Involved in a Texas family law or other Texas civil case and wondering if you really have to go to mediation? Have a problem scheduling or attending? Learn more about the process and how to solve some common problems. Types of cases If you are involved in a Texas family law case or other Texas civil case, your attorney may have told you that you are going to need to attend mediation. And … [Read more...] about Mediation – Do I Have to? Solving Common Problems Related to Mediation
What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
You are under court orders and your child decides they are NOT going to visit their other parent? What is the best way to handle this situation? Your Responsibility If you are under orders from the court to make the child available for visitation, you could be found in contempt of court if your ex decides to take this to a judge. Remember, court orders are in effect until they expire, or … [Read more...] about What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
Coaching a Child in a Contested Custody Case
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
Holiday Visitation? Read Your Decree!
Over the holidays, it is not unusual for disputes to arise over visitation times between co-parents. Holidays are stressful times in general. Families today are more varied, more mobile, and more complicated that they were years ago. It can be easy to escalate from annoyance to anger when your ex seems to be demanding and unconcerned with your plans for the holidays. A few tips to … [Read more...] about Holiday Visitation? Read Your Decree!
A Divorce Lawyer’s Practical Tips on Minimizing the Effects of Divorce on Kids!
It is undisputed that divorce has long-term effects on children, such as depression, trust issues, social difficulties and anxiety. When divorce is necessary, it is important to pay very close attention to how the divorce is affecting the children. Unfortunately, many people do unintentionally place their children "in the middle". This can easily happen. Some comments and questions that … [Read more...] about A Divorce Lawyer’s Practical Tips on Minimizing the Effects of Divorce on Kids!
What Happens if an Adoption Does not Work out? (Adoption Dissolution)
The National Council for Adoption has estimated that between 1% and 10% of adoptions result in dissolution. There is little support available for families in these relatively rare situations. Adoptive parents considering an adoption dissolution can find themselves facing very strong criticism. Those outside the situation may strenuously voice objection to the very idea, believing that "you are … [Read more...] about What Happens if an Adoption Does not Work out? (Adoption Dissolution)
Is Your Divorce and Family Law Attorney There for you in an Emergency?
Is your divorce and family law attorney "there for you" in an emergency? What is a "true" emergency? How should you handle an emergency in your family law case? Legal problems sometimes do result in true emergencies. There are also urgent situations that feel like emergencies because they are "emotional emergencies". When you have an attorney, it is normal to want and hope for answers … [Read more...] about Is Your Divorce and Family Law Attorney There for you in an Emergency?
DNA Testing for Family Law and Immigration Cases has Strict Standards
DNA testing is sometimes used in paternity, adoption and immigration cases. Here are some reasons that DNA testing may be used and who may request the test: 1. In a traditional paternity case: As evidence of the identity of the biological father a. requested by the biological mother in order to enforce the duty of care and child support; or b. requested by the biological father … [Read more...] about DNA Testing for Family Law and Immigration Cases has Strict Standards