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What Happens If the Custodial Parent Refuses Visitation?

If your ex-spouse has blocked you from seeing your kids, we know how painful that experience can be. And although your spouse may have valid reasons for blocking your visitation rights, those reasons more than likely won't hold up in court. Because of this, you have options. If your dispute over visitation is minor, it's best that [...]


What to Know About Court Ordered Drug Testing in Child Custody Cases

In Houston child custody cases, the court acts in the best interests of the child. That means the court must determine whether each parent is fit to care for their children. If a parent is accused of drug abuse, or has a history of drug abuse, the court will order a drug test. To learn [...]


5 Ways to Help Your Kids Handle the Divorce Process

Divorce is stressful for everyone involved. Even though you and your former spouse are going through a difficult time, it’s important to remember that your kids are, too. Here are five ways that you can help your kids handle the divorce process. 1. Listen and encourage them to talk about their thoughts and feelings. Undoubtedly, [...]


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 [...]