Divorce

7 Things to Know About Getting a Divorce in Texas

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What are Considered Assets in a Divorce

While the process of dividing marital assets might seem straightforward (just split everything you own 50/50, right?), most people don’t even know what are considered assets in a divorce. You might be surprised how complex it can become. Here’s how assets are divided in a divorce in Texas: everything you and your spouse own at the time of the divorce is considered “community property” by default, unless you can prove...

Why Estate Planning Is Important Through A Divorce

Revenge Of The Divorcing Spouse and Why Estate Planning Is A Must Warning: if you or a loved one are going through a divorce, this column contains content that might elicit a strong emotional response.    In Texas, you are either married or you are not; there is no half-way mark.  A marriage can only be ended by divorce, annulment or death. Estrangement, separation, divorce pending – none of those matter.   To say...

Pre-Nuptial Agreement Saves a Fortune

  Kaley Cuoco portrays a quintessential ditzy blonde on TV, but her real-life divorce settlement shows that she is nobody’s fool. Her marriage to Ryan Sweeting was brief, but resulted in a protracted legal battle over Cuoco’s large net worth, and over Sweeting’s request to receive spousal support from Cuoco. Cuoco is one of Hollywood’s highest paid television actress- she makes $1 million per episode of the Big Bang Theory and...

Introducing Attorney Carson Epes Steinbauer

Attorney Carson Epes Steinbauer grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and graduated from Hollins College with honors, receiving a degree in political science.  Raised by her parents along with 3 her sisters, she remembers fondly her father telling her at a young age that she could accomplish anything in life.  With that tenacity, she obtained her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, and...

Summer Vacation Strategies for Separated or Divorced Parents

School is almost out, and children and parents alike eagerly await summer break. However, summertime can bring on the blues for families affected by divorce. With proper planning and communication, however, summer can be what it should be for everyone: fun, relaxing and memorable. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you or a loved one are dealing with divorce. Be a Better Co-Parent When temperatures rise, take meaningful...

After the Divorce

The judge’s signature on your divorce decree does more than make you single –  it erases your ex-spouse from a slew of important documents. As of the date of divorce, the following occurs automatically: Your durable power of attorney – the powers granted to your ex-spouse are terminated. Your life insurance policy – your ex-spouse is removed as a beneficiary. Your bank account – your ex-spouse is removed as a...

Your Child’s Divorce

Divorce is fraught with the opportunity for emotional and financial missteps.   I’m not talking about the divorcing couple – I’m talking about the couple’s parents. What is the appropriate response of a parent to a child’s announcement that she is filing for divorce?  Is it a promise of unlimited financial aid to pay for a pitched legal battle?  An offer to let her move in with you?   How about taking...

Paying for Your Spouse’s Medical Bills

Groom:  “I,____, take thee,_____, to be my lawful wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part….” Have you ever thought how intertwined  those vows are in today’s world?  Especially the part linking “poorer” with “sicker.”   As the highly-paid policy wonks are fond of reminding...

Child Custody

Child custody is often the most difficult and hard fought of any part of a divorce.  Frequently, both parents believe that he/she should be the parent with the right to establish the "primary" residence of the children, and have facts that support their respective assertion.  So, what happens?  If the case is not resolved through negotiations or mediation, the case will be tried, leaving the decision up to a...

Texas Multi-State Family Litigation

It is common that a child custody order will need to be modified years after its initial rendering due to a substantial change in circumstances of the parties or children affected by the order.  So, what happens in today's transient world when the kids no longer reside in the state that rendered the order?  You are forced to enter the world of multi-state family litigation. The key question in multi-state family...

Child Custody in Texas

Child custody is often the most difficult and hard fought of any part of a divorce.  Frequently, both parents believe that he/she should be the parent with the right to establish the "primary" residence of the children, and have facts that support their respective assertion.  So, what happens?  If the case is not resolved through negotiations or mediation, the case will be tried, leaving the decision up to a...
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