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Who Claims Your Kids on Your Taxes After Divorce?

Divorce can be complicated, and tax season can add additional stress. Determining who claims the children on taxes can be especially challenging for divorcing couples. Therefore, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities when claiming dependents in a divorce. Fortunately, some guidelines can help divorcing couples determine who should claim their kids on their taxes. This blog post will explore the rules and regulations of who can claim children on taxes during and after a divorce and how a Texas divorce attorney can help you through the process.

The General Rule

Under IRS rules, the custodial parent—the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time—has the first right to claim the child as a dependent on their tax return. This applies regardless of whether the parents are divorced, unmarried, or have joint custody. The custodial parent will be entitled to the additional dependent exemption and any associated tax credits. The non-custodial parent usually doesn’t claim the child as a dependent.

Exceptions to the Rule

In certain circumstances, the custodial parent is not required to claim the children on their taxes. For example, if both parents sign Form 8332 and attach them to their tax returns, the non-custodial parent can claim the child. In addition, if the non-custodial parent earns more than the custodial parent and meets other IRS requirements, they may be able to claim the child as a dependent.

When There Are Multiple Children

When multiple children are involved in the divorce process, things can become a bit more complicated. Generally speaking, the custodial parent will be the one who claims all of the children on their taxes. However, the custodial parent and non-custodial parent can agree to split the children’s exemptions. Each parent would need to specify which children they are claiming and make sure that each of them meets the qualifying criteria for claiming them as dependents.

Head of Household Filing Status

Head of household filing status is a beneficial tax filing status for single or unmarried parents. This filing status allows for higher tax deductions, a lower tax rate, and an increased standard deduction. Single parents may also qualify for the Earned Income Credit with the head of household filing status.

Single parents may qualify for this status if they have a qualifying dependent, such as a child who lived with them for more than half the year, and if they paid more than half the cost of keeping up their home. In addition, single parents who file as head of household can claim a higher standard deduction than those filing as single or married filing separately. You could file as head of household if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You’re unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the year
  • You’ve paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the tax year
  • A qualifying person lived with you for more than half the year (with some exceptions)
  • You’re a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year

How a Family Law Attorney Can Help

A Katy family law attorney can provide valuable advice when you’re filing taxes after a divorce. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of your case and provide guidance on how to handle the tax implications of the divorce, including who should claim the children as dependents and any special tax considerations. They can also help you understand the legal rights and obligations of being a divorced parent, such as child support and other financial matters. With their assistance, you can ensure that all relevant tax information is handled correctly and in accordance with Texas law.

Speak with a Texas Divorce Lawyer

If you have questions about taxes during or after a divorce, contact the knowledgeable family law attorneys of Adams Law Firm. A divorce attorney can help you understand the legalities of who is eligible for a tax deduction for the children and other financial considerations.

At Adams Law Firm, our experienced family law attorneys are well-versed in the laws surrounding divorce and taxes and can provide you with guidance and support. We can help you handle the complexities of filing taxes after a divorce, ensuring that your best interests are protected and your rights are respected. Contact us today by calling (281) 391-9237 and scheduling an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable Katy divorce lawyers.

Top Tips for Winning Your Divorce Case

divorce processThe divorce process can be overwhelming even if you and your spouse are amicable. Negotiating property division, child custody, and other terms stirs up emotions and can create tension. If you can’t agree on an arrangement, seeking legal action might be necessary.

Resolving disputes during a divorce is challenging. Each party focuses on getting what they believe they deserve. A judge might have to intervene to determine how to handle the matter. That means neither spouse has control over the outcome. The judge can decide the case.

Protecting your interests and improving the chance of reaching a favorable result is crucial. You should follow the tips below during divorce proceedings to have the most control over your divorce.

Hire an Attorney

Whether you or your spouse file for divorce, hiring an attorney should be the first thing you do. Divorces don’t only affect a married couple. The consequences can be far-reaching and impact the entire family, especially children.

