ...

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  • Filing an Answer and proceeding with a family lawsuit in Texas
    Filing an Answer and proceeding with a family lawsuit in Texas

    If you have been served with a petition for divorce or a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship , then you may have questions about how to proceed. It's probably pretty clear to you that your ...

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  • Getting a divorce should not define who you are (no matter what anyone else says)
    Getting a divorce should not define who you are (no matter what anyone else says)

    In the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , I am fortunate enough to be able to write about topics that are important to people like you and I. These family law topics impact the people around us ...

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  • Safety, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Helping yourself through a Texas family law case
    Safety, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Helping yourself through a Texas family law case

    Family law cases are among the most difficult of all areas of the law because of how intimate the subject nature is. True, you may not be worth millions of dollars like a multinational corporation but ...

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  • Finding a roadmap to family court success in Texas: Money and kids
    Finding a roadmap to family court success in Texas: Money and kids

    Being able to maintain strong relationships with your children during a divorce or child custody case, as well as determining what sort of financial commitment your Texas family case will cost are two ...

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  • The termination of parental rights in Texas What you need to know before going to court
    The termination of parental rights in Texas What you need to know before going to court

    There are two ways that your parental rights can be terminated by a court in Texas: involuntarily and voluntarily . That is what we will be discussing in today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan ...

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  • Questions to ask yourself when getting married after already having children
    Questions to ask yourself when getting married after already having children

    Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you are in a relationship and are interested in getting married then you need to ask yourself some questions before moving forward with wedding plans. The ...

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  • Child Support and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
    Child Support and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act

    Once the father of your child signs an Acknowledgment of Paternity he will become the legal father of your child as soon as you also sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity stating he is the father, as ...

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  • Child support in Texas: What is child support for and what do you need to know?
    Child support in Texas: What is child support for and what do you need to know?

    Generally speaking, the payment of child support is intended to ensure that the child has the financial wherewithal to grow up to be successful members of society. Whether that child support comes ...

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  • What happens if a court order paternity test shows you are the father of the child?
    What happens if a court order paternity test shows you are the father of the child?

    If there is a question as to who the biological father of a child is then it is likely that there will be a lawsuit filed in order to determine parentage . Either the Office of the Attorney General ...

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  • Child Support Enforcement cases in Texas IV-D courts
    Child Support Enforcement cases in Texas IV-D courts

    When I am writing a blog post here on our website, I always try to do my best to give the post a title that will catch the eye of people like you who search the internet for answers to common (and ...

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  • Child support cases in Texas IV-D courts: What to know before you go
    Child support cases in Texas IV-D courts: What to know before you go

    In Texas, the Office of the Attorney General oversees the payment of child support . It is likely that if you already have a child support order in place, you are mandated to send those payments ...

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  • Can your spouse pay for your attorney’s fees in a Texas divorce?
    Can your spouse pay for your attorney’s fees in a Texas divorce?

    Suppose that you were suddenly confronted with information that your spouse cheated on you, has been gambling away your retirement savings or had abused one of your children. What would you do? Would ...

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  • How to file for divorce when there are child support or custody orders already in place
    How to file for divorce when there are child support or custody orders already in place

    For most married people, the first time that they get involved in a family law case in Texas is when one spouse files for divorce . However, it does happen from time to time that you may already have ...

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  • Filing for divorce in Texas when you already have a child support order in place
    Filing for divorce in Texas when you already have a child support order in place

    Having to manage a divorce is difficult enough on its own. Having to manage a divorce when you and your spouse already have child support and/or child custody order in place is typically even more ...

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  • How can you tell if you are common law married in Texas?
    How can you tell if you are common law married in Texas?

    Do you want to know how to tell whether or not you are common law married in Texas? Your being married in this state isn’t based on a feeling that you may have or a certain period of time that you ...

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  • Common Law Marriage in Texas: Defining your relationship
    Common Law Marriage in Texas: Defining your relationship

    A simple Google search will tell you that a lower percentage of people are living together that are married than at any point in American history since these sorts of statistics have been tracked. As ...

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  • Valuing a Texas business in a divorce: Which method is your judge likely to choose?
    Valuing a Texas business in a divorce: Which method is your judge likely to choose?

    During the past few days, we have spent some time discussing how your family business may be valued in the event you get a divorce . Whether you are leaving, your spouse is leaving or you are just ...

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  • Determining the value of a small business in a Texas divorce
    Determining the value of a small business in a Texas divorce

    If you, your spouse or both of you in combination own and operate a small business then your divorce will be one where the sometimes-complicated issue of valuing that business will present itself. A ...

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  • How will a buy-sell agreement impact the valuation of your small business in a Texas divorce?
    How will a buy-sell agreement impact the valuation of your small business in a Texas divorce?

    How will a buy-sell agreement impact the valuation of your small business in a Texas divorce? Being a small business owner is tough. I work for a small business and see how difficult it can be to earn ...

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  • What laws will apply to your multinational divorce?
    What laws will apply to your multinational divorce?

    Just because you and your spouse reside in Texas does not mean that it is only the Lone Star State whose laws could conceivably apply to your divorce . Rather, if you and your spouse have resided ...

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  • Family law in the age of mobility and migration
    Family law in the age of mobility and migration

    Houston is an international city. No, you’re not reading a blog from the Houston Chamber of Commerce. That is the sort of statement you would hear trumpeted as a means to entice people from other ...

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  • Do you need to pull equity out of your family home? Find out how by reading this blog post
    Do you need to pull equity out of your family home? Find out how by reading this blog post

    It goes without saying that selling a house is the easiest way to get the equity that you own out of the home in order to divide between yourself and your spouse. However, in the event that you or ...

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  • Illegal search in Texas
    Illegal search in Texas

    Whether you have been accused of a crime or know someone who has been accused of a crime, most people are interested in knowing what constitutes an illegal search in Texas. The 4 th amendment of the ...

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  • Interested in how a divorce court will value your home? Read this blog post to find out how
    Interested in how a divorce court will value your home? Read this blog post to find out how

    Once you have hired a licensed real estate appraiser, real estate agent or done a comparable home search on the county appraisal website to determine a likely value for your home, you have done most ...

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  • Hidden consequences of a Class C conviction in Texas
    Hidden consequences of a Class C conviction in Texas

    Previously in another article, Texas Crimes Punishment, which can be found here and here , I discussed the different ranges of punishment a person charged with a crime in Texas may face. In that ...

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  • What does temporary exclusive use of the home mean in the context of a Texas divorce?
    What does temporary exclusive use of the home mean in the context of a Texas divorce?

    Based on my experience as a family law attorney in southeast Texas, I can tell you that most clients have not one, but many, misconceptions or misunderstandings associated with divorce . Many of those ...

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  • Own a home and getting a divorce? Here is what you need to know
    Own a home and getting a divorce? Here is what you need to know

    If you are anything like most of your neighbors, the home that you are currently living in is your largest financial asset. When you made the decision to purchase your own you took on the most ...

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  • Adopting an adult in Texas
    Adopting an adult in Texas

    Seeking to adopt another adult can be a time consuming, yet rewarding effort to undertake. Today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan seeks to provide you with the knowledge of what steps to ...

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  • Terminating Parental Rights in Texas
    Terminating Parental Rights in Texas

    Facing circumstances in which you are concerned for your or your child’s safety can be extremely unsettling for a parent like yourself. If your spouse or partner has harmed you or your child then ...

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  • Handling your child support duties as a disabled veteran in Texas
    Handling your child support duties as a disabled veteran in Texas

    If you have served our country as a member of our military you know the true meaning of sacrifice. You have given your all for a cause larger than yourself and for that, you should be commended. The ...

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  • What does it mean to terminate parental rights in order to adopt a child in Texas?
    What does it mean to terminate parental rights in order to adopt a child in Texas?

    In order to adopt a child, it is a requirement that the child’s legal parents either be deceased or have their parental rights terminated before the adoption application be considered. There are two ...

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  • Adoption in Texas: An A-Z explanation for parents
    Adoption in Texas: An A-Z explanation for parents

    The notion of what a family is and what people can come together to create a family is changing before our eyes. What our parents would have thought of as a “traditional” family is likely not what you ...

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  • Step-parent adoption in Texas: How it works and how to get started
    Step-parent adoption in Texas: How it works and how to get started

    If you are the stepparent of a child you have the ability in Texas to file a case that seeks the adoption of your stepchild. Often times your spouse (the child's biological mother or father) will join ...

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  • What is an Emergency Protective Order?
    What is an Emergency Protective Order?

    An Emergency Protective Order (EPO) is a court order that you can obtain that is enforceable in criminal court. It would be issued against a person who has acted in an abusive manner towards you or a ...

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  • Kinship placement in Texas: What it is and how your family could be impacted by it
    Kinship placement in Texas: What it is and how your family could be impacted by it

    In the event that you and your family are impacted by a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case or you are otherwise unable to care for your child, kinship placement may become a possibility for you ...

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  • Amending a Petition in a Texas family law case
    Amending a Petition in a Texas family law case

    It will sometimes happen that you will need to make a correction or addition to a Petition that you file in a Texas family law case. A Petition is the initial filing that will start your case. It ...

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  • How to prevent a second CPS investigation after your first concludes
    How to prevent a second CPS investigation after your first concludes

    We hear a lot in the media about recidivism when it comes to men and women who go to jail or prison one time, and that one time becomes two, three or four future stays in prison. It is a topic that is ...

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  • What happens in a Texas CPS case when a parent is not able to care for their child?
    What happens in a Texas CPS case when a parent is not able to care for their child?

    If you find yourself in a position where you are not able to provide the basic care for your child that he or she needs, then you have a series of difficult decisions to make. Admitting to yourself ...

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  • Approaching a CPS case in Texas as a teenaged parent or as a parent who is in jail
    Approaching a CPS case in Texas as a teenaged parent or as a parent who is in jail

    Today’s blog post topics from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan are intended for people who have children that are involved in Child Protective Services ( CPS ) cases who are either children themselves ...

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  • What to do if your spouse is being investigated by CPS in Texas for abuse or neglect of your child?
    What to do if your spouse is being investigated by CPS in Texas for abuse or neglect of your child?

    Other than the fear of being investigated yourself by CPS for having committed a neglectful or abusive act against your child, one of your biggest concerns as a parent may be the possibility of your ...

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  • What is it like to have supervised visitation during a CPS case?
    What is it like to have supervised visitation during a CPS case?

    Having another person oversee the interactions that you have with your child is downright awkward. Imagine having a stranger sitting in your living room on Christmas morning while you and the kids ...

