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HOW MUCH WILL MY DIVORCE COST?

A common question from people considering divorce is how much getting divorce costs. The answer depends on several variables. Aside from attorney's fees, there are court costs and filing fees to file an initial petition for divorce and other pleadings. Also, there's a cost for using a process server to give notice to the responding spouse. Other fees may include court-ordered services such as parenting classes, mediator fees, or social-study fees.

UNDERSTANDING COMMON VISITATION SCHEDULES FOR CHILDREN IN A DIVORCE

Many of my clients' biggest concerns when contemplating divorce is what access to their children will be after the marriage ends. The first thing I tell my clients is to not worry: provided there are no issues related to the children's safety, the State of Texas wants a divorced parent to have enough access and be an involved parent. If you want to be an involved parent, the law will support you and your ex-spouse, most likely, will not be able to prevent you from seeing your kids. But how exactly does the law divide up the time with the Children?

WHAT IS COMMUNITY PROPERTY?

Texas is known as a "community property" state. Many people that come into my office and are thinking about divorce, have heard the term community property but don't know what community property really means.

WHAT IS SEPARATE PROPERTY?

When two people are married all the property the couple owns will be either community property or separate property. In my last blog I gave an overview of what constitutes community property, so for this blog I wanted to complete the picture and provide some basic information on what is considered separate property.

MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY PROPERTY

In my last few blogs I've been discussing the differences between community property and separate property. The next question spouses often ask is what control do they have individually over property that they own together with their spouse. Like most legal question the answer is "it depends".

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