Yours, Mine, Ours: How Texas Courts Divide Property in a Divorce

December 20, 2017 Texas is a community property state. This means any income or assets acquired throughout the course of the marriage is considered equally owned by both spouses. Likewise, any debts incurred are normally shared. When it comes to divorce though, the division is not so straightforward. In a community property state like Texas, [...]


4 Tips for Legally Changing Your Name

Name changes happen for a number of reasons. You could get married or divorced. Maybe you never liked your name in the first place and have always gone by another name. Or, perhaps you’re requesting a name change for a minor who may carry their biological father’s last name. No matter what your reason, a [...]


5 Things to Know About Stepparent Adoption in Texas

It’s hard work being a parent, and it can be a ton of legal work to become an adopted parent. In Texas, as with any state, there are specific rules and protocols that must be followed in order for a stepparent to adopt his or her step-children. Here’s a quick guide to five things you [...]


Protect Yourself: 6 Smart Ways to Financially Prepare for Divorce

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, divorce becomes necessary. When you know that there is a divorce in your future, you need to start preparing as soon as possible. You want to gather information and create a plan so that you have maximum stability post-divorce. Although you may already have a picture of how that may [...]


Understanding How Child Support is Determined in Texas

In Texas, judges decide the amount of monthly child support to be paid using a three-step process. Some parts of this process are very straightforward, other parts are more subjective. Often times, it results in the amount of child support ordered being ‘up to the judge’, or within the judge’s discretion. Calculating Child Support in [...]


When Can You Modify a Child Support Agreement in Texas?

Depending upon the age of the children involved at the time of the divorce, a child support agreement can be around for a while—anywhere from months or even years. Thus, it should be expected that the document will need to be modified at least once while it is in effect, to take into account changes [...]


5 Steps to Take if a Divorce is Imminent

You may have seen this coming or it may be a sudden realization, but either way, if a divorce is imminent, you need to do what you can to protect yourself, your assets, and your children. Here are some steps to take as soon as you realize that divorce is likely and inevitable. Put on [...]


Man Arrested for Interference with Child Custody

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 [...]


Break-ups After Cohabitation: What About the Kids?

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 [...]