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Published Sun, 10/27/2013
Typically attorney mediators in Texas - and especially former judges turned divorce mediators who are used to being in charge of making decisions - do mediation differently than at Détente. Détente does collaborative mediation. The others usually use what is called “evaluative” mediation. It is important to know the difference when choosing a mediator.
Published Sun, 09/29/2013
In the much awaited decision in the Texas child custody case of In re Stephanie Lee, the Texas Supreme Court steadfastly and emphatically supported the critical importance of mediation to protect children from the emotional and psychological damage of high conflict litigated custody battles. The Justices said Texas law gives a trial judge many opportunities in custody litigation to determine what is in the best interests of a child, but he or she does not have the power to refuse to accept parents' decisions about their child’s welfare when there was no family violence and the parents’ agreements were recorded in a valid, signed, mediated settlement agreement.
Published Sun, 08/25/2013

Summer is a good time to complete a divorce before kids return to school in the fall.  If you are a divorcing parent who in January will start a new job or relocate, fall can be just as critical a time to finish your divorce.  Settling kids in before the new year with Detente's exclusive "August to December" divorce can make all the difference to the success of their adjustment mid-schoool year, and to your peace of mind too.  Call us today at 817.283.5100 to learn more about Detente Mediation's "August to December" divorce or send an email by clicking on the Free Consultation button. 

Published Fri, 07/05/2013
Alimony (spousal maintenance) is a payment of money to a former spouse that continues after divorce. Alimony is tax deductible to the payer and taxable as income to the recipient if the payments truly qualify as alimony under IRS rules. Creative divorce settlements that include alimony or spousal maintenance can keep money out of Uncle Sam’s pocket and in your family’s – unless the IRS does not see it your way.
Published Sat, 06/15/2013
Expect two big changes to Texas child support in 2013. Higher social security and Federal income taxes on January 1, 2013 will decrease parent's take home pay and decrease child support as calculated under the Texas guidelines for 2013. But on September 1, 2013 high wage earners will pay more child support when the cap on maximum monthly net resources on which child support is figured rises from $7,500 to $8,550 per month.