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May 2018 Archives

Considering 'pro se' divorce and why it doesn't often work

If you're considering divorce, the prospect of reaching out to a family lawyer, disclosing your financial information and laying what feels like the personal failure of your marriage before a judge does not seem appealing. Isn't there an easier, more private way to handle your divorce?

Benefits of mediation

The divorce process typically requires a fair amount of decision-making and negotiation. Therefore, when couples in Texas and elsewhere go through a divorce, tensions that have created problems in the marriage can often boil over. This is especially true in high-asset divorces as well as when a couple has minor children.

Film looks at race and fathers in child support system

Some Texas noncustodial parents who fall behind in child support payments may do so because they cannot afford them. A study by the Urban Institute found that parents who earn less than $10,000 per year owe 70 percent of child support debt.

Five reasons a prenuptial agreement may not hold up in court

As wedding season gets underway, you may be reminded of that blissful time before your wedding, when the future was bright and hopeful. Now, sadly, that time is long gone, and you may be worried about the impact of a prenuptial agreement on your divorce proceedings.

The benefits of a prenuptial agreement

When a Texas resident is planning to get married, it can be a good idea to discuss a prenuptial agreement. Having such an agreement can reduce or eliminate the chance that a person's wealth is lost in a divorce. Those who come from wealthy families can also reduce or eliminate the chance that wealth generated by their parents is not lost if a marriage comes to an end.

The pros and cons of 'bird's nest' custody arrangements

It's no secret that divorce or parental separation can leave some pretty deep emotional scars. This is what keeps most parents up at night when considering a divorce or separation. Not only do kids feel like they have to choose between parents, but they also need to adjust to living in two separate homes.

Divorce and dividing a business

Texas business owners who are getting divorced have much at stake when it comes to what will happen with their business, as the business may be one of the most significant assets they have. Dividing marital assets can be a lengthy process made even more complicated if the assets include a business owned by one or both parties.

Can you deviate from your parenting plan?

As we discussed last week, summer vacation often means divorced and separated parents will be switching to a different parenting schedule. After all, with kids out of school and vacations planned, your regular routine just doesn't work. Or, maybe you've agreed that your kids will spend the summer living with their other parent.

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