Texas Alimony Basics

Published September 28, 2016 | By

This article will outline the basic issues involved in alimony in a Texas divorce case.  First, let’s get clear on the terminology.  “Alimony” is the commonly used name for periodic payments of post-divorce support for a spouse, not to be confused with child support which is intended for support of the children of a marriage.  Since as Texans we like to be unique, the statutory name given for alimony is “spousal maintenance.”  So whether the term used is “spousal support,” “spousal maintenance” or just alimony, the meaning is generally the same:  periodic post-divorce payments from one spouse to the other for the support of the recipient spouse. Continue reading →

Posted in Alimony, Men's Issues, Property Division, Taxes & Divorce

What is “Standard” Visitation Anyway?

Published June 10, 2016 | By

Texas divorce lawyers frequently refer to the “SPO” which is short for the Texas Standard Possession Order.  This statute defines a default visitation schedule that is presumed to be in the child’s best interest.  While this presumption is rebuttable under certain circumstances, my guess is that the Standard Possession Order (or some slightly modified version of it) is the visitation schedule in 90% or more of the divorce cases in Texas.

The statutory schedule is very long and detailed.  You can view the actual statute here.  In this article I will highlight Continue reading →

Posted in Children & Divorce, Men's Issues, Visitation

Three Common Mistakes Made by Men in Divorce

Published February 23, 2016 | By

Divorce is difficult for all parties involved, including husband, wife and sadly the children. Everyone’s situation is unique but there are some common pitfalls and mistakes that are more commonly encountered by men.  In this post I will explore some of the most common challenging situations and mistakes made by men in divorce cases.

Mistake #1 – Agreeing to Very Bad Financial Divorce Terms

When it is the husband who wants the Continue reading →

Posted in Divorce, Men's Issues, Property Division