If you have been sued, don’t lose a lawsuit by NOT doing some basic steps. Note: There are some rare, but important exceptions to the guidelines below. For instance, if you believe the wrong person was sued or you were sued in the wrong jurisdiction, consult a lawyer before doing anything. Generally, do the following… Read More
Easy Solutions to a Debt Lawsuit
When you are sued for a past-due credit card or loan account, don’t panic. There are simple steps for you to take that will make the process understandable and possibly result in a more favorable outcome. Assuming the lawsuit was filed against the correct person, in the correct jurisdiction, and the lawsuit followed the technical… Read More
How to Determine if You Are Common-Law Married
An informal or “common-law” marriage is a marriage between two people who agree to be married, live together in Texas as spouses, and hold themselves out to others in Texas as spouses, but who have not obtained a marriage license and participated in a marriage ceremony. Informal marriages have been recognized in Texas since 1847.… Read More
What Property is NOT Marital Community Property?
In Texas, marital property consists of all property that a spouse brings into a marriage or acquires during the marriage. Subject to some limited exceptions, all marital property in Texas can be characterized as “separate,” “community,” or “mixed.” Separate Property Separate property is property that does not owe its existence to the marriage; it is… Read More
Can Your 12-year-old Decide Which Parent to Live/Visit With?
Public policy in Texas is to: (1) assure that children have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child; and (2) provide a safe, stable, and nonviolent environment for the child . . .” The Texas Family Code provides that “the best interest… Read More
Unemotional Reasons Couples Should Consider A Premarital Agreement
Premarital agreements (aka “prenup”) are used to define the rights and obligations of couples who are about to marry. Premarital agreements are rare for