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Denton Divorce Law Blog

Common Law Marriage in Texas

A common law marriage is when a couple lives together for a period of time and holds themselves out to friends, family, and the community as "being married," but never goes through a formal ceremony or get a marriage license.

Governor Greg Abbott signs bills for "community-based foster care" and other major CPS changes

Governor Greg Abbott has recently signed a number of bills aimed at improving child protection in Texas. After much controversy over the broken system, lawmakers have been working to target major issues, providing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services the options and resources to do what needs to be done for these children.

Parental Alienation - What to Avoid & How to Recognize Symptoms

Divorce brings out the worst in people, but that should never extend to children of the relationship. While parents sort out their dispute, they should do their best to shield their children from the nitty gritty details. Unfortunately, however, some take the divorce as opportunity to poison their children against the other parent-essentially demanding that a child choose "sides." This, in a very general sense, is Parental Alienation.

How Can You Avoid Probate if Your Only Asset is a House?

In Texas, you may avoid the requirements of probate if you have a limited estate by filing a community property agreement and/or amendment to your deed if the goal is to avoid probate between spouses. Simply put, if Alice and John are married and have a home which is their principal asset that would need to be transferred in probate, a simple revision of their deed or filing of a community property agreement establishing that the survivor will have 100% of the house will eliminate the need for a probate of the estate or a muniment of title if there are no other assets that need to be probated. The typical cost for a modification to a deed of this sort costs less than $500.00 where the average muniment of title probate proceeding can run between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00 and a full probate can run in excess of $2,500.00.

Don't Let Emotions Guide Decision-making in Divorces

Divorce can be a painful and difficult process to go through. Unfortunately, some people use their divorce as a tool for revenge and vengeance towards their spouse without realizing the price they will personally pay in the long run. It is not uncommon for spouses in the middle of a divorce proceeding to deliberately do things to provoke an emotional reaction from each other. Frequently, this causes unnecessary funds to be depleted and needless emotional heartache.

Co-Parenting in Separation and/or Divorce

"Co-parenting" is used to describe parents that are separated or divorced that work together to raise their children. In co-parenting circumstances, parents usually share responsibility for raising their children even though the parents no longer live in the same home together. When parents have a cooperative and supportive relationship in regards to their children, it benefits the children and the family altogether.