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Texas Divorce Discovery Rules: What Do I Have to Turn Over to My Ex? [2022]
09 May 2022 by Turner Thornton
If you are in the process of divorce, you may be surprised to learn that the law requires you to turn over voluminous information to your spouse and his or her attorney. This includes financial records, property documents, child insurance information, the list goes on. The good news is that the law works both ways, meaning your ex will also have to disclose their information. In this article, we are going to go over the Texas divorce discovery process and explain the rules and what information must...
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Original Petition for Divorce in Texas: Starting the Process
09 May 2022 by Turner Thornton
In Texas, a divorce case begins with something called an “original petition for divorce.” Basically, this is the document that gets the divorce process rolling. In this article, we are going to explain the original petition for divorce in Texas and answer some frequently asked questions. But first, please watch this video by family law attorney, Turner Thornton. What is an original petition for divorce in Texas? The original petition for divorce in Texas is a document that is filed with...
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10 Fascinating Facts about Divorce in Texas
09 May 2022 by Turner Thornton
When most people think of Texas, they think of cowboys, cattle, and the Wild West. However, there is another side to Texas that is often overlooked – its divorce rate. Nearly 12 percent of people will be divorced by age 30 in the Lone Star State. In this blog post, we throw out 10 fascinating facts about divorce in Texas and across the country. Keep reading to learn more! The average age for couples going through their first divorce is age 30. Couples who married between the ages are 20 to 25 are...
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Parental Alienation in Texas: What You Need to Know [2022]
14 April 2022 by Turner Thornton
In contentious child custody disputes, it’s not uncommon for one parent to try and turn their child against the other. It’s called parental alienation and, unfortunately, it’s a phenomenon we see far too often in the family law arena. In this article, we will discuss parental alienation in Texas and explain why this type of behavior is damaging to the child and can cause long-term emotional damage. What is parental alienation in Texas? Parental alienation, or Parental Alienation...
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Terminating Parental Rights in Texas: FAQ Answers [2022]
12 April 2022 by Turner Thornton
From time to time, clients ask us about terminating parental rights in Texas. Usually, it’s because the other parent is not involved in the child’s life or is exhibiting dangerous or abusive behavior. The first thing we tell clients is that terminating parental rights in Texas is not an easy process. Courts view termination of parental rights as a drastic step and are often hesitant to grant such a request because it means the child will only have one parent providing support for the...
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Texas Standard Possession Order | New 50-Mile Category [2022]
29 March 2022 by Turner Thornton
Child visitation can be one of the most contentious issues in divorce and custody cases. That’s why the Texas legislature created a visitation schedule – called the Standard Possession Order (SPO) – for parents to follow if they can’t come to a mutual agreement on possession times and days. The SPO is an order issued by the judge that spells out the days and times that the noncustodial parent has the right to possess the child. In this article, we will go over Texas Standard...
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Answer and counter petition for divorce [TX]
24 March 2022 by Turner Thornton
Being unexpectedly served with divorce papers can set off a flood of emotions –  anger, sadness, confusion. Most people have no idea what to do next. Do you just accept it –  or should you file paperwork of your own? In this article, we are going to discuss your options, including filing an answer and counter petition for divorce. My spouse served me divorce papers. Now what? If you have been served with divorce papers, you essentially have three choices: Do nothing. If you...
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