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May 28, 2021

How to Avoid Parental Alienation in Divorce

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Sometimes they do it intentionally, but many times divorcing parents are not really aware when it’s happening. Parental alienation is all too common in McKinney divorce cases. One or both parents say and do things to damage their child’s relationship with the other parent.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

May 21, 2021

How to Fund a Living Trust to Avoid Probate

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Living trusts have become a popular tool for people who want to avoid the expense and delays of the probate process. However, it is not enough just to set up a trust with a McKinney estate planning attorney. To enable the trust to function as it’s intended, you must also take the right steps to fund the trust.

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Categories: Estate Planning

May 14, 2021

Does Texas Favor Mothers in Divorce Cases?

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Back when a woman’s “place” was supposed to be in the home, it was clear that Texas judges favored mothers when it came to child custody decisions. Today, however, fathers are not only more likely to play an active role in their children’s lives, but also to be stay-at-home parents with primary caregiving responsibilities. Laws have changed to reflect changes in society. But when all is said and done, does Texas still favor mothers in divorce cases? An Allen child custody lawyer reviews the impact of legal changes.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

April 30, 2021

How to Win Custody in Texas

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Texas courts always strive to make custody decisions that are in the best interest of the child involved. They also usually operate under a presumption that a child benefits from regular contact with both parents. For those reasons, an Allen child custody lawyer can never guarantee that a parent will be granted sole custody. However, there are ways to demonstrate to the court that it is in a child's best interest to award physical or legal custody to a particular parent or to terminate the other parent’s rights.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

April 23, 2021

Can a Will Help You Avoid Probate?

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Probate is no fun. The process can be expensive, time-consuming, and confusing. Mistakes can be costly. And there are ways to set up an estate plan to avoid probate, so that has become a goal for many.

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Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

April 16, 2021

COVID’S Impact on Child Custody Arrangements

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The sudden closures and lifestyle changes that took the world by surprise at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic forced some new procedures in child custody arrangements that are now becoming standard in McKinney and elsewhere throughout the state. Some of these changes can be helpful in any environment, while others may be more useful during times of restriction caused by current or future health concerns, weather issues, or other emergency situations.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

April 9, 2021

Making a Visitation Plan for Summer Vacation

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While summer vacation is eagerly anticipated by kids, their parents often dread the months away from the regular school schedule. This can be especially true for parents who are separated or divorced.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

March 31, 2021

FAQs About Divorce and Family Law in McKinney During COVID

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The COVID-19 pandemic has added layers of stress and uncertainty to the already challenging process of handling divorce and other family law issues in McKinney. Child custody, valuing and dividing property, and even divorce procedures are just a few of the factors affected by COVID concerns and shutdowns.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

March 3, 2021

Domestic Violence Hazards During COVID

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The COVID crisis did not turn people into domestic abusers. However, the lockdowns that forced families to remain together without a break fostered conditions that made domestic violence situations even more unbearable.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

February 26, 2021

Can Your Spouse Take Your Separate Property in Divorce? Our McKinney Divorce Lawyers Explain How Separate Property is Handled in Texas

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When you talk about divorce in McKinney, people will often tell you that because Texas is a “community property” state, it means that absolutely everything both spouses own is shared jointly. However, that is simply not true. Property that is classified as “separate” remains yours alone after the marriage.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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