One of the first questions asked in new divorce consultations is, "What is this going to cost me?" In addition to the financial cost of a divorce, there are also high emotional costs. The emotional cost will impact the financial cost of a divorce. Going through a divorce can leave you feeling as though your life is being completely turned upside down. When emotions are running high, fear … [Read more...] about The Emotional Costs of a Divorce
What is Alimony in Texas?
Texas uses Spousal Maintenance instead of Alimony. In Texas, we have our own words for things. Most people only know of alimony and think you can't get it in Texas. You can. Spousal maintenance is contractual alimony by statute. Contractual alimony means that you agree to provide your spouse with some level of financial support for a period after the divorce is over. Texans can get alimony … [Read more...] about What is Alimony in Texas?
What Slows Down the Divorce Process
There are many factors that can slow down a divorce. Here are some of the most common and how you can prepare for or avoid these potential pitfalls in your divorce. Emotional issues People can get so worked up emotionally that they can't participate fully in the divorce process and that slows things down. Unaddressed emotional issues in the divorce process can keep you stuck. Maybe … [Read more...] about What Slows Down the Divorce Process
How Much Does a Divorce in Austin Cost?
Getting divorced can be a lot like going to the grocery store without a list when you’re hungry. You have an idea of what you want, but you're so hungry when walking in that you add things to the basket that you never intended. You walk out of the grocery store with more items and having spent more than what you initially intended. The cost of a divorce can greatly depend on you and your … [Read more...] about How Much Does a Divorce in Austin Cost?
What is the Right of First Refusal in Child Custody?
Right of First Refusal is an option that you and the other parent would craft to best suit your circumstances. When it comes to child custody, the option of a Right of First Refusal means that you have the right to possession of the children during your former spouse’s regularly scheduled time if they aren’t going to be with the kids. If your former spouse will be away from the children for a … [Read more...] about What is the Right of First Refusal in Child Custody?
What Is the Role of Custody Evaluations in a Divorce?
The role of custody evaluations in a divorce is to determine what is in the best interest of the children. A child custody evaluator will gather information from interviews with the family and also by gathering documentation, from the parties as well as other “collaterals” such as neighbors, teachers, therapists, etc. The evaluation will then decide what is the children's best interest going … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Custody Evaluations in a Divorce?
What am I Going to be Able to Keep After the Divorce?
Before asking, “What am I going to be able to keep?” There are important questions that need to be answered first: These are just some of the questions that need to be answered before getting to, “What am I going to be able to keep?” The Collaborative Divorce process has a great advantage over a traditional litigated divorce because it is an interest-based negotiation. It is nearly … [Read more...] about What am I Going to be Able to Keep After the Divorce?
What If a Parent Won’t Allow Their Ex-Spouse Visitation?
If your ex-spouse refuses to let you see your child, your best option will be to hire a lawyer and file a motion for enforcement. Before filing you need to prove that you did show up to pick up your child on the correct date and at the correct time. Most attorneys will probably advise you that you need to show up at the correct place, on time, wait for at least 20 minutes, and for your ex to … [Read more...] about What If a Parent Won’t Allow Their Ex-Spouse Visitation?