How to Effectively Co-Parent With Your Ex after a Divorce
The idea behind coparenting is that even though your marriage is over the parenting relationship you have with your ex continues. In over two decades of practice I have seen people who have handled this situation effectively, as well as those who have spent their children’s remaining childhood feuding with each other. Obviously, the latter situation should be avoided if at all possible. Here are my best tips on how to effectively manage that relationship. Continue reading →
Texas Alimony Basics
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 →
What is “Standard” Visitation Anyway?
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 →
Three Common Mistakes Made by Men in Divorce
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 →