Chances are that if you are reading this blog, you are already involved in a family court matter in Texas or considering whether to be involved in a family court matter in Texas. Divorce and/or child custody disputes in the Lone Star State have many different stages. Though all stages of family court are important, the [...]
When the non-custodial parent fails to meet their child support obligationthe custodial parent has options to enforce the obligation. In this article we will address some basic steps that can be taken and your rights. Communicate with Your Ex First, try to open communication with your ex. Maybe something beyond their control caused the payment not [...]
In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss how long it takes to get a divorce in Texas. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.
In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what you should do if you don't find an attorney in time your first court date. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!
Do you know who a Guardian Ad Litem is and why they are important to your custody case? Find out more, in todays legal tip of the day! I hope you find this information helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.
Do you have a non-custodial parent who is either not showing up to scheduled visits or showing up late? Find out if you can do anything in my legal tip of the day. I hope this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!
Divorce can be tough. Child custody battles in particular can be drawn out, bitter, and damaging. Both parents can suffer, and it is especially hard on a child involved in the process. The goal of child support, visitation, and custody agreements are to help provide the best environment for your child, and their wishes do count [...]
While it is becoming rarer with time, Texas does provide for spousal support after a divorce. This has important ramifications for both parties in the divorce and should be understood before going to court. In this brief guide, we’ll outline some of the most important things you should know. What Is Spousal Support? Is It [...]
Divorce is never a simple process, particularly when there is a child or multiple children involved. Both parents want to spare their children the pain and upset involved in a divorce and a prolonged, bitter custody battle, but sometimes there is no other path. Even once custody has been set, it can be challenging for [...]
If you and your spouse have divorced and have a child, he or she can make their preference for custodial parent known. Beginning at age 12, your child has the right to request an interview with a judge to determine if a change in custody is warranted. Prior to 2009, this process began with an affidavit [...]
Assault family violence is just a type of assault. It has the same elements as all other assaults. What makes it different is that a judge makes a finding of family violence if the alleged victim was a member of the accused’s household as defined by the Family Code. What conduct constitutes assault: -intentionally, knowingly, or [...]
With the rise in teen and young adult crimes, more and more parents and guardians, as well as teenagers themselves, find it necessary to navigate the Texas juvenile criminal defense process. It can vary a lot from the process that adults go through, and it is important that you have a good grasp on how things [...]
Teen crime is a serious problem, and too many people assume that just because someone accused of a crime is under the age of 18, they will get a free pass. The Texas juvenile justice system can have a lasting impact on your child and can even leave them with a criminal record before they become [...]
We tend to think of summer as a time for family vacations and fun in the sun. Maybe you’re headed to the Gulf Coast, or perhaps you’re just looking forward to more time with the family during the day when the kids would usually be in school. Summer is definitely a time for togetherness, but it’s [...]
Teen crime in Texas continues to climb. It is particularly high during the summer months when students are out of school and many teens lack parental supervision. However, there has been an increase throughout all months of the year. In Texas, those under the age of 18 are prosecuted differently than adults, but even a seemingly [...]
There is nothing simple about divorce, particularly when there is a child involved. It is one of the single most stressful events in your life. Once the divorce is over, you hope that you can put it all behind you. You breathe a deep sigh of relief, steel your reserve, and begin venturing out into your [...]
Divorce is rarely a clear-cut, simple matter, particularly when children are involved. Many Texas couples face the prospect of contested child custody and even access to children in some cases. In these instances, a court will order what is called a social study evaluation to be completed. For instance, you and your spouse have decided a [...]
When it comes to criminal charges in the state of Texas, drug-related arrests are the most common in recent years. This is due to a number of factors, including a crackdown by law enforcement on drug-related activities, as well as a greater influx of drugs into the state. For those facing drug-related charges, it can be [...]
Divorce is difficult, stressful, and frustrating on its own. Toss children into the mix and things become exponentially more challenging and there are even more potential problems that can rear their heads. One of those is parental alienation – it’s a terrible situation that drives a wedge between a parent and their child, and even between [...]
In many cases, a person does not know about a warrant until they are pulled over for a traffic violation and the officer runs their ID through the system. Why Might You Have a Warrant Issued? Some of the most common reasons to find that you have a warrant issued for your arrest in the state [...]
In the world of criminal law, there are two ways that jail or prison time can be reduced or even avoided completely. These are probation and parole. However, while they are similar concepts, they are not the same in the state of Texas. Understanding these two terms is important for ensuring a positive outcome for your [...]
The first court setting that a Defendant attends with an attorney is usually uneventful. The attorney and the client will check-in with the court staff to let them know they are there. The Defendant will usually have a seat in the hall or in the court room. The attorney will then go to the area where [...]
Sometimes Defendants have more than one case pending. If the Defendant decides to plead guilty to all of the cases it is important to know whether the cases will run concurrent or consecutively. If multiple cases are plead guilty to and the cases run concurrent that means that the person will be completing the punishment for [...]
Being arrested or otherwise getting involved with the police can be a stressful, frightening, and (often) humbling experience. Whether it’s your first encounter or fifth, each incident is unique and should be treated seriously. The best course of action is to speak with a competent, respected attorney who specializes in criminal defense law as soon as [...]
If you and your attorney have analyzed your case and determined that it is not one that is suitable for pleading not guilty and going to trial then you must next start thinking about punishment options. The two main options are jail vs. probation. Let’s face it nobody wants to go to jail. But, sometimes it is [...]
A motion to suppress any type of evidence, including blood evidence, is a challenge by the attorneys to the legality of the evidence, namely how it was obtained. The Exclusionary Rule In Texas, there is an exclusionary rule that the courts can use when they find that the evidence was not obtained according to the rules [...]
If a defendant and his or her attorney believe that some of the evidence being used against them has been obtained illegally because the police lied to get a search warrant, they will file a Franks motion. This is a request to the courts for a Franks hearing. During the hearing, the courts will try to [...]