What Are a Father's Rights in Texas?
23 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
A father’s rights in Texas are laid out in the Family Code. There are a number of ways a man can be considered the father of a child. He may be presumed the father if he was married to the mother at the time the child was born. He can be determined the father through a paternity proceeding or can be legally recognized through an Acknowledgment of Paternity. He can also be an adoptive father. In many cases, fathers feel that mothers have almost total control when it comes to their children in...
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Grounds for Divorce in Texas
23 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
While Texas law allows for no-fault divorces, the Texas Family Code, beginning at Section 6.001, also sets out a number of grounds for divorce: The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict (“No Fault Divorce”) Cruelty Adultery Conviction of a Felony Abandonment Living Apart Confinement in a Mental Hospital What are the grounds for divorce in Texas? InsupportabilityInsupportability is defined in the Texas Family Code. Basically, it means that you and your spouse will not reconcile...
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Temporary Orders in Divorce in Texas
20 September 2021 by Turner Thornton
What are Temporary Orders? Temporary Orders are preliminary orders in a divorce issued by a family court to establish or maintain who will stay in the marital residence and who will move out, who the children are staying with and when, who will pay child support, and what the visitation schedule will be. Why Do Courts Issue Temporary Order The purpose of temporary orders is so the family can continue to function while the divorce is pending. Understandably, divorce is a tumultuous time for a family,...
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Mediation in Divorce
20 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
Nearly half of marriages end in divorce, and not all are adversarial or contentious. When possible, it is better for everyone involved to avoid heated arguments and constant fighting – especially when children are involved. While it is impossible to avoid a courtroom battle in some divorces, there are other cases where a couple might be able to work together to reach an amicable conclusion. Today more than ever before, couples consider mediation in divorce rather than litigation. What is Divorce...
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Should you pay a consultation fee for a divorce lawyer?
19 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
Consultation Fees in Divorce Cases Some law firms tout “free consultations” as a selling point to attract potential clients, but the reality is most reputable firms charge for a consultation. If you are wondering if you should pay a consultation fee for a divorce lawyer, there are many factors to consider. First and foremost, a paid consultation means you are getting an hour with an attorney who has reviewed preliminary information about your case and is prepared to discuss case-specific strategy...
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Business Assets in Divorce
19 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
How Are Business Assets Divided in a Texas Divorce? A business is often one of a person’s most valuable assets, not only financially, but also personally. A successful business takes years of hard work, patience, and personal investment to grow from the ground up. If you are facing the possibility of a divorce, you may want to consider taking steps to ensure that your business assets are protected. The last thing a couple wants after going through a divorce is to have to sell off their business or...
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Divorce and Social Media: Avoiding Pitfalls
18 September 2021 by J. Turner Thornton
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse… Social media is a big part of our lives today, thanks to ever-evolving technology, but can it affect those who are getting divorced? Divorce and social media can be a bad combination. Most adults today have at least one social media account, and the comments, photos, and videos shared on these accounts could affect their divorce in a negative way. Social Media Can Be Your Worst Enemy in a Divorce When spouses decide to divorce, social media accounts...
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