There is an interesting lesson to be drawn about interpersonal communications and the value of using an intermediary to improve communications during a divorce from a poetic play written more than 100 years ago. Cyrano de Bergerac was a 17th-century ... » Learn More about Speak for Yourself – Except During a Divorce
What I've learned in 46 years as a Family Lawyer: The first thing to do when you start thinking of getting a divorce --- GET A WILL. If you already have one, I'll bet it is what we call "Sweetheart Wills." You leave everything to your spouse, ... » Learn More about The first thing to do when you start thinking of getting a divorce
I have been asked this question many times over the years. The answer is – it depends. According to the Social Security Administration, if you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's ... » Learn More about Am I Entitled To My Ex-Spouse’s Social Security Benefits After They Die?
Sometimes divorce happens. It could be because one spouse is unfaithful, the couple fights all the time about money or a myriad of other reasons. Unfortunately, in many of the saddest and ugliest cases I’ve seen, a relationship is brought to an end ... » Learn More about Protecting Yourself with a Protective Order in Cases of Domestic Violence
Maybe I am just getting old - or perhaps 30 to 40 years ago all this talk about 401(k)’s, IRA’s, QDRO’s and the like were misunderstood by everyone. Whatever the reason, a lot of new clients are coming to me with questions and problems about ... » Learn More about Retirement Lost! Yes, It Can Happen.
For the last few years in my practice of Family Law, it seems every case involving children there has been the issue of equal (50/50) possession. I applaud both parents wanting to step up during or after a divorce and share the tremendous rigors of ... » Learn More about Equal Possession (50/50) does not Equal No Child Support
Folks that come to see me for consultations about divorce with children are always worried and always have the lingo down wrong. They have talked to their neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, or a family member living in another state who has been ... » Learn More about Know the “Legal Lingo” of Child Custody
Many people ask me when is it best to seek out the help of a lawyer. While this may sound self-serving since I am an attorney, the one absolute truth about family law litigation is the counsel and advice of a qualified attorney at the earliest stage ... » Learn More about When Do I Need To See a Lawyer?
When spouses decide to move on from their marriage, each spouse must wrestle with decisions about the future, affected relationships and about the divorce process itself. Navigating a divorce can be such a taxing process that it can become easy to ... » Learn More about Social Media Etiquette During and Post-Divorce
Divorce can have a significant impact on the tax status of the divorcing parties. The time of the divorce can determine the taxpayer's bracket and the eligibility for certain credits and deductions, which can impact the amount of income tax ... » Learn More about The Impact of Divorce on Tax Filings in Texas