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  • How you can work effectively with CPS during an investigation into your family
    How you can work effectively with CPS during an investigation into your family

    While Child Protective Services ( CPS ) has an open case into your family you will come into contact with a number of persons who are involved with investigating whether or not abuse or neglect ...

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  • Want to help your CPS attorney? Be honest and ask questions
    Want to help your CPS attorney? Be honest and ask questions

    Do not think that just because you are going to have to tell your attorney something unpleasant about you or your family that you should not. I can tell you that because I have been representing ...

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  • What are your lawyer’s responsibilities during your CPS case?
    What are your lawyer’s responsibilities during your CPS case?

    So much of blog writing in the field of family law is detailing what you need to do to improve your chances of achieving a successful result in your case. It is understandable why this is the case. ...

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  • What do you need to talk to your attorney about during your CPS case?
    What do you need to talk to your attorney about during your CPS case?

    Your lawyer is going to be the best resource that you have during your Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case to answer your questions and generally guide you throughout your case. It is likely that ...

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  • Will you qualify for a free attorney in your Texas CPS case?
    Will you qualify for a free attorney in your Texas CPS case?

    If you are beginning a court battle where your relationship with your child, and your ability to participate in the decision-making portion of their lives was at stake I am willing to bet that you ...

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  • What to do if you no longer like your CPS service plan?
    What to do if you no longer like your CPS service plan?

    As a part of the CPS investigation into the safety and well-being of your child, you will be asked to come up with a safety plan along with your support system and CPS. This service plan will attempt ...

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  • How CPS will encourage group decision making for your Texas case
    How CPS will encourage group decision making for your Texas case

    It can feel like you are all alone when you are involved in a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case. You can be made to feel like you are the only person to have ever been investigated by CPS and ...

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  • Should you go to your CPS hearing even if you have warrants out for your arrest?
    Should you go to your CPS hearing even if you have warrants out for your arrest?

    It would not be out of the ordinary for a person who is involved with a CPS case to also have warrants out for his or her arrest. You may be attempting to gather evidence to prove your innocence or ...

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  • Concluding your CPS case in Texas: What will your trial experience be like?
    Concluding your CPS case in Texas: What will your trial experience be like?

    Over the course of the past few days, we have spent some time discussing what the various steps are in the courtroom stage of your CPS case. From the first hearing, through meetings with CPS and into ...

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  • What happens to your Texas CPS case once you get to court?
    What happens to your Texas CPS case once you get to court?

    What happens to your Texas CPS case once you get to court? CPS cases usually will follow one of two paths after the agency receives a phone call where abuse or neglect of your child is being alleged. ...

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  • What can you do if your child is harmed while in a Texas foster home?
    What can you do if your child is harmed while in a Texas foster home?

    It can be a helpless feeling if your child is in someone else’s care and is harmed in some way. When it occurs in conjunction with a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation it can be especially ...

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  • Probable Cause
    Probable Cause

    Handling a decent number of criminal cases at my firm at any given time, the first thing that I usually look at when someone accused of a crime comes to my office for a FREE CONSULTATION is whether ...

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  • What are the different foster care environments your child could be placed into?
    What are the different foster care environments your child could be placed into?

    If you are a Texas resident you are likely aware that our state’s foster care system has not been receiving the best of headlines recently. It seems that foster families and foster homes that our ...

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  • Can CPS remove your child from your home in Texas using force?
    Can CPS remove your child from your home in Texas using force?

    One of the most intense and emotional aspects of family law are those cases that deal with Child Protective Services ( CPS ) removing a child from a parent’s home. If you find yourself in a position ...

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  • Talking to your family about your child’s CPS case
    Talking to your family about your child’s CPS case

    Nobody likes to discuss embarrassing subjects with family and friends. We would all much prefer to share happy news about ourselves and our kids. Unfortunately, there are times in our lives where we ...

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  • When can CPS remove your child from your home in Texas and what can you do about it?
    When can CPS remove your child from your home in Texas and what can you do about it?

    When can CPS remove your child from your home in Texas and what can you do about it? The most sickening and nerve-wracking experience in connection with a CPS investigation is the concern that you ...

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  • Can CPS photograph your house and request your child’s medical records in Texas?
    Can CPS photograph your house and request your child’s medical records in Texas?

    There is nothing more invasive than a state agency knocking on your door and asking you for access to your life. Add to that the fact that you are also being suspected of abusing and/or neglecting ...

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  • Will CPS speak to your child during an investigation in Texas?
    Will CPS speak to your child during an investigation in Texas?

    You probably have a fair amount of questions in regard to any investigation that Child Protective Services (CPS) begins in relation to your family. If this is your first time going through the process ...

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  • What does a Texas CPS investigation look like?
    What does a Texas CPS investigation look like?

    If you have recently been contacted by CPS about a report being made to them that your child has possibly been abused or neglected you are probably feeling a bit uneasy at this moment. You don’t know ...

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  • Confidentiality in your Texas CPS case
    Confidentiality in your Texas CPS case

    Once Child Protective Services ( CPS ) has become involved with your family, the agency will begin to gather information about you, your child and your family. Personal information will be included in ...

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  • What does it mean when a CPS report is made against you in Texas?
    What does it mean when a CPS report is made against you in Texas?

    If you are a parent who has been alerted by CPS that a person has made the agency aware of possible abuse or neglect of your child, you probably have a lot of questions. Who made the call? What ...

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  • Take control of your child’s CPS case by following these tips
    Take control of your child’s CPS case by following these tips

    When we feel like we are not in control of a situation it can be a very uncomfortable feeling. It’s like being behind the wheel of a car on the freeway and realizing that the brakes aren’t working. ...

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  • How to stand up for yourself during a Texas CPS case
    How to stand up for yourself during a Texas CPS case

    It is a helpless feeling to be involved in a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case in Texas. I have, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to speak to a parent who has any sort of interaction with ...

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  • Reimbursement Claims in Texas Divorce cases
    Reimbursement Claims in Texas Divorce cases

    When it comes to feeling like you are owed something, perhaps no more can this emotion be felt so strong as when you are contemplating a divorce. This past Saturday I was meeting with potential ...

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  • Selling Your Home in a Divorce: Tips to Stay Calm and Move On
    Selling Your Home in a Divorce: Tips to Stay Calm and Move On

    Divorcing couples often have to make a host of difficult decisions before they can move on with their lives and face a new emotional and financial reality. At the top of the priority list is thinking ...

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  • Debt and Divorce: If you can’t avoid them both, don’t avoid this blog post
    Debt and Divorce: If you can’t avoid them both, don’t avoid this blog post

    When I am talking to a client about subject matter that bothers them, irritates them or otherwise doesn’t give them warm and fuzzy feelings I always tell them one thing. That is: I’m not having this ...

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  • Divorce in Texas: Probably not what you think it is
    Divorce in Texas: Probably not what you think it is

    Have you ever held a preconceived notion of another person? Never met the person before, but you just don't like him or her. A friend of yours may have told you a story about that person years ago and ...

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  • What court will hear issues about your child in relation to an international divorce?
    What court will hear issues about your child in relation to an international divorce?

    What court will hear issues about your child in relation to an international divorce? There is a great deal of uncertainty associated with divorce . For starters, you have no idea how long your case ...

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  • Issues relevant to international divorce cases in Texas
    Issues relevant to international divorce cases in Texas

    Are you or your spouse living outside of the United States currently? Were you married in another country and are now residing in the United States? Texas, and Houston specifically, is home to many ...

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  • Mediation and its impact on your Texas Child Custody Case
    Mediation and its impact on your Texas Child Custody Case

    It has become a trend in recent years for courts in southeast Texas to mandate that parties must attend at least one session of mediation (and likely more) before they ever are able to have their case ...

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  • Domestic Violence in Child Custody Cases: How will your judge view this issue?
    Domestic Violence in Child Custody Cases: How will your judge view this issue?

    When it comes to family law cases there is no circumstance that is more sad, infuriating or dangerous than that of domestic violence. It is something that, thankfully, occurs in a rather small ...

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  • What happens when a noncustodial parent suffers from a mental illness?
    What happens when a noncustodial parent suffers from a mental illness?

    Mental illnesses affect people going through divorce and child custody cases in very specific ways. If you are a parent whose spouse or significant other suffers from a mental illness then you very ...

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  • Restricting visitation and supervised visitation in Texas child custody cases
    Restricting visitation and supervised visitation in Texas child custody cases

    In the vast majority of Texas, child custody cases no parent will ever be at risk of having restricted or supervised visitation. The presumption in custody cases is that it is in the best interests of ...

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  • Complicated issues in your Texas child custody case
    Complicated issues in your Texas child custody case

    The great part about being able to blog on a daily basis for our community is that I have an opportunity to promote better knowledge of important issues related to Texas family law . Anyone is ...

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  • Co-parenting your way through a child custody case in Texas
    Co-parenting your way through a child custody case in Texas

    Many people who go through child custody cases do so with the initial motivation to not have to live with their child’s other parent. There are always reasons for this but they tend to be fairly ...

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  • Mental impairments, family violence and how these problems affect child custody cases
    Mental impairments, family violence and how these problems affect child custody cases

    In family law cases that involve mental health issues families but not only deal with the hardships that a case presents them with, but also must handle the problems associated with the particular ...

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  • Will your gender, sexual orientation or religion impact your Texas child custody case?
    Will your gender, sexual orientation or religion impact your Texas child custody case?

    Are you a father who has heard from friends and family that you don’t stand a chance to be named as the primary conservator of your child because the law gives a preference to mothers in this regard? ...

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  • How you parent your child will be affected by your child custody case
    How you parent your child will be affected by your child custody case

    Today’s blog post is intended to approach the subject of your relationship with your child from the perspective of the judge who will be overseeing your case. The way that you parent your parent is ...

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  • Parenting your child during a child custody case in Texas
    Parenting your child during a child custody case in Texas

    If you were to ask yourself what a judge thinks is important when it comes to your child custody case, what would you say? Do you think that the relationship between you and your child is important to ...

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  • How a judge will view your high school aged child during a Texas child custody case
    How a judge will view your high school aged child during a Texas child custody case

    The final age group of children that we need to consider in our series of recent blog posts is teenagers. Your high school-aged child may look, sound and act like an adult in many respects but the ...

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  • How will your family court judge make decisions regarding your eight, nine or ten-year-old?
    How will your family court judge make decisions regarding your eight, nine or ten-year-old?

    In case you have not checked in on our blog the past few days I wanted to share with you what we have been writing about. Due to the volume of questions, I have received from parents in our ...

