It is often not easy to decide to put an end to one’s marriage, but once Texas residents make the decision they may want the whole process to be over as soon as possible so they can begin to move on. Therefore, their first question may be about the estimated time it will take for their divorce to become final. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to this question. A number of … [Read more...]
Dallas Family Law Blog
Let our experience guide you through stepparent adoption
All Texas families with children want the best for them and many choose a second spouse accordingly, hoping that their new spouse will love their child the same way they do and provide them with the security and stability their child needs and craves. As discussed previously on the Dallas Family Law Blog, one of the ways stepparents can provide this security is by adopting their stepchild. Lawyers … [Read more...]
How can a stepparent adopt his or her spouse’s child?
Raising a child alone is difficult and one of the reasons that Texas single parents may decide to marry, with the added benefit of providing their children with more security. One of the ways that a newly married Texas resident can give the child of a new spouse security is by adopting that child. Stepparent adoption can be a way to complete the family and share in the duties and obligations owed … [Read more...]
Consent in adoption proceedings
Some parents may not be able to provide for their children the way they would have dreamed of, and, in order to ensure their children get the very best they possibly can, they make the difficult decision to put their children up for adoption. Last time on the Dallas Family Law Blog, readers were given a brief overview of who can adopt a child. But it is equally important to know who … [Read more...]
Who can adopt?
One way in which Texas couples can complete their families is to adopt a child. Adopting a child means becoming the formal guardian of another person and taking over the rights and responsibilities that come along with it. In addition to the legal relationship that this process creates, it provides parents an amazing opportunity to care for and nurture a child and give the child all the support … [Read more...]
An effective parenting plan is possible with the right assistance
Last week, this blog noted the importance of keeping a parenting plan centered on the needs of the child. However, in some child custody situations, parents may wonder if it is possible to create a secure and agreeable parenting plan. A parenting plan is one way parents going through a divorce can ensure their children will have the best care and treatment from both parents regardless of the … [Read more...]
Keeping parenting plans about the child’s needs
Divorce is often a stressful, emotional and unexpected event, but parents in Texas and elsewhere need to be aware how the process impacts their children. While it is clear that the divorce process will significantly change the lives of both parents, the decisions they make during dissolution shape the upbringing a child will be faced with. More importantly, a parenting plan should be about the … [Read more...]
Property division rules in Texas
There are lots of difficult decisions that must be made when a couple decides to end their marriage. After child custody matters, perhaps the most important is deciding how to divide property amongst the divorcing couple. However, the couple’s choice is not the only deciding factor-where a couple decides to divorce is also important. Some states follow the equitable distribution rules whereas some … [Read more...]
How can a collaborative law divorce benefit Texans?
When Dallas couples think of divorce, their minds may flash to acrimonious courtroom scenes that leave emotions and wallets in tatters. However, a divorce does not always have to leave parties feeling bitter and resentful towards each other. A collaborative law divorce provides an alternative by helping the parties involved reach a settlement that helps ensure everyone is able to live the best … [Read more...]
We can help with your child custody issues
As mentioned in the previous post on our Dallas family law blog, dealing with child custody issues is a difficult matter regardless of the time of year. Even though parenting is often seen as a fundamental human right, various circumstances lead to couples ending their relationship with each other and jeopardizing their right to parent. However, with the right counsel, it is possible to protect … [Read more...]