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Will the Ashley Madison hack lead to more divorces in Texas?

You probably heard about the recent release of a massive database of information about Ashley Madison users by a hacktivist group aimed at challenging Ashley Madison’s business model of creating opportunities for spouses to cheat. If you are an Ashley Madison user then this news might be alarming. Many people, including some divorce attorneys, await …

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Income Withholding for Support Form – Child Support in Texas

In a Texas divorce or child custody case the court will apportion financial responsibility for the well-being of the children by ordering child support. The Texas Family Code deals extensively with ordering, paying and enforcing child support orders. A child support order involves several people and entities–not all lawyers–who need to understand and follow a …

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5 key retirement plan issues in a Texas divorce

In many divorces a major source of assets considered in the property division includes employer sponsored retirement plans and accounts like IRAs funded by prior retirement plans. These retirement plans can house significant financial resources. The parties to a Dallas or Fort Worth divorce may want to conserve them for retirement, may need to spend …

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10 Issues That Will Make Your Texas Divorce More Expensive

Divorce attorneys like myself help clients with divorces and post-divorce actions like enforcement, contempt and modification primarily in Texas. In such a large metropolitan area my clients range in family size, financial assets, post-divorce needs, property ownership and other issues related to their divorce. These divorces can range for very reasonable for clients, particularly with …

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When to start thinking about a QDRO in your Texas divorce

When I draft QDROs in a Texas divorce, one of the parties hires me to draft the QDRO after the judge signs the divorce decree. This is usually not the most efficient or productive method to deal with the QDRO. It is far better to start thinking about the QDRO early in the divorce. Many of …

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What happens when somebody evades service in a Texas divorce?

Under the U.S. and Texas constitutions, all people receive due process. Among due process is the opportunity for awareness of claims brought against you in a court of law. To satisfy due process, the federal and Texas rules of civil procedure require a party sued to receive service of process. Lawyers generally take care of this process …

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Dividing IRAs in a Dallas or Fort Worth Divorce

As a Texas divorce lawyer, I have written about dividing employer-sponsored retirement plans in a divorce through a qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO. These benefit plans are not the only retirement assets to divide in a Texas divorce. Individual Retirement Accounts, or IRAs, are also divisible in a divorce. A key misconception by many suffering through a …

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My spouse doesn’t want a Texas divorce but I do. What can I do?

This is a fairly common question I receive at my Texas law office from potential divorcees who feel trapped by their spouse because the spouse is adamant about remaining in the marriage for one reason or the other. At fault divorces in Texas Once upon a time in Texas a divorce could only occur for very …

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Shared Interest vs. Separate Interest in a QDRO

One issue dividing retirement accounts in a Texas divorce is whether the division is on shared interest or separate interest. This issue is technical and can be a confusing aspect of dividing retirement plans in a divorce. Often this issue arises when the parties are determining the final language of the divorce decree and the …

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The importance of a well constructed 50/50 custody arrangement in a divorce in Texas

Many people exit a divorce with children with the desire to balance the custody relationship so the parents split time with the children in a 50/50 custody arrangement. I have written several times about the risks involved in 50/50 child custody arrangements. As great as they are when they work, they are terrible for everybody …

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Creative Custody and Possession Schedules in a Texas Divorce

A few months ago I wrote a post about problems with 50/50 custody arrangements. Generally, the problems I discussed are relevant to any kind of custom or creative custody arrangement deviating from the standard possession order or extended standard possession order schedule found in the Texas Family Code. 50/50 custody arrangements are not the only type …

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Planning for a QDRO in your Texas divorce

During the asset division in a Texas divorce, an employer-sponsored retirement plan may be subject to the property division. Texas follows the community property rules, which distinguishes between property acquired during the marriage as marital property (community property) from property acquired before the marriage or during the marriage as the individual’s property (separate property). Community …

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Terminating a parent’s rights in Texas: The Financial Risks

Parents in Texas sometimes decide they want to terminate another parent’s rights to their children. Often this occurs after a divorce or child custody case issued orders assigning rights to each parent. At some point after the end of the case relationships break down and one parent decides it is time to sever the parent-child …

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7 Surprising Reasons Why You Might Want a Lawyer for your Uncontested Divorce

I’m going to tell you something many people would find shocking. Although I offer uncontested divorces in Dallas and Fort Worth, I don’t believe everybody needs a lawyer for uncontested divorce. Seriously. You can get an uncontested divorce in Texas without a divorce lawyer. People do it every day. There are basic forms available online that …

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5 Problems with 50/50 Custody in Texas Divorces

50/50 custody refers to custody arrangements outside of the standard possession order that split time evenly between the parents. This arrangement might work as alternating weeks or an alternating group of days. Although these arrangements are not the norm, they can be approved by a family court and sometimes work very well. If you believe …

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