Month

January 2015
When a parent is unsatisfied with current custody orders, he or she has the option of filing a motion for a change in conservatorship or possession and access. Courts will only grant changes if they are in the best interests of the child and one of three other requirements is also fulfilled. One of the...
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During a divorce, assets are divided between both parties to the marriage. However, choosing assets wisely can help increase the odds that a divorce does not derail retirement plans. One of the biggest mistakes an individual can make is to choose the house as opposed to other assets. While homes appreciate, the housing market may...
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Texas parents who have gone through a divorce may have to figure out how to handle virtual visitation issues. Many are unfamiliar with this term, which relates to using technology, such as instant messaging, video conferencing and email, to keep in touch with a child. In many cases, a non-custodial parent may choose to stay...
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As pet ownership increases in America, custody battles over dogs and cats during a divorce have become more common. Courts are increasingly treating animals more like children as opposed to property. In a 2013 case, a judge called a one-day hearing to allow both sides to present evidence showing that having custody of a pet...
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Some Texas residents may be interested in restoring their pre-marital name after divorce. This may be done as part of the divorce order or at a subsequent time. The easiest way is by asking the court to include it when the marriage is dissolved. Once the order is handed down by the divorce court, an...
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A judge will often order reasonable visitation when deciding a child custody matter in Texas. Reasonable visitation simply means that the non-custodial parent is entitled to some amount of visitation with the child that generally adheres to state guidelines and is considered to be reasonable. The judge leaves the actual coordination and planning of a...
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Business owners in Texas should consider how they will protect their company in case of divorce. Since Texas is a community property state, a business might be considered a shared marital access. A prenuptial agreement may be the best way to protect a business. Other ways to protect a business early on include writing a...
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Texas parents may not realize that child support and custody orders are not written in stone. They can be modified as the circumstances of parents and children change. Children grow up. When they’re in school, it may make more sense for them to live mostly with one parent, rather than rotating homes once a week....
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Retirement benefits such as 401(k) plans are, in most cases, considered marital property to be divided during a divorce. There are many factors that can influence the division of a 401(k), and the legal process is important for Texas residents undergoing a divorce to understand. If division of a retirement plan is handled correctly, there...
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