Why Cases Aren’t as Simple as You May Think

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Some people get caught up in the “Do it Yourself” movement and decide to represent themselves in a divorce.  After all, how hard can it be? They’re thinking:  Texas is a 50-50 property state, so you divide everything equally.  Then you use standard visitation and child support guidelines. You just write down what you want and the Judge will straighten …

What’s My Worst Possible Outcome?

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In almost every attorney-client relationship, there needs to be more and better communication. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), attorneys can’t read their clients’ minds.  We can sometimes anticipate questions, but we can’t always provide reassurance and information without being asked questions. At some point in almost every case, a client will wonder what the worst outcome could be for their case.  …

Be Informed About Alternatives

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If you are facing a potential divorce or other family law issue, you should be considering what legal approach you will use to resolve it.  You actually have several choices.  Here are some comments about different options.  Fort Worth divorce and family lawyers should be able to discuss all of these options with you.  If an attorney tries to limit …

Thinking Ahead

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It’s the time of the year when many people are holding back on making a decision they really want to make.  They are putting off filing for divorce until after the holidays. Nevertheless, they are still thinking about their options.  If you find yourself considering the possibility of divorce, here are some things to think about until the holidays are …

When is the Best Time to File for Divorce?

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If you are thinking about filing for divorce, one of the obvious questions is about timing. There is no simple, universal answer as to when the best time is to file. Sometimes, couples may think about, and even talk about, divorce for years and then finally decide to take the plunge. Other times, a quick decision is necessary. Here are …

Waiting on the 60-Day Waiting Period

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One of the most common misperceptions regarding divorce is the idea that a divorce is, or must be, completed when the 60-day waiting period is up. Under Texas law, the parties must wait for 60 days, beginning with the date they file for divorce, before they can be divorced. Even then, the divorce doesn’t happen automatically. There is actually much …

What to Do if Your Spouse Files for Divorce

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At this time of year, once the holidays are over, many people decide to begin the process of divorce. Sometimes, their spouse either doesn’t expect it or is in denial or doesn’t want to get divorced. This post is for those people who are reacting to a situation out of their control — when their spouse files for divorce. If …

How to Start a Divorce

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Because it’s January again and many people are thinking about divorce, it may be helpful to have a brief review of what someone can do to prepare to file for divorce. Some people don’t really plan ahead. They just go see a lawyer and turn everything over over to the lawyer to file and come up with a plan of …

What are Your Options to Resolve Family Law Cases?

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When suddenly (or even gradually) faced with the prospect of a divorce or other major family change, many people begin to wonder what their options are. It is a very common question I hear from prospective clients. Very simply, there is a range of methods that can be employed to resolve family law matters. Kitchen Table. In some cases, spouses …

A Divorce Fair — Good or Bad Idea?

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A recent post in the Ontario Family Law Blog discussed how there had recently been a “Divorce Fair” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was like a lot of trade shows with a variety of exhibitors and presentations, but they all related to divorce. It sounded like an interesting idea that potentially could help people considering or facing divorce or …