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My Child Can Choose Which Parent to Live With…Right?

It is a common misconception that a child over the age of 12 can simply elect which parent he or she wants to live with. I can’t tell you how many clients have walked in to my office having heard this and hoping that it will be that easy. I hate to be the bearer […]

What is the Harm in Not Making Child Support Payments to the Disbursement Unit?

I certainly know how tedious family law orders can be. Some divorce decrees can grow to over 100 pages! But what you are not reading, or what you are ignoring, can turn out to really bite you in the backside. If you are ordered to pay child support, and you are also ordered to pay […]

Deciphering Child Custody Language

Everyone is familiar with basic child custody language, right? Well, Texas has a funny way of taking familiar concepts and labeling them with unfamiliar terms. For instance, the Texas Family Code doesn’t use the terms custody. Custody might be referring to conservatorship, possession and access, or child support, which is collectively termed the parenting plan. […]

Standard Possession Order Decoded

When it comes times to determine a possession schedule for the children, where do we start? Well, in Texas, it is always prudent to start with the Standard Possession Schedule found in the Texas Family Code. While both parties are encouraged to make changes as befits the uniqueness of their lives, this is a strong […]

Extra-Divorce Orders and Paperwork and How They are Often Overlooked

An unfortunate belief is that the only thing necessary in a divorce is a final divorce decree signed by a Judge. While this may be true to get you divorced, there are oftentimes additional paperwork necessary to effectuate the terms of the decree. I’ll go through a non-exhaustive list of some of the more common […]

Informal Agreements: What are They Good For?

I can’t tell you how many times a client has walked in the room with a sheet of paper if their hand, and a look of satisfaction on their face, because they have already sown up their family law case. The parties have written down everything they want to do, they have signed it, and […]

Should I Move Out of the House?

You have had it. Your marriage is no longer working. There is nothing left to do but to move out of the house. It is for the best, right? Well, maybe not. A difficult thing about being a family law attorney is that we are constantly asked to contrast the emotional needs of our clients […]