Family Law News

Expensive Divorce Mistakes

If you’re getting a divorce, it pays to stay off social media—for many reasons. But oversharing isn’t the only mistake people make when their marriages are tanking. Here are three more that can cost you money. Not assembling all the paperwork. Important documents and information tend to disappear, or their access is blocked, as divorce proceedings drag on. While you can, gather paperwork … [Read more...]

Divorce and the New Tax Law

January 1 did not just ring in the new year. New tax provisions went into effect impacting divorce and child custody matters. Here are five important points to keep in mind. Alimony (also known as spousal maintenance) is no longer deductible. For divorces finalized after December 31, 2018, ex-spouses paying alimony won’t be able to take a tax deduction for the payments. The payments also will … [Read more...]

Hiring a Divorce Lawyer Who Also is a CPA is the Way to Go

Choosing the right divorce lawyer can be a difficult and time-consuming process. But hiring a divorce attorney who also is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) can give you an extra boost of confidence as you go into battle. If you have significant assets, it’s critical to be represented by a lawyer with the proven ability to understand and handle complex financial issues. To become a CPA, an … [Read more...]

Time is Money

Divorce and custody cases are expensive. Most good family lawyers work by the hour. Time is their only commodity, so they must charge for it. Not only must your lawyer do what is necessary to advance your case, your lawyer must respond to whatever your ex-spouse’s lawyer does to advance his or her case. Here are some pointers to increase the chances of achieving your goals, make the process more … [Read more...]

5 More Ways to Prepare for Divorce

Benjamin Franklin said that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Here are five more strategic steps to take if you are contemplating divorce. Get Up To Speed On The Family Finances It’s often the case that one spouse takes the lead in dealing with the family finances. If that person is you, you’re in good shape. But if that person is not you, you need to get up to speed now. Understanding … [Read more...]

Five Best Ways to Prepare for Divorce

If you are contemplating divorce, there is no substitute for preparation. Here are a few practical suggestions to get you started. Be Certain You're Ready Unraveling a marriage can be traumatic for you, your spouse, and, most important, your children. So before you initiate the launch sequence, make sure you do everything you can to make it work. Have you suggested couples therapy? Have you … [Read more...]

How to Raise More Grateful Children

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FIVE MORE REASONS WHY YOU NEED A DIVORCE LAWYER

If divorce is in your future, here are five more reasons why you should hire an experienced family law attorney and not represent yourself. You Will Save Money in the Long Run Because you don’t know the law, courtroom procedure, and the judge, hiring a family lawyer up front will save you money in the long run. An experienced divorce lawyer will, for example, (i) make sure you don’t pay more … [Read more...]

FIVE REASONS WHY YOU NEED A DIVORCE LAWYER

Contrary to popular belief, February is not the month for love. If divorce is on the horizon, here are five reasons why you should not represent yourself. You Don't Know the Law Texas family law is very complex. It draws on principles from many areas of the law—including the Texas Family Code, real estate law, contract law, retirement benefits law, and tax law to name a few. Unless you went to … [Read more...]

MORE NEW YEAR’S (DIVORCE) RESOLUTIONS

New Year’s resolutions are important—especially in families touched by divorce. Here are a few more to consider. Resolve to make new friends The friends you had before your divorce may have disappeared after it. Or chosen sides (and not yours). Don’t waste your energy trying to win them back—they aren’t worth it. Now’s the time to make new friends. Throw a block party, invite a neighbor for … [Read more...]