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Suspicious Spouse? Seek Counsel, Not a Private Eye.

You've developed a lingering suspicion about your spouse. You have no proof, but you think your spouse is cheating on you. Before hiring help in the form of a private investigator or hacking his or her devices to validate your theory, take pause. If you are at the point of distrusting your spouse to even consider these options, your marriage is most likely already over.

Who gets the debt? Dividing debt during divorce

Many couples worry about how to divide assets during a divorce and fail to adequately handle debt. Debt should not be overlooked as it can have serious financial ramifications.

Credit card debt is based on a purchase agreement between the credit card company and the person who signed the agreement. A court cannot change an existing agreement and the responsibility for payment belongs to the signer.

How to Keep the Home Fire Burning

Marriage is like a fire, often the result of a burning romance. However, if the spark between two people is ignored, the flames burn out-and unfortunately, divorce becomes a consideration. If a couple feeds the flame, however, their fire will continue to grow and burn brighter.

New federal tax law will affect future spousal maintenance awards

Spousal maintenance, traditionally called alimony, is the payment of support from one ex-spouse to the other after divorce. Texas has arguably the most stringent maintenance laws in the country, so whether you would be the paying spouse or the recipient, it is important to enlist an experienced family lawyer to advocate for a fair award in compliance with the law. 

Texas alimony eligibility is narrow 

Holiday child custody doesn't have to be a nightmare

For many people, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. If your family falls into this category, you might be concerned about what is going to happen now that you and your ex have to deal with child custody.

Most child custody orders have specific instructions and plans for annual holidays. This should be the first place you look to determine what is going to happen for everything from Halloween through New Year's Day. Here are some challenges that you should think about while you are making plans:

Protective Orders and Temporary Restraining Orders: What is the difference?

Many of our clients tell us they need a Protective Order in their case. In reality, more often than not, what the client might need is a Temporary Restraining Order. Many people do not understand the difference between the two and use the terms interchangeably. In fact, there is a pretty substantial difference between the two documents, which mostly centers around family violence.

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