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Can My Social Media Posts Affect My Divorce?

 Posted on May 15, 2024 in Divorce

TX divorce lawyerNowadays, it is hard to think of any aspect of life that is not connected in some way to social media. Whether you are keeping in touch with friends, tracking your spending, ordering food deliveries, mapping a route to take to a meeting, staying on top of school work, or dating, social media has become an integral part of it all. As people enjoy continued access to all sorts of information, they are also noticing that they seem to have less privacy.

If you are not breaking the law or harming anyone, you may think you have nothing to hide. However, if you are in the process of getting a divorce, it is often best to try to control the information that your spouse and his lawyers have about you. There are many ways that information you share online can result in worse outcomes in a divorce. An experienced Collin County, TX divorce lawyer can explain why and advise you on ways you can protect yourself and your privacy.

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How Does Collaborative Divorce Work in Texas?

 Posted on April 23, 2024 in Collaborative Divorce

TX divorce lawyerThe image of an unhappy couple fighting out their acrimonious divorce in court is a familiar one. People who have never been divorced or even in divorce court can picture that scene because of how often it is played out on the TV screen. However, there are many couples, particularly parents, who would rather resolve their divorce amicably while making sure that their children’s best interests are the main motivator behind any decisions made. While this is not a possibility for many divorces, collaborative divorce can be an excellent option for divorcing couples who want to try to remain civil with each other. This article will explain what is involved in such an arrangement, but if you are considering divorce, a skilled McKinney, TX collaborative divorce attorney can answer your specific questions and work with you to ensure that your and your child’s interests are being protected.

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4 Tips for a Texas Divorce

 Posted on April 05, 2024 in Divorce

TX divorce lawyerWhen divorce is looming, people often feel panicked. It is a time of upheaval and transition, and while change is an unavoidable fact of life, it still tends to be something people try to avoid at all costs. There is also the added aspect of a breakup with someone you were in a serious committed relationship with and the emotional impact that can have, not to mention concerns about how a divorce will affect your financial future. People going through divorce can experience any combination of emotions, including anger, heartbreak, disappointment, and anxiety.

In addition to all that, there are so many issues to settle and agreements that need to be formally drafted, and it can certainly feel overwhelming. This article will describe some of the main things you should focus on if divorce is in your future. Of course, if this is happening to you, there is no replacement for a qualified McKinney, TX divorce lawyer who can walk you through the entire process from start to finish and use legal knowledge and experience with similar cases to advocate for your best interests.

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Divorce for Corporation Owners in Texas

 Posted on March 22, 2024 in Property Division

TX divorce lawyerWhen one or both spouses own a company that is incorporated, divorce can become complicated. Even if one spouse had nothing to do with the company’s operations, the court may find that that spouse contributed to the other spouse’s ability to focus on the corporation by taking care of the household and children. A lot of decisions will need to be made about how corporate ownership and rights to future profits will be divided. Generally, spouses in Texas own every marital asset 50/50. Unless you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place setting aside the corporation as one spouse’s individual property, the court is likely to consider the company part of the marital estate. An experienced McKinney, TX divorce lawyer for business owners can help you through this highly complex divorce situation.

Do We Need a Business Valuation for Our Corporation? 

A business valuation is likely essential. To properly divide your ownership interests in a business, you need to know what the corporation is worth. Your attorney will likely recommend bringing in a business valuation professional to help determine the value of your corporation before asset division can take place.

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Why Have Gray Divorce Rates in Texas Doubled?

 Posted on March 08, 2024 in Divorce

TX divorce lawyerDivorce after the age of 50 years old used to be very uncommon. Now, gray divorce is far less unusual for a number of reasons. Society has changed a lot in the last few decades. Numerous cultural and societal factors make it much more possible to get divorced when you are nearing retirement or have already retired. Being older - or being an older woman - is not the barrier to divorce it used to be. Women today are less likely to need alimony, meaning there is less concern over needing one pension to support two households. However, gray divorcees are likely to have some special concerns, like how their retirement savings will be divided. If you are getting divorced after 50, it is important to work with a McKinney, TX, divorce lawyer who has experience with gray divorce.

