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January 31, 2019

Divorce Considerations for Same-Sex Spouses in Texas

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In the approximately three-and-a-half years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, many same-sex couples have used the Supreme Court’s proclamation of equal rights to bring their marriages to an end in Texas. While gay and lesbian couples continue to face some unique challenges, when it comes to getting divorced, the core legal principles apply equally to spouses seeking to end same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. If you are thinking about filing for a same-sex divorce in Texas in 2019, here is a list of the key legal issues you will need to consider:

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

January 18, 2019

Estate Planning Considerations for Same-Sex Couples in Texas

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Although same-sex couples now have full marriage equality in the United States under the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, from a practical perspective, gay and lesbian couples can still face some undesirable challenges when it comes to having their relationships acknowledged and respected in Texas and other parts of the country. This makes it particularly important for same-sex spouses to thoughtfully prepare comprehensive estate plans. A comprehensive estate plan will address much more than the distribution of a person’s property after death, and will provide clear and unambiguous direction for limiting court involvement to the greatest extent possible.

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Categories: Estate Planning

December 31, 2018

When Can a Parent Lose Custody in Texas?

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In Texas, as in most states, the law presumes that it is in a child’s best interests to be raised by both parents, at least in a limited capacity. However, in appropriate cases, the Texas courts will take away parents’ custody rights. As in all child custody matters, the key focus is on protecting the “best interests” of the child involved.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

December 17, 2018

Estate Planning Considerations for 2019

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Whether you already have an estate plan or you have been putting off putting a plan in place, the start of a new year is always a good time to reexamine your goals and needs. While there have not been any significant legal developments that are likely to have a drastic impact on currently-existing estate plans, changes in family, financial and health circumstances could warrant re-examination of your estate plan for 2019.

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Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

November 30, 2018

Year in Review: Getting Divorced in Texas

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As 2018 comes to a close, we thought we would take the time to revisit some of our articles from earlier in the year. The following are 10 articles we published on our blog discussing topics related to filing for divorce in Texas.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

November 16, 2018

Year in Review: Estate Planning Lessons From 2018

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Each year, we publish numerous articles on the topic of estate planning. Here are 10 of our top articles from 2018.

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Categories: Estate Planning

October 31, 2018

Health Insurance and Your Divorce: 5 Important Considerations

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When going through a divorce, one of your primary goals should be to ensure that you will have adequate financial resources to support yourself and your children once your marriage is over. For many divorcing spouses (both parents and non-parents), a key financial consideration during the divorce process is health insurance. While health insurance is something that some divorcing spouses are lucky enough to take for granted, for others, ensuring access to coverage can be a critical component of a successful outcome.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

October 17, 2018

Estate Planning Considerations for Parents with Minor Children

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As a parent with minor children, planning your estate involves certain special considerations. While it is difficult to think about not being around to watch your children grow, this is unfortunately a possibility; and, as a parent, you owe it to yourself, your children and your other loved ones to have a plan in place.

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Categories: Estate Planning

September 28, 2018

How Can I Ensure My Loved Ones Won’t Fight Over My Estate?

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When the world lost Aretha Franklin on August 16, one of the more-surprising stories to make headlines was the fact that she did not have an estate plan. While many of the details of the administration of Franklin’s estate are likely to remain private, with an estimated net worth of $80 million, it is fair to say that her surviving family members will likely face some struggles along the way.

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Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

September 14, 2018

Getting Divorced in Texas: When Negotiations Break Down

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For many married couples, getting divorced is an amicable process that involves working together to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution. While the spouses may have their differences, they share the same ultimate goal of ending their marriage as quickly and inexpensively as possible, and this goal can be a powerful motivator when it comes to negotiating in good faith and with an eye toward the future.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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