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Man Arrested for Interference with Child Custody
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on August 29th, 2015 at 8:43 pm | 0 Comments

A Dickinson, Texas, resident was arrested and charged with interference with child custody Friday after allegedly violating a court order by taking his son who was reported missing. Dickinson police say William Alva Marshall Jr., 63, was found with the missing child – his 10-year-old biological son – and violated an existing court order. Police say Marshall paid a friend to drive the child to extended family living in Conroe. Officials say the child was safely located and returned home. Police began an investigation Sunday after the child was reported missing by his mother. Officials say direct media reports on the child's disappearance prompted several phone calls to detectives about the child's location. Police located Marshall and arrested him without incident Friday after issuing a […]

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Break-ups after cohabitation: What about the kids?
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on April 5th, 2013 at 5:55 pm | 0 Comments

For Texas couples who cohabitate but don't make their relationship official via marriage, matters can be complicated when they split up, especially if children are involved. Statistics show that couples with children 10 years old or younger are more than twice as likely to separate if they haven't formalized their relationship. The tradition of marriage apparently still means something to people, according to one marriage counselor interviewed for a recent piece. Couples in a traditional marriage not only are more likely to express a desire to stay with their partner, but they often talk about wanting to save the marriage. A lack of a commitment means there is often the sense that one person can leave with few consequences. One 36-year-old filmmaker put it this […]

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New laws may allow serving divorce papers via Facebook
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on March 29th, 2013 at 6:02 pm | 0 Comments

Texas state representative is proposing a new bill that would allow a person to be served through Facebook. The bill was created to help integrate today's technology to solve the problem of finding a physical address for people who may not want to be found or who may be resistant to being served with divorce papers or with papers regarding an upcoming lawsuit. If the bill passes, Texas will be the first state to allow people to serve others through social media. A New York federal judge ruled recently that the Federal Trade Commission could use Facebook to serve legal documents to a defendant. However, in that case, the judge ruled that this method could only be used as a secondary form of service to […]

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Two young children found safe after family kidnapping
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on March 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm | 0 Comments

A 48-year-old woman from Kennard was charged with illegally taking two of her grandchildren, a 12-month-old boy and 2-year-old girl, on March 8, 2013. A 6-year-old boy who is also thought to be her grandson was also present and uninjured, and all three children were found in Fort Worth, Texas, about three hours from their home. According to reports from Houston County law enforcement personnel, the woman took the children on March 7, 2013 and the Amber Alert was issued for the children at approximately 3 p.m. Authorities suspected that the woman possessed a handgun. They were concerned by the possible presence of the weapon and by comments she previously made. The grandmother had been in a child custody argument with the father of the […]

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Study looks at impact of faith on children of divorce
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on March 15th, 2013 at 10:12 am | 0 Comments

Recent studies have indicated that children of divorce are less likely to be religious as adults. While divorce can have an impact on a child's religious beliefs and affiliation, a new study claims that the previous reports that divorce causes children to be less religious may be "overstated." A study by a professor at Baylor found that divorce can impact a child's religious beliefs but it depends on certain factors, including each parent's religious affiliations and the family structure after divorce. The study reported that previous studies did not consider divorced parent's religious beliefs and the impact it would have on their children. The researchers said married couples who were less religious or held different religious beliefs are more likely to get divorced, thus impacting […]

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The wedding is off – who gets the engagement ring?
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on March 11th, 2013 at 8:14 am | 0 Comments

Valentine's Day came and went and with it, many dropped to their knees and proposed to their significant other. While Cupid may have been having a hay day with all of the love in the air, he may not appreciate what sometimes occurs afterwards. Apparently, nowadays, many couples who end up calling off their engagements go to court in order to establish who legally owns the engagement ring. Many states differ on the issue of who gets the ring and whether or not it is a conditional gift and it is a good idea to check on the property division rules in the state in which you reside prior to trying to either get back or keep the ring. In Texas, the ring belongs to […]

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Baby boomer divorces rise over last two decades
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on February 27th, 2013 at 2:17 pm | 0 Comments

Divorces around Texas and the nation are more common among young people, but marriage splits occur among older people as well. While divorces aren't as messy for those who may not have children, these splits often involve high assets, complicating matters. If you are facing a divorce, knowing your rights and having the best legal counsel and tools available to you is vital. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the divorce rate for people aged 50 and older has climbed drastically. The rate has doubled between 1990 and 2010, while the rate for younger couples has leveled off. In 1990, 10 percent of divorces were between people over 50. That's […]

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Texas drill sergeant wins back custody of daughter
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on February 21st, 2013 at 8:18 pm | 0 Comments

When a marriage ends and there are children involved, the divorce process may sometimes be more complicated. A child custody dispute can often be an emotionally trying time for both parents and children. This is especially true when there are circumstances involved that can add complexity to the issue. As our readers in Houston may be aware, a drill sergeant has won custody of his 2-year-old daughter after a judge ruled in his favor. His ex-wife, who had then been residing in their Texas home, had put the girl up for adoption without his consent or knowledge. The child had been born while the drill sergeant was away on military service. The Utah couple that had adopted the girl decided to drop the appeal against […]

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Allen Iverson divorce finalized, strong words by judge
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on February 14th, 2013 at 9:21 am | 0 Comments

The end of a marriage can be an emotionally and physically draining time for all parties involved in the proceedings. A divorce may, however, sometimes be the only option if a marriage cannot be saved, and a quick decision on the legalities involved in the divorce is often the best outcome the participants can hope for. As readers in Houston have probably heard, the divorce between former NBA player Allen Iverson and his wife was recently finalized. Iverson, who has reportedly fallen into difficult financial times since his last appearance as a player in the NBA in 2010, was recently in the news having rejected an offer from the Texas Legends, a D-League affiliate of the Mavericks. The judge at the Atlanta family court where […]

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Father’s fight for custody of daughter begins this month
On behalf of The Alsandor Law Firm, P.L.L.C. posted in Blog on February 6th, 2013 at 6:22 pm | 0 Comments

Many Houston custody battles begin when the parents of a child break up after originally intending to raise their offspring together. Some child custody cases are resolved swiftly and amicably, but others take a lot longer to sort out in a mutually agreeable manner. Occasionally, events occur during the proceedings that are not in the best interests of the child — or children — involved in the process. A recent incident that created a media stir as well as a complex legal situation occurred when a mother took her daughter across the border in violation of her custodial agreement with the child's father. The girl was born to the woman and her ex-husband in 2008 during an apparently rocky marriage. The husband is now attempting […]

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