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Can Grandparents File for Custody in Texas?

By Maria Lowry |

Typically, a party battling for custody will be one of the parents involved–either the birth parents or someone alleging that they are the biological parent. Grandparents, however, can be just as important to a child’s life. Many grandparents wish to be a part of their grandchildren’s life, and under certain circumstances, they may even… Read More »

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What is Sole Managing Conservatorship?

By Maria Lowry |

Most people have heard the terms “sole custody” and “joint custody,” understanding that these terms refer to possible child custody arrangements. Different states use different legal terms when referring to these arrangements. In Texas, parents in a divorce or custody dispute may be named “joint managing conservators” or the “sole managing conservator.” These labels… Read More »

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How to Hire a Family Law Attorney – A Divorce Planner’s Perspective

By Maria Lowry |

Our friend Sarah Cuddy recently published an article on her blog about how to hire a divorce lawyer. Sarah is a financial advisor, Certified Financial Planner Professional, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who specializes in financial planning and investment portfolio management for young professionals, retirees, and yes, people going through a divorce. A large… Read More »

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Contested vs Uncontested Divorce

By Maria Lowry |

Clients often ask about the terms “contested” and “uncontested” divorce. Many people think that whether a divorce is contested refers to whether both spouses agree to the divorce, conjuring up images from television or movies where one spouse tries to convince the other to “sign the papers.” While agreeing to the divorce is one… Read More »

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What is Collaborative Divorce?

By Maria Lowry |

Family law is an evolving field. Historically, most divorce disputes were resolved in the courtroom or via settlement negotiations. Now, there are a variety of forms of alternative dispute resolution aimed at limiting the time, cost, and energy required to get a divorce decree. Mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce are among the new means… Read More »

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What is Mediation?

By Maria Lowry |

Divorce can be an emotionally-wrought, expensive, and drawn-out process. In an ideal world, both parties would enter the process in agreement both as to the necessity of divorce and as to how the divorce should be resolved in terms of child custody, child support, alimony, division of property, etc. Most divorcing couples do not… Read More »

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Best Divorce Tips From a Lawyer

By Maria Lowry |

Every divorce is unique, but there are certainly good and bad habits for any person going through a divorce. Read on for a few tips on what to do and what not to do during your divorce, and call a seasoned Houston divorce lawyer to discuss your Texas divorce or other family law matter…. Read More »

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How Long Can You Expect to Pay or Get Alimony in Texas?

By Maria Lowry |

Alimony, also called spousal support or spousal maintenance, is a hotly contested issue in many divorces. High-income spouses often resent the obligation to pay their ex for years after a divorce, while lower-earning spouses rely on alimony to meet basic needs. Alimony is not, however, meant to be forever. Texas law sets specific guidelines… Read More »

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Is Wage Garnishment Allowed in Texas?

By Maria Lowry |

If you are facing mounting debts, whether from divorce settlements, overdue taxes, medical expenses, or unpaid credit cards, you might be concerned that your creditors could undertake a variety of collection efforts: property attachment, repossession, bank account freezes, etc. One of the most frustrating forms of debt collection is wage garnishment. Wage garnishment allows… Read More »

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How Do I Get Rid of Payday Loans?

By Maria Lowry |

Payday loans can initially seem like a win-win situation: You are getting money you have already earned early, and since it is money that you already earned, you should have no problem repaying the loan once you get the paycheck. Unfortunately, payday lenders are often predatory. They tend to charge exorbitant interest rates and… Read More »

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