Family & Divorce

Without question, suffering from a mental illness can certainly make it more difficult for you to go through a divorce or child custody case. Make no mistake- these sorts of cases can be extremely stressful and require a great deal of patience, strength, and fortitude to complete. However, a typical divorce or child custody case still forces people into difficult scenarios involving their lives in mental health. For the most part, people like yourself can persevere through a divorce or child custody case, however. It just takes a good structure around you as well as help from an experienced family…
After going through a child custody case in Texas the last thing on your mind may be the possibility of a second or third case once the initial case is over. Even the most diligent of parties may find that their court orders do not suit them well after a year or two passed by. The reality is that circumstances change for people whether or not you want them to. Work schedules, school schedules, medical needs in other circumstances come up that can forever alter the course of your life and that of your children.  A lot of this discussion…
Texas is a community property state, so once you divorce, you expect to split the assets you’ve acquired since your marriage. You assumed, however, that the home you purchased prior to your marriage and kept solely in your name would be your personal property to keep. However, that could be a mistake. Increases in equity can be considered marital assets You may have owned the property prior to your marriage, but that doesn’t mean that your spouse has no interest in it today — especially if there has been a significant jump in the property’s equity value. The equity that…
Living in Texas, we have an especially acute sense of what it means to live in a border state. Not only that, but Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country with many of our neighbors having been born and lived in other nations besides the United States. Additionally, with many people being employed by companies who operate outside of the United States there are ample opportunities to develop relationships in start lives with people who were not Americans by birth. This may reflect the reality of your life where you or your spouse have relatives and…
If you’re starting the process of divorcing, one of the main questions you may have is how long it’s going to take. In Texas, your divorce won’t be finalized for at least 60 days following your divorce petition being filed. This is just one aspect of the process, though, that you do need to consider. Getting a divorce can be a lengthy process. At the very least, it will take the 60 days between your first petition and the court approving your divorce. However, for most people, it takes at least six months, up to a year or longer, to…
The decision to go through divorce and the decision to go to college impact many families. Among the concerns and challenges of going through either process are the financial constraints and difficulties that a family will face when trying to perform either objective. While you will not struggle to find news articles showing just how expensive colleges the same can likely be said about divorces. As a result, you may be skeptical about your family’s ability to complete either task. When talking about trying to get divorced and go to college at the same time that can be especially difficult. …
Domestic Violence is a very hot topic now. Major personalities from government, business, entertainment, sports, and religious sectors are protesting Domestic Violence and working to help create stronger laws to protect the victims of such violence.   If you are a Victim of Domestic Abuse, you must fight back! No one has the legal right to physically, mentally, or verbally abuse another individual!  If you are a relative, friend or acquaintance of a potential victim or victims, please look for warning signs of abuse being committed on these people, asset legal defense on this conduct, and report your findings to…
Pro se is a Latin term meaning “for oneself” or “on one’s own behalf.”  To represent oneself pro se means to advocating for one’s own self before a court, rather than being represented by counsel.  The right of a party to a legal action to represent his or her own cause has long been recognized in the United States, and even predates the ratification of the Constitution.  But is this the wisest course of action? According to National Center on State Courts, 71% of domestic relations (family law) cases have at least 1 unrepresented party.  In 18% of cases…