You should seek legal representation even if you believe you can resolve your issues outside court. Trusting your spouse to be fair might work out differently than you hope. They could make promises during informal negotiations and go back on their word later, leaving you with nothing.

An experienced divorce lawyer can guide you through the complicated process. You need someone in your corner to help negotiate fair terms and ensure you walk away with what you are entitled to receive.

Review Your Assets

reviewing assets in divorceOne spouse might try to hide assets they don’t want the other to have after finalizing the divorce. Writing down every asset you and your spouse have is vital. You should know whether you own real estate, bank accounts, and other property jointly. You should also inventory separate property you acquired before marriage or as a gift or inheritance while married.

Physical records of what you own can be valuable during divorce negotiations. You should keep copies of your credit card statements, contributions to a retirement fund, and other documentation related to your finances. You can also obtain copies of the deed to your marital home and other assets you share with your spouse.

Don’t Move Out of Your Home

Living with someone you’re divorcing is tough. Although you might feel tempted to find another place to live, staying in the marital home is essential if you plan to keep it. Moving out might indicate to a judge your intention to give up your rights to the asset. Your spouse could fight for the home by claiming you abandoned them and seek custody of your children.

Moving out is never a good idea while going through a divorce. Staying put is your best chance of winning your home during legal proceedings. It might be uncomfortable and cause turmoil, but it can give you the upper hand during negotiations.

Treat Your Spouse with Respect

You should treat your spouse respectfully even if you don’t get along or blame them for your marriage ending. Threatening or yelling at them might make you feel good at the moment. However, it might give your spouse the ammunition they need to renegotiate terms you already agreed to or delay the divorce process unnecessarily.

Avoiding additional problems during legal proceedings is critical. You could prevent an ugly courtroom battle by keeping conversations and interactions with your spouse amicable. As hard as it might be, treating them with respect could go a long way in meeting your interests while finalizing the paperwork.

Avoid Digital Forms of Communication

digital communication to avoid in divorceYou might want to send an angry text to your spouse. However, it can damage your case. Divorce lawyers often obtain digital evidence against the opposing party during legal proceedings. A text you send threatening your spouse can paint you in a bad light.

Avoiding communicating over text, email, and other digital methods is ideal. That includes refraining from posting on social media. You should never discuss your divorce online or post disparaging remarks about your spouse. You should also avoid bragging about details of your life, such as a recent promotion or raise at work. That information could encourage your spouse to go after you for spousal support.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Lawyer in Katy

At Adams Law Firm, we have over 35 years of experience representing clients in divorces. You can count on us to protect your rights and guide you through the complicated aspects of your divorce. We can help resolve issues you face with your spouse and determine a strategy to meet your interests.

If you’re going through a divorce and want a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney to represent you, call then Katy divorce attorneys of Adams Law Firm at (281) 391-9237 now for a confidential consultation.

What Is the Difference Between a Divorce and an Annulment?

couple considering divorce or annulmentIn Texas, you can end a marriage in several ways. Two common means of getting out of a marriage are divorce and annulment. What’s the difference?

A divorce is a legal ending of a marriage. A divorce does not wipe the marriage away:  it dissolves it. A divorce in Texas results in the division of community property assets in an equitable fashion between the parties.

Unlike a divorce, an annulment is a declaration that the marriage was invalid from the start. An annulment might be granted due to factors that existed when the couple married. There is no provision for the division of marital property in an annulment.

The Texas Family Code outlines the conditions under which a divorce might be granted, or a marriage might be annulled.

What Are the Requirements to Get a Divorce in Texas?

