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San Antonio Family Law Blog

What is the timeline for a divorce in Texas?

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If you and your spouse decide to divorce in Texas, you should know -- even if you're both in agreement on every single part of your divorce -- it'll still take some time to finalize. After you officially file a petition for divorce, at least 60 days must pass before the divorce will be granted by a judge.

How the new tax rules could impact divorce

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There's a startling new poll out from the folks at Quinnipiac University regarding the Republican tax bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week. Only 29 percent of Americans approve of the tax plan, according to the survey, even as we hurtle toward the House and Senate getting together in committee to see if they can come together to marry the bills they passed in their respective chambers.

What Is Temporary Spousal Support, and Will It Be Part of My Divorce?

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The first thing to know about temporary spousal support is that any spouse can potentially be eligible for it, provided that the person requesting spousal support can't meet a standard, known as "minimum reasonable needs."

When and how can I modify my divorce decree?

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When a couple arrives at a divorce decree -- be it through mutual agreement or through a court's determination -- it's not necessarily the final word on that couple's legal responsibilities. That's especially true with child support, as people's circumstances and employment will change over the years.

What do I have to do after my divorce is final?

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There are a lot of people out there who think-or perhaps hope-that once you go through a divorce and obtain a divorce decree, that you can just walk away. But, for many people in the post-divorce phases of their lives, that's not necessarily the case.

How is a divorce consultation like a trip to the ER?

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I think the analogy of a consultation with a family law attorney being like a trip to the emergency room is an interesting one. Any trip to the ER, unfortunately, starts with someone in pain, and also may involve that person not knowing what's wrong. Like an ER staff, a family lawyer is there to determine your situation and to place you on the road to recovery. 

What Not to Do During a Divorce

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Divorce can be a difficult process, to be sure, no matter what the circumstances. But it's obviously best to not do things that make the divorce process even more difficult. We thought it would be helpful to run through a list of things you shouldn't do during a divorce. While some of them might just seem like common sense, they're worth review, in part, because we've been involved in divorce cases where these things happen, and know the complications they can cause.

What is a gray divorce, and what should I know before getting one?

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A so-called "gray divorce" is when a couple 50 or over decide to get a divorce, sometimes after being married for a quarter-century or longer. In a great number of these cases, the couple's children have already moved out of the house, meaning they don't have custody issues to settle. Sometimes, these couples do really "stay together for the sake of the kids," and sometimes, becoming "empty nesters" makes them realize that the marriage isn't working for them. 

The Four Types of Divorce

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If you're looking to get a divorce, one of the first things to know is that there's not just one kind of divorce. Getting a divorce doesn't necessarily mean you'll be in a courtroom in front of a judge, though some divorces require that setting in order to be resolved.

What happens if I don't pay child support?

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Child support is a hotly contested issue in numerous divorces involving children. Child Support dictates how much money a non-custodial parent is required to pay in order to provide financial assistance to the child and the custodial parent who is raising the child. While many factors go into determining a child support amount that is fair to both parties, it's sometimes the case that neither party is happy with the child support section of their divorce decree. After all, money does strange things to people!

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