Nothing but the T.R.U.C.E. Blog

Published Tue, 09/11/2018

What can you do when your spouse doesn't want a divorce?  Texas is a no fault divorce state. That means anyone who wants a divorce can get one.  The question is how to go about it without making any already difficult situation worse.

I’ve seen way too many end of the game mediations when spouses are expected to settle their differences after lawyers have created irreconcilable conflict, charged exorbitant amounts of money on both sides, and have left the spouses in deep debt and hating each other.  Decisions feel forced and that causes long term resentment.  Everyone suffers (except the lawyers).  

Published Fri, 07/06/2018

How to calculate child support in Texas for a 50/50 possession schedule (equal actual parenting time) can be very different from Texas guideline child support with the Texas Standard Possession Order.  Contractual alimony (spousal maintenance) can also affect child support.

Published Thu, 05/10/2018

IMPORTANT FEDERAL ALIMONY/SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE TAX CHANGES:  For divorce and separation agreements or divorces finalized on or after January 1, 2019, the 2017 tax reforms eliminate the tax deduction for the payer of alimony/spousal maintenance and the requirement of the receiver to report these payments as income. Any divorce and separation agreements or divorces finalized before the end of 2018 will continue to be governed by the old law and the deduction and income reporting will still apply.

Published Wed, 04/25/2018


Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., Attorney-Mediator

If you are thinking about divorce and you are a parent with a child who will be in school in the fall, you owe it to your kids to call Detente now for our exclusive “May to August” divorce. And if you intend to ask for spousal support, it is imperative to start your divorce immediately so you can finalize it in 2018 before the new tax reforms come into effect on January 1, 2019 when alimony/spousal support will no longer be tax deductible. 

Published Sun, 04/01/2018
How do you protect yourself when your soon-to-be-ex will keep your share of a community property asset and pay you for it after divorce?