To obtain a divorce in Texas, you must meet certain requirements. These include:

  • Having appropriate grounds for the divorce
  • One spouse must have been a resident of Texas for the prior six months
  • One spouse must have been a resident of the county where the divorce papers were filed for the prior 90 days

What Are the Requirements for Annulment in Texas?

considering an annulment in texasTo get a marriage annulled in Texas, the marriage must have taken place in Texas, and one of the parties must live in Texas. The annulment must take place within 30 days of the marriage. Additionally, any of the following circumstances must have existed at the time of the marriage:

  • One party was under 18 and over 16 but did not have parental consent or a court order
  • The party requesting the annulment was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and didn’t have the capacity to consent to the marriage at the time and didn’t voluntarily live with the other party after they became sober
  • One party was permanently impotent when the marriage took place, the other party didn’t know about the impotence, and has not cohabited with that person since discovering the impotency
  • The petitioner was forced, through fraud, force, or duress, to marry, and hasn’t voluntarily lived with the other party since the fraud, force, or duress stopped
  • The petitioner didn’t have the mental capacity to enter into the marriage at the time of the ceremony and didn’t voluntarily live with the other party if the petitioner became competent after the marriage
  • If the other party was divorced in the 30 days prior to the marriage, the petitioner didn’t know about the prior marriage and upon discovering the marriage, didn’t voluntarily cohabit with the other party
  • The marriage took place before the required 72-hour waiting period after obtaining the marriage license had passed

You have a limited period of time to request an annulment in some cases. For example, if your annulment is based on the marriage happening before the marriage license waiting period was over, you must file within 30 days of your date of marriage. If the annulment is happening because of a previous divorce, you have one year from the date of the marriage to file for annulment. Because the timelines vary depending upon the grounds for the annulment, it’s best to talk with an experienced family law attorney to be sure you file for your annulment in time.

Who Initiates the Proceedings?

Another difference between divorce and annulment is that divorcing couples have to initiate the divorce themselves. One party must file a petition for divorce to start the process.

In an annulment, multiple parties could initiate the proceedings. In some circumstances, the parties to the marriage could file for an annulment. In other instances, invested people, like a parent or a “next friend,” can act on behalf of one of the parties to start the annulment process. For example, this could occur when one of the parties had a mental illness that made them legally unable to enter into the marriage.

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Our Katy divorce attorneys bring 35 years of experience to every case we take on. We’ve been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, the Katy Chamber of Commerce, and H-Texas Magazine for our excellence. The attorneys of Adams Law Firm have the knowledge to help you with your case and the understanding to factor in what’s unique to your particular case.

Whether you need a divorce or an annulment, the experienced Texas family law attorneys of Adams Law Firm can help. Call us today at (281) 391-9237 to get started. We can discuss your options in a confidential consultation and help you decide what your next steps should be.

How Can Social Media Be Used Against Me in a Family Law Case?

How Can Social Media Be Used Against Me in a Family Law Case?Social media has become ubiquitous in our lives. We go to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok to share the day-to-day experiences in our lives with family and friends. Often, we also share our thoughts and feelings, whether we are happy, sad, angry, or excited.

Unfortunately, social media can also be used against you in a family law case. Even if you use private settings or delete old posts, your social media activity can still be evidence in a divorce, child custody battle, or other family-related legal matters. Furthermore, what you think is fun and innocent could get twisted and taken out of context to harm your case.

The attorneys at the Adams Law Firm know this and can help guide you on the most appropriate use of social media when you are engaged in a legal proceeding.

Examples of Social Media as Evidence in a Family Law Case

You may be quite used to turning to Facebook or Twitter to share a picture or post about everyday matters. But this could be used as evidence against you or otherwise harm your family law case. Let’s look at some examples.

  • Evidence of your financial status – Posts demonstrating lavish spending or lifestyle could jeopardize your case for spousal or child support. For example, if you claim to need spousal support, but post pictures of yourself at fancy restaurants, with an expensive new purse, or going on a tropical vacation, your spouse could use that to demonstrate your claim is false or overstated.
  • Evidence of unfit parenting – If your social media posts show activity or a state of mind that is reckless or unstable, you could undermine your case for child custody or visitation rights. For example, posts that exhibit excessive drinking, promiscuous behavior, or violent or hopeless thoughts could be used as evidence to persuade the court that you are an unfit parent.
  • Evidence as grounds for divorce – Your social media posts could be used to demonstrate cruelty, adultery, or other grounds for divorce.

