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Separate or Community Property in a Divorce Case.

As part of my representation of parties in a divorce proceeding,  the question often comes up as to what property is part of the marriage and what part of the property is not.   The answer is not always clear.   Parties tend to commingle and combine assets to a point that the distinction between separate […]

Grandparent Rights

Unfortunately, in today’s world, grandparents are faced with situations involving their grand children which make them petitioners in cases involving grand children and conservatorship. We are regularly called by grandparents who believe that they should be able to seek primary conservatorship of their grand children due to the actions of the child’s parent or […]

Misconceptions of Common Law Marriage

Do we have a common law marriage?

I must get at least one call every day from persons claiming they have a “common law marriage” and wish to fight for property or fight for custody of children.   The general belief of most persons is that if they are living together for 6 months that they […]

Divorce Questions 101

IS MY MARRIAGE VALID?In order to promote the public health and welfare and to provide the necessary records, the Texas Family Code specifies detailed rules to be followed in establishing the marriage relationship. However, in order to provide stability for those entering in to the marriage relationship in good faith and to provide for […]

Child Support in 50/50 Possession cases

Do I have to pay child support if we have a 50/50 possession?This is a common question that I get from many of my clients. The answer is yes and no. Even with a 50/50 possession schedule, one of the parties will have to be the parent with the primary and exclusive right to […]

Paternity Issues in a Divorce Proceeding

What if I get pregnant during a divorce case and my spouse is not the biological father?

The first bit of advice we provide our clients is that he or she may not be able to finalize the divorce until the child is born and there is an execution of an Acknowledgement of Paternity.

What is […]


Who can file for a name change for a child?

A parent, managing conservator, or guardian of a child may file a petition requesting a change of name of the child in the county where the child resides.

Does the Court appoint an attorney ad litem?

A court is not required to appoint a guardian ad litem […]

FAQ about Divorce in Texas:

As a divorce attorney in Dallas County, Texas, the following are the most commonly asked questions our clients inquire about when calling my office and inquiring about getting a divorce. The following answers will hopefully help you if a divorce is in your near future:

How long does a divorce take?

There is […]

Premarital Agreements, yea or nay?

The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act defines the conditions that must be met for an effective and legally binding premarital agreement.   The common thinking with people that have not consulted legal counsel, is that a premarital agreement can be written up and signed by the parties without legal counsel representing each of the parties to […]

What is a De Novo hearing?

In Dallas County,   most of the cases that we initiate in family law involve a Temporary Orders hearing with the associate judge presiding over the hearing.  In cases where one of the parties does not believe to have gotten a fair ruling,  the party has the right to appeal the ruling or recommendation of […]