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

New Laws in the Texas Family Code – Do They Affect You?

By Desireé Marie Bedasa of Hargrave Family Law posted in Children on Thursday, September 5, 2019. On September 1st hundreds of new laws went into effect in Texas, including laws that raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 and laws that allow women to pump breast milk anywhere they want. But the question we all want to know is: What laws went into effect that may affect Read More

Don’t Neglect Yourself! 5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity During Divorce

Divorce brings a lot of emotions to the surface—painful feelings, bittersweet memories, unhealthy thought patterns, and unrealistic expectations—but very few people remember to give themselves the care they truly need to get through this time. Divorce isn’t a process to just power through; trying to suppress your feelings can cause more pain and hinder your healing process. Maintain your mental and emotional health Read More

Tips For Considering Financial Stability In and After a Divorce

Spouses in Texas who are getting divorced should consider certain steps to protect their financial interests. These steps range from creating a post-divorce budget to changing passwords when needed to understanding what the divorce is likely to cost and how that cost will be paid. The process of developing a post-divorce budget can be simple, while contemplating property division can be complicated. For example, Read More

Slow Down to Avoid These Common Divorce Mistakes

Divorce is often a painful process, and that is understandable. It involves many complex emotions and some of the most difficult decisions a person must make. For that reason, many spouses want it to go quickly and be over with as fast as possible. Unfortunately, in their rush to make a clean break and move on to the next phase in their lives, some couples make critical mistakes that can jeopardize their financial Read More

Let’s Dive Deep Into Grandparents’ Rights in Texas

A Lengthy (but Informative!) Blog on the Hurdles to Obtaining Rights as a Grandparent In a normal situation, grandparents would not need to sue for visitation or custody of their grandchildren because grandparents and parents would work together to encourage a healthy family bond between grandparents and grandchildren. However, our world is not perfect, and all families have some sort of conflict. Unfortunately, Read More

A Business Owner Should Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

The common understanding of marriage has undergone some changes as society evolves and the very nature of the relationship between partners moves toward greater understanding and equality. From the earliest days when women were not considered much more than a form of property, the laws have created a system where at least in theory, marriage is a 50/50 proposition. However, if a couple ultimately divorces, splitting Read More

How Parents Can Help Their Children After Divorce

Parents who are ending their marriage understandably worry about how the divorce will affect their children and what they can do to ensure they protect and support them during and after the divorce process. Successfully co-parenting together can be one of the most valuable tools in ensuring those goals. When the parents are actively working to help their children build trusting, positive relationships with both Read More

Aspects to Consider Prior to Seeking Ownership of the Family Home

After years of living in the same home and growing accustomed to your surroundings within the community, the thought of parting with a home may seem daunting. While you might be perfectly content with staying in the home, some circumstances in life may leave you facing a difficult decision. Should you and your spouse choose to take separate paths, you might have concerns over how best to handle the family home. Read More