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  • Understanding how a judge will evaluate what is in the best interests of your school-aged child
    Understanding how a judge will evaluate what is in the best interests of your school-aged child

    Nobody knows exactly what goes through a particular judge's mind in a particular case in family court . Yours will be no exception to that rule. We can take educated guesses and base those guesses on ...

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  • How your Texas judge will view your child custody case involving a toddler
    How your Texas judge will view your child custody case involving a toddler

    Many people going through a divorce or child custody case will attempt to put themselves in the shoes of the judge. This makes sense, after all. You can tell your attorney endless statements about ...

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  • How to assess the impact of your child custody case on your child
    How to assess the impact of your child custody case on your child

    Ultimately what you are trying to figure out in your child custody or divorce case is what will be in the best interests of your child. Whether you have an infant, a young child or a teenager, their ...

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  • Allowing your child to develop and endure despite the difficulties of your child custody case
    Allowing your child to develop and endure despite the difficulties of your child custody case

    Family law cases not only take a lot out of you as a participant in the case but can also have a profound effect on your child. The irony is that you and your child’s other parent filed the case in ...

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  • Judges use docket control and scheduling orders to keep your family law case moving
    Judges use docket control and scheduling orders to keep your family law case moving

    One of the most critical aspects of a family law case in Texas is the ability of a judge to keep your case moving towards a resolution. It is possible that if you and your spouse never need to have ...

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  • Will your child need to have an independent attorney appointed to represent her?
    Will your child need to have an independent attorney appointed to represent her?

    It may come as a surprise to you, but in the context of a legal case, your interests and those of your child may not be completely aligned. This is probably surprising to you because since your child ...

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  • How will your family court judge ensure fairness in their courtroom?
    How will your family court judge ensure fairness in their courtroom?

    So much of what we do on this blog is to provide you with advice that can positively impact your own behavior that is associated with your family law case. That’s not to say that you don’t know how to ...

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  • How your case will be managed in a Texas family law court
    How your case will be managed in a Texas family law court

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we introduced the topic of how your case will be handled by the judge whose court your case has been assigned to. You need to know ahead of ...

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  • Are you encountering a complex child custody issue? Learn what your judge will think
    Are you encountering a complex child custody issue? Learn what your judge will think

    The majority of family law cases, whether child custody or divorce, do not require any sort of contested hearing. Most of the time you and your opposing party would be able to settle whatever issues ...

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  • Different factors are involved when assessing what is your child’s best interest based on their age
    Different factors are involved when assessing what is your child’s best interest based on their age

    Suppose that you and your child’s other parent are going through a difficult child custody case. Your little one is now six years old and in the first grade at the elementary school in your ...

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  • Want to know how your judge will evaluate what is in the best interests of your child? Read this blog post
    Want to know how your judge will evaluate what is in the best interests of your child? Read this blog post

    If you have ever been through a legal case where you had to appear in front of a judge for a hearing or trial, you have probably had the same thoughts that every attorney in the history of the law has ...

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  • Approaching the Best Interests of your Child from the perspective of a family court judge
    Approaching the Best Interests of your Child from the perspective of a family court judge

    The overarching standard that a judge in your child custody or divorce case will utilize in order to make decisions in your case that are relevant to your children is the “Best Interests of the Child” ...

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  • Succeeding with personal finances during divorce is possible- Read this blog for help
    Succeeding with personal finances during divorce is possible- Read this blog for help

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the subject of the relationship between personal finances and divorce. The two do not have to at odds with one another but I ...

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  • Worried about your personal finances as a result of your divorce? Read this blog post
    Worried about your personal finances as a result of your divorce? Read this blog post

    There is little more important in our daily lives than the state of our personal finances. I think it’s fair to say that we all wish we had a little more money to our names and fewer places that were ...

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  • How the combination of an experienced family law attorney and mediator can cause your divorce to resolve quickly
    How the combination of an experienced family law attorney and mediator can cause your divorce to resolve quickly

    Have you ever assumed something to be true based on your observations of the world? I think we have all have done this before a time or two. I'll give you an example. If you see weeds growing in your ...

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  • Contractual Alimony and how to obtain it in your Texas divorce
    Contractual Alimony and how to obtain it in your Texas divorce

    For the past few days, we have been discussing the topic of court-ordered spousal maintenance here on the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan . I hope that the information that we have shared has ...

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  • If you need spousal maintenance after your Texas divorce be sure to read this blog post
    If you need spousal maintenance after your Texas divorce be sure to read this blog post

    Growing up, did your mother ever tell you that, "Honesty is the best policy"? When in doubt, tell the truth, is basically what this boils down to. That saying is applicable in all areas of life. ...

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  • What is the difference between spousal maintenance and contractual alimony in a Texas divorce?
    What is the difference between spousal maintenance and contractual alimony in a Texas divorce?

    If you believe that you need to get a divorce from your spouse but are hesitant to move forward due to concerns that you have regarding your ability to survive financially after your case concludes ...

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  • Can you get spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce?
    Can you get spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce?

    Many spouses who are facing a divorce are concerned with their ability to take care of themselves from a financial standpoint. Many people face circumstances that are far from desirable at the ...

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  • Can your parental rights be terminated in regard to your mental health?
    Can your parental rights be terminated in regard to your mental health?

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the topic of mental health problems and their impact on divorces in Texas. I wanted to make sure that you were aware that ...

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  • A blog post for those facing mental health problems during a divorce
    A blog post for those facing mental health problems during a divorce

    The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan frequently utilize this space to describe just how difficult a divorce is. You may think that is counterintuitive for a family law attorney. Aren’t we ...

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  • Same Sex Marriage: Can a judge stop you from getting a divorce in Texas?
    Same Sex Marriage: Can a judge stop you from getting a divorce in Texas?

    Despite the decision out of our federal Supreme Court a few years ago that legalized same sex marriage across our country there are still some misunderstandings and questions regarding that subject. ...

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  • Specific advice for military pension division
    Specific advice for military pension division

    The entire premise of yesterday’s blog post from the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan was that we wanted to provide you with advice and perspective regarding military divorces that was ...

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  • Handling military retirement intelligently during your Texas divorce
    Handling military retirement intelligently during your Texas divorce

    Your marriage of ten, twenty or thirty years may have flown by but now you are considering a divorce . Not only is this going to affect you and your spouse presently but your future well being may be ...

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  • Calculating child support in Texas using real-world situations
    Calculating child support in Texas using real-world situations

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we spent a great deal of time going over the essential pieces of information about child support in Texas. Ultimately what most people ...

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  • Questions on child support in Texas? Here are your answers
    Questions on child support in Texas? Here are your answers

    In my years as a family law attorney in Texas, there are few subjects that draw people's ire quite like child support. Seemingly no matter what kind of situation you or your spouse are in financially, ...

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  • Keeping your house after a Texas divorce
    Keeping your house after a Texas divorce

    Of all the assets that you and your spouse own, it is likely that your home is the most important. For most of us, it is the single biggest investment we will ever make and will stand as our most ...

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  • Relocating from Texas after your divorce: How, Why and is it worth it?
    Relocating from Texas after your divorce: How, Why and is it worth it?

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we spent some time discussing the ins and outs of conservatorship . For the most part, parents are awarded joint managing conservatorships ...

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  • Child Custody and Relocation: Can you move outside Texas?
    Child Custody and Relocation: Can you move outside Texas?

    Once you and your spouse have gotten a divorce you will likely want to move on to the “next phase” of your life as quickly as possible. No matter how well your divorce went it is an experience that ...

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  • What happens if you and your spouse mix community and separate property?
    What happens if you and your spouse mix community and separate property?

    At the tail end of yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the concept of tracing as it pertains to determining whether the property is either going to be classified ...

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  • Property law, marriage, and divorce in Texas
    Property law, marriage, and divorce in Texas

    When it comes to property related issues for Texas spouses, the most important and basic fact that you need to be aware of is that Texas is a community property state. This is what we are going to ...

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  • Sit up straight, tuck in your shirt and act like a grown-up when you’re in court
    Sit up straight, tuck in your shirt and act like a grown-up when you’re in court

    This is sort of an awkward topic to write about, I'll be upfront about that. For the most part, this blog is dedicated to providing information for you from the perspective of a family law attorney. ...

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  • Conducting yourself well inside and outside the courtroom is essential to having a successful divorce
    Conducting yourself well inside and outside the courtroom is essential to having a successful divorce

    In yesterday's blog post from the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we introduced the topic of how to speak and act inside the courthouse . It is not a sure thing that you will be ...

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  • Money isn’t everything but it is important when it comes to your Texas divorce
    Money isn’t everything but it is important when it comes to your Texas divorce

    In the past few days, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan have posted suggestions on how to improve your chances at being successful in your divorce case. Along with those suggestions on ...

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  • Avoid harming your attorney-client relationship during your divorce by following these simple steps
    Avoid harming your attorney-client relationship during your divorce by following these simple steps

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we utilized our time to discuss how you can improve and solidify the relationship that you have with your family law attorney. The nature ...

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  • The attorney-client relationship is the key to winning your Texas divorce case
    The attorney-client relationship is the key to winning your Texas divorce case

    While your marital relationship will be the central focus of your divorce , it is the relationship between you and your attorney that will be the most integral to success or failure in your Texas ...

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  • Mediation and Divorce: The whys and how of it will impact your case
    Mediation and Divorce: The whys and how of it will impact your case

    For the better part of a week, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan have shared with you all advice and perspective on divorce cases in Texas. We understand that no two divorces are ...

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  • Avoid mistakes in your Texas divorce by following these pieces of advice
    Avoid mistakes in your Texas divorce by following these pieces of advice

    It is tempting to tell bold action in order to change the course of events. I think we can all say that at one point in our lives or another we have done something that we wish we would not have. ...

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  • Steps you need to take to be successful in your Texas conservatorship case
    Steps you need to take to be successful in your Texas conservatorship case

    If you are a parent who is going through a divorce then it is likely that you are most concerned about what will happen to your children as a result of your case. Not knowing exactly where your child ...

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  • Divorce Texas Style: Follow these steps and avoid these errors for a successful experience
    Divorce Texas Style: Follow these steps and avoid these errors for a successful experience

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we began discussing how you can maximize your strengths, minimize your weaknesses and succeed in your Texas divorce . While no two ...

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  • What does divorce mean to you and your family?
    What does divorce mean to you and your family?

    Stop for a moment and consider what a divorce truly is. Beyond the anger, hostility, jealousy, false promises, bad decisions and harsh words. What do you think a divorce really is? Is it purely an ...