Social Media Can Turn a Family Law Case Ugly

How Can Social Media Be Used Against Me in a Family Law Case?Beyond serving as evidence, your social media activity could simply trigger your spouse into pursuing a less amicable divorce. For example, if you post negative or derogatory comments about your spouse, share pictures of yourself with a new love interest, or otherwise anger your spouse, you could find yourself in a contentious divorce proceeding as they seek vengeance against you.

During your family law case, think twice before you vent or boast on social media. When in doubt, a family lawyer can advise on how best to manage your social media activity during your case.

Tips for Managing Your Social Media Usage

Here are some tips for carefully managing your social media usage during your family law case:

  • Change your passwords – Even if you are not sure that your spouse knows your passwords, it is a good idea to change them anyway.
  • Update your settings – Make your profile is private and prevent anyone from tagging you in posts or pictures. Also, change your settings so that other users cannot place a post on your account without you first reviewing it.
  • Think before you post – Before you post anything, give yourself time to think. Ask yourself, “What would the judge in my case think if they read this?” When in doubt, err on the side of not posting anything, or talk with your lawyer, who can be a sounding board for you during these emotional proceedings.
  • Be aware of what others post about you – It may be helpful to ask friends and family to refrain from posting on your account or about you or your case during this time. Also, be wary of people who are not your friends posting pictures or videos of you on social media.
  • Do not delete your accounts or posts – This could be seen as an inference of guilt or destroying evidence. Furthermore, be honest with your attorney about any social media activity or posts in your past that you think could become problematic in your case. It is best if your lawyer can get ahead of these types of situations.

The Adams Law Firm Can Be Your Sounding Board

Social media, while a useful tool in many ways, can also be used against you in your family law case. It is wise to have an experienced lawyer on your side who can honestly advise you on appropriate social media behavior. The Adams Law Firm advises our clients about how to navigate the precarious world of social media. Before you post, contact our office today at (281) 391-9237 for a confidential consultation.

5 Divorce Tips for Parents

Going through a divorce can be among the hardest events a family will ever experience, especially when children are involved. It is rare that parents will agree on each aspect of a divorce and issues of child custody, visitation, and child support can be central points of contention. While it is important to consider what works best for each spouse, couples must also keep in mind what is in the best for their children.

Below, our blog outlines advice for divorcing parents to help ensure that the best interests of their family are protected.

5 Tips for Divorcing Parents

  1. Do not fight in front of children: While disagreements and disputes can be an inevitable part of any divorce, it is important to keep this behavior out of your child’s sight. The negative impact of a heated argument or fight can easily leave a lasting impression on a child who may not understand how to interpret the event. Children may feel conflicted or as if they must take sides. When you fight with your spouse, do so at a time and place where your children are not present.
  2. Do not bad mouth your spouse: In most cases of divorce, both parents will continue to play a role in the life of their child. Whether this comes in the form of shared custody or visitation, it is important to preserve the relationship a child has with each parent. Speaking negatively about your spouse can hinder their parent-child relationship as well as the continued healthy development of your child. Divorce can bring feelings of anger and frustration to the surface and parents may not always be aware that they are negatively influencing their children. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to your behavior.
  3. Remain an active part of your child’s life: A divorce can demand much in the way of resources including money, time, and energy. Do not let a legal struggle completely eliminate the time you spend with your child. Continuing to spend quality time with children will help to diminish the negative effects of a divorce and will help you if issues such as child custody become disputed in the courtroom. This can also include keeping up to date with your child’s medical and educational responsibilities. For example, continue to provide support by attending educational events and be aware of upcoming medical appointments.
  4. Provide emotional support: Divorce can take a tremendous emotional toll on children. It is important to continually provide emotional support to children to see that their needs to not become overlooked. As a parent, you can take steps to ensure that children understand that a divorce is not their fault. Children may often feel guilty or conflicted about the disputes of parents.
  5. Do not be afraid to ask questions: Divorce can be both emotionally and legally complicated. If you do not understand an aspect of your case, it is vital to seek clarification. You are not expected to be a legal expert and securing the services of an attorney can help ensure that every party remains on the same page. A knowledgeable family law and divorce attorney can be invaluable in this process, however, in order to receive the best service, potential confusion must be cleared up as soon as possible.

