5 Ways Your Spouse Can Conceal Assets to Receive a Better Settlement

One of the most contentious aspects of a divorce can be the splitting of assets. The fear of financial loss during divorce sometimes leads to a spouse taking drastic measures in efforts to “win” the divorce. Some unscrupulous spouses will stop at nothing when it comes to manipulating bank accounts, checkbooks, ledgers, and other indicators of actual net worth.  If you’ve been married to someone who has a history of Read More

5 Reasons to Mediate Divorce

Most couples can benefit from a mediated divorce settlement rather than going through traditional litigation and trial in the courtroom. If you and your spouse prefer an efficient final divorce instead of slogging through months or years of punishing litigation, then mediation is probably right for you. Here are five reasons why mediation can benefit divorcing couples during the divorce process and in the years to Read More

Raising the Cap on Texas Child Support

Child Support in Texas is based on statutory presumptions. The Texas Family Code sets out presumptive guidelines for Texas courts to use in determining child support. The Texas Family Code also sets a “cap” or maximum income that can be used to determine the amount of support owed. Every six years, the state Attorney General’s office reviews the cap on monthly child support and adjusts the amount using the consumer Read More

Ready to Adopt Your Stepchild? What every stepfather needs to know.

Adopting your stepchild is an act of love and courage. Love for the child, love for your spouse, and love for everyone involved in the family being created. Courage in stepping out of your comfort zone to take this bold step in intentionally creating a permanent, new family.  As rewarding as the final adoption will be, the process of getting there takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Because adoption Read More

5 Apps That Can Make Your Divorce Easier

Once you begin the divorce process, issues seem to come at you from every side. There's the financial aspects, the emotional side of the divorce, supporting your children through divorce, and trying to figure out a new normal with your ex. Luckily, there are apps that make this life change a little bit easier. Mend Many men neglect their emotional needs during divorce, choosing instead to focus on the changing Read More

Your Texas Divorce Questions Answered

Once you’ve decided that divorce is the only option for your marriage, you’re sure to have lots of questions. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Texas divorce and find out what to expect. Q: How long does it take to get divorced? A: The timeframe depends largely on the complexity of the case and how cooperative both parties are. In Texas, parties must wait at least 60 days after Read More

What Does ‘The Child’s Best Interest’ Mean During Your Divorce?

For many divorcing parents, child custody is the single most stressful factor in their separation. You may have heard the phrase “the child’s best interests.” Most states consider the child’s best interests when deciding custody, visitation, and child support. In Texas, judges use a variety of factors to determine the best custody arrangement for a family. Public Policy The phrase “best interests” is intentionally Read More

Six Steps to Create an Effective Parenting Plan After Divorce

The process of writing a parenting plan can be painful, particularly if the end of the marriage is contentious or sudden. However, when done well, a parenting plan can set clear boundaries, help children move through the divorce process with minimal confusion, and set the foundation for a productive coparenting relationship. Specifically address the school year, summer vacation, holidays, and school breaks. A Read More