Collaborative Divorce Articles

Finance and Children

Finance and Children

Divorce is always a challenging time for parents and children alike. There are so many factors to consider such as custody schedules, selling or keeping the family home, splitting assets, etc. As the divorcing parents negotiate the terms of the divorce, they hopefully...

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Five Things To Know About Taxes And Divorce

Five Things To Know About Taxes And Divorce

Divorce has significant effects on your taxes.  For example, if your divorce is final by December 31 of a tax year, the IRS will consider you unmarried for that entire year, so you must file individual rather than joint tax returns.  Moreover, due to new tax...

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The Rise in After Retirement Divorce

The Rise in After Retirement Divorce

My family law practice handles a sizeable number of “grey divorces.”  “Grey divorce” clients have been married to their respective spouses for decades.  Over the years, through season after season, their relationships have evolved and changed.  At some point, these...

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Why Are Older People Getting Divorced?

Why Are Older People Getting Divorced?

For years, married couples have been known to stay together for the “sake of the children.” When the children are grown and moved away, more older people are divorcing than ever before. There are several reasons for this: The couple may have problems with being empty...

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Understanding Alimony in Texas

Understanding Alimony in Texas

Contrary to what many people think, Texas does have what is commonly known as alimony. The Texas Family Code calls it spousal maintenance.  However, the Texas Family Code narrowly defines when spousal maintenance can be ordered by the court. When clients want or need...

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Dealing With Trusts In A Divorce

Dealing With Trusts In A Divorce

Characterizing property owned by a couple is an important part of any divorce and the existence of a trust can complicate the process, especially if it’s an irrevocable trust established during the marriage.  On the other hand, an irrevocable trust established prior...

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4 Bad Habits of Co-parents and How to Break Them

4 Bad Habits of Co-parents and How to Break Them

It’s not a secret that co-parenting is a job in of itself, one that requires many hours of on-the-job training. And since there is so much emotional labor involved, one or more parties might be tempted to lean on bad behaviors in moments of exhaustion or frustration....

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Divorce Is A Family Affair

Divorce Is A Family Affair

Divorcing with children involves the whole family. One day, everyone knows where everyone is and where things go and what the rules are, the next day everything has changed. Parents do everything they can to ‘keep the kids out of it’, to let them know it isn’t their...

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What To Do When Your Child Refuses To Visit Your Ex

What To Do When Your Child Refuses To Visit Your Ex

Many divorced parents wonder what they should do when their child doesn’t want to visit the other parent.  Should they encourage their child to go on the visitation or let him or her decide?  That depends on the child’s age–teens are old enough to make their own...

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Collaborative Divorce – What You Should Know

Collaborative Divorce – What You Should Know

More and more in recent years, divorcing couples have been turning to a hybrid process known in Texas as collaborative divorce, which combines a lawyer’s advocacy and legal know-how with the problem-solving orientation of divorce mediation. The process begins when...

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Top 3 Overlooked Financial Issues During Divorce

Top 3 Overlooked Financial Issues During Divorce

Divorce is commonly seen as one of the most stressful experiences one will ever go through.  Along with all of that stress, you are also making financial decisions that will most likely affect the rest of your life and perhaps the lives of your children as well.  For...

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