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  • Family violence and family law in Texas
    Family violence and family law in Texas

    When a family law attorney considers important factors in a potential divorce or child custody case, perhaps none is as quite as impactful as family violence . The reasons for this are obvious. Acts ...

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  • Can you get alimony in Texas when your common law marriage ends?
    Can you get alimony in Texas when your common law marriage ends?

    The term “ alimony ” is used quite a bit in our culture to generally refer to payments made from one ex-spouse to the other after a divorce is finalized. You will usually find the term applied to ...

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  • Jurisdictional issues in a Texas child support enforcement case
    Jurisdictional issues in a Texas child support enforcement case

    We left off in yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by discussing issues related to how a court in Texas can enforce a child support order against your ex-spouse when he does ...

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  • What can you do when your child support is not paid on time in Texas?
    What can you do when your child support is not paid on time in Texas?

    The State of Texas allows for two methods for you to pursue back due child support . The first is by contacting the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) who is in charge of collecting and distributing ...

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  • What is a counterpetition in the context of a Texas family law case?
    What is a counterpetition in the context of a Texas family law case?

    The past few days on our blog here at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we have posted blogs regarding what to do when you are served with divorce or child custody papers from either your spouse or ...

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  • You’ve been served with a divorce lawsuit in Texas: Where do you go from here?
    You’ve been served with a divorce lawsuit in Texas: Where do you go from here?

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we have discussed what you can do if you find yourself on the receiving end of a family lawsuit of any kind. Whether it is a divorce ...

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  • So you’ve been served with a family lawsuit in Texas- what should you do now?
    So you’ve been served with a family lawsuit in Texas- what should you do now?

    Routine is not a bad thing. I think that we as human beings do better when have a fairly set routine for ourselves. A certain bedtime, a certain time to wake up, a work schedule to follow, etc. Our ...

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  • What effect will a DUI or DWI have on your child custody case?
    What effect will a DUI or DWI have on your child custody case?

    If you are a person that has an ongoing battle with substance abuse issues then you know better than anyone just how much of an impact addiction can have on your life. Make no mistake, whether it is ...

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  • Winning your Texas family law case starts with having a plan
    Winning your Texas family law case starts with having a plan

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we introduced the topic of coming up with a game-plan for your family law case and the importance of having an attorney by your side ...

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  • Follow these steps to win your Texas family law case
    Follow these steps to win your Texas family law case

    Suppose that you are going through a divorce and are beginning the process of hiring an attorney. How would you go about doing that? Would you drive up and down the busiest street in your area of town ...

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  • More on dirty tricks employed in Texas divorce cases
    More on dirty tricks employed in Texas divorce cases

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we began our topic of dirty tricks parties will sometimes choose to employ in divorce cases by bringing up the subject of false ...

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  • Be aware of these dirty tricks that may be used against you in your Texas divorce
    Be aware of these dirty tricks that may be used against you in your Texas divorce

    Anything is fair in love and war. So goes the old saying that I’m sure we’ve all heard a time or two either in real life or a movie. From my experiences as an attorney I think it’s fair to say that ...

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  • What happens if a SAPCR suit has been filed in more than Texas county in relation to your child?
    What happens if a SAPCR suit has been filed in more than Texas county in relation to your child?

    Jurisdiction refers to the concept of one court having the ability to hear a case that one party has brought against another. There are some basic jurisdictional requirements that must be in place for ...

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  • What you need to think about before filing for divorce when your spouse lives outside the U.S.A.
    What you need to think about before filing for divorce when your spouse lives outside the U.S.A.

    I don’t think you could find anyone who would try to argue that filing for divorce is a pleasant process. While every step makes sense in its own way that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things ...

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  • How to enforce a child support order when the paying parent lives outside of Texas
    How to enforce a child support order when the paying parent lives outside of Texas

    One of the most helpless feelings that a parent can experience is being in a position where you are not receiving the court ordered child support that you are entitled to. This can leave you ...

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  • Handling issues related to the Right of First Refusal in Texas family law cases
    Handling issues related to the Right of First Refusal in Texas family law cases

    The right of first refusal is an issue that comes up in family law cases that can cause even the most creative and experienced family law attorney to scratch their heads on how to proceed. ...

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  • Creative solutions to problems regarding parental rights in Texas
    Creative solutions to problems regarding parental rights in Texas

    If you are going through a difficult child custody or divorce case and are in need of practical solutions to the problems that you are facing, you have come to the right place. The Law Office of Bryan ...

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  • Family court cases and their impact on your child’s school
    Family court cases and their impact on your child’s school

    If you are involved in any sort of child custody case, it is possible that a central topic, in that case, will be the performance of your child in the classroom. Their education is something at the ...

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  • What will your child’s school do if you and your ex-spouse disagree about an educational decision?
    What will your child’s school do if you and your ex-spouse disagree about an educational decision?

    After your divorce , you and your ex-spouse will likely share (to one extent or another) the decision-making responsibilities associated with your child going to school. Sometimes that could mean a ...

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  • Common Myth About Miranda Rights
    Common Myth About Miranda Rights

    As an attorney who also handles criminal cases, one of the common statements I get from someone who has been accused of committing a crime and comes to my office is: “The cop didn’t mirandize me” or ...

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  • What does your child’s school need to do once you have been to family court?
    What does your child’s school need to do once you have been to family court?

    One of the most frequently asked questions of me in relation to people’s family law cases is what their child’s school needs to do in relation to their newly produced family court orders . Many of ...

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  • How to negotiate and not litigate child support issues in Texas
    How to negotiate and not litigate child support issues in Texas

    In yesterday's blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan , we spent some time discussing issues related to negotiating child support in Texas family law cases. There are a few issues that are more ...

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  • Resolving Child Support Disputes without going to court: A how-to guide for Texas parents
    Resolving Child Support Disputes without going to court: A how-to guide for Texas parents

    Family law cases are typically not decided in a courtroom with a judge playing tiebreaker between two parents that cannot seem to agree on anything. I know that television and movies would have you ...

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  • What do military parents need to do to ensure their children are cared for prior to deployment?
    What do military parents need to do to ensure their children are cared for prior to deployment?

    Military parents have a great deal on their minds, both before setting off for deployment and while overseas. If you count yourself among those people who serve in our armed forces I would like to ...

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  • Going to child support court in Texas? Read this blog post to develop a winning plan.
    Going to child support court in Texas? Read this blog post to develop a winning plan.

    The plan that I have in mind is a visitation plan for you to be able to petition the judge for when that question is reached in your hearing. Child Support court may cause you to think that all they ...

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  • Safety concerns in Texas child support cases
    Safety concerns in Texas child support cases

    It is not uncommon (unfortunately) to find parents like you who are concerned about the safety of your children and yourself. Families like yours will go to great lengths to ensure that they are safe ...

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  • Facing difficult safety issues regarding a Texas family law matter? Read this blog post
    Facing difficult safety issues regarding a Texas family law matter? Read this blog post

    The safety and well-being of you and your child are the most important things in your life. If you begin a family law case and ask a judge to make decisions for your child, he or she will do so ...

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  • What you should know about being an incarcerated parent in Texas
    What you should know about being an incarcerated parent in Texas

    I can't think of a much more helpless position to be in that as a parent of a child who is serving time in prison or jail. While you have likely made decisions in your life that you would like to take ...

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  • Child Support Information for Confused Texas parents
    Child Support Information for Confused Texas parents

    Do you have questions about child support ? Do you not know if you have been ordered to pay child support? Are you outwork and unable to afford the child support payments that you know that you need ...

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  • Working on the Weekends: Alternative visitation ideas for Texas parents
    Working on the Weekends: Alternative visitation ideas for Texas parents

    If you are a non-custodial parent, meaning that you are not the parent who cares for your child during the school week, you likely have visitation that involves possession of your child on the first, ...

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  • Want to resolve your Texas family law case outside of court? Remember these rules of engagement
    Want to resolve your Texas family law case outside of court? Remember these rules of engagement

    Going to court to resolve a family law case is not a fun experience for anyone involved. You probably didn't need me to tell you that, but it is the absolute truth. There is nothing glamorous about ...

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  • What will impact a judge’s decision in regard to where your child will primarily reside?
    What will impact a judge’s decision in regard to where your child will primarily reside?

    If the family court order that you and your family have been operating under for years no longer suits your needs, what are your options? What if your 14-year-old son is expressing an interest to come ...

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  • Do you want your child to live with you primarily? Read this blog to find out more
    Do you want your child to live with you primarily? Read this blog to find out more

    One of the most frequent questions that I receive when I am meeting with potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan is whether or not that parent has a realistic opportunity to be named as the ...

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  • Do you have to pay child support in Texas if you don’t know where your child is living?
    Do you have to pay child support in Texas if you don’t know where your child is living?

    The bottom line for you as a parent to be aware of as you explore the world of Texas family law is that if you go to court and receive a court order, the odds are good that the order will mandate that ...

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  • Custodial and Noncustodial Parents: Answers to frequently asked questions
    Custodial and Noncustodial Parents: Answers to frequently asked questions

    Many parents in Texas who have a child together but are not married end up going before a family court judge to have child support orders set up. That process may have been started by the Office of ...

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  • How can you take advantage of visitation with your child during a CPS case if you are incarcerated?
    How can you take advantage of visitation with your child during a CPS case if you are incarcerated?

    To get ready for any visitation session that you are provided in your Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case, your child’s caseworker and your attorney should talk with you before the visit to help ...

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  • Working on a CPS case while you are incarcerated: Communicating with the caseworker
    Working on a CPS case while you are incarcerated: Communicating with the caseworker

    If you are incarcerated as Child Protective Services ( CPS ) is investigating an allegation of abuse or neglect of your child, it is likely to be one of the most frustrating experiences of your life. ...

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  • Approaching a Child Protective Services case as an incarcerated parent
    Approaching a Child Protective Services case as an incarcerated parent

    The Department of Family and Protective Services ( DFPS ) investigates situations that involve abuse and/or neglect of a child. If it is suspected that your child has been abused or neglected a person ...

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  • Not sure if you are the biological father to a child? In prison? Read this blog
    Not sure if you are the biological father to a child? In prison? Read this blog

    If you are not sure that you are the biological father to a child (or if the child’s mother is not sure) then neither of you should sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity . You and your child’s mother ...

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  • Custody, Visitation and Child Support: How to handle these issues when incarcerated in Texas
    Custody, Visitation and Child Support: How to handle these issues when incarcerated in Texas

    The Office of the Attorney General ( OAG ) in Texas is not able to work on custody or visitation problems that you may have. Although your child’s mother may have filed a child support case against ...

