Divorce and Claiming Dependents

The majority of Texas residents who claim dependents on their tax returns will not experience any complications with having their returns accepted. However, complications can arise in situations in which multiple taxpayers claim the same dependents and related tax credits, such as when separated or divorced parents both decide to report their children as dependents. When this occurs, the Internal Revenue Service will Read More

When Your Ex Isn’t Paying Child Support

Child support is a legal, financial obligation that is clearly outlined by Texas courts. But it's not uncommon for noncustodial parents to make late payments or completely neglect their child support altogether. If you're a custodial parent whose ex-partner isn't providing support for your child: It can be frustrating.Put stress on your entire life.Impact your ability to provide for your children Read More

Protecting Your Business in Divorce

Being an entrepreneur, and having the freedom to create and control your own business, can be extremely rewarding. However, when your marriage is on shaky ground, it can also leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed - not knowing what will happen to the business in the event of divorce.  This is why it is so important to get information early on in the planning process, so you can make smart decisions about both Read More

10 General Guidelines For Helping Children Through Divorce

Even during the most civil of separations, divorce can be a confusing experience for children of all ages. Children can't fully comprehend how their own lives will change, nor can they understand their own emotions, which can include a mix of fear, anger, guilt, shame, sadness, and anxiety. Divorce is not easy for anyone, parents or children, but there are some steps you can take to lessen the Read More

Prenuptial Agreements Can Address Certain Issues

Prenuptial agreements present Texas couples with an opportunity to understand each other's financial situation and make decisions about what should happen during a divorce. People who know that they will receive an inheritance often have an interest in separating these assets from the marital estate prior to exchanging vows. Potential income disparities between spouses resulting from one party's choice to forgo a Read More

What You Need to Know Before You Say “I Do” in Texas

When you are married and live in the State of Texas, there are rules that automatically apply to your marriage unless you enter into an formal agreement known as a premarital agreement (before marriage) or marital property agreement (after marriage).  Here is a list of common rules spouses are often "surprised" to learn apply to them:       1.     Spouses Have Read More

Top 10 Reasons Not to File for Divorce

Ask anyone who has been married for a long time, and they will likely tell you about a difficult time in their marriage. But just because marriage gets hard doesn't mean it's time to quit. In fact, some of the most rewarding marriages grow stronger after a period of great dissatisfaction. Here are some signs you might consider before giving up on your marriage: 1. You both remain open to getting help and Read More

Are There Any Drawbacks to Signing a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you are planning to marry in the near future, you are likely not planning on what will happen if your marriage ends at some point. Thinking about death or divorce before you even walk down the aisle may not seem like a romantic prospect, but it can be helpful to think about how you can protect your interests. One way you can do this is by creating a carefully prepared prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial Read More

Moving In Together or Getting Married After College Graduation?

Congratulations!  You're graduating from college, and you've met the love of your life!  You may think now is a great time to move in together, or maybe even tie the knot.  Have you thought about the legal consequences of making such heartfelt decisions?  You should! Students graduating from college, especially those who go on to graduate school such as medical or law Read More

What Can You Accomplish Through Divorce Mediation?

If you are facing the prospect of divorce and you want to minimize the stress and complications of this process, you are not alone. Like many others in Texas, you may want to find a way to approach your divorce that is both productive yet respectful. For many couples, the way to accomplish this is through divorce mediation. Mediation is a process of resolving legal disputes with the help of a third-party Read More