Texas Divorce, Probate, and Business Law

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 […]

Estate Planning Issues for Blended Families and Second Marriages

Blended families and second marriages create a number of issues in the context of estate planning.  Difficult decisions must be made and competing interests must be prioritized.  Some of the common concerns include the following: Providing for the new spouse. Providing for children from a prior marriage. Providing for children born during the new marriage. […]

How Do I Probate a Will If I’ve Been Appointed Executor

Many times people are appointed executor under the terms of a will but have no idea how to start the process of probating the will and opening an administration. This article provides a brief overview of the process of probating a will and the initial steps in administering the estate. Step 1: Meet With An […]

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 […]

Four Probate Options When Someone Passes Away Without A Will

When someone passes away without a will, family members are often left unsure what to do when it comes to settling the person’s estate.  In general, there are four options: (1) a small estate affidavit; (2) an affidavit of heirship; (3) a determination of heirship; and (4) a dependent or independent administration of the estate.  […]

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 […]

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