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  • How to handle child support in Texas when you are incarcerated
    How to handle child support in Texas when you are incarcerated

    If you are responsible for paying child support and are also facing the possibility of going to jail or prison for having committed a crime, you likely have a lot on your mind right now. At the ...

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  • In what circumstances could your child end up living with your relative during a CPS case?
    In what circumstances could your child end up living with your relative during a CPS case?

    If you have a relative or close family friend or is able and interested in housing your child during a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case then you should speak to that person about contacting CPS. ...

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  • What you need to know about the Texas foster care system before a CPS case
    What you need to know about the Texas foster care system before a CPS case

    If your child is involved in a CPS case in the state of Texas then you need to be aware that he or she could be removed from your home and placed into foster care. I hate to put it to you so bluntly, ...

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  • Foster Care, Child Protective Services and your Texas family
    Foster Care, Child Protective Services and your Texas family

    What does it mean for Child Protective Services ( CPS ) to become involved with your family? It’s probably become pretty obvious to you that CPS is not contacting you for something good. It’s likely ...

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  • Foster Care and its relation to your Texas CPS case
    Foster Care and its relation to your Texas CPS case

    When your child is removed as a part of a Texas Child Protective Services ( CPS ) case and placed into foster care it would be natural on some level to view the foster family as something of an enemy. ...

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  • What will CPS be keeping an eye on regarding your parent-child visitation sessions?
    What will CPS be keeping an eye on regarding your parent-child visitation sessions?

    Unfortunately, some parents do not take advantage of the time that is made available to them in Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations . I don’t necessarily mean that these parents do not show ...

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  • What factors are relevant for visitation with your children during a CPS case in Texas?
    What factors are relevant for visitation with your children during a CPS case in Texas?

    When you have school, aged children going through a CPS case it is important that you be able to spend as much time with them as possible in order to help them cope with the difficulties of the case. ...

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  • To what degree can your child’s siblings visit with him during a Texas CPS case?
    To what degree can your child’s siblings visit with him during a Texas CPS case?

    If you have multiple children that are involved in a Child Protective Services ( CPS ) investigation, then the agency will make every effort to place those children in the same living environment for ...

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  • An Overview of the Texas Foster Care System
    An Overview of the Texas Foster Care System

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services ( DFPS ) has underneath its governance a division known as Child Protective Services ( CPS ). This agency is responsible for protecting children ...

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  • Issues related to women in Texas divorces
    Issues related to women in Texas divorces

    There are some stereotypes that exist in the field of family law and divorce that involve women actually being at an advantage when it comes to how cases are decided. It is commonly thought that the ...

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  • Preparing for the end and immediate time period after your Texas divorce
    Preparing for the end and immediate time period after your Texas divorce

    One of the most difficult parts of being a family law attorney is not always having the exact right advice to give to your client at any particular moment. We can know the law, know the possible ...

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  • Hit the ground running in your Texas divorce by preparing with your attorney
    Hit the ground running in your Texas divorce by preparing with your attorney

    It’s no secret that a divorce case is probably the least fun you will have perhaps in your entire life. I don’t mean to be dramatic and I don’t mean to tell you this to dissuade you from getting a ...

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  • Getting a divorce in Texas can be simple if you follow these instructions
    Getting a divorce in Texas can be simple if you follow these instructions

    So much of a family law case means learning about a process that to most people is fairly foreign to them. I think it’s fair to say that most clients at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have never ...

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  • What does being a joint managing conservator mean in a Texas family law case?
    What does being a joint managing conservator mean in a Texas family law case?

    If you are involved in a family law case in Texas then you are likely interested in knowing what you need to do in order to best position yourself within the case. Certainly your concerns lie mainly ...

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  • Child Custody in Texas: What you absolutely need to know
    Child Custody in Texas: What you absolutely need to know

    When an attorney refers to a child custody case in Texas what he or she is actually talking about is called a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). The purpose of this case is to ...

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  • Grandparent and extended family conservatorship cases in Texas
    Grandparent and extended family conservatorship cases in Texas

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we discussed just how important a role in a child’s life grandparents play. Odds are good that if you read that post you are a ...

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  • What rights do grandparents have in Texas family law cases?
    What rights do grandparents have in Texas family law cases?

    Many of grew up with our grandparents playing an important role in our lives. In some cases it could have been as our primary caretaker(s) in the event that our parents were unable to fill that role. ...

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  • How often do parents achieve sole managing conservatorships in Texas divorces?
    How often do parents achieve sole managing conservatorships in Texas divorces?

    There are two types of divorces that come to mind when the two people have children. The first is a divorce where the couple has grown apart and want to legally end the marriage. Sure, there is some ...

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  • Texas courts prefer to award parents joint custody in family law cases
    Texas courts prefer to award parents joint custody in family law cases

    There is a presumption under the law in Texas that it is in the best interests of your child that he or she be able to develop a long lasting bond and relationship with their mother and father. As ...

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  • Child custody essentials for Texas families
    Child custody essentials for Texas families

    Whether you are a parent going through a divorce or a child custody case in Texas, you need to be familiar with how a court will view your case if you and your child’s other parent cannot settle in ...

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  • How to determine whether your family is a good fit for 50/50 custody
    How to determine whether your family is a good fit for 50/50 custody

    When I have the opportunity to meet with a father who is going through a divorce the one thing that nearly all of these men will tell me is that their goal is to win 50/50 or “split” custody of his ...

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  • Looking out for your children during a Texas divorce
    Looking out for your children during a Texas divorce

    So much of our concern during a divorce is in regard to the law, strategy, negotiation and analyzing the playing field as it pertains to your case. Did you pick the “right” attorney? Does the judge ...

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  • How drug testing in a Texas child custody case can catch a parent unprepared
    How drug testing in a Texas child custody case can catch a parent unprepared

    The last thing that you want to encounter in your child custody case is a surprise. Family law attorneys work towards reducing the occurrence of surprises so that we can prepare and guide our clients ...

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  • How to tell if yours will be a high conflict divorce and how to best negotiate with your spouse
    How to tell if yours will be a high conflict divorce and how to best negotiate with your spouse

    Anytime that you hear a horror story from a friend or family member who has gone through a tough divorce it is likely due to their not being able to work with their spouse on agreeing to much of ...

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  • Important post-divorce issues related to health insurance for Texas residents
    Important post-divorce issues related to health insurance for Texas residents

    When you and your spouse got divorced you likely set forth in your final decree of divorce the requirement that you and he split 50/50 any uninsured costs related to medical expenses. That sounds all ...

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  • Christmas and Winter break visitation for Texas families
    Christmas and Winter break visitation for Texas families

    “There is no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the opening line to a popular Christmastime song that we are all likely familiar with. It’s one of a handful of songs that is sung in the weeks ...

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  • Does your child support cover that? What child support does and does not count towards in Texas
    Does your child support cover that? What child support does and does not count towards in Texas

    If you are a parent who has been through the family law courts in Texas and has been ordered to pay child support then you likely have two feelings about the support (at least two feelings, that is). ...

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  • Divorce on your list short list of New Year's Resolutions? Read this blog post to prepare
    Divorce on your list short list of New Year's Resolutions? Read this blog post to prepare

    As we approach the midpoint of 2019, we all know that summer will be over before we know it. Next come the holiday season and then New Year’s. Many Americans plan ahead for what resolutions they would ...

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  • Updating your will after a divorce is smart planning
    Updating your will after a divorce is smart planning

    Have you ever heard a friend or family member’s divorce horror story? I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. This person will tell you in no uncertain or unspecific terms just how bad their ...

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  • How to navigate an uncontested divorce in Texas
    How to navigate an uncontested divorce in Texas

    A lot of people have ideas about divorce that are not necessarily true. For instance, did you know that most divorces in Texas never see the inside of a courtroom? Most divorces are settled prior to a ...

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  • How can you have your marriage found to be void in Texas?
    How can you have your marriage found to be void in Texas?

    Let’s start today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC with a story. I recently spoke with a woman who told me about a man that she had dated in high school. After high school, the ...

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  • Handling changing work schedules while negotiating a possession order in Texas
    Handling changing work schedules while negotiating a possession order in Texas

    How many of you are contract employees? You work a job for a period of time and then move on to the next one when your current contract runs out? Sometimes you go weeks or even months in between ...

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  • Unique goals for your child's possession schedule? Read this blog to learn how to achieve those goals
    Unique goals for your child's possession schedule? Read this blog to learn how to achieve those goals

    I think the most common goal that I will hear from parents (mainly fathers) is that they want 50/50 or split custody with their spouse after the divorce is over. From my experience, fathers have had ...

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  • When can a parent be awarded less than a Standard Possession Order in a Texas divorce?
    When can a parent be awarded less than a Standard Possession Order in a Texas divorce?

    The Standard Possession Order (SPO) is the, well, standard for possession for parents in Texas family law cases who are not designated as the person to determine the primary residence for their child. ...

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  • Coming up with possession schedules that work for your family in Texas
    Coming up with possession schedules that work for your family in Texas

    No two families are created equal. As a family law office, the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC understand this to be true in more ways than one. One of those ways is how families ...

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  • Possession Orders explained for Texas family law cases
    Possession Orders explained for Texas family law cases

    Being a parent and having to go through a family law case is one of the more stressful experiences that you can go through. After having represented so many parents over the years in cases just like ...

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  • Creating a workable child visitation and possession order in Texas
    Creating a workable child visitation and possession order in Texas

    If you are a parent and are going through either a divorce or child custody case, chance are that you have been thinking about what you would like your child’s life to look like after your case. At ...

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  • Dividing up present and future military retirement benefits in a Texas divorce
    Dividing up present and future military retirement benefits in a Texas divorce

    It is not only retirement benefits that you are currently eligible for that can be awarded to your spouse in a Texas divorce . Future retirement benefits- ones that you are not even eligible for right ...

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  • Division of military retirement pay in Texas divorces
    Division of military retirement pay in Texas divorces

    The Federal laws that cover the division of military retirement pay in Texas divorces is known as the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA). It allows Texas family law courts to ...

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  • What can happen if you hide assets in your Texas divorce?
    What can happen if you hide assets in your Texas divorce?

    Divorces work the best when both parties have access to the same information and can negotiate with each other based on that information. Transparency is typically a good thing, and a divorce setting ...

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  • How disability issues are handled during a military divorce in Texas
    How disability issues are handled during a military divorce in Texas

    Military servicemembers in some circumstances sustain injuries while in the line of duty. If you were unfortunate enough to sustain an injury that ended your military career and caused you to receive ...

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  • Will your child be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Child Support after a divorce?
    Will your child be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Child Support after a divorce?

