HOW TO DIVIDE RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS IN A DIVORCE Retirement plans are viewed by the Texas courts as indirect compensation to a spouse, which is actually an income, earned by the spouse during the marriage. Any contributions to a retirement plan made during the marriage are viewed as community property by a Texas court and subject…

HOW TO SETUP A VISITATION SCHEDULE After the courts have determined child custody during a divorce, depending on the custody situation, you will likely need to develop a visitation schedule with the other parent. The courts very much prefer that both parents work together to develop a fair and reasonable schedule that is mutually agreed…

CHANGING YOUR CHILD SUPPORT ORDER AFTER THE DIVORCE Texas parents have the legal responsibility to financially provide for their children after a divorce. Child support orders generally reflect the circumstances that were present at the time that the divorce was final, but time can bring significant financial changes to one or both parents. If you…

WHY MEDIATION SHOULD ALWAYS BE AN OPTION Mediation offers divorcing couples a comfortable environment where they are encouraged to work together and come up with a divorce plan that suits them both. During mediation, the couple will meet with a mediator who will help keep the conversation moving while making sure both parties are equally…

WHAT IS A GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL RESTRICTION? Many people find themselves having to relocate for work or the need to be closer to family. However, for divorced parents, this problem is exacerbated by geographic restrictions that say where there children must live. These are known as “Geographic Restrictions” Geographic restrictions most often place restrictions on the…

FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN A 50/50 CUSTODY SCHEDULE • Is a 50/50 schedule best for your child? (take into consideration the child’s needs, physical and mental capabilities) • Is a 50/50 schedule best for your family? • Would the 50/50 schedule put the child (and you) in the car for a longer period of time?…

When Can a Child Decide which Parent They Want to Live With? There are two types of child custody in the state of Texas: • Joint managing conservatorship in which parents work together to decide on major issues • Sole managing conservatorship in which only the custodial parent makes decisions regarding most issues During child…

Division of Community Property in a Divorce Understanding the way property is divided is very important in a divorce. This is often the most disputed issue in a divorce, after child custody. Every state in the nation has a law about how to divide the couple’s property during a divorce. In most states, the law…

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