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Six Tips For Reaching A Property Settlement In A Divorce In Texas

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Property division can be a highly contentious issue in a divorce. If litigation is required, a court will split a couple’s marital property under our state’s community property statute (Texas Family Code §  3.002). Though, as litigation can be time-consuming and costly, most divorcing couples strongly prefer to reach their own settlement. A settlement… Read More »

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Four Things To Know About Parental Alienation In Texas

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Nothing should come between you and your relationship with your kid(s). Certainly, you should not have to deal with a co-parent who is intentionally undermining that relationship. A person who knowingly and/or recklessly tries to turn a child against a parent may be responsible for parental alienation. There are remedies available for parental alienation… Read More »

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How Is Child Custody Awarded After A Divorce In Houston, Texas?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

For parents of young children, going through a divorce is especially complicated. There are many additional legal, emotional, and logistical issues that need to be worked out. You may be wondering: How is child custody determined in a divorce in Texas? The answer depends on a number of different factors that are specific to… Read More »

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Can A Child’s College Expenses Be Part Of Child Support In Texas?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

It is no secret that college is expensive. According to data from U.S. News and World Report, the average nationwide annual cost of tuition at public in-state school is $10,338. At private schools it is an astounding $36,185. Room, board, and textbook add even more costs. For many parents, planning for a child’s college… Read More »

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Your Guide To Mistaken Paternity In Texas

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Paternity is the basis of a father’s rights and duties in Texas. A man who does not have paternity cannot get child custody or child visitation. Along the same lines, a man who does not have paternity cannot be ordered to pay child support. Paternity may be established through: Marriage; Voluntary acknowledgment; or Genetic… Read More »

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I Think My Ex Is In A New Relationship—Can I Stop Paying Spousal Maintenance?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Were you ordered to pay ongoing spousal maintenance (alimony) to your ex after a divorce in Galveston County? If your former partner gets remarried, then your duty to make further alimony payments (unless you are past due) is automatically terminated. However, your ex entering a new relationship is not sufficient to stop your own… Read More »

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Do Parents Have To Take Parenting Classes To Finalize Their Divorce In Texas?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

For parents of young kids, a divorce can be especially hard. Our state encourages parents to work together to collaboratively solutions to child custody and child time-sharing. This raises an important question: Are parenting classes required for parents getting a divorce in Texas? The short answer is that they are not mandatory for all… Read More »

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What If I Am concerned The Other Parent Will Seek A Modification?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

In Texas, the term “conservatorship” is used to describe the concept of child custody. Once a custody arrangement is in place, parents in Galveston County have a legal duty to abide by it. That being said, changes are possible. Under Texas law (Texas Family Code § 156.101), a court may modify “an order that… Read More »

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What To Know About Child Support And Taxes

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Tax time is quickly approaching. In 2022, all individuals must file their federal income tax return by April 18th (due to holiday/weekend). Of course, Texas is in the minority of U.S. jurisdictions that does not have a state income tax. For separated parents, taxes can be especially complicated. You may be wondering: How will… Read More »

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Is There A Waiting Period For A Divorce In Texas?

By Lindamood & Robinson, P.C. |

Are you getting ready to get a divorce in Texas? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about how the legal process works. A question that many people ask: Is there a waiting period to get a divorce in Houston? The answer is ‘yes’—under Texas law there is a 60 day waiting… Read More »

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