    If you or your spouse are disabled and receiving disability insurance benefits through the Social Security Administration then you are likely aware that your children are also eligible to receive ...

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  • How VA Benefits are impacted in a Texas divorce
    How VA Benefits are impacted in a Texas divorce

    In exchange for the sacrifice, mental and physical hardships that are associated with serving our country in the military, service members and their families have available to them benefits through ...

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  • What rights does a military spouse have in a Texas divorce?
    What rights does a military spouse have in a Texas divorce?

    If you are married to a member of our armed services then you deserve special recognition as someone who has paid a price, along with your spouse, in order to benefit our nation and your fellow ...

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  • Protecting your privacy in a Texas divorce
    Protecting your privacy in a Texas divorce

    In yesterday’s blog post we discussed some basic information related to discovery requests in Texas divorce cases . When your spouse is asking you for information: responses to questions, documents, ...

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  • What is discovery and how might it affect my Texas divorce?
    What is discovery and how might it affect my Texas divorce?

    There are legal terms that are used in relation to a divorce that we just don’t hear talked about much in day to day life. Discovery is one of those terms. Sure, we know what discovery is and most of ...

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  • How to prepare financially for your Texas divorce, Part Two
    How to prepare financially for your Texas divorce, Part Two

    If you have not already done so I highly recommend that you go back to yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC that covers information relating to preparations that you can ...

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  • How to prepare financially for your Texas divorce, Part One
    How to prepare financially for your Texas divorce, Part One

    A divorce case is enough to cause any person to feel a great deal of anxiety. You are considering whether or not to make a decision that will have a profound impact on your children, yourself and your ...

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  • Family problems can stem from issues related to child custody and child support
    Family problems can stem from issues related to child custody and child support

    If your family is in a state of turmoil due to violence, financial problems or anything in between then you may have concerns about the stability of your family and your ability to provide for your ...

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  • The benefits of a Texas premarital agreement
    The benefits of a Texas premarital agreement

    In my years of practicing family law , I have found that so much of the practice involves helping clients understand what reality is versus their perception of reality. For example, if you are like ...

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  • What does a mediation mean to your Texas divorce case?
    What does a mediation mean to your Texas divorce case?

    If you think that you are going to be stuck with a cranky judge issuing a ruling in your divorce it’s time to think again. The vast majority of Texas divorces end not in the courtroom but in a ...

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  • A divorce in Texas: From temporary orders onward
    A divorce in Texas: From temporary orders onward

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we covered the initial phases of a divorce in Texas and what you can expect within them. Today we will pick up where we left off by ...

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  • Want a divorce in Texas? Follow these steps
    Want a divorce in Texas? Follow these steps

    Divorces in Texas are a paradox. On the one hand, I would tell you that your divorce is unique and that nobody else’s before yours or after can match it in terms of circumstances and characteristics. ...

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  • Can I Revoke or Set Aside a Mediated Settlement Agreement in a Texas Divorce?
    Can I Revoke or Set Aside a Mediated Settlement Agreement in a Texas Divorce?

    A while back, a fellow attorney asked me some questions about whether a Mediated Settlement Agreement (MSA) could be revoked or set aside in a Texas Divorce. I have also debated this question before ...

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  • Texas child support can differ depending on how much visitation time you are awarded
    Texas child support can differ depending on how much visitation time you are awarded

    There are a number of factors in play when it comes to how child support can and should be calculated in your divorce or child custody case. In large part, the amount that you will be on the hook for ...

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  • Punishment Range for Crimes in Texas?
    Punishment Range for Crimes in Texas?

    As an attorney who also handles criminal cases, one of the common questions asked is: “What is the punishment range for the crime I have been charged with?” Therefore, I thought it was a good idea to ...

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  • How to ensure that your spouse pays you money awarded in a Texas divorce
    How to ensure that your spouse pays you money awarded in a Texas divorce

    In many divorce cases there will come a point in mediation where one spouse will be concerned that the other will not follow through on some part of their agreement. I’ll give you an example. Suppose ...

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  • Contractual alimony as a form of spousal support in Texas
    Contractual alimony as a form of spousal support in Texas

    As opposed to spousal maintenance , which can only be ordered by a judge after a trial has occurred, contractual alimony is a form of post-divorce spousal support that can be agreed to before a trial ...

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  • How long can spousal maintenance be ordered in a Texas divorce?
    How long can spousal maintenance be ordered in a Texas divorce?

    If you have been away from our blog for a little while then you probably missed the first few installments of our blog posts that cover the subject of spousal maintenance . Specifically, we have ...

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  • The steps to take in order to win spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce
    The steps to take in order to win spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce

    When it comes to issues that people have the most questions about, I think spousal maintenance is probably one of the most popular. If you are going through a divorce it is likely that the thought has ...

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  • How the laws in Texas changed regarding spousal maintenance and how it affects your divorce
    How the laws in Texas changed regarding spousal maintenance and how it affects your divorce

    In 2011, the State of Texas passed laws that change the manner in which you can be eligible to receive spousal maintenance via a court order. The laws purposefully restrict your ability to collect ...

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  • Sharing an attorney in a Texas divorce- Is it possible?
    Sharing an attorney in a Texas divorce- Is it possible?

    In some instances, spouses will come into our law office to discuss the possibility of our office representing both of them in an upcoming divorce . They have already hatched a plan to settle all of ...

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  • Divorce in your future? Read about some lesser known issues that can impact your life
    Divorce in your future? Read about some lesser known issues that can impact your life

    Divorce in and of itself is not uncommon in our world today. What is uncommon, however, is a person entering into the divorce process with as much information as he or she needs to be successful. Many ...

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  • Costs associated with a divorce in Texas
    Costs associated with a divorce in Texas

    Arriving at a decision to file for divorce is not easy. You likely have taken a great deal of time to consider your options and whether or not moving forward with a divorce is the right choice for you ...

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  • Divorce is done? Do these things next to complete the process
    Divorce is done? Do these things next to complete the process

    Just when you think you’re done, you get pulled right back in. If you thought something along those lines as you read the title of today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC I can’t ...

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  • More mistakes to avoid in your Texas divorce
    More mistakes to avoid in your Texas divorce

    We all want to avoid mistakes in life. Hindsight is 20/20 as the old saying goes and it wouldn’t hurt to be able to have some perspective on your divorce before you actually head into the case. Better ...

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  • Representing yourself in your divorce? Be sure to consider these popular divorce myths
    Representing yourself in your divorce? Be sure to consider these popular divorce myths

    Yesterday we introduced a topic that is an important one in my opinion, namely, popular myths that if believed could harm you during your divorce. Specifically, I noted that myths and untruths ...

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  • Thinking about trying to get a divorce in Texas without an attorney? Read this blog first
    Thinking about trying to get a divorce in Texas without an attorney? Read this blog first

    The only thing more prevalent in Texas than family law attorneys are myths about family law cases, specifically divorces. Everybody knows someone who is divorced nowadays. Each of them have an opinion ...

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  • Are military divorces the same as civilian divorces?
    Are military divorces the same as civilian divorces?

    If you are in the military or are a spouse of an active duty servicemember you don’t need me to tell you that your life is different than most of your neighbors. The demands on your time, the ...

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  • Answers to your questions related to property and divorce in Texas
    Answers to your questions related to property and divorce in Texas

    Outside of issues related to your children, if you are going through a divorce then odds are you are most concerned with your property. “Stuff” may not be the most important thing in the world but it ...

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  • What you need to know regarding marital property in Texas prior to your divorce
    What you need to know regarding marital property in Texas prior to your divorce

    Knowing the ins and outs of how the property that you own- both individually and collectively with your spouse- will be divided in your divorce is incredibly important. The rules associated with ...

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  • Have child support questions? Don't fall for these popular myths
    Have child support questions? Don't fall for these popular myths

    Yesterday we began to discuss the much debated topic of child support . If you have been through a divorce or a child custody case then you are likely aware of this. However, if you are just beginning ...

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  • Common misunderstandings about child support laws in Texas
    Common misunderstandings about child support laws in Texas

    I think that of all the issues regarding family law in Texas, the one that I get the most upset, flustered and exasperated questions about is child support . Whether you are the parent who stands to ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Considering a divorce? Think about these financial issues first
    Considering a divorce? Think about these financial issues first

    Deciding to file for divorce from your spouse is an incredibly difficult decision to make. You didn’t need to come to the website of a family law attorney to tell you that but what you may be here for ...

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  • Debt and Divorce in Texas, Part Two
    Debt and Divorce in Texas, Part Two

    If you are just joining us today for our discussion on debt I would highly recommend that you go back to yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC and review the information ...

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  • Debt division in a Texas divorce
    Debt division in a Texas divorce

    Even if you don’t know much about getting a divorce in Texas it is likely that you have heard that Texas is a community property state. You may not know exactly what this means or how it could impact ...

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  • Financial Advice during a Divorce
    Financial Advice during a Divorce

    I’m sure that you’ve heard the statistic that half of the marriages in the United States today end in divorce. If you pop that statistic into Google you’ll find that there are millions of articles, ...

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  • Parenting Coordination- What is it and how it can affect my family?
    Parenting Coordination- What is it and how it can affect my family?

    Parenting Coordination and Facilitation is defined in the Texas Family Code as: “An impartial third party appointed by the court, or by mutual mediated agreement, to assist parents in resolving issues ...

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  • Utilizing post divorce therapy to benefit you and your family
    Utilizing post divorce therapy to benefit you and your family

    Coming off of an emotionally intense and taxing divorce your first instinct may be to retreat into your own thoughts and have some “me” time without interference from others. Who can blame you? For ...

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  • Handling a home mortgage after your Texas Divorce
    Handling a home mortgage after your Texas Divorce

    One of the issues that is often times the most concerning to people going through a divorce is the family home. After all, not only is it the place where more memories and important events occurred ...

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  • Changing your name after a Texas Divorce
    Changing your name after a Texas Divorce

    If you are seeking to change your legal name after the conclusion of your divorce then you are in luck. Today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will focus on that topic. Seeing as ...

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  • Insurance Coverage After Your Divorce
    Insurance Coverage After Your Divorce

    If you have completed a divorce then you don’t need me to tell you that it is among the most trying and difficult times in a person’s life. The sacrifices that you have made and the changes that you ...

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  • Getting ready for back to school as a newly divorced family
    Getting ready for back to school as a newly divorced family

    As we here in Southeast Texas get closer to the end of the school year it is understandable for our minds to drift more towards days spent having fun in the sun rather than eventually returning to the ...

