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  • What Is the Difference Between Visitation Rights & Child Custody?

    Negotiating child custody and visitation can be a stressful experience, especially if you aren’t certain what you’re agreeing to. Visitation rights, physical custody, and legal custody are all important terms to know and understand, because, while similar, they mean very different things. Our Katy family law attorneys are here to explain the differences, though. Legal Custody This type of custody ...
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  • How Does Spousal Support Work in Texas?

    Spousal support , also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, may be one of the terms of your divorce. It is possible for spouses to agree on an alimony amount, but the court may also order an amount to be paid by one spouse to the other. The purpose of spousal maintenance is to help one spouse pay for their basic needs, but there are restrictions to alimony. Below is information about the ...
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  • How Is Child Support Determined in Texas?

    There are many reasons that child support may be ordered. One of the more common reasons is when child support is ordered during a divorce proceeding. It also may be ordered when the child’s parents are separated or unmarried, too. The courts in Texas use a formula to decide how much child support will be ordered. Here are the steps used to calculate child support payments in Texas. Step 1: ...
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  • Hidden Assets & Divorce: What You Can Do

    Hurt feelings and stress can cause people to do questionable things, and divorce is no different. It’s exceedingly common for one spouse to attempt to hide assets from the other during their divorce process. Whether it’s a high-asset divorce and the spouse is disguising the true value of their business or it’s simply one spouse trying to protect their motorcycle from the division of property, all ...
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  • 8 Common Mistakes in a High Net Worth Divorce

    No marriage is immune to marital problems, even those with a high net worth. If you and your spouse are considering a divorce , it’s critical to know what mistakes to avoid—especially when there is a considerable amount of assets on the line. Here are the eight most common mistakes we see in high asset divorces. 1. Letting Your Emotions Decide Divorce is a painful process, and it can be easy to ...
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  • What Does "Best Interests of the Child" Mean in a Child Custody Case?

    When involved in a child custody case, you may hear the term “best interests of the child” quite often, but do you know what it means for your case? This term is rather important since the interpretation of the phrase can greatly affect your case. Legally, the judge is compelled to act in the best interest of the child, so it’s important to know what that means. Child Custody & the Child’s Best ...
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  • Can I Modify My Child Custody Orders?

    If you have a child custody agreement that requires changes, you may be wondering if it is possible to modify your orders. The good news is that you can request modifications to be made to your child custody orders, however, there are some things you should know about modifying your custody orders in Texas. Below we’ll go over the details of custody modifications . When Can I Modify My Child ...
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  • What Is a Postnuptial Agreement?

    In Texas, a postnuptial agreement can be a valuable protection for couples who have already married, but wish to protect their assets in the event of a divorce or separation. These agreements, which are sometimes called post-marital agreements, will allow you and your spouse to partition your community estate into two separate estates. These agreements are legally enforceable and serve the same ...
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  • 5 Must-Do Estate Planning Tasks for Newlyweds

    Starting a life together is an exciting time, and you and your new spouse have probably spent plenty of time planning for your wedding, your first home, your careers, and more. One plan you probably have not made, however, is your estate plans. While we hope these plans won’t need to be used for many, many years, it is never too soon to protect yourself and your finances. Now that the honeymoon is ...
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  • Planning a Vacation When You Have Shared Custody

    Summer trips can often create cherished memories with your children, but planning one can be a challenge when you share custody of your children. Don’t give up on your dreams of a camping trip with your kids just yet, though! Here are some tips to help you navigate the process of planning a vacation with shared custody . Communicate. You and your co-parent need to communicate your plans for summer ...
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  • The Do's & Don'ts of Summertime Child Custody

    Summer is nearly upon us and school is ending soon. Your children may be excited about more free time, but summer can pose unique child custody challenges for parents. Here are the do’s and don’ts of child custody plans over summer to help you and your co-parent have a stress free summer. Do’s of Summer Co-Parenting Do make your summer parenting plan in advance. If your parenting plan doesn’t ...
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  • Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Divorce Attorney

    If you’re considering a divorce , you may also be considering hiring a divorce lawyer to help you through the process. Finding the right divorce attorney, however, is easier said than done. If you’ve never worked with a lawyer, you may have no idea what to expect. Family law and divorce cases are their own unique area of the law, which can make it even more challenging to know if you’re making a ...
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  • Why You Shouldn't File for Divorce Without a Divorce Lawyer

    You may be exploring ways to file a divorce without an attorney, hoping to save money or time during your divorce . While there is no legal reason you cannot file for a divorce without a lawyer, there are many benefits to having one. It may even save you money in the long run. Here are some reasons you shouldn’t file for divorce without an experienced attorney on your side. Divorcing Without Legal ...
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  • Who Gets Fido? Pet Custody After a Divorce in Texas

    Our pets are often beloved members of our family, but legally, our four-legged friends are considered property in the State of Texas. This can lead to some serious stress and conflict if you and your spouse end your marriage. Fortunately, many judges are pet owners themselves or understand the deep ties you may have with your pet, so they may be willing to consider your pet’s custody more ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Marital Property & Separate Property?

    Texas community property laws are the laws that dictate how property and debts are to be divided up when a couple goes through a divorce. These laws can often be confusing, but it’s important to work with an experienced divorce lawyer who will advocate for you and help you get a fair share of your marriage’s assets. You may come across the terms “marital” or “community” property and “separate” ...
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