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Spousal Maintenance and Temporary Spousal Support in Texas Divorce

Is Texas an alimony state? Alimony is the common term used to identify post-divorce payments from one former spouse to the other. However, in Texas, there is only one form of court ordered post-divorce payment obligation from one spouse to another. Does Texas have spousal support? The only form...

Twenty Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Divorce Attorney

Knowing the right questions to ask a prospective family law attorney when you are interviewing lawyers to assist you, can mean the difference between excellent legal representation and possibly mediocre representation. When selecting legal counsel for a divorce or child custody issue, it is best to choose a Board...

An Introduction to Estate Planning

Many individuals believe that estate planning, or “leaving a legacy” is only for the rich. Without a doubt, estate planning is important for those who are wealthy. Yet, it has been our experience that the more modest your estate, the greater your need to arrange it for careful handling...

Shifts we are seeing in post-separation parenting plans

Family law attorneys, family court judges and therapists, along with academia, scholars and researchers are all currently grappling with a shift taking place in the area of creating shared parenting plans for divorcing spouses. Since about 2000, for a number of reasons and/or justifications, there has been an increase...

Honesty is the best policy when working with your attorney

Most of us agree with the simple, yet powerful life principle, “honesty is the best policy.” Yet, when it comes to working with your attorney, whether it be with regard to your divorce, your estate plan, your will, or any other legal case, it is especially vital that you...

A workshop for Leaving a Legacy – Giving Beyond a Lifetime

Trey Yates will be presenting a complimentary Legacy Planning Workshop on Sunday, July 15, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., at Unity of Houston. This informative workshop is designed to assist individuals, couples or families in understanding the benefits of basic estate and gift planning, and how “Your Legacy” can shape the...

Premarital Agreements

Prenups are no longer taboo for many couples Based on several recent studies and what we have seen in our law practice, prenups or premarital agreements, seem to be losing their stigma, and are actually gaining in popularity. Prenups are contracts between spouses designed to protect assets, earnings and...
Women at Midlife More Likely to Initiate Divorce, Yet Have the Most to Lose

Divorce in Midlife

Women at Midlife More Likely to Initiate Divorce, Yet Have the Most to Lose According to a survey conducted by AARP, women facing divorce in midlife are especially vulnerable financially, and more likely than men to be troubled about becoming financially destitute. In her book, He’s History, You’re Not:...
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Children’s Issues in a Divorce

It is the policy of the State of Texas to assure children will have frequent and continuing contact with both parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child. With this in mind, the courts in Texas favor joint managing conservatorships in which...

Don’t Let Divorce Derail Your Retirement

If you are considering or going through divorce, it is likely that divorce will impact your retirement. However, the more knowledgeable you are about yours and your spouse’s finances, including your retirement benefits, and divorce law in Texas, the better prepared you will be to make sure divorce doesn’t...

The Traits Of The Best Divorce Lawyers

During the run up to a divorce action, those involved are understandably under significant stress making it hard to find the best divorce lawyer to represent their position. The process of identifying the lawyer that suits you best is difficult at best and even harder when you’re not really...
Do you need a prenuptial agreement

Do You Need A Prenuptial Agreement?

If you and your future spouse wish to have a clear and binding prenuptial agreement then it is advisable for both of you to engage your own family law attorney. However, long before you get the attorneys involved both of you need to decide on the terms. Why is...
What constitutes the divorce agreements

What Constitutes The Divorce Agreement?

A divorce agreement is a legally binding document that meets the expectations of both parties to a divorce. To reach the stage in the divorce action both parties will normally have hired their own divorce lawyer who will assist them in arriving at an agreement that is acceptable to...

What Is Family Law?

Family law is a body of case precedents and statutes that govern the legal responsibilities of those involved in a domestic relationship. Those that are included are the husband, wife, grandparents, etc., usually anyone that that is a blood relation or one related by marriage. As many cases involving...

Traditional Will or Revocable Living Trust?

   by  Ken_Mayer  By Houston Probate Attorney Estelee Garrison In recent years, the Revocable Living Trust has increased in popularity as an alternative to the traditional Last Will and Testament as an estate planning document, especially among the baby boomer generation. However, a living trust may not be the best...

5 Things You Need to Do When Preparing for a Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Happy New Year! As we move into 2015, news headlines and social media are abuzz with tips on how to eat healthier, get more exercise, organize our homes and offices, etc. As a family law attorney, experienced in divorce, I...

Is Your Estate Plan Up to Date?

By Houston Probate Attorney Estelee Garrison An effective estate plan should be designed to carry out your wishes for the distribution of assets and the appointment of representatives to manage your affairs in the event of your death, or temporary or permanent disability. To establish your intentions and reduce...

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