Family Law Articles

Five Tips to an Easier Divorce

Divorces are granted according to the terms listed in a Divorce Decree.  Couples get a Divorce Decree either through settlement or trial.  Most cases settle — with very few actually making it all the way to a trial. When a case settles is largely dependent on the attitudes and positions taken during the divorce proceedings.  While […]

Divorce and College Savings Plans

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 […]

Important Factors in a Gray Divorce in Texas

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 […]

Local Women’s Shelters in Dallas

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, […]

Property Division: Dividing a Timeshare in Divorce

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 […]

Common Law Marriage in Texas: Division of Property

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 […]

Child Custody in Common Law Marriages

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 […]

Financial Disclosure for Alimony Settlements

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 […]