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Talk to Your Children about Your Divorce the Right Way

By Maria Lowry |

Only have this conversation if you’re certain the marriage is over. You may feel like you want to keep your children informed and included on what’s going to happen in the household, and you may feel an urge to tell your children that you and your spouse are getting divorced as soon as you’ve… Read More »

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How is Mediation Different from Courtroom Divorce?

By Maria Lowry |

Divorce can be painful and financially detrimental even under the best of circumstances, but there are approaches to divorce which can exacerbate these effects, leaving both you and your ex struggling to make ends meet. A long, drawn-out divorce trial is sure to be draining not only on a personal level, but also on… Read More »

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Family Law Cases Don’t Have Winners and Losers

By Maria Lowry |

In a previous post, we discussed the ways that battles between spouses played out over social media can cause lasting damage during a divorce. These sorts of public battles are a symptom of a very dangerous mindset to have during any family law case—that one side wins, one side loses, and you must come… Read More »

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Can Social Media Accounts Make a Difference in My Divorce?

By Maria Lowry |

You may be feeling sad, stressed, or angry as you go through a divorce. For many of us, social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter have become a place to discuss our thoughts and feelings, despite the fact that hundreds or thousands of people may be able to read those posts. Sharing this sort… Read More »

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Four Things to Know Before You Begin an Adoption

By Maria Lowry |

1. There will probably be delays. Adoption is a complex process with many moving parts, allowing for countless ways that the finalization of your adoption can be delayed.If you’re adopting from overseas, you’ll need to be prepared to deal with slow-moving bureaucracies both in your child’s home country and your own. If adopting in… Read More »

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Three Tips on Sharing Custody in the Manner that Best Meets your Children’s Needs

By Maria Lowry |

All parents would love to be able to provide their children with a stable, happy home helmed by two parents who love them and love one another. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, and couples often reach the conclusion that continuing to live as a married couple would do more harm to their children than… Read More »

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Considering Filing for Divorce? Take These Steps Now

By Maria Lowry |

Filing for divorce can be an emotionally painful process. Sometimes, previously-reasonable spouses react erratically when served with divorce filings, lashing out angrily and spitefully in ways that can be painful, harmful, or costly. In order to prevent the costs, duration, and ugliness of your divorce from spiraling out of control, there are steps you… Read More »

8 Components of Happy Parenting After Divorce

By Maria Lowry |

Focus on the kids Keep in mind that your only job now is to be a parent, whether your children live with you all or part of the time, and that the kids did not choose this situation.   Make them feel loved and secure and that it is ok for them to have an… Read More »

Who Keeps the Engagement Ring in a Break-up?

By Maria Lowry |

An engagement ring is a symbol of a promise to marry. In Texas, it is considered a conditional gift – the gift is not complete until the wedding takes place. Once the couple is married, the gift is complete and the ring is the separate property of the recipient. For convenience, I will use… Read More »

What IS Family Law?

By Maria Lowry |

When I recently asked a friend what topics might be of interest in a blog post, she told me she wasn’t 100% certain what Family Law means. It was a good reminder that just because I know and use the term, it is not necessarily familiar to everyone. Family Law deals with the legal… Read More »

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