Compassionate Divorce Attorneys

If you are a parent going through a divorce, securing the legal representation of our Katy family law attorneys can make the vital difference in your divorce. At Adams Law Firm, we understand what you are going through and can work tirelessly to see that your needs and that of your children are protected. You do not have to go through this experience alone and our firm can bring more than 35 years of collective legal experience to your case. If you have any questions about how divorce may affect your family, do not hesitate to contact our firm.

Call (281) 391-9237 and talk to an attorney about your divorce today.

Get Ready for Your Divorce with Pre-Divorce Planning

It is no secret that divorce is often one of the most complex and emotional experiences of a person’s life. While nobody ever wants to entertain the thought of a relationship that was once thought to last forever coming to an end, marriages can break down and spouses can drift apart in their desires and values that it no longer seems possible to maintain a positive relationship. Fortunately, there are several ways that spouses can prepare for an impending separation and minimize the stress they experience during this time of transition.

If you are approaching a divorce, be sure to make the following preparations:

  1. Run your credit report: It is not uncommon for a divorcing spouse to discover that his or her spouse used their name and good credit to secure loans, credit cards, and other debts without their knowledge. Running your credit history or signing up for a fraud protection service can help you identify any suspicious activity. Finding out about these debts sooner rather than later can be crucial to help ensure you are not held responsible for your spouse’s irresponsible financial decisions.
  2. Consider opening a PO Box: If negotiations fail and your divorce leads towards litigation, you may want to consider opening a PO Box to prevent against the possibility of your spouse intercepting your mail. This will ensure your communications with your attorney will be confidential and allow you to more easily provide them with the information they need without interference.
  3. Change your passwords: In the modern world, most people conduct their business on the internet. From bank records to social media accounts, much of the information stored online can be damaging in the wrong hands, especially during divorce. If you are one of the many people who only use a few passwords for multiple accounts, it is important you change your passwords to something new that your spouse will be unable to guess, preferably involving random numbers, letters, or characters. It may even be wise to go the extra mile and suspend or take down all social media accounts and websites until your divorce is finalized.
  4. Change your beneficiaries: While you may be limited in your actions while your divorce is still underway, be sure to remove your soon-to-be ex-spouse as a beneficiary on important documents such as your life insurance plan, your will, living trusts, and other benefit plans. Otherwise, your spouse will likely inherit the majority of your estate in the event of your death.
  5. Open a separate bank account: Many married couples have joint bank accounts which grant both spouses access to the funds held within. To protect yourself against the possibility of your spouse raiding your account and leaving you penniless, withdraw half of your funds and place them in a separate account at a different banking institution. It is important to note that you will be required to pay back any amount that is deemed to be your spouse’s share.
  6. Gather important documents: The process of divorce requires spouses to collect a wide variety of documents in order to determine issues such as asset divisionalimony, property distribution, and even child custody. Identify and make copies of real estate documents, credit card statements, bank statements, several years’ worth of income tax returns, pay stubs, investment account statements, retirement account statements, and loan documents. An attorney will be able to help you identify the exact documents you will need. Generally speaking, the more evidence you have, the better.
  7. Get a physical: Seeking a full medical evaluation is imperative not only to help protect yourself against the negative health effects that the stress of divorce can bring, but also because the courts consider a spouse’s physical health for numerous issues, such as child custody and spousal support.

While these tips can help simplify your divorce substantially, one of the most effective ways to simplify your separation is to retain the services of a knowledgeable advocate. At Adams Law Firm, our Katy family lawyers have been helping spouses pursue amicable solutions for their separations for more than 35 years and can provide the compassionate guidance you need to help you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible. Backed by an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for our exceptional ethical conduct and skill, we have what it takes to ensure your best interests are guarded.

