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Mediation and Divorce in Texas

by Houston Divorce Lawyer Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Increasingly, couples seeking divorce are using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to resolve issues in divorce proceedings. Mediation is probably the most common type of ADR method used in divorce cases today. While not advisable in all cases, this approach...

The Five Keys to Your Next Best Life

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Experiencing a major life change such as divorce is challenging. In our opinion, knowledge is empowering.  And each woman going through divorce has unique needs beyond securing the services of a divorce attorney. The Guide to Good Divorce program identifies...

Divorce Myths — Separating Fact From Fiction

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III I often find myself dispelling the many myths surrounding the divorce process when the topic comes up among friends, family or clients. I usually start by saying, “Divorce in real life is nothing like divorce on reality TV.” With that...

Giving thanks During Divorce Will Shift Your Perspective

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III This week most Americans spend time with their families, friends and loved ones giving thanks. For those who are going through divorce or whose marriages are on the brink, the holidays can be especially difficult and often emotionally overwhelming. A...

Practicing Gratitude Makes Us Happier Even During Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III My experience and science proves it: practicing gratitude makes us happier, even while going through divorce. One very important segment of my law practice involves helping clients navigate the rough and choppy waters of divorce. As one might expect, this...

Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III What is ADR? ADR is the commonly used acronym for Alternative Dispute Resolution. So, what is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Black’s Law Dictionary defines it as a procedure for settling a dispute by means other than litigation, such as arbitration, mediation,...

Marital Property Agreements

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Last week, we discussed Texas separate property agreements vs. Texas community property agreements as defined by the State of Texas. One of the main reasons a married couple would want to clearly define whether an asset is community or separate property...

Community Property vs. Separate Property

The Texas Marital Property System governs ownership, management, liability, and disposition of all property possessed before, during and upon dissolution of marriage.  There are two major categories of marital property in the State of Texas: Community Property and Separate Property. Separate property consists of property owned or claimed by...

Busting Divorce Myths on Great Day Houston

On Friday, March 23, I appeared on Great Day Houston along with Certified Divorce Financial Planner Patricia Barrett and Executive Coach Debra Bruce. The topic of discussion was the myths surrounding divorce. Watch the video below: Regardless of where women may be in the process of divorce, The Guide...

Why Choose a Board Certified Family Law Attorney?

Within the Texas  Legal Community, Board Certification means an attorney  has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law. There are more than 70,000 attorneys  licensed to practice  in Texas. Only 7,000 are Board Certified....

Don’t Be Shortchanged: Plan and Prepare for Divorce Before You File

by Houston Divorce Lawyer Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III If you are contemplating divorce, or decided to leave a failed relationship, you are not alone.  In the United States, more than 2 million marriages end in divorce each year. Statistically, many women who divorce end up shortchanged financially, so...

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