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

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).  

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?
Published Sat, 01/28/2017
All too often a parent will vow to fight for “full custody” with a scare tactic of threatening to take the children away if the other parent does not agree to do whatever he or she wants.  It is very rare for a court in Texas to terminate a parent’s rights entirely, meaning only one parent would have the right to make all the decisions for the child (legal custody or “conservatorship”) and have the right to all the parenting time (physical custody or “possession”) of the child to the absolute exclusion of the other parent.