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May 26, 2017

Can You Seek Financial Support from Your Spouse While Your Divorce is Pending?

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If you are preparing to go through a divorce and you are financially dependent on your spouse, one of the earliest steps in the process will likely be to seek “temporary” maintenance and child support. Typically, these forms of temporary financial support will last for the duration of the divorce process; although, in some cases, a judge may order temporary maintenance for a shorter period of time.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

April 6, 2017

What Service Members Need to Do to Prepare for Military Retirement System Changes in 2018

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The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 includes major changes to the military retirement system. The changes are currently slated to take effect in 2018, with eligible service members having the entire year to choose whether to retain their current benefit structure or opt in to the new system. If you are an active-duty officer or enlisted member of the military, here are some key facts to know about the impending changes: Read More

Categories: Estate Planning

April 4, 2017

Does Getting Divorced Affect Your Credit?

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Getting divorced can impact your life in several ways, but directly affecting your credit is not one of them. The banks and credit rating agencies do not consider marital status when determining your creditworthiness. So, your credit status did not change when you got married, and it will not change when you get divorced. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

March 31, 2017

Understanding the Probate Process

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In February, we discussed one of the first steps in preparing for probate: Understanding Your Loved One’s Will. In that article, we discussed the various roles that a person’s will plays in probate, from (potentially) designating the method of probate to accounting for funeral expenses and distributing some or all of the decedent’s assets after death. Read More

Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

March 24, 2017

Seeking Custody When You Work Full-Time: Four Important Considerations

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If you are among the many parents for whom pursuing a career and raising your children are not mutually-exclusive, understanding how maintaining a full-time job can affect your bid for custody (called “conservatorship” in Texas) will be an important part of the divorce process. While there is nothing in Texas’s conservatorship law that expressly disfavors working parents, if you are fighting for custody, you can expect your spouse to raise the issue, and there are certain steps you can take to help strengthen your case for the custody rights you desire. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

February 15, 2017

Preparing for Probate: Understanding Your Loved One’s Will

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If your loved one left behind a will, administering his or her estate will involve carrying out the terms of the will through the probate process. Whether you have been named as personal representative, are a named beneficiary in the will or believe that you are entitled to a share of your loved one’s estate, it is important to understand the probate process – and it is also important to understand the role of some of the key provisions of your loved one’s will.

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Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

February 13, 2017

5 Key Facts for Parents Considering Divorce

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As a parent, going through a divorce requires careful consideration of a number of issues that relate specifically to your children’s financial and emotional needs. From the method you and your spouse choose for getting divorced to the statutory calculation of child support, virtually all aspects of your divorce can play a role in your children’s post-divorce lives.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

February 8, 2017

Can You Change Your Name After You Get Divorced in Texas?

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For many people, getting a divorce is a fresh start. It is a chance to leave the past behind, and to begin anew without the stresses and burdens that held them back over the years or decades past. While there will always be certain reminders, changing your name is one way to help facilitate moving on and transitioning into a new, independent life.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

December 30, 2016

When Is It Time to Prepare? Warning Signs for Divorce

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Getting divorced can be a life-changing experience, and the decision to file for divorce is not one to be taken lightly. From the emotional and family consequences to the more-practical financial considerations (e.g., Which assets will you be able to keep? Will you be paying or receiving spousal support?), there are several important issues that should factor into your decision of whether, and when, to file for divorce.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce