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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 […]

Registration of Out-of-State Order in Texas

I receive calsl asking whether a parent can register an out of state order here in Texas.  The answer is, yes, but to what end? In Texas, to register an our-of-state Order, you follow the steps listed in Texas Family Code 159.602. Registering an Order from another state is usually accompanied with a request to […]

Joining a Child Support case with a Divorce

In Texas, when there is an old Child Support/custody case from before the Divorce was filed, the old child support/custody case needs to be transferred and joined up with the divorce case.  See Texas Family Code 6.406 & 6.407 Child Support cases are sometimes filed by the Attorney General or when parties initially separate.  Parties […]

Holographic Wills

In Texas, someone can make a Will on their own, but it must be in the person’s own handwriting and show “testamentary intent,” which means they intended the document to be their last will and testament. Texas Estates Code 251.052 allows that a Will, written wholly in the testamentor’s handwriting, is not required to be […]

Spousal Maintenance

Texas permits Spousal Maintenance, other states call it Alimony.  To qualify for Spousal Maintenance under the Texas Family Law, you need to be married for at least 10 years or there was spousal abuse, AKA family violence, within 2 years of the divorce, or a medical issue during the marriage that prevents a spouse from […]

Divorcing a spouse who lives outside of Texas

What do you do when you are still living in Texas but your spouse moves away?  Where do you file for divorce if your spouse lives out of state?  Texas Family Code 6.305 Provides that if the petitioner is a domiciliary of this state, i.e., has lived in Texas for at least 6 months and […]