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January 30, 2014

Independent Administration of Estates in Texas: Does it Make the Probate Process Easier?

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What is probate?  It is the legal process of proving the validity of a Will.  It is also commonly understood to refer to the legal process in which the estate of a decedent is administered.

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Categories: Wills & Trusts, Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

January 27, 2014

Different Types of Child Custody

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When a couple divorces, one of the most difficult--and often contentious--aspects of the process is determining custody of the couple's child or children.  In Texas, custody is called conservatorship, and within conservatorship, there are two types of custody – legal custody and physical custody.  Collin County Divorce Attorneys seek several types of child custody on behalf of their clients:

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

January 21, 2014

Child Support Modifications

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When an initial order for child support is issued in a case, in addition to the application of the child support guidelines in the Texas Family Code, the court can consider other relevant factors at the time the order is made; i.e. who has custody of the child or children, the parties' income, the needs of the child or children, visitation schedules and cost thereof, and anything helpful to a determination of what amount of support is necessary and possible to achieve the best interest of the child or children. 

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

January 15, 2014

Major Change of Spousal Support in Texas

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Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code pertaining to Texas Spousal Maintenance has significant changes. The Texas Spousal Maintenance changes became effective for divorce cases filed on or after September 1, 2013. The overall goal of the changes is to allow courts to provide more help to spouses who have been out of the work force, are disabled, are victims of family violence, or are the primary custodians of a disabled child. If you are thinking about dissolving your marriage and any of these categories apply to you, contact your Collin County Divorce Attorney so that you can better understand how the changes in spousal maintenance will affect you.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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