Call (281) 391-9237 or fill out an online form today to review your legal options in full.

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A New Texas Law Aims to Bolster Child Support Collection Efforts

Parents who have a track record of missing child support payments will soon find that the State of Texas has augmented its toolkit in collecting funds. A new law, effective as of September 1, 2016, will give the state the ability to reject the renewal of vehicle registration for parents who are more than six payments behind on child support. Texas takes delinquent child support payments very seriously and this law is only the latest legal instrument in Texas’ arsenal.

In addition to denying vehicle registration, the state may also take measures including:

  1. Seizing financial assets such as tax refunds
  2. Placing liens on retirement and insurance accounts
  3. Suspending hunting, legal, medical licenses and permits
  4. Sentencing a parent to time in jail

According to The Office of the Attorney General, this new law may come to impact two thousand parents per month. However, the state does acknowledge that every parent will have a unique situation. While some will have knowingly stopped payments which could be made, others have experienced financial hardship, making further payment difficult. The state plans to notify all parents months in advance of their vehicle’s registration renewal date in an attempt to establish a uniquely tailored repayment plan.

While some anticipate that this plan will work efficiently as a deterrent for missing child support payments, the law is not without its critics. Texas is an exceptionally expansive state and many citizens are dependent on their driving privileges to complete daily activities. Even those living in densely populated cities may face additional hardships as a result of this law. Only time will tell how this new legislation will affect parents across the state.

Legal Representation for Child Support Disputes

Matters of child support and custody are often central points of contention among former partners and parents often find that issues can last long after a legal agreement has been reached. If you are currently involved in a dispute regarding the enforcement of an existing agreement and would like more information on how this new law may affect you, do not hesitate to contact the Adams Law Firm. OurKaty family law attorneys possess more than 35 years of experience and can provide one-on-one service to all who walk through our doors.

Call (281) 391-9237 and discover how our attorneys can help with your child support dispute.

Relocating with Children after Divorce

Life is constantly changing and it can be difficult to know what the coming months will bring. This can be especially true after a marriage has come to an end. A living arrangement which may have been in the family’s best interest at the time of a divorce, may not be the optimal situation moving forward. After a divorce, parents who share joint custody may not be able to make the decision to move alone. When spouses go through a divorce, rules are typically set in place, regulating when and where a parent can relocate.

The parent who wishes to relocate must give proper notification to their former spouse, outlining the details of the proposed move. When both parents are in agreement, they are given the opportunity to decide on the terms of a move on their own. However, if a disagreement exists, the issue may be brought before a judge. When ruling on post-divorce agreements such as relocation or on modifications to existing agreements, a judge will consider what is in the best interest of the child.

In determining relocation, a judge may consider factors including:

  1. The reasoning for the requested move
  2. The child’s educational opportunities
  3. The ability of each parent to spend time with their children
  4. How the proposed move will affect a parent’s ability to provide for the child

Except for in cases where one parent presents a direct danger to a child, such as with domestic violence, courts favor awarding joint custody which keeps both parents in the life of a child. In order to modify or remove restrictions on relocation, a parent must typically show that a substantial change in their situation has occurred. For example, if a parent gets a new job or is transferred to a position in a different city, allowing them to better provide for their child, a judge may consider relocation. Typically, when a relocation occurs, post-divorce agreements such as child custody and child support must also be modified to better fit the new situation.

Compassionate Family Law Attorneys

The terms of relocation, child custody, and support can come to affect your family for years or even decades to come. Whether you are requesting a relocation or attempting to contest a move, the Adams Law Firm can work tirelessly to protect your family’s interests. The success of your case can be greatly influenced by your ability to communicate precisely how the proposed move will affect your family. OurKaty family law attorneys can fight tirelessly to see that your voice is heard in the courtroom.

