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Plano Family Law Blog

Custody and concussions: When parents disagree about football

When a mother and father are going through a custody battle, they often disagree on what is best for their family. While some custody battles may devolve into petty bickering between spouses, the majority of parents simply want to do what they believe is best for their child. Their arguments may revolve around a child’s religion, education and medical care. Sometimes, issues like extracurricular activities and sports also come into debate.

With recent evidence suggesting that football may cause serious head trauma in its players, the effects of the sport on young players have raised serious concerns. For some families, football may come to play a major role in their custody arrangements.

What is your business worth? You need to know before a divorce

As a business owner, you know that a divorce will bring various significant financial changes to your life. You likely have concerns over what the end of your marriage will mean for your business, but there are ways you can protect your interests. One of the things you can do is to understand how the process of dividing marital property will work and how it will impact business operations.

One of the most important steps for a business owner is to have an accurate evaluation for what your business may be worth. Business valuation is a process of determining the dollar value of your company, which is a key component in obtaining an equitable and fair property division order of the entire marital estate. Many Texas business owners find it beneficial to seek experienced legal guidance from a Board-certified Family Law expert attorney as they prepare for a high-asset and potentially high-conflict divorce.

Cohabitating with your partner? Know the dos and don'ts

In our modern age, many couples make the decision to live together before getting married. This can be an appealing arrangement: You get to spend time with your loved one while also saving money on rent and necessities.

Cohabitation appears simple at first glance, so many couples do not anticipate the legal pitfalls that can accompany it. But like any living arrangement, there are important legal aspects to take into consideration. In this post, we'll go over some of the most important dos and don'ts of cohabitation.

Is it possible to get full custody as a single father?

If you are a single father, you may be wondering whether it is possible to obtain full custody of your child. Some single fathers worry that the court will automatically grant custody to the child's mother out of a misconception that women are inherently more nurturing than men.

Fortunately, Texas courts are prohibited from discriminating against fathers. If you are petitioning for sole custody of your child, you should be on equal footing with your spouse. While every case is different, it is very possible for fathers to be granted custody of their children, and I have participated in many cases in which that has been the result.

Texas woman holds divorce garage sale, burns wedding dress

Dividing property in a divorce is never easy, especially when the divorce is contentious. There are many ways that people go about dispersing their property, but one Texas woman may have found a totally new method of destroying her own separate property. The Houston resident decided to get rid of her ex-husband's property by holding a massive garage sale.

After suffering for years in a marriage that the woman claims was abusive and violent, the divorcée decided to host a public act of catharsis. As part of the divorcée's property distribution arrangement, she had been awarded several pieces of marital property as well as items that had belonged to her ex-husband. She took all of the items that reminded her of the bad times spent with her now-despised former spouse and sold them at a garage sale.

What is financial infidelity, and how do I deal with it?

When most people think of infidelity, they think of a romantic liaison between their spouse and another person. One spouse discovers that the other has been having an affair. Sneaking around, keeping secrets and spending time with another person--it is definitely enough to strain any marriage. But romantic infidelity is far from the only type of cheating. As it turns out, financial infidelity is also common among spouses, and can also put strain on a marriage.

Financial infidelity is when one spouse hides financial activity from the other. Some examples include hidden bank accounts, secret reserves of cash, payments to paramours, offshore assets and surreptitious financial transactions. A survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 40 percent of spouses admit to hiding financial activity from their partners, whether lying about bills and debt or covering up their spending habits. The frequency of financial infidelity has increased over the past 10 years and may continue to rise.

Can grandparents get custody of their grandchildren? Pt 2

There are many situations in which grandparents may need to take custody of their grandchildren. In our last blog post, we discussed two legal arrangements that are common in grandparental custody cases: Power of attorney, and foster parenting. Our post today will conclude this two-part series on grandparental custody by exploring three more custody options for grandparents.


Divorce doesn’t have to ruin your business

You're definitely not the first Texas business owner to file for divorce, and no doubt, you will not be the last. However, no two situations are exactly the same; therefore, your concerns regarding asset and property division may be different from another person's. It's understandable that one of your highest priorities might be to protect your business. After all, it took you years to create, launch and build a successful company.

The last thing you want to do is to watch it all go to ruin because your marriage is no longer working. There are business resources that may be of benefit to someone in your situation, and there are also family law advocates who can provide legal clarification and guidance as to how best to proceed to protect your bottom line and obtain a fair and agreeable settlement.

Can grandparents get custody of their grandchildren? Pt 1

There are many reasons why grandparents may need to obtain custody of their grandchildren. Perhaps the biological parents are going through a difficult time, or the state has declared that the home environment is no longer safe. Whatever the reason, many grandparents are left wondering how to obtain custody of their grandchildren--and whether this is even possible.

In the state of Texas, there are several different ways in which grandparents may be granted custody of a child. This could include physical custody, legal custody or both. In this two-part series on our blog, we will examine a few forms of grandparent custody and the situations that may necessitate it.

Obtaining a protective order in Texas

There’s an old saying that love hurts. Love may hurt emotionally, but it should never entail physical violence. If your relationship has become violent, it may be necessary to take out a protective order against the person who once claimed to love you. In Texas, protective orders, also known as orders of protection or retraining orders, can be used to protect individuals from a domestic partner who may try to harm them.

Going through the bureaucracy of obtaining a protective order while also dealing with an abusive partner can feel overwhelming. The more you know about protective orders before applying for one, the easier the process will be. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of protective orders and how to obtain one in Texas.

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