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The Costs of Divorce: Time and Money

There are two questions that are almost always asked by a potential client during an initial consult for divorce: “How long will the entirety of the divorce process take?” and “How much will this cost me in the end?”. Answering these questions can be challenging for an attorney as attorneys can never truly be certain…

Relinquishment Act of 1919

Relinquishment Act  In Texas, there is a little-known corner of the General Land Office that deals with a specific kind of property: “Relinquishment Act Land.” The Relinquishment Act of 1919 is an obscure piece of legislation that sparked a constitutional fight, lasting until 1928, over the powers of the Government. From his blog, John McFarland…

Divorcing a Narcissist

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. “But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” The DSM-5 criteria for…

Traditional Vs. Common-Law Marriage in Texas

Traditional Versus Informal Marriages The State of Texas does recognize common-law marriages. It’s called an Informal Marriage and is covered under the Texas Family Code in Sections 2.401 through 2.404. The other type of marriage recognized by the State of Texas is a Traditional Marriage. This is what most people think of when thinking of…