Family Law Articles

Texas’ community property laws state that any property acquired by either spouse during the marriage belongs to both spouses equally. In the event of a divorce, the spouses must divide the property “fairly and justly” under the law. Accounts like college savings plans are subject to division just as an investment portfolio or bank account […]

Sadly, the divorce rates in this country continue to rise among older couples. When couples divorce, it is never an easy decision for those involved or their families. However, when older couples divorce, it can be much more difficult because of the many years you and your spouse spent together. If you need help with […]

When women fear for their safety or the safety of their children, one option is to seek help at women’s shelters in Dallas. These facilities are secure locations that can provide temporary housing and assistance to female victims of domestic violence. Many women’s shelters in the Dallas area provide additional services such as counseling, daycare, […]

In a divorce, some property division, such as car distribution, is easier and less complicated. But what about other types of jointly-owned property? For example, how do you divide a timeshare in divorce? Is the timeshare separate or community property?  One thing spouses going through a divorce must consider is whether or not the timeshare […]

Texas courts treat a common law marriage the same manner as traditional marriage, given that the spouses are able to prove the marriage is legitimate. Separating common law marriage partners must file for divorce, and follow the same rules for division of property, child custody, and child support as traditionally married couples. What constitutes common […]

There is very little difference between a traditional marriage and a common law marriage in Texas. Therefore, when a couple who the law considers to be in a common law marriage decides to separate, the court handles things like child custody the same as in a traditional marriage divorce. Both Parents Have a Right to […]

Texas requires full financial disclosure if one spouse seeks alimony or spousal payments. The current Texas statutes outlining spousal maintenance, or alimony, went into effect in September of 1995, state that courts will only award alimony if: The marriage lasted 10 years or more and the spouse seeking support can prove that she cannot provide […]

Many divorcing or divorced couples are able to put their differences aside in order to negotiate custody and child support agreements that are in the best interests of their children. The state encourages this type of co-action, and offers these parents an alternative to having a judge decide child support, called the Child Support Review […]

There are a number of reasons why a court may order drug tests during a pending divorce. Active drug use is of extreme relevance with regard to child custody and visitation. Under Texas child custody laws, courts must consider the various factors comprising the “best interests of the child” standard, used nationwide to help ensure […]