After you have filed for divorce, your attorney will receive a timetable from the court. This is called a "Scheduling Order". It will show the time available to complete each phase of the case. In Texas, the Scheduling Order will also include a deadline to complete mediation. When you Need to Find a Mediator When the judge orders you to go to mediation in your contested divorce or … [Read more...] about The Importance of Choosing the Right Mediator
Need to keep your location confidential in order to stay safe? The Texas Address Confidentiality Program exists to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, human trafficking, and stalking. The person who wants the protection must enroll in the program. It is administered by the Attorney General of Texas. How it helps The program assigns a substitute address to use. This … [Read more...] about The Texas Address Confidentiality Program
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?
It is important to understand how legal services and fees are billed. Although the invoices may vary from law firm to law firm, here is some general information that can help you understand your legal invoice. How do "services" differ from "costs"? When you pay for legal services, you are paying for the time that your attorney and staff spend on your case. Each person who is billing for … [Read more...] about Understanding Your Legal Invoice
Today is Day #5 of our Covid 19 Tips. For previous tips, see our blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and Google Business Page. We will update and add to these tips regularly. The whole point of preparedness is to be ready for an unusual situation. The current coronavirus situation certainly applies. But, just in case you are tempted to say "this will all be over soon, so I don't need to … [Read more...] about Covid 19 Tip # 5: Organize Your Passwords
Most people agree that education should be a priority for young people. As this next generation prepares to take that leap towards higher education, your wallet may be feeling queasy. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 1) Remember to have your kids look at scholarships! Even if you don't feel that you are eligible, it's important to still apply. You never know how many others have applied … [Read more...] about Kids in College: How College Will Affect Your Finances
As we near graduation season, some might wonder how they can bear to be around the person they are divorcing or divorced from. Don't let legal squabbles spoil this important milestone for your child. Now is an important time to draw your graduating children a little closer. Things are coming to an end sooner than we might like. Taking the time to enjoy what time left you have with your child … [Read more...] about Divorce vs. Graduation: Don’t Let Legal Battles Interfere with Your Child’s Enjoyment of Graduation!
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