Domestic Violence: Family Violence Protective Orders in Texas

You might know it as a “restraining order,” which is confusing because restraining orders are a real legal tool in Texas. However, restraining orders are used in a different context than protective orders, which are aimed to help victims or potential victims of domestic violence in Texas. This blog will explore the general contours of protective orders for victims of family violence.  How is “Family Violence” Read More

Divorce and Retirement: How Financial Accounts Are Handled in a Texas Divorce

After the question of child custody and division of large assets like houses and vehicles, one of the most fought-over assets in a divorce are retirement accounts. Both spouses are eager to keep at least a portion of these funds that will serve them well into their golden years. To understand how retirement accounts are handled in a Texas divorce, it must first be understood that retirement accounts are considered Read More

Best Interest of the Child

The “best interest of the child” alone is what prevails in most custody cases. There is not a clear definition or standard  that the courts use to determine what is the best interest of the child.  What one parent feels is in the best interest is often different to the other parent, especially In  a custody case.   Courts want to hear how well or bad the child is doing in school; how the child interacts with the Read More

Video Chatting with Your Child

As we continue to shelter in place, facetime and zoom calls are becoming more prevalent in our day to day activities. If your child lives out of town and you aren’t able to visit with in person then a video call can be a great substitute. Here are some tips to engage your child.  It’s hard to capture a child’s attention during phone/video calls. I have 3 kids and while they say they want to talk on the phone they Read More

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