Why Gray Divorce is Easier Now

A few of the reasons more and more older adults are now finding divorce to be both possible and beneficial include:

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Divorce After Obtaining a Degree in Texas

 Posted on February 27, 2024 in Divorce

TX divorce lawyerIt is a fairly common situation for a spouse who has just graduated with an advanced degree to promptly divorce the spouse who supported them through school. Students who are pursuing a doctoral or professional degree often rely on their spouse for financial support while they focus on their education. You may have worked and paid your family’s bills so that your spouse could be a full-time student, believing that once they graduated, they would be able to earn more money to support the family. If your spouse instead divorces you, you might be left feeling as if you have been cheated or scammed. You cannot keep half of their medical or law degree like you could other valuable marital property. You cannot earn the income their P.H.D. will bring them. However, they may be claiming that half of their student loan debt is your responsibility. In this situation, it is very important to be represented by a highly experienced Collin County, TX, divorce lawyer.

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Deciding Whether to Get Divorced

 Posted on February 09, 2024 in Divorce

TX divorce lawyerMaking the decision to end your marriage can be complicated. It is a very big decision that comes with a lot of ramifications. If you are considering divorcing your spouse, you will likely experience a wide range of emotions. You may go back and forth between definitely wanting a divorce and wanting to try counseling. There are a handful of grounds for divorce in Texas. The most commonly cited ground for divorce is that the marriage has become “unsupportable” because there is a lot of discord or a personality conflict, leaving little hope of reconciliation. People get divorced for all sorts of reasons, from adultery to abuse to simply having grown apart over the years. If you have made the choice to file for divorce, a McKinney, TX, divorce lawyer can help you begin the process and see it through. 

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What You Can Do if You Suspect a Child Is Yours

 Posted on January 30, 2024 in Fathers’ Rights

TX family lawyerMen in Texas may find themselves in a situation where they suspect but do not know for sure, that a baby born to a woman they have been involved with is their biological child. If you have “done the math,” so to speak, and determined that you might be the father of a child, there are steps you can take to determine whether the child is, in fact, yours and begin asserting your father’s rights. While it is (almost) always quite clear who the mother of a child is, determining who the father is may require a DNA test. Some mothers intentionally avoid informing a male partner when they have become pregnant, possibly to avoid sharing custody or because they do not want a relationship with the father. However, a McKinney, TX, paternity and father's rights lawyer can initiate court proceedings to establish you as a legal father if it can be proven that the child is yours. 

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Will a Protective Order Affect My Divorce?

 Posted on January 10, 2024 in High Conflict Family Law

TX divorce lawyerAny individual going through a divorce can tell you these are high-stress situations, and when you have to request a protective order during your divorce, the situation can become more complicated. A protective order or allegations of domestic violence can affect certain factors in your divorce, such as child custody. A skilled Texas divorce lawyer can help you understand your options when a protective order is involved in your divorce.

How Do I Request a Protective Order in Texas?

Protective orders are documents that help you keep someone who has been violent or threatened to be violent with you away. Protective orders can be temporary until they are brought before a court, and a judge will make a decision on whether or not to extend the protective order for a certain period of time.

If you are in the middle of a divorce and your spouse has threatened you, you may feel the need to file a protective order in Texas. The Texas State Law Library provides details and instructions on getting this process started. In general, you will need to fill out a form and file it with the court in addition to providing evidence to back up your need for a protective order. You can also consult with a skilled Texas divorce lawyer to understand your options for filing a protective order during your divorce.

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What a Prenuptial Agreement Can and Cannot Do

 Posted on December 28, 2023 in Prenuptial Agreements

TX family lawyerA prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be a valuable tool for a married couple, whether they get divorced or not. For those who are getting divorced, having this type of contract signed in advance can make the division of marital property go very smoothly. Engaged or married couples can use a marital agreement to control many aspects of a potential divorce this way. However, there are legal limits regarding what you can and cannot accomplish with a prenuptial agreement. While you could agree to anything you like in your marital agreement, the courts will not enforce certain clauses. If you are considering getting a prenuptial agreement, it is important to speak to a qualified McKinney, TX, prenuptial agreements attorney. An attorney can draft your contract with enforceability in mind

Enforceable Agreements in a Premarital Contract

Types of clauses you can include in your prenuptial or postnuptial contract include:

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