Are you considering adoption? This wonderful choice on your part can bring a great deal of joy in the creation of a new family. In fact, most attorneys that practice family law and judges in family courts will tell you that adoption cases are the ... » Learn More about Thinking About Adoption? Here Are The Basics
An increasing number of state lawmakers are examining their child custody laws in response to advocates of the concept that divorcing or separated parents should share equal "custody". Advocates of shared parenting arrangementsview them as ... » Learn More about The Concept of “Shared Parenting”: Is it Coming to a State Near You?
In Texas, all divorce decrees, modification orders, or orders in suits affecting the parent-child relationship contain what is called a "Possession Order", setting forth when the parties are to have possession of the child. Most Texas orders also ... » Learn More about My Ex Won’t Follow the Possession Order! What Can I Do?
Over the years, I have been asked this question a number of times, and it has been part of litigation in many courtrooms throughout the country and even overseas. The simple answer is (like most legal questions)-it depends! Most states do not have ... » Learn More about How Young is “Too Young” to Leave Your Child Home Alone?
I have had the pleasure of mediating and settling many family law cases for lawyers and parties over the years. The case I settled this week inspired me to write this blog that I call the Four "BE"'s of mediation. 1. BE Selective-Most attorneys ... » Learn More about The Four “BE”‘s of Family Law Mediation
In my last blog, I discussed how pets are dealt with in divorce. In this blog, I will discuss how the law deals with pets and their "rights". Companion animals are increasingly being afforded protection under the law. In 2011, because pets were ... » Learn More about Pets and Divorce-Who Gets the Dog? (Part Two)
We pet lovers would all agree that our pets are family members. In divorce cases, divorcing couples are increasingly battling each other in the legal system for the right to keep the family cat or dog. How do Courts handle pets in a ... » Learn More about Pets and Divorce-Who Gets the Dog? (Part One)
Recently, I was sitting in my office and happened to glance up at my law license which reads "Attorney and Counselor at Law". I paused for a minute and realized that I had never given much thought to the "Counselor" aspect of my practice. After ... » Learn More about The Role of Attorney as “Counselor”-What does that mean?
Mediations can and do go wrong, for various reasons. I had such an experience just recently. I was mediating a rather nasty modification of conservatorship and visitation case. One of the parties had actually lost custody of the child at a ... » Learn More about When Mediation Goes Wrong-A True Story
In my last blog, I tried to describe your day of mediation and what to expect. The negotiations are over, and you believe you have reached an agreement. What happens next? The mediator will reduce the agreements you have reached in the form of a ... » Learn More about We Settled-What Now?