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  • Tips on maintaining a social media presence during your divorce
    Tips on maintaining a social media presence during your divorce

    In yesterday’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC we introduced the topic of social media use- both leading up to and during your divorce . If you have not already done so I would ...

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  • Maintaining a social media presence during your divorce
    Maintaining a social media presence during your divorce

    It is the experience of the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC that as the years have passed the effect of social media on divorce cases has grown rapidly. Whether it is learning of ...

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  • Committing family violence has a dramatic effect on many phases of your life
    Committing family violence has a dramatic effect on many phases of your life

    If you have committed an act of family violence then the consequences of your actions go well beyond being placed under arrest. For instance, if you are in the midst of a divorce case then it is ...

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  • Defending against a Child Support Enforcement Case
    Defending against a Child Support Enforcement Case

    If you are facing an enforcement case where your ex-spouse has asserted that you have missed child support payments then you can take heart that there are defenses that you and your attorney can offer ...

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  • Family Law Enforcement Hearings: Agreements to Settle and Trial
    Family Law Enforcement Hearings: Agreements to Settle and Trial

    Most family law cases in general settle before a trial is reached and enforcement cases are no different, especially those where contempt is sought as a punishment. Contempt is basically when a court ...

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  • Pre-Trial Essentials for a Texas family law enforcement case
    Pre-Trial Essentials for a Texas family law enforcement case

    If you have done any research or spoken with an attorney on the subject of enforcement cases then you have probably seen or heard the word “ contempt ” used a time or two. Contempt basically means ...

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  • Reviewing your case history is crucial to success in an enforcement case
    Reviewing your case history is crucial to success in an enforcement case

    Once you have hired an attorney to represent you in an enforcement case there are some steps that you should work with your attorney to complete prior to actually filing the paperwork with the clerk ...

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  • Defending against an Enforcement Action in Texas
    Defending against an Enforcement Action in Texas

    If you have been served with papers from your ex-spouse asserting that you have violated your Divorce Decree it may be the case that you have been caught off guard and don’t really know what to think. ...

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  • Preparing for an Enforcement case in Texas
    Preparing for an Enforcement case in Texas

    In the event that your ex-spouse has violated a portion of your Final Decree of Divorce it is likely that you will want to hold him or her accountable for having done so. It could be that you were ...

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  • The Steps of an Enforcement Case in Texas family law court
    The Steps of an Enforcement Case in Texas family law court

    All family law cases have different elements and circumstances that make them unique. If you were recently divorced and have been denied visitation opportunities with your child by your ex-spouse then ...

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  • Documenting a Denial of Visitation Rights in Texas
    Documenting a Denial of Visitation Rights in Texas

    If you have been through a child custody or divorce case one of the most rewarding aspects of that whole process for you was likely confirming the times, dates and locations that you will be able to ...

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  • Modifying your divorce decree in Texas
    Modifying your divorce decree in Texas

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

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  • Obtaining a copy of your Final Order
    Obtaining a copy of your Final Order

    You’ve just made it through your family law case and are not trying to figure out what you need to do next. Whether it was a divorce , child custody , enforcement or modification case you are surely ...

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  • Life after divorce: Tips for living successfully
    Life after divorce: Tips for living successfully

    What does a divorce mean? Something different for every person that goes through the process. That’s one thing that I can say for certain in having represented many, many clients in divorce cases. If ...

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  • Texas Prenuptial Agreements: What can and what cannot go into one
    Texas Prenuptial Agreements: What can and what cannot go into one

    At first glance, it may seem like the last thing you want to do as you prepare to marry someone is to discuss a premarital or prenuptial agreement . When you contemplate drafting such an agreement it ...

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  • How your children can succeed in school after a divorce, Part Two
    How your children can succeed in school after a divorce, Part Two

    Parents like yourself can feel overburdened and stressed out in even the best family situations. If you add a heated divorce case to the mix of school, extracurricular activities, social obligations ...

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  • How can your children succeed in school after a divorce?
    How can your children succeed in school after a divorce?

    There is no way to avoid running into the realization that a divorce is difficult, especially for children. If you and your spouse attempting to work out the issues that were dividing you in marriage ...

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  • Annulments in Texas, Part Two
    Annulments in Texas, Part Two

    In yesterday’s blog post I introduced the topic of annulments in Texas by discussing the situation of a potential client of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC who came in for a consultation last ...

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  • Too Poor to Divorce in Texas?
    Too Poor to Divorce in Texas?

    I have had more than one person ask me, “how do you get a divorce when you don’t have any money?” This is a very understandable question. Breaking up is not only emotionally painful; it can be ...

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  • Annulments in Texas
    Annulments in Texas

    This past year I had one consultation that I will not forget about any time soon. In case you were not aware, the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC offers free of charge consultations to you or anyone ...

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  • Prenuptial agreements can be voided in Texas
    Prenuptial agreements can be voided in Texas

    If you’ve ever read the blogs on the website for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC then you know that prenuptial agreements are typically very strong in terms of their ability to hold up to scrutiny ...

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  • Handling the issue of credit card debt during your divorce
    Handling the issue of credit card debt during your divorce

    Despite how powerful the judge may seem in your divorce case he or she cannot do anything to affect a contract that you had agreed to with a credit card company. If you agreed to pay a certain ...

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  • Debts, Credit Cards and Divorce in Texas
    Debts, Credit Cards and Divorce in Texas

    In our world, today debt has more or less become a way of life for many families. When we consider even a few generations ago how people dealt with and approached debt I think that we would find that ...

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  • Understanding Mediation and its benefits in your Texas divorce
    Understanding Mediation and its benefits in your Texas divorce

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

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  • The effect of a divorce on an LLC, Part Two
    The effect of a divorce on an LLC, Part Two

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

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  • The effect of a divorce on your Limited Liability Company (LLC)
    The effect of a divorce on your Limited Liability Company (LLC)

    If you or your spouse own a business or own a portion of a business it is possible that that business is classified as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). As opposed to operating a business as a sole ...

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  • Defining a material and substantial change in a child support modification case
    Defining a material and substantial change in a child support modification case

    Yesterday we spent a great deal of our blog post discussing the subject of how to modify a prior child support order in Texas. I can tell you from experience meeting with many clients of the Law ...

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  • Deviating from the Guideline amounts for child support and Modifying a Child Support Order
    Deviating from the Guideline amounts for child support and Modifying a Child Support Order

    We discussed yesterday the sort of circumstances that could lead a court to determine that the Guideline levels of support as set forth in the Texas Family Code are not appropriate. Indeed, if you are ...

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  • Purposefully reducing income, fluctuating pay and other child support components
    Purposefully reducing income, fluctuating pay and other child support components

    If you are in a position where paying child support appears likely as a result of your Texas divorce or child custody case it could be that you would go to extreme lengths to “fudge” the numbers in an ...

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  • Child Support Overview for Texas families
    Child Support Overview for Texas families

    Are you a parent who is about to embark on a divorce journey, yet have no real idea how to think about child support ? It could be that you are the parent who stands to receive child support from an ...

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  • Your home in a Texas Divorce: How to decide whether to sell or stay
    Your home in a Texas Divorce: How to decide whether to sell or stay

    Many people will tell you that a divorce , when it comes right down to it, is a transaction. It is attempting to gain as much for yourself and limit your exposure in terms of ceding your assets to ...

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  • A Child Custody Evaluator's Interaction with your children: Preparing for interviews
    A Child Custody Evaluator's Interaction with your children: Preparing for interviews

    If your child custody or divorce case has a child custody evaluator assigned to it then in nearly all circumstances interviews will take place between the evaluator and your family, including your ...

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  • Facing a child custody evaluation? Here are tips to conducting yourself with the evaluator
    Facing a child custody evaluation? Here are tips to conducting yourself with the evaluator

    When it comes to a child custody evaluation , there are so many factors in play that will affect your case vs. your next door neighbor’s that it is difficult for me to say with any amount of certainty ...

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  • Methods to help when working with a child custody evaluator
    Methods to help when working with a child custody evaluator

    It doesn’t take a lawyer to be familiar with the rights that are read to a person when he or she is being arrested. Known now as your Miranda rights, a police officer will tell you that you have the ...

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  • Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation
    Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation

    As the old saying goes: “In failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” There is no doubt that a child custody evaluation is intrusive, disruptive and all around not a good time for you and your ...

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  • The effect of a child custody evaluation on your family law case
    The effect of a child custody evaluation on your family law case

    If a judge has approved your or the opposing party’s request to have a child custody evaluation conducted, or has ordered one done on their own, it is logical that he or she would place a great amount ...

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  • Types of child custody evaluations and the details associated with an investigation
    Types of child custody evaluations and the details associated with an investigation

    Essentially there are two types of evaluations that you may be involved with in conjunction with your child custody or divorce case - a home study or a social study. In somewhat more rare instances a ...

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  • Getting yourself ready for a home study
    Getting yourself ready for a home study

    If you are involved in a contentious divorce or child custody case or anticipate being involved in one, then you should be aware that home studies are conducted with regularity depending on the ...

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  • Balancing life, work and your children after a divorce
    Balancing life, work and your children after a divorce

    In today’s world, it is common for both parents to work. Gone are the days where mom stayed home to raise the kids and tend to the home while dad went out into the world to earn a living for his ...

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  • Can you negotiate child support during mediation?
    Can you negotiate child support during mediation?

    The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are huge proponents of mediation . For those of you reading this blog who don’t know what mediation is, it is a process where you, your opposing ...

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  • Managing your family law case (and your emotions) when the opposing party is mentally incompetent
    Managing your family law case (and your emotions) when the opposing party is mentally incompetent

    In yesterday’s blog post we introduced the idea that if you have been served with divorce or child custody papers that were filed by your child’s other parent your brief thoughts regarding their ...

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  • Family Law Cases where a party is mentally incompetent
    Family Law Cases where a party is mentally incompetent

    If you have been through a divorce or child custody case involving your child’s other parent you may have stopped to ask yourself at various points in the case whether the opposing party has something ...

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  • How much will your child support enforcement case cost?
    How much will your child support enforcement case cost?

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

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  • Divorcing a Controlling Spouse
    Divorcing a Controlling Spouse

    It’s probably fair to assume that many of you reading this blog believe that you have a spouse that is controlling or at least more controlling than most spouses. Their need to constantly dictate your ...

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  • Will you need child support for your special needs child after age 18?
    Will you need child support for your special needs child after age 18?

    Today’s blog post from the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will discuss matters related to child support considerations to take when your child has special needs. Specifically ...

