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Published Wed, 07/08/2020


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 (or distance learning at home until school re-opens), you owe it to yourselves and your kids to explore Detente's exclusive summer divorce. 

Divorce is the second highest stressor behind death of a loved one.  It goes without saying that divorce affects the whole family. The current pandemic and social unrest worsen the stress. Divorce takes planning to reduce the harm to children. Inevitably, in most divorces one or both parents move out of the family’s residence.  Instead of one home, most children of divorce will suddenly have two. 

Published Sun, 01/12/2020

Is your New Year’s resolution an amicable, respectful, divorce or a separation from a partner or parent of your children?  Detente’s exclusive "January to May” step by step divorce, custody, and support mediation makes all the difference for peace and renewal, especially if a summer goal is children settle into their home with Mom and their home with Dad before school starts in the fall.

The truth is most New Year’s resolutions fail not because they aren’t doable, but because there's no plan.  

Published Thu, 10/17/2019

Important Federal Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Tax Changes:  For divorce and separation agreements or divorces finalized on or after January 1, 2019, the December 22, 2017 tax reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated an important and valuable tax deduction for the payer of alimony/spousal maintenance and also eliminated the requirement of the receiver to report these payments as taxable 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 alimony deduction and alimony income reporting will still apply.  Read about Texas alimony.

Published Thu, 10/17/2019

Does Texas Have Contractual Alimony or Spousal Maintenance?  Yes!

Published Sat, 03/30/2019

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.

Let's start with the Texas Standard Possession Order and how Texas guideline child support relates to it. In Texas, the law presumes both parents are fit and they should have frequent and continuing contact with children - but that does not necessarily mean equal parenting time. In fact, it is presumed that the Standard Possession Order is the minimum amount of time that a child should have with a noncustodial parent.  The Texas Standard Possession Order gives the custodial parent signficantly more parenting time (measured by overnights) in a year with the children and less time to the noncustodial parent.