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Who gets possession of the family pet(s) in a divorce?

Sixty-eight percent of the U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the National Pet Ownership Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association in 2018. And spending on those pets increases each year. One estimate puts our pet spending for food, supplies, vet care,...

Why a do-it-yourself divorce may not be in your best interest

If you are considering divorce, you may be thinking about trying a do-it-yourself approach using a website, book and or court provided documents. Maybe you are hoping to save money, time or heartache by simply getting it done. These are good intentions, but as the saying goes…”The road to...

Before you file for divorce, prioritize, plan and prepare

If your marriage is on the brink of divorce, do yourself a favor and take some time to protect yourself and your children, and prepare for this process. Learn all you can about divorce in Texas, commit to being fully engaged and plan your strategy before you act. Most...
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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...
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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...

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