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  • Parenting a child with special needs: Considerations to take during a family law case
    Parenting a child with special needs: Considerations to take during a family law case

    If you are the parent of a child with special needs then you know the challenges and opportunities that are presented to a family in your situation. Whatever the special needs may be, physical or ...

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  • How much does it cost to adopt a child in Texas?
    How much does it cost to adopt a child in Texas?

    The decision to adopt a child is one that takes a lot of thought and consideration. If you and your spouse have tried to conceive a child together without success, or if you are incapable of doing so ...

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  • Filing a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship
    Filing a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship

    Many times you will hear about divorce in connection with family law cases in Texas . I will say that the majority of people that walk through the door of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are ...

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  • Parental Alienation: How to identify and avoid it in your Texas divorce
    Parental Alienation: How to identify and avoid it in your Texas divorce

    From speaking with and working with many parents who are going through a divorce , I can tell you that one of the biggest concerns each of them has is how their child will think of him or her after ...

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  • How should you and your spouse divide up parental rights in a divorce?
    How should you and your spouse divide up parental rights in a divorce?

    By the time you have decided to file for divorce from your spouse, you will have hopefully thought long and hard about some goals that you would like to accomplish during the process. Divorce is not ...

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  • How to parent your children during a Texas divorce
    How to parent your children during a Texas divorce

    When you make a decision to move forward with a divorce it means that not only are making a decision for yourself and your spouse, but also for your children. In circumstances where your marriage has ...

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  • Child Support in Focus: Retroactive Payments
    Child Support in Focus: Retroactive Payments

    In the event that you do not have a child support order from a Texas Family Law Court that has ordered the payment of child support from another person to you, it may be a question bouncing around in ...

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  • Adoption: Essential information for Texas families
    Adoption: Essential information for Texas families

    Although they come with less regularity than questions about child custody or divorce cases , people do come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC with questions about adoption and how our office ...

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  • Split Custody- Is it right for you and your family?
    Split Custody- Is it right for you and your family?

    One of the goals that many potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have is to be able to see their child as much as the other parent once their family law case is done and over with. ...

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  • Co-parenting tools, systems and helpful knowledge for post-divorce life
    Co-parenting tools, systems and helpful knowledge for post-divorce life

    Creating a system of keeping track of events, illnesses, habits and other aspects of your child’s life is essential to co-parenting well after a divorce . Many divorced parents fail to integrate a ...

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  • Obtaining a divorce from a spouse in prison
    Obtaining a divorce from a spouse in prison

    Normally if you want to get a divorce in Texas you follow the procedures in filing and obtaining a divorce that everybody else does. Sure, your divorce will have components and circumstances that make ...

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  • How to handle a cheating spouse in Texas
    How to handle a cheating spouse in Texas

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

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  • Postnuptial agreements in Texas Family Law
    Postnuptial agreements in Texas Family Law

    Earlier this week the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC posted a blog that related to premarital agreements that covered what they were and how they can impact a marriage. Today we ...

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  • Cohabitation Agreements in Texas Family Law
    Cohabitation Agreements in Texas Family Law

    Despite their not being a part of the Texas Family Code, cohabitation agreements are contacted for in Texas and would most likely be honored by a family law court. In a contact, both you and the other ...

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  • What to do When Your Child Does Not Want to Visit the Other Parent
    What to do When Your Child Does Not Want to Visit the Other Parent

    You spent a long time in mediation negotiating and getting your custody order worked out so that both you and your ex were satisfied with it. Or maybe you fought a long custody battle that ended in a ...

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  • What are the limitations of a premarital agreement in Texas?
    What are the limitations of a premarital agreement in Texas?

    A premarital agreement is a contract between you and your spouse that is signed off on before the two of you tie the knot. The most common reason why you may want to sign a prenuptial agreement before ...

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  • The effect of substance abuse on child custody determinations
    The effect of substance abuse on child custody determinations

    Unfortunately, there are family law cases that involve one parent making allegations of substance abuse against the other parent. In some scenarios these allegations are just that- allegations- and no ...

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  • Texas Family Courts: Child Protective Services, Part Two
    Texas Family Courts: Child Protective Services, Part Two

    In the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC ’s final installment covering Texas Family Law courts we will discuss Child Protective Services ( CPS ) and how a court case involving this agency will proceed ...

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  • Texas Family Courts: Child Protective Services
    Texas Family Courts: Child Protective Services

    People going through difficult situations in their personal lives are often frantic. This is understandable. When something isn’t right with a family member, especially a child, your brain can go into ...

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  • What to expect during your initial consultation
    What to expect during your initial consultation

    What happens during an initial consultation? When you first meet with an attorney in our office, we will obtain a history and facts about you, your spouse, and your family. The divorce attorney will ...

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  • Texas Family Law Court: Enforcement Actions
    Texas Family Law Court: Enforcement Actions

    If you are in a position either where your ex spouse or the other parent to your child has violated, repeatedly, a prior court order you may be asking yourself how to handle the situation. The easiest ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Protective Orders and Name Changes
    Texas Family Law Courts: Protective Orders and Name Changes

    If you have been a victim of family violence due to the actions of a spouse or person you are involved in a relationship with then you have the option to attempt to get a protective order from a ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Adoption and Modification Cases
    Texas Family Law Courts: Adoption and Modification Cases

    For an adoption to take place the parental rights of either the child’s mother or father must first be terminated by a court. A petition for adoption would be filed in the court with jurisdiction over ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Paternity Suits
    Texas Family Law Courts: Paternity Suits

    If it is unknown who the biological father of your child is, a paternity suit may be filed in order to make a legal determination of parentage. The reason that this type of family lawsuit may be filed ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: The role of an ad litem in your divorce
    Texas Family Law Courts: The role of an ad litem in your divorce

    Many of the subjects that we’ve discussed so far in our discussion of Texas Family Law Courts are very well known. Child support , property division upon divorce and child custody are all concepts ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Child Support
    Texas Family Law Courts: Child Support

    When the subject of child support is raised with a person going through a divorce , he or she is sure to have an opinion. If you are the person who is going to be on the hook for paying child support ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Child Custody Essential Knowledge
    Texas Family Law Courts: Child Custody Essential Knowledge

    Today’s blog post will be a continuation of yesterday’s where we discussed some basic information about divorce , custody and conservatorship in Texas. While we cannot hit on every subject that may be ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: How a court determines child custody in a divorce
    Texas Family Law Courts: How a court determines child custody in a divorce

    By far the most frequent question that I field from potential clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC has to do with custody . Concerned parents come to talk to us all the time about how their ...

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  • Is a Common Law Marriage Just as Good as a Ceremonial Marriage?
    Is a Common Law Marriage Just as Good as a Ceremonial Marriage?

    Recently, I had a consult involving an informal marriage or common law marriage . The wife was concerned about what rights she had. Her story involved verbal abuse, physical abuse, and an altercation ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Spousal Maintenance Essential Knowledge
    Texas Family Law Courts: Spousal Maintenance Essential Knowledge

    Spousal maintenance is a payment of money from one spouse to another. This payment is intended to assist the receiving spouse in being able to meet his or her minimal, basic needs. A judge can order ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Dividing Property in a Divorce
    Texas Family Law Courts: Dividing Property in a Divorce

    Texas is, as any family law attorney will tell you, a community property state. This means that there is a legal presumption in our State that if all property that is acquired by you and your spouse ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Temporary Orders in a Divorce case
    Texas Family Law Courts: Temporary Orders in a Divorce case

    Once your divorce has been filed and notice of the divorce has been served upon your spouse he or she will need to file an Answer to your Divorce Petition. This Answer is due approximately twenty days ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Beginning the Divorce Process
    Texas Family Law Courts: Beginning the Divorce Process

    In Part Three of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC ’s series of blog posts on Family Law Courts in Texas , we discussed the basic and essential knowledge that you should have prior to beginning a ...

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Divorce essentials
    Texas Family Law Courts: Divorce essentials

    Today will be our third installment in the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC ’s series of blog posts on Family Law Court - what to expect from a case and how to best prepare for those situations and ...

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  • Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 245TH Judicial District Local Rules
    Harris County, Texas Family Law Court - 245TH Judicial District Local Rules

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

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: Mediation and Divorce Essentials
    Texas Family Law Courts: Mediation and Divorce Essentials

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

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  • Texas Family Law Courts: What to Expect
    Texas Family Law Courts: What to Expect

    If you are considering whether or not to file a child custody or divorce case in Texas you probably have some questions about what going to court is actually like. You may have never filed a lawsuit, ...

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

    When a divorce is on the horizon for you it is reasonable to want to learn as much as you can. The fact of the matter is that not only is a divorce a difficult process to go through but many of the ...

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  • How you can be reimbursed for past purchases during your Texas Divorce
    How you can be reimbursed for past purchases during your Texas Divorce

    Part of any divorce in Texas is figuring out how to characterize the property owned by the two spouses. If you are considering a divorce or have just been served with a petition by divorce filed by ...

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  • Habeas Corpus - What does it mean and how can it help you in a child custody case
    Habeas Corpus - What does it mean and how can it help you in a child custody case

    Suppose that you and your spouse have been divorced for a few years and have split custody of your child pretty much 50/50. Both you and your ex-spouse have abided by the divorce decree ’s orders ...

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  • How to Begin Your Texas Divorce
    How to Begin Your Texas Divorce

    What do I need to do to before I begin divorcing my spouse? How do I protect: My children? My privacy? My assets? What first steps should I take in my Texas divorce ? In the early stages of your ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Six
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Six

    For the most part thus far in our discussion on enforcement lawsuits in Texas family law cases , we have gone over some of the finer points associated with issues related to parents and children. ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Five
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Five

    Today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will discuss additional remedies that are available to a parent in an enforcement case when there is money owed in child support . Our ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Four
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Four

    Thank you for coming back to the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC to read more about Enforcement actions in family law court. Today’s post will discuss how to defend yourself against an ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Three
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Three

    Thank you for coming back to the blog for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC to read more about Enforcement actions in family law court. Today’s post will discuss how to notify an opposing party of ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Two
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law, Part Two

    If you missed part one in the series of blog posts from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC on Enforcement suits in Texas family law then I suggest you scroll up to yesterday’s post and read over our ...

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  • Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law: An Overview
    Enforcement Suits in Texas Family Law: An Overview

    If you have ever been involved in family law case in Texas it is likely that you either settled your case or ended your case in a trial before a judge. The result of either of those situations is that ...

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  • Grandparents can find themselves in a tough spot when raising a child in response to a CPS investigation
    Grandparents can find themselves in a tough spot when raising a child in response to a CPS investigation

    As an attorney working in the area of family law I can think no more frustrating or sad sort of case than a CPS case