Contested custody cases are very very difficult on everyone. A caring parent wants to protect the child and wants the end result of the case to be in the child's best interest. But the desire to win will be strong and there may also be a desire to retaliate against the other parent. Although such feelings are human, coaching a child can be costly. "Coaching" a child occurs when someone … [Read more...] about Coaching a Child in a Contested Custody Case
WELL... I say it every year and I'm going to say it again! It is time to review your visitation orders and think about your holiday schedule! A lot of conflict can be prevented by reviewing your plans in advance. Make sure that your court orders really say what you think they say. From mid-October through January 2nd, the calendar is chock full of celebrations, holidays, parties, religious … [Read more...] about Here come the Holidays… Review your Visitation Orders!!
If you (or someone that you know) is living in an explosive, abusive situation, a plan for personal safety is important. The Montgomery County Texas Sheriff Department has an excellent checklist that applies to various stages of the situation. First of all, it is important to know what to do if violence erupts. For instance, know how to get out of the way of anything that could be used as a … [Read more...] about Living in an Abusive Situation- Making a Personal Safety Plan
If someone is considering suicide, may harm him/herself or others, is unable to make a rational decision about care, is suffering severe distress, or is deteriorating significantly, an involuntary mental health commitment may take place. The first responders to such a situation may be local law enforcement, a crisis intervention team (in counties where these teams are available), or a responder … [Read more...] about Involuntary Mental Health Commitment in Texas
If you are getting a divorce, and you or your spouse earns bonuses or commissions, be aware that these are assets that will need to be revealed in the divorce and may be split between the parties. Once the divorce is begun information will be shared between the parties and their attorneys about the debts and the assets of the marriage. If either party has separate property, that will be … [Read more...] about Bonuses, Commissions and Other Tricky Splits in Divorce
Adult adoption in Texas is a simpler process than adoption of a child. A person who has reached adulthood and is legally competent to speak for his/herself can make the decision to be legally adopted by another adult. In an adult adoption, there is no home study required. A biological parent does not need to be notified, and does not need to consent to the adoption of his/her child by … [Read more...] about Adult Adoption in Texas