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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…
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…
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. …
Based on my experience as a family law attorney the term joint custody means a wide variety of things to a wide variety of people. Most of the time it is a term that is utilized by fathers and mothers to describe in my idealized arrangement where they and their Co-parent will share time in decision-making capabilities for their children in an even fashion. Whether or not it is a possibility to win joint custody or whether or not joint custody is honored by the law are additional considerations altogether. What these parents know is that joint custody is a…
If you are a parent who has been through a child custody or divorce case in Texas then you are familiar with the result of your case being a final order. The final order in a divorce case is called a final decree of divorce. The final order in a child custody case is a suit affecting the parent-child relationship. These are the orders that encapsulate either the settlements agreed upon in mediation or the orders of a judge from a trial period, either way, they have the same effect and will require you to be able to follow through…
Have you had your spouse or ex-spouse refused to allow you Visitation or possession of your children during that period at the court granted to you in temporary orders or a final decree of divorce? Were you upset, to say the least, but didn’t exactly know how to proceed? Were there any remedies out there for a person like you who wrongfully had Visitation or position denied a few? What can be done to address this wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again?  These are important questions for you to be able to have answered. As a parent, I…
Learning how to navigate life as a divorcing or divorced parent is a challenge for anyone. Rather than raising your child together with a spouse, you will be acclimating yourself to doing so as a single parent. However, you will still have the responsibility of parenting as a team with your spouse or soon-to-be ex-spouse the relationship will change, however, from that of a married couple to a co-parenting relationship.  Adjusting to this new relationship can be among the more challenging aspects of adjusting to life during a divorce case and after the case has come to a close. So…
Going through a divorce or child custody case means many things for your family. One of the changes that you are accepting is that a family court judge will be able to weigh in on the decisions that you make for yourself and your family in the future. Before your involvement in the world of family law, it would have been downright strange to imagine a scenario where a family court judge’s opinion mattered in any area of your life. However, once that divorce or child custody case was filed all of that changed. Now, you have a court order…
When it comes to estate planning most of us have questions regarding what is the best method to prepare for the future of our family if we were to pass away unexpectedly. A concern that many younger families have is regarding passing down assets before children are over the age of 18. If you are the parent to minor children then a testamentary trust may be exactly what you need to properly plan for your future and that of your family. A testamentary trust is created in your will. No matter when you create your will it has no legal…