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If you have considered getting a divorce, you may have seen the terms “fault” and “no-fault” come up in any initial research you may have done. Divorce is a complicated area of law, a highly personal one, and one that can have profound impacts on the personal and financial future of anyone who goes through it. Divorce can be the best choice for a person and a family. To help you learn more about the process, we will go into the details surrounding the definitions and differences between fault and no-fault divorces. What Is the Difference Between Fault and…
In a Texas divorce, marital assets are subject to equitable division. Marital assets are considered to be, with certain exceptions, those acquired, those that gained in value, or those that both spouses contributed to building during their marriage. This can include a business. If you are a business owner and are in the midst of a divorce, you may very well be concerned as to whether your soon-to-be former spouse will be entitled to half your business. Is My Spouse Entitled to Half of My Business? Because Texas is an equitable distribution state, a court, during the division of…
Have you been charged with a crime in Texas? If so, you potentially face harsh penalties including incarceration, fines, community service, and probation. Depending on the severity of the crime with which you are charged, you can face other penalties as well. In Texas, there are misdemeanor offenses and felony offenses. What, however, are the differences between these two central categories of crimes? We will discuss the answer to this question in more detail here. What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony? A misdemeanor is considered to be a less severe criminal charge than a felony offense.…
Whether expected or unexpected, having your spouse directly inform you that he or she wants a divorce can send you reeling. Even saying the request out loud can feel like a marked change has fallen over your relationship. If your spouse has asked for a divorce, it will likely take a minute to compose yourself. Focus as best as possible and then take concerted steps to protect yourself. My Spouse Wants a Divorce—What Do I Do? If your spouse wants a divorce, but you think the marriage can still be saved and you want to save it, then you…
In the criminal justice system, it is all too common for defendants to feel isolated. Facing a criminal charge can be a lonely and stressful experience. Having a trusted attorney by your side can bring a sense of control and anchoring when you may otherwise feel completely free floating in chaos. The law recognizes the importance of the attorney-client relationship. It even goes further than this by recognizing that a solid, honest relationship between an attorney and a client can be critical to the attorney being able to most effectively represent his or her client. That is why the…
Whether you are a defendant, witness, or some other party involved in a pending criminal trial, the entire process can seem foreign and overwhelming. This is obviously truer for the defendant than anyone else. If you have been charged with a crime, you likely feel as though you are in uncharted territory and, at the same time, you may know how much is at stake. The unknown combined with knowing how your life can change if that criminal charge becomes a criminal conviction can be crippling. Here, we will go over some of what happens in preparation for a criminal…
Did you know that you can have a common law marriage in Texas? It is true! There are, however, specific requirements for a common law marriage that must be met. If you and your partner have met the requirements for a common law marriage in Texas, you may, at some point or another, wonder whether you need to get a divorce for the marriage to end. We will talk more about that here. Do You Need a Divorce for a Common Law Marriage? There are two ways in Texas to establish a marriage. One is the formal way where you…
After a divorce, you may be looking for your fresh start. This fresh start may involve a move to be closer to family or perhaps for a new job. If you have children with your former spouse, however, moving may be more difficult than just packing up and heading out. Here, we will discuss relocation after a divorce and the difficulties you may face in this process. Relocation after Divorce Many people end up wanting to move after a divorce for a variety of reasons. Often, it is financial reasons as moving from a two-income household to a one-income…
If you are contemplating divorce or are about to get a divorce, you probably have a lot of questions about your future and about what happens during divorce proceedings. One of the most contested issues in a divorce relates to alimony, also referred to as “spousal support.” While Texas allows for the awarding of spousal support, called “spousal maintenance” in Texas, in a divorce, there are very specific eligibility requirements that must be met. There will also be a thorough analysis regarding how much alimony should be paid and how long the alimony award should last. How Long Will I…
There are many laws, both federal and state, that address criminal conduct. Different types of criminal offenses often involve the application of multiple laws. For instance, drug crimes in Texas can involve several different laws, even those beyond the Texas Penal Code. The Texas Controlled Substance Act, for instance, plays a central role in drug crimes in the State of Texas. What Is the Texas Controlled Substance Act? Texas has come down strongly in the war on drugs. The State has little tolerance for those involved in drug-related offenses, even seemingly minor ones. The Texas Controlled Substances Act of 1973,…