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Dealing with Changes to Custody and Visitation Arrangements Caused by COVID-19

Divorced parents are accustomed to raising children amidst changing circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges that many of us have never seen before. Stay at home orders have imposed strict limits on the way we live and complicated many custody and visitation arrangements. We cannot be sure when daily life will more closely […]

How a Coronavirus-related Income Loss Could Affect Your Alimony and Child Support

Many people have faced a job loss or reduction in income due the coronavirus pandemic. In such a case it might be difficult for an ex-spouse paying alimony or a parent sending child support to keep up with their obligation. As these orders are based on the financial circumstances that existed at the time they […]

How Are Divorce Proceedings Being Affected by the COVID-19 Quarantine?

Throughout the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily routine in ways that none of us could have ever imagined. Like everyone else, spouses who are already experiencing the turmoil associated with divorce have been forced to deal with additional challenges. Despite the obstacles, it is important to maintain control over what you […]

Will the U.S. See its Divorce Rate Spike After the COVID-19 Quarantine Ends?

With so many American residents stuck at home with their families, prognosticators have predicted that several months down the road, the country could experience a baby boom and a divorce deluge. Unlike a cozy blizzard that keeps you home from work for a few days, a global pandemic that triggers shelter-in-place orders spreading over multiple […]

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 […]

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic […]

The AG Court

I appear fairly regularly in AG court cases. The AG court is more properly called the Title IV-D Master’s Court, referring to a provision in the Texas Family Code. Regardless, you can also think of it as the child support court because that’s what usually goes on there. There is only one way for a […]

MUSINGS ON JUDGES

Many times when I sit down with a new client to talk about their case my first question is “who is your judge?”  To many clients, this seems unimportant and most of them can’t even tell me the name of the person who will be deciding their case.  To me, this question is perhaps the […]

“Son, when you turn 12 you get to choose to come live with me.”

I get some variation of this statement almost every week.  Someone comes to the office either asking when their child can choose to live with them or furious that the other parent is doing everything in his or her power to get the child to utter the magic words – “I want to live with […]

Common Law Marriage

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get some version of “We have lived together for (fill in number) of (fill in months or years).  That means we are common-law married, right?” Common-law or informal marriage has been around in Texas for many, many years.  My personal theory is that it was something the […]

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