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Dividing Closely Held Business Ownership in a Texas Divorce

Aside from the typical property division issues involved in divorce, there may be a business interest that both spouses may be entitled to share. This includes a stake in a closely held company, even if only one spouse is the actual owner. Texas is a community property state, which means that all property acquired by Read More

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Court Gives Texas Father Custody in Case Against Fiancé of Deceased Ex

When Texas parents divorce, the most contested issues often involve conservatorship, possession and access. Conservatorship, also known as child custody in many other jurisdictions, is the legal right and responsibility of a parent to make decisions about the health, education and welfare of the child. This can be granted jointly or given to one parent. Read More

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What Defines a Child’s Best Interests in Custody Cases?

When divorcing parents cannot agree on custody and visitation arrangements, the family court judge will make determinations that best serve the child’s emotional and physical needs. In other words, the child’s best interests are the priority, and parents will need to demonstrate to the judge how their desired custody arrangement serves those interests. Texas courts Read More

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What Property Received By A Spouse During Marriage Is Not Community Property?

Divorce can be a confusing and contentious process. Separating oneself from a spouse becomes even more difficult when attempting to divide assets and property. To fully understand how process and possible outcomes, one must understand the difference between marital property and separate property. Texas is a community property state, which means that any assets or Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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Why You Need to Hire a Board Certified Lawyer — Texas Definition and Importance of Certification

A Board Certified lawyer, in Texas, is an attorney who has joined the most elite ranks of attorneys in the State. Board Certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas Read More

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How to Deal With a Narcissist Husband or Wife: Part 2 — Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Relationships

Clients frequently tell their divorce attorneys that their spouse is a narcissist. We hear it all the time. Most attorneys dismiss those statements as emotional frustration stemming from the demise of a marriage.  However, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health, 6.2 percent of the United States population has narcissistic personality disorder. That means Read More

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How to Deal With a Narcissist Husband or Wife: Part 1 — Communicating With A High Conflict Personality

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental health diagnosis in which, generally speaking, a person has an inflated sense of importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. People with NPD tend to see people either as all good or all bad.  There is little to no gray area.  When you Read More

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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 Read More

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How Do I Communicate with my Family Lawyer

The number one complaint clients have about their lawyers is that they do not return phone calls and emails. In ethics seminars and continuing education, lawyers are constantly reminded of the importance of communicating with their client. So why are so many lawyers so bad at it? There is nothing more personal or important than Read More

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