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What is the Role of an Attorney Ad Litem in Texas Family Cases?
12 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
When divorce, child custody, or other family matters get contentious or complicated, the judge will often appoint an “Attorney Ad Litem” to represent your child. The attorney is to advocate for the child during legal proceedings and protect his or her interests. Simply put, the attorney ad litem is the child’s attorney. In this article, we are going to explain the role of an attorney ad litem in Texas family law and answer some frequently asked questions. What is an attorney ad...
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Malicious Parent Syndrome: Does Your Ex Have This?
09 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
Divorce and child custody battles can bring out the worst in parents. When tensions run high, divorcing spouses sometimes engage in a type of destructive behavior called “Malicious Parent Syndrome.” In this article, we will answer common questions about Malicious Parent Syndrome and explain how it can cause irreparable damage to parent/child relationships and impact a family law case. What is Malicious Parent Syndrome? Malicious Parent Syndrome (MPS) is a type of vengeful behavior exhibited...
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What Should I Do if My Ex Calls CPS on Me?
07 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times in your life. That’s especially true if children are involved. Emotions can run high and disagreements about parenting or discipline can blow up and become major obstacles. Nothing will ratchet up the tension more than one spouse calling Child Protective Services on the other. In this blog post, our attorneys will explain what you should do if your ex calls CPS and answer some frequently asked questions. What is CPS? Child Protective...
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Do I Need a Divorce for Common Law Marriage in Texas?
06 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
Texas recognizes common law marriage, which means you will need a divorce to legally dissolve the union. That’s the only way to ensure that your interests are protected and to avoid problems down the road. In this article, we will answer common questions about informal marriages and explain why it’s important to obtain a divorce for common law marriage in Texas and how to go about doing so. But first, please watch this video by family law attorney Turner Thornton. What is common law marriage...
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What is a Rule 11 Agreement in a Divorce or Custody Case in Texas?
05 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
If you are going through a divorce or custody case, you may have heard your attorney refer to a “Rule 11 Agreement.” In Texas, Rule 11 agreements are common in divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. But what is it and when might you need one? In this blog post, we will break it down for you and answer some frequently asked questions. But first, please take a moment to watch this video by family law attorney Turner Thornton. What is a Rule 11 Agreement in a Divorce or Custody...
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DWOP: What is Dismissal for Want of Prosecution in a Divorce or Family Case?
01 September 2022 by Turner Thornton
It is not uncommon in divorce or family law litigation for cases to stall or drag on. Sometimes it is intentional by one of the parties. Other times, there are valid reasons for the delay. Regardless, if there is no movement on your case, a family law judge can move for a “Dismissal for Want of Prosecution,” or DWOP. In this article, we are going to discuss DWOP or “Dismissal for Want of Prosecution,” but first please watch this video by family law attorney Turner Thornton....
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What is the Right of First Refusal in Texas Custody Cases?
22 August 2022 by Turner Thornton
When child custody agreements are ironed out, parents sometimes include an optional clause called the “Right of First Refusal.” This requires a parent to offer the other parent the opportunity to watch their child before contacting a babysitter or a relative if they have a child-care issue. On the surface, this seems like a win-win. One parent doesn’t have to worry about finding (or paying) a babysitter, while the co-parent gets more time with the child. However, the right of first...
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