Do you have questions about relocation or another legal issue regarding family law? Call (281) 391-9237 or contact us online today.

Coordinating Child Custody During the Holidays

While the holidays are typically a joyous time of family gatherings and giving thanks, this time of year can be a considerable struggle for families of divorce. In addition to being a reminder of relationships that once were, many parents can often encounter conflict regarding how they will share custody of their children during the holiday season. Fortunately, with the right mindset and spirit of collaboration, coordinating holiday custody and visitation schedules can be accomplished with minimal stress.

To avoid conflict this holiday season, consider the following tips:

  • Determine your priorities: Take some time to reflect critically and determine which holidays and dates are most important to you. For example, you may have a greater attachment to Christmas than New Year’s, while your co-parent may instead favor Thanksgiving. Talk this over with your co-parent and be willing to negotiate a compromise. If both of you prioritize the same days, you may want to consider trading off years or, if you live close enough, share the day.
  • Start early: The earlier you start planning, the more time you will have to identify potential areas of conflict and sort them out. Between shopping for gifts and coordinating travel plans, things can become twice as stressful as the actual date approaches. Likewise, since your child will probably be excited about the season, they will want to know where they will be spending the holidays and with whom. Planning early will allow you to focus your energy on creating a memorable holiday for your children rather than battling with your ex.
  • Write it down: While the initial stages of negotiation may be accomplished verbally or via emails, once you have made an agreement, it is important you memorialize it in written form and have it signed by both you and your co-parent. This will not only ensure that both you and your ex understand your agreement, but it will also serve as important evidence in your favor in the event that they should fail to adhere to its terms.

Unfortunately, not all conflicts can be prevented. If your conflict with your co-parent raises legal questions, contact the Katy family law attorneys at Adams Law Firm today. Having been helping clients throughout Texas sort through complex child custody and family law disputes since 1977, our AV® Rated team of professionals can help you understand your legal options and guide you towards the smoothest resolution possible for your situation.

We want to hear your story. Call (281) 391-9237 or contact us online today to get started.

January a Busy Month for Divorce

January has become a surprisingly popular month for divorce filings. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January is one of the busiest times for family law firms, with divorce filings increasing in January and peaking in March. Online dating profiles also tend to increase in January as well. Sites like eHarmony reported a 21% increase in mobile registrations in the beginning of January. So what accounts for this phenomenon? Our blog takes a look at some important factors that influence a couple’s decision to divorce in January.

January is a seemingly popular month for divorce most likely because of the following factors:

  • Braving the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s is a time for fun and festivities. It’s tough to be the one to ruin the holidays by breaking unhappy news to friends and families. This is why many couples will often wait until after the holiday season to get the ball rolling.
  • New year, new outlook: Having a New Year’s Resolution is still very popular with many people. As the new year arrives, many are reflecting on the past year and what they can do to become healthier and happier – even if this includes ending unhappy marriages.
  • Busy court schedules: Courts are busy during December – there are only less than three weeks of availability in the court calendar. Since there is a high chance of a delay, many people end up postponing divorce filings until after the holidays are over.
  • Winter weather blues: The weather may have an effect on divorces as well. The dark, gloomy, and cold weather might leave some people depressed, which can in turn cause friction in relationships.
  • Stress from the holidays: The holiday season is undoubtedly stressful, both financially and emotionally. Some couples go through a hard time during the holidays and eventually decide to call it quits.
  • Taxes: Delaying divorce until January can offer added tax benefits. A couple’s marital status on December 31 is what determines their tax filing status, so this means that couples can still file jointly if they prefer to do so.

Find the Support You Need During Your Divorce

If you are thinking about divorce or have been served divorce papers, contact Adams Law Firm and speak with our Katy divorce attorneys about how to move forward. We can discuss your concerns, evaluate your current situation, and help you work towards a solution that is in the best interests of you and your family. You are not alone in this – we provide personalized support through each phase of the divorce. From negotiation, mediation, all the way to litigation, we’re here for you.

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our family law firm today

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