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Can I change my last name as part of the Divorce?

Yes, in Texas, as part of the Final Decree of Divorce, you can go back to a maiden or other formerly used last name. Parties to a divorce can request a name change to change their last name back to a prior used last name from before the marriage. This usually means a party going […]

Williamson County Standing Order

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Williamson County has recently adopted and approved a Standing Order. See below for a copy. This Order is similar to many other standing orders for other larger Texas Counties. A Standing Order is issued from all the District and County Judges and applies to every Divorce and child Custody case when filed. Williamson County’s Standing […]

Legal Aid and Volunteer Legal Services

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There is help for those who cannot afford traditional legal services.  Beyond the other low-cost options many attorneys offer (flat fee, limited scope, etc.) there are more low-cost options.  Some parties cannot afford traditional attorney representation or a choice is made that funds would be better used somewhere else other than traditional attorney representation. Texas […]

Can my boyfriend/girlfriend pickup my child from the other parent?

After parties separate, it is highly likely that they will date other people at some point in the future.  When that happens, then another person is pulled into the orbit of the parent’s custody arrangement.  This can be a emotional and contentious proposition, especially when children are involved. In most Standard Visitation Orders, there are […]

How soon can I get remarried after my divorce?

In Texas, when someone asks, “How soon after my divorce can I get remarried?” or “Is there a waiting period for when I can remarry after my divorce?” I point out Texas Family Code 6.801. “…neither party to a divorce may marry a third party before the 31st day after the date the divorce is […]

Access to Intestate’s Financial Accounts

I receive calls from parties who, after a loved one has passed, have no idea what that balances are in their loved one’s financial accounts.  They do not know whether the estate would be solvent (able to pay its debts) or insolvent (unable to pay debts).  They do not know if there is a small […]

Settlement Week

How do I settle my divorce case quickly?  How do I settle my custody case quickly?  How can parties work out their child support case without the need for costly litigation and court hearings? These are some of the questions I get after potential clients understand the possible costs of litigating a case.  A full […]