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Help Yourself: Practical Answers to Common Divorce Questions

We're big believers in seeking legal counsel when the rest of your life depends on it. Divorce is more than about just leaving someone you no longer get along with. If you've acquired assets during your marriage, you want to make sure you're getting your fair share of those. If you have children that came from the marriage, you want to make sure they're taken care of and that you minimize any emotional impact the divorce will create for them. 

How do I know there's gaslighting in my relationship?


This blog article is by Dr. Becky Davenport with the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement in San Antonio, a mental health professional who works with the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance on select cases. 

Gaslighting is a term that originated from the 1944 movie Gaslight. Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which someone is manipulated into doubting their own experience of reality.

What if there are financial issues I'm not taking into account in my divorce?


Working with a number of high-net-worth divorce clients over the years has taught us the importance of bringing financial experts into a divorce. High-net-worth clients have more opportunities to invest and a greater possible range of asset types. When those clients try to negotiate on their own to reach a divorce settlement, they may not understand everything about the assets they have, and may not know how they could or should affect the decree.

How do I know if I'm experiencing financial abuse?


This blog article is by Dr. Becky Davenport with the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement in San Antonio, a mental health professional who works with the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance on select cases.

In over 20 years of working with couples, I have seen many couples in conflict over money and spending. In the vast majority of these couples, communication and interactions about money and spending mirror their communication and interactions about other topics, such as parenting, sex, sharing household tasks, extended family relationships and other common conflict areas. Working through conflicts about money is done through the development of healthy, effective communication that allows both partners to be heard, respected, and secure in the relationship and navigate decision making together.

However, some couples who present with financial conflict as a key concern are not simply stuck in negative communication- one partner is actually using money and access to resources as a means of control and manipulation in the relationship.

Can women be responsible for paying spousal maintenance?


In one of our earlier blog articles, we discussed what spousal maintenance is and who's eligible for it. One of the misconceptions out there is that it's strictly men paying maintenance for women who became stay-at-home moms. While that's still definitely how a significant portion of the cases go, it can also worth the other way, with women paying men.

How do I make back-to-school time less anxious for my kids during divorce?


This is the time of year when children are about to go back to school - or, if your children are in SAISD, they already have! It's a time of change. In some cases, it's a big change, moving from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school. Even for those children staying in the same school, back-to-school time represents a shift from the relatively carefree days of summer to the hubbub of school.

The Importance of Acts of Kindness


We joined the rest of the nation this past weekend in being saddened and angered by the El Paso and Dayton shootings. As Texans, the El Paso shooting hit us particularly hard; we know El Paso to be an incredible community, and knowing that someone traveled from another part of Texas to kill innocents gave us great pause.

Will getting a divorce affect my credit rating?


Many people who get divorced are anxious about their finances and the impact divorce will have on their money. There are some obvious changes that a divorce will bring to your budgets, even before the prospect of paying child support figures in.

Military pressures still contribute to military divorces


Because San Antonio is still very much "Military City USA," we have gained expertise over the years in working with military families going through divorce. We know that these families face enormous pressures in their day-to-day lives, whether they're living together on a base in military housing or the couple lives apart due to one or both of them being on active deployment.

Lessons for High-Net-Worth Divorce from the Highest-Net-Worth Divorce of them all


Earlier this month, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos divorced after 25 years of marriage. The divorce, finalized in Washington state's King County (containing Seattle and a number of its suburbs), split an incredibly high-net-worth estate.

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