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Do I Need a Will?

According to reports, up to 70% of Americans do not have a Will in place. It's not just that most people simply don't know how to write a Will. In fact, I often ask people what has prevented them from getting a Will and the answer I most commonly hear is either ‘I’m not rich; [...]

2018-07-31T22:15:22+00:00July 31st, 2018|

Court Ordered Drug Testing in Child Custody Cases

We're sure you want the best for your child. And sometimes, that means asking the court to subject the other parent to court ordered drug testing in child custody cases. This isn't a tactic to use lightly, but it may be vital to the safety of your family. If you feel you should have the [...]

2018-05-29T16:32:51+00:00May 29th, 2018|

What to Know About Seeking Child Custody Modification in Texas

Many people who go through a custody battle think the matter is set in stone once you sign the original custody agreement papers. But what if circumstances change? Or you feel that the agreement doesn't meet your child's needs? Under Texas law, you can seek a child custody modification. Keep in mind that only a few [...]

2018-05-24T17:40:42+00:00May 24th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-08-06T08:44:29+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 27th, 2017|
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