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

Adjusting the Parenting Schedule For the Summer

Summertime is a change of pace for most families. The school schedule goes away (unless the children have summer school), and children enjoy a different rhythm to their days with day camps and sleep away camps; parents often enjoy a vacation or two with their children.  For divorced families under the Texas Standard Possession Order, the possession schedule changes in summer, too. The biggest change for the Read More

Research Reveals That Student Loans May Cause Divorce

According to research, student loan debts may cause problems other than just accumulating massive debt. As is common with financial struggles in general, a heavy student loan debt load can create a lot of stress in a marriage relationship. Researchers have known for years that money problems, such as debt, causes stress in marital relationships. However, the most recent study shows that student debts are more harmful Read More

Preparing for an Empty Nest Divorce

Graduation season is upon us. I am preparing to launch my firstborn from high school into the next phase of his life. It is an exciting time. It is also a time of significant shifts in family dynamics. For many partners in a marriage who are watching their only child, or their youngest child, leave "the nest," it is not uncommon for this season of life to bring with it a period of contemplation and a yearning for Read More

Motherhood: Holding On and Letting Go

Watching Prince Harry and Meghan marvel at their newborn Archie reminds me of the moment I met our newborn, William, for the first time. My role in this world changed, as I became responsible for the life of another human being. I remember riding home from the hospital with our newborn in the car, thinking how much the world had changed from the moment I walked into the hospital. For the first time in my 28 years of Read More

Co-parenting an infant requires a lot of cooperation

More than likely, when you envisioned having a child, you never anticipated that your relationship with your baby's other parent would end, especially when your child was just an infant. For many new parents, that is an unfortunate reality. Now your primary focus is your new baby and making sure your child has everything he or she needs to have the very best start at life.  This means making sure that Read More

More Millennials and Women Want Prenups

While some people feel hesitant about bringing up or agreeing to a prenuptial agreement, more are discovering the benefits of these financial planning tools. One generation and one demographic are the reasons for an increase in prenups: Millennials and women in Texas and other states are wanting prenups. Millennials: According to an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey, 62% of attorneys Read More

Technology Challenges When Facing Divorce

Use of technology in our modern lives can create challenges for Texas couples facing divorce or child custody issues. If you are contemplating filing for divorce or initiating a child custody suit, the first tip is to make sure that anything you post on social media, whether your account is private or not, is something you will not mind a judge or jury reading. Social media is often a great source of evidence Read More

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

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