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How Does My Child’s Emancipation Affect Texas Child Support?

 Posted on July 12, 2024 in Child Support

TX family lawyerParents required to pay child support in Texas must pay a specific amount for each child until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school. Parents can agree on child support extending past the age of 18 if both parents intend to support their child in college. When a child suffers from a disability (mental or physical) that either manifested or was known to exist before the child reached the age of 18.  Even when the child is not institutionalized or hospitalized, the court can order indefinite child support when it can be shown that the child is incapable of becoming self-supporting or requires significant, continuous care and supervision.

Court-ordered child support payments for a disabled child can be paid directly to the child or to the parent or guardian. What happens when a child who has not reached the age of 18 becomes emancipated? Must the parent paying child support for that child continue to pay? 

This is an out-of-the-ordinary situation that can benefit from a knowledgeable McKinney County family law attorney. An experienced attorney can look at each individual situation and help you determine whether child support is still required.  

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How Will a Texas Divorce Impact Your Business?

 Posted on July 07, 2024 in Divorce

Blog ImageMany aspects of divorce can cause difficulties for divorcing spouses. Some issues are expected, while others can be very unexpected. A Texas couple may expect that a business will be divided according to Texas community property laws but may not fully understand how that can vary depending on the circumstances.

The type of business can have some bearing on how it will be divided. An executive business may be handled differently than a "mom-and-pop" business in certain ways. Other issues related to the business can also make a difference in division.  Was the business in question started after the marriage?

Does the business involve the professional license of one or both spouses?  Have both spouses participated in operating the business? Is one spouse’s contributions to the business significantly greater than the others? Were marital assets used to improve the worth of the business?

As you can see, dividing up a business during a divorce can be complex. The division of a business requires a highly experienced family law attorney to ensure the division is equitable. When you have a knowledgeable attorney advocating on your behalf, you can rest easy knowing you will receive your fair share of the business.

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If I Get a Raise, Will I Need to Pay More Child Support?

 Posted on June 12, 2024 in Child Support

TX family lawyerWhen parents get a divorce, they end up with a settlement that details how they will continue parenting their children once they are no longer married. Common aspects of a divorce settlement are a parenting plan, the division of marital assets, and child support arrangements. Often, the parent who earns more money and has less time with the child has to make payments to the parent who earns less and has more time with the child. The specific amount that is paid is unique to each family and is calculated based on several factors.

However, those factors could change, and if so, you might wonder whether some new development will impact your child support arrangement. For example, if you are the paying parent and you get a raise at work, does that mean you will need to pay more in child support? This article will offer insight into this topic, but if this relates to you, speak with a skilled Collin County, TX child support lawyer to find out more.

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Do Fathers Have Rights in a Texas Custody Case?

 Posted on June 05, 2024 in Fathers’ Rights

TX family lawyerThere is a common misconception that when it comes to child custody, mothers always get the better end of the deal. This misconception was mostly based on the reality from years ago, where fathers were the main breadwinners and mothers were the main homemakers and parents. The world has gone through many changes and the way families used to live even 20 years ago is no longer the established norm. There are many families in which both the mother and father work full-time, and both share parental responsibilities. There are also families where the mother has an impressive and demanding career, and the father has a more flexible job.

Regardless of career paths, fathers in America have become increasingly involved in raising their children, much more than their fathers were when they were children. Legal arrangements for divorced parents reflect this change, and there is no reason to assume that a father will automatically get an unfair custody settlement in a divorce. If you are considering divorce but are worried about how it might limit your time with your children, speak with a Collin County, TX fathers’ rights lawyer to understand your options.

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Establishing Paternity in Texas

 Posted on May 30, 2024 in Family Law

TX family lawyerYou might think that conceiving a child makes you a parent. For women, that happens to be true. When a woman goes to a hospital and delivers a baby, she is officially considered the baby’s mother for all intents and purposes, without needing to prove it. If she is married at that time, her husband is automatically considered the father, again, without the need for proof. What happens when the man and woman who have conceived a baby are not married? This article will examine how an unmarried man can become legally recognized as a baby’s father and the reasons why he might want to do so. If you are a single man expecting to become a father soon, speak with an experienced Collin County, TX paternity lawyer to understand how and why you might consider establishing paternity.

How is Paternity Decided in Texas

If you are married to the woman you conceived a child with, the state of Texas will automatically recognize you as the child’s father. You will not need to submit to any test or offer proof of any kind. If you are not married, you will need to go through a process to be legally recognized as the father.

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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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