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5 Topics You Need To Discuss With Your Divorce Lawyer

5 Topics You Need To Discuss With Your Divorce Lawyer Great article from Huffington.  In Texas, spousal support is rare, but support to children is not, and we do need to discover if spousal support is possible.  I love articles like this that divorce clients and potential divorce clients can read and see a road map to an initial family law attorney meeting. 5 Topics You Need to Discuss With Your Divorce Lawyer By Vikki Ziegler When clients first contact me, they are often highly emotional, and understandably so. Divorce is complicated. Whether they arrived at their decision after months or years of thought or found themselves forced into the process after discovering their spouse was cheating, time and time again I watch them grapple to make sense of the life change they face. Compounding their struggle are the financial and legal issues involved in dividing marital property. To advocate on my clients’ behalf and negotiate the best possible settlement for them, it is important that I have a full understanding of their financial picture as well as their short-term and long-term goals early on in the process. Though it may mean some forethought and legwork for clients at the outset, their investment will pay off, resulting in less billable hours and a comprehensive agreement that protects them now and in the future. As you prepare to meet with your divorce lawyer, here are five areas on which to focus. 1. Property. Marital property refers to any property the couple acquired during the marriage. It can include but is not limited to the marital home, cars, furniture, jewelry, furs, and...

A Brief History of Divorce

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DIVORCE   With the debut of HBO’s new show DIVORCE, the topic of divorce is coming up in the national media.  Time magazine posted this article (reprinted below) and you can find other relevant pieces throughout the internet.  One thing I found surprising about the article is the rise of divorce in the 19th century.  My parents divorced in the 1970s and they seemed like pioneers at the time.  As a lawyer I found out the State Bar of Texas did not even have a family law section when the 1970s began.  Family law was not a specialty. I thought it was in the 1980s with L.A. Law and divorce specialist Arnie Becker was a top producer at the drama’s firm. If you are going through divorce and I would have no recommendation on the new show DIVORCE.   I saw a news video with a group of females.  Two were married, one single, the other divorced.  The divorced woman found the most humor in the show.  Alas, it has only been one episode so that is also why I hesitate  to give an opinion.  But, it has brought us the divorce history below. A Brief History of Divorce in America: From Legal Rarity to Dark Comedy Ashley Ross The legal concept of “irreconcilable differences” dates to 1969 Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to television on HBO’s Divorce follows the story of a woman as she uproots her life with the hope that liberation from a 17-year marriage will solve all her problems. The series not only sheds light on divorce, it makes light of it, too. But the history has not been kind...

9 Surprising Facts About Marriage in Texas

I found this article from MySA.com but can’t stand the scrolling of a list, so I conveniently listed it for you. The article is from this year but statistics are from 2012. Congratulations to those who are practicing family law in Harris County, but maybe those of you in Atascosa, Zavala, Starr, and Hidalgo should find another area of law.   9 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT MARRIAGE IN TEXAS   Though the Department of State Health Services recorded a seemingly jaw-dropping 184,690 marriages in 2012, the state’s overall marriage rate and raw marriage numbers have been on the decline since 1984. Then, 210,978 Texas couples had tied the knot.   No surprise here: Harris County, the most populous county in the state, recorded the highest raw number of marriages in 2012: 31,125.   Rockwall County had the state’s highest marriage rate among Texas counties with 10,000 residents or more: 15.89 marriages per 10,000 residents in 2012.   Guadalupe County recorded the state’s lowest marriage rate among Texas counties with 10,000 residents or more in 2012: 2.16 marriages per 10,000 residents.   Divorce rate and number of divorces have dropped, as have marriage rates and marriages since 1981, when the state recorded an all-time high of 101,856 divorces. In 2012, 80,030 Texas couples had parted ways.   About 62,196 children were affected by divorce in 2012, according the Department of State Health Services. Those break-ups accounted for about 45 percent of all Texas divorces that year.   But, when it came to divorce rates, Bell County recorded the highest rate of married couples who had split up in 2012 among counties with...

Family Law Friday: Why Not Every Other Weekend?

If there is one thing that I would change about a standard visitation order, and this comes from my experience as a child of divorce and not as a family law attorney, it would be the 1,3,5 rule.  The 1,3,5 I refer to is the possessory conservator getting custody on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekend of the month.  That means back-to-back in the case of the 5th weekend.  I think this breaks routine and causes confusion in the child.  I liked the fact I didn’t have to pick up a calendar (or have an iPhone alert in today’s world) to figure out where I was going to be. The every other weekend was fantastic.  Sometimes I wanted to leave my Mom’s house and sometimes I didn’t want to go to my Dad’s and routinely switching off gave balance.  For those who argue I’m shorting the possessory 24 days, I say pick up the kids on Thursday.  Thursday, might be beneficial. Making the standard pick-up time on Thursday could  actually bring you closer to your child’s world.  You will be involved in the weekly routine, not just hearing recaps.  Being that you will actually be going to the school to drop your child off, you will be more likely to attend school functions and participate in events since you are not just a spectator of the school week.  You will see a different aspect of your child.  Any parent who doesn’t have to deal with getting their kid ready for school is missing something. Or getting a break. I don’t think we are breaking any family law tradition in trying to adjust the standard...