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Modification of Custody

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-04-22 12:19

Parents who live under the terms of a custody order often face the question of whether the terms of the order can be changed.  This question usually arises due to the changing circumstances that life inevitably brings.  Today's blog post will address the legal basis for a Court to change custody

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Grandparent Rights

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-04-14 22:18

In our society, parents commonly encourage and foster a close relationship between their children and the children's grandparents.  Such grandparent relationships are generally a great benefit to children.  Due to a variety of circumstances, such as estranged family relationships or death, grandp

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What is an Heirship Proceeding?

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-04-08 10:12

When a person dies with a Will, a very simple legal process known as "probate of Will" is completed.  The Will is admitted to probate, and the named Executor then has authority to distribute the assets of the estate to the named beneficiaries of the Will.  Importantly, the Will itself dictates wh

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Gathering Information in a Contested Divorce Case

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-04-02 10:30

Spouses going through the divorce process often have lost trust in each other, and need to find out what their spouse has been doing and what their spouse is hiding.  Classic examples include the spouse that is hiding money, and the spouse th

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Difference Between Sole Managing Conservatorship and Joint Managing Conservatorship

Written by Kathy Mulcahy | 2018-03-25 14:51

In Texas parents can be either named as joint managing conservators or sole managing conservator.  The different types of conservatorships refer to the rights and duties that each parent has with respect to one another, and has NOTHING to do with

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Proposed Immigration Law Changes

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-03-18 14:22

In today's highly politicized legal climate relating to immigration laws, families are caught up in a whirlwind of speculation and controversy over proposed changes to our immigration laws.  The uncertainty that families face is extremely stressful, as the possibility of

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Restraining Orders VS Protective Orders

Written by Kathy Mulcahy | 2018-03-10 09:26

Many people come into our office and ask for a “restraining order” when they mean a protective order or they ask for a “protective order” when they want a restraining order. So how are they different?

A Restraining Order

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Child Support Collection

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-03-04 12:33

Separated parents who struggle financially to raise their children face particular challenges when the other parent fails to pay child support as ordered by the Court.   Often, these parents are frustrated and think there is no solution.  In reality, however, Texas law provides several powerful t

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What is a Temporary Guardianship?

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-02-25 23:32

Guardianship proceedings in Texas are usually an attempt to obtain permanent guardianship.  If the Court orders a permanent guardianship, the guardian has authority to make decisions for the ward into the indefinite future.  The Texas Estates Code additionally provides for temporary guardianship,

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How a Class B Misdemeanor Can Turn Into a Felony – Your Tax Dollars At Work

Written by Kathy Mulcahy | 2018-02-17 19:51

Certain misdemeanors that our society considers extra bad can be enhanced to felony sentencing level if that offense is committed by the same person on multiple occasions. Some of these make sense, such as assault family violence offenses.

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Alterntives to Guardianship

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-02-11 10:55

As an elderly parent advances in age, mental capacity often decreases.  Adult children want to respect the independence of their parents, but worry about the potential risks to the parent is left to live alone and make decisions independently.  As limitations progress, the question arises whether

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Preparing for Divorce

Written by Wade Christiansen | 2018-02-04 09:30

Happiness in marriage is the ultimate goal of Texas men and women who marry.  While not without occasional bumps in the road, married couples are usually able to achieve happiness in marriage and family.  However, some couples find themselves in circumstances that make it appear that divorce is i

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