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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.

Published Mon, 01/07/2019
When should someone hire a professional divorce mediator instead of a divorce lawyer in Texas? A spouse or parent who doesn’t believe the other spouse or parent is cooperating in the ending of marriage or a relationship frequently hires a divorce lawyer when they did not really to. In my experience as a recovering trial lawyer turned professional peacemaker, unfortunately, the result usually ends up to be opposite of what they had hoped for.
Published Sun, 12/30/2018
New tax and child support considerations for 2019 in Texas affect married couples who are contemplating divorce and unmarried parents seeking court orders for child support, conservatorship, and shared parenting time with children.
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).