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What is the Acceptance of Benefits Doctrine?

By Maria Lowry |

The acceptance of benefits doctrine is a legal doctrine that concerns how and when a party can challenge a court’s judgment. Failing to understand the implications of the doctrine can leave a party in dire straits following a divorce, should they find themselves unable to challenge a settlement or court order despite the existence… Read More »

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IRA And Divorce: How Taking an Early Distribution Can Affect IRA Split

By Maria Lowry |

Retirement accounts can be some of the most complex assets to deal with in a divorce. There are options available to divorcing parties, and there are methods of division that are objectively better for each party. Below, we explore how IRAs are divided in a Texas divorce and how different distribution processes can affect… Read More »

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How to Tell Your Spouse is Hiding Assets

By Maria Lowry |

When you go through a divorce, both parties are required to disclose all of their assets and sources of income to their spouse and the court. Even if you intend to settle, both parties are entitled to full disclosure from one another to ensure the settlement is reached based on full and accurate knowledge…. Read More »

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Collecting Documents for Your Child Custody Hearing

By Maria Lowry |

Custody battles can be challenging and emotionally taxing. If you are in the midst of a custody battle after a separation or divorce, it’s important to keep a level head and remain responsible and diligent in order to protect your parental rights. Like any legal dispute, much of the case turns on documentary evidence…. Read More »

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Who Pays For Your Children’s Health Insurance After a Divorce?

By Maria Lowry |

Divorce between parents can be a stressful experience. Dividing parenting time and sharing the task of rearing your child with a former partner can be conflict-ridden and emotionally draining. Disputes over financial responsibilities relating to your children can make interactions with your former spouse even more combative. Plus, no matter how amicable the split,… Read More »

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Same-Sex Divorce vs. Heterosexual Divorce

By Maria Lowry |

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Texas for over half a decade. Same-sex couples can get married, which means they can also divorce. While the same general rules apply to same-sex divorce, there are a few additional complications that can come into play. Continue reading for a discussion of the similarities and differences between… Read More »

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What Happens if the Non-Custodial Parent Takes Your Child?

By Maria Lowry |

Every parent worries about kidnapping to a greater or lesser extent. Many people would be surprised to learn that the most common culprit of kidnapping is another family member, including a parent without the relevant custody rights. If your child’s other parent takes your child against your will and in violation of the court’s… Read More »

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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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