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2016 New Year Resolutions after a Month. How's that working for you?

Thumbnail image for CT0R3320_WEBBW.jpgAre you still hitting the gym every other day to get in shape and lose some pounds? Given up that nasty habit of smoking? Cut back on the alcohol as you promised yourself you would? Treating those around you nicer and more lovingly than in 2015?

School and Visitation for Separated and Divorced Parents

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johndenke_SMALL1.jpgWith school being back in session, parents who are separated will have to switch back to a different schedule for visitation with their children. We addressed summer visitation in an earlier blog, so it only fits to go over the basics of visitation when school is in session.

The Temporary Orders Hearing - What's It About?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johndenke_SMALL1.jpgOften times the first setting in a family law case will be a Temporary Orders Hearing. Temporary Orders will obtain present relief from the court. A temporary orders hearing is typically set three to four weeks filing date. At that hearing, the court can order various types of temporary relief for the parties while awaiting a final trial in the case.

How Long Will My Case Last?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johndenke_SMALL1.jpgMany family law clients ask how long their case will last when they first come to their attorney for a consultation. While a primary concern can be the cost of the litigation, a lengthened proceeding can also wear at a party over the course of time. There is no quick response to this question.

Searching the Web for Answers and Values to Divorce Property Issues

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ted ogilvie_SMALL.jpgIn a divorce, the property must be split in what we call a just and right division. Typically the court will order an equitable division that most of the time comes out to be about fifty percent to each side. But how do you know what the value of your property is?

The Importance of Keeping Good Records in Family Law Proceedings

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johndenke_SMALL1.jpgMany people see it as a pain to keep records of things such as receipts, statements, bills, e-mails, and texts among other things. While the burden of keeping these records can be annoying, their usefulness in a family law proceeding can prove quite beneficial to a person who has kept them throughout the years.

Circumstances Change. Should Child Support Change?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for johndenke_SMALL1.jpgWhen a non-custodial parent is ordered to pay child support to a custodial parent, the obligation is set out to last until the child either turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. However, during this period, circumstances may change that can alter the amount of child support due from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.support.jpeg

Birthdays and the Texas Family Code - Somebody didn't Think this Through

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for wfneal_SMALL.jpgI just celebrated another birthday recently. I say another because they seem to come faster at my age. This birthday got me thinking about birthdays in general - their role in life, their significance, their importance to families. Everyone is loved on their birthday. Think about it. The meanest person you know will find some way to offer you a congratulatory "Happy Birthday" if it happens to be your day. Strangers will wish you a Happy Birthday if someone tells them it is your day. Groups of waiters and waitresses will sing an off tune chorus of Happy Birthday and present you with a free piece of cake topped with a single candle. Everyone knows the saying and country western song proclaiming that everyone should live their life like they were dying. Well, I say to live your life like every day is your Birthday and make sure you tell everyone it is. 

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