5 Tips for Breaking the News of Your Divorce to Your Kids

On top of making sure your divorce papers are in order and that you have prepared for the turbulent months ahead, you also have the daunting task of telling your children that mommy and daddy are not going to be married anymore. To be clear, there is no sure way to know how your children will react to the news of your divorce. Additionally, children will react differently based on their age and countless other Read More

4 Benefits of a Premarital Agreement

Prenuptial agreements have a certain stigma attached to them. Many people think of these documents as a surrender, of sorts, that a marriage is not going to last or that the wealthy spouse uses prenuptials for selfish reasons.  The truth is that these agreements do not have a significant impact on the durability of marriages. What’s more is that there are many benefits spouses may realize from entering into a Read More

4 Tips for Being Great Co-Parents After Divorce

After your divorce is finalized and you can begin your new life at last, you will find that being a co-parent with your ex-spouse is its own relationship altogether. Like every relationship on the planet, co-parenting will come with its own learning curves and speed bumps. As much as possible, you should try to be grateful that you (and your ex!) still have a significant presence in your children’s lives. For those Read More

Understanding How Spousal Support Is Calculated in Texas

Spousal support is designed to protect a spouse who earns less or is a stay-at-home parent from being harmed financially by divorce. It helps them meet their basic needs as they develop the job skills needed to support themselves and contribute to the support of their children. At one time, spousal support applicants were exclusively women. Now, with careers being the norm for both spouses and more men becoming Read More

4 Reasons a DIY Divorce Is a Bad Idea

You may have heard the old saying, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” It’s a good thing to bear in mind when thinking about DIY divorce. We live in an era of information sharing. There’s a tutorial for practically everything on YouTube, from renovating your basement to learning a language, and information that was once limited to licensed professionals who knew how to act on it is now available to the Read More

Rising number of child deaths in foster care

It seems it is almost once a month nowadays I hear that another child has died while in foster care. Between September 2011, and August 2013, the number of foster children who died from abuse or neglect while in care rose from two per year, to eight per year1. That’s a staggering increase if that trend holds up. Obviously, in such small numbers, its possible we are simply looking at a statistical variation, however, Read More

[Press Release] Branch Family Law Named Top 10 in Customer Satisfaction

PRESS RELEASE Crista Marichalar Branch Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2015 AIOFLA’S 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Texas Family Law Attorney Crista Marichalar Branch as 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating Read More

We Made the Top 10 in Client Satisfaction

Here at Branch Family Law, we strive to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. As such we have been awarded the prestigious honor of being in the 10 Best Attorneys and Firms For Client Satisfaction, according to the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Contact us to find out what difference we can make in your case. Our consultations are always free!  Read More

May I withhold visitation because my spouse will not pay child support?

No, you cannot. Your divorce decree probably contains a warning that you may not withhold visitation for nonpayment of child support. What you can do, and probably should do, is file a motion to enforce payment of the child support. Your ex is in contempt of court if he or she is failing to pay child support in the amount and way ordered. As a general rule, all courts will enforce child support orders, and have to Read More

I am the custodial parent. Can I deny visitation?

In theory, of course you could decide to simply not be home at the time your ex comes to pick up the children, or you could decide not to deliver them to your spouse. Although it is possible, you would most likely be in violation of the court order and could be held in contempt of court, depending upon how specific your order is with respect to the visitation. You should have a very compelling reason involving the Read More