What Texas Couples Need to Know About Legal Separation

Many common ideas about divorce come out of Hollywood and New York celebrity divorces, which have nothing to do with a Texas divorce.  For example, you may have heard of “legal separation” as an alternative to divorce or even a stepping stone to help you decide if divorce is the right next step. However, unlike most states, Texas law does not recognize a “legal separation.” Married couples who decide to informally Read More

Five Ways to Enforce a Child Support Agreement

Navigating post-divorce life can be challenging, and having a child or children involved can make the process even more stressful. Having sole custody of your children does not mean you have to go it alone, however; child support is usually ordered to be paid by the non-custodial parent. That monthly support is crucial to your child’s wellbeing. If the check stops arriving in the mail like it used to, though, what Read More

Your Next Chapter: How to Move on After a Divorce

Divorce is simultaneously heartbreaking and freeing. Ending a failed marriage can feel like a lucky escape, but it can also feel like being dropped into the middle of the wilderness without the tools you need to survive.  When all the papers are signed and it’s finally official, what’s next? At Hargrave Family Law, we’ve helped countless clients navigate the divorce process and emerge equipped to start the next part Read More

Three Tips for Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

The love between a parent and child is one of the strongest things in the world. No matter the status of your relationship with their other parent, your kids are your biggest priority. In the absence of addiction or abuse, children thrive best when they are able to have strong relationships with both parents. That’s why so many parents find it important to co-parent as a team after getting divorced. Admittedly, it Read More

5 Considerations to Help You Prepare for a Custody Hearing

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that the number one thing that keeps them awake at night is worrying about their children. If you’re preparing for a child custody hearing because you and your former spouse could not come to your own agreement, you may be worried, afraid, and possibly even angry that the other parent took things to this level. While no one can blame you for being in a heightened emotional state, Read More

Parenting Time With Infants

While many infants born in Texas live with both parents, there are situations in which relationships end before or soon after a child is born. In these situations, child custody and visitation issues are often a significant concern. Infants have unique needs that must be respected as parents strive to work out a reasonable parenting plan. There is a process of adjustment for both parent and child as they Read More

Identity Crisis

We live in a world which affixes labels to us from the moment we are born, and tells us that these labels define who we are, and what the world expects from us.  Losing a label can be terrifying.  However, finding your true identity is life-saving. On the day we are born, we are given many labels:  gender, birth order, a first name and a last name.  These labels provide the first clues as to Read More

Breaking the News: 6 Tips for Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce

For many divorcing couples, the moment they dread most is telling their children that they are splitting up. It’s important to approach this conversation with care; research indicates that children remember the moment of finding about their parents’ divorce for the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to make that memory a little less shocking. Choose a Safe Place and a Time When You Don’t Have Other Read More

How Do Texas Courts Define the Child’s Best Interests?

There’s a lot of uncertainty during the divorce process. For many parents, the most fearful part is the issue of child custody. If you and your ex-partner are unable to agree on child custody arrangements, the court will determine conservatorship and possession issues based on the best interests of the child. What constitutes the “best interest of the children”?  There are many factors that the court may use in Read More

Divorce After 50 Can Pose Many Challenges

Divorce rates for individuals over the age of 50 has nearly doubled since the 1990's, and has roughly tripled for those aged 65 and older. In 2010, roughly 25% of divorces in Texas and throughout the country involved people within that age range. Ending a marriage at a later age can have a variety of emotional and financial impacts that shouldn't be ignored. After division of the marital estate, there is less time Read More