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FAMILY VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS

What is a Protective Order?   A protective order is a court order that can protect the life, limb, and emotional well-being of you or a family member (the "Protected Person"), from someone who has committed an act of family violence (the "Restricted Person"). Typically, a protective order prohibits the Restricted Person from contacting, going [...]

2018-04-27T16:54:45+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

HOW DO I BECOME LEGALLY SEPARATED IN TEXAS?

The brief answer: you don't.   Texas does not have legal separation as some other states do. During your separation, you and your spouse are under the same legal requirements as any other married couple. This includes the presumptions of community property and the duty to support each other.   If you want a separation, [...]

2018-04-27T16:54:47+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

MARRIAGES END, BUT BABY DADDIES ARE FOREVER!

I probably use this snarky phrase in conversation with clients at least once a day. My clients come to me so frustrated, so tired, and often so unreasonable in their expectations. I use this time-tested principle - baby daddies are forever - to convey to my clients that shutting out the other parent is next [...]

2018-04-27T16:54:55+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

MY EX KEEPS SHOWING UP AT SCHOOL EVENTS, CAN I STOP THAT?

The short answer: probably not.   Texas law assumes that appointing both parents as conservators best serves the child's interest. Each conservator comes into a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR), which is the fancy term for a custody suit, with assumed rights. Among those rights, every parent can inquire about and attend school [...]

2018-04-27T16:54:57+00:00 December 4th, 2017|

MY THOUGHTS ON OPPOSING COUNSEL

Friends and family always stare incredulously when I tell them I practice family law. "But isn't it hard dealing with clients in that emotional state?" I tell them that clients aren't difficult; opposing counsel is difficult.   Lawyers have an ethical duty to zealously represent the interests of their clients. Every lawyer has his or [...]

2018-04-27T16:55:03+00:00 November 27th, 2017|

NEGOTIATING FAMILY LAW CASES

I have been thinking about the difficult work of negotiation in family law cases. So much about negotiating involves understanding what you really want, what they really want, and how to provide both. It's about listening. Focusing in on what matters. Conceding. Honestly, these are the skills that make for a successful marriage. You can [...]

2018-04-27T16:55:09+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

SAME-SEX DIVORCE IN TEXAS

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. This news caused many same-sex couples to jump for joy, but for same-sex couples seeking a divorce, the news was bittersweet.   History of Same-Sex Marriage in Texas Prior to SCOTUS' landmark decision declaring same-sex [...]

2018-04-27T16:55:12+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

THE “SIGNIFICANT OTHER” IS SLEEPING OVER WHEN MY KIDS ARE AROUND!

Whether your divorce came out of an affair or your ex has a new beau/belle, it can be extremely frustrating to know your kids' visitation overlaps with your ex's dating life. Is there anything you can do to stop that?   You can prevent your ex's significant other from staying overnight when the kids are [...]

2018-04-27T16:55:16+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|
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