Divorce

General Rules for Spousal Maintenance in a Texas Divorce

This article provides an overview of the general rules that govern a spouse’s eligibility for spousal maintenance, factors affecting the award of spousal maintenance, and the amount of spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce. No Alimony Texas is a “no alimony” state. This is a public policy that is important to keep in mind when […]

General Rules for Child Support in a Texas Divorce

This article provides an overview of the rules governing child support in a Texas divorce case. It touches on subjects such as the duty to support, calculating child support based on statutory guidelines, basis for deviating from statutory guidelines, as well as medical and dental support. Duty To Support By law, a parent has a […]

General Rules of Child Custody in a Texas Divorce

This article is intended to provide a broad overview of the general rules governing child custody decisions in a Texas divorce. I will note that the law doesn’t use the term “custody” in a Texas divorce. Instead, the law uses terms such as “conservatorship,” “possession,” and “access.” Let’s begin by looking at the different types […]

General Rules of Property Division in a Texas Divorce

With few exceptions, every divorce in Texas will require a division of property. This article provides a quick overview of the general rules that govern property division in a Texas divorce as well as some of the key issues. Community Property vs. Separate Property Texas is a community property state. This means that, absent a […]

Key Child Custody Terms in Texas

The legal terms used in child custody proceedings are different from the every day terms such as “custody” and “visitation.”  This article provides definitions for some of the more common terms you will likely encounter during a divorce proceeding with children in Texas. If you would like more information on how child custody decisions are […]

What To Do After You Are Served With A Divorce Petition

Unexpectedly being served with a divorce petition is difficult.  You are faced with the loss of a relationship that you may not have been expecting.  Or maybe you thought it was possible but you didn’t expect it to actually happen. You may be worried about your children.  Or your property.  You have so many thoughts […]

Understanding the Standard Possession Order for Child Custody in Texas

In any divorce involving minor children, the parties and ultimately the court must approve a custody plan for those children.  In Texas, that custody plan starts with the Standard Possession Order.  Below you can read about the Standard Possession Order as well as the circumstances and factors a court will consider in determining whether and […]

Preparing For Your Consultation With A Divorce Attorney

After you make the decision to retain an attorney and file for divorce, or after you are served with a petition for divorce, you will soon find yourself preparing to meet with divorce lawyer.  There is a lot going on at this point.  You may be mentally or emotionally fatigued just making the decision to […]

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