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December 2018 Archives

When is it smart to include the dog in a prenuptial and/or postnuptial agreement?

Texas readers are well aware that divorce is a difficult process, especially if the two parties are not able to work together on an amicable agreement. In some cases, it is necessary to go to court to resolve disputes and reach a final settlement, and along the way, couples may fight over everything from who gets the house to who gets to keep the pets. For many families, pet ownership can play a critical role in a divorce.

What happens if the other parent refuses to pay child support?

1) Life after divorce is not always easy for Texas parents. Disputes and hard feelings can continue even after the process is final, and sometimes, these disagreements can spill over into child support and child custody matters. You may be dealing with continued issues after your divorce, especially if the other parent refuses to pay child support as ordered.

Standing Orders of the Court (ATROS) protects assets during the divorce process

You may have heard the acronym "ATROS", and may think the speaker is talking about baseball, but which actually refers to standard "standing orders" issued in several counties in Family Law cases. However, Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROS) consist of an actual restraining order based on issuance of citation usually related to a divorce, suit affecting the Parent-Child relationship, annulment or paternity action. Rather than the physical and emotional protection provided by a conventional restraining order, ATROS essentially freezes the couple's marital estate if any, and mutually restrains each party until the matter is finalized in court or further order of the Court. In some counties these are automatically issued,.   Protecting finances for both sides

Judges who show bias can be taken off of a case

The law has a certain amount of ambiguity that leaves it open to interpretation. However, there are certain ironclad rules. One such rule is that a judge must appear to act impartial. Therefore, it must have come as a shock to many when a New York judge took an adversarial stance towards a man who was behind on his child support payments.

Divorcing a spouse with an addiction

You may be among the many families in Texas and across the country who have suffered because of a loved one's substance abuse. In fact, more than 24 million people struggle with addiction in the U.S., and it takes its toll on families in many ways.

Steps dads can take to improve chances of custody

The courts are more apt to award joint custody to parents these days, particularly if the divorce is uncontested. However, many believe that the courts still favor the mother and some states are taking steps to fix that. It is also still typical that the mother stays in the children's primary residence even when the parents share custody. These factors can lead fathers to feel that they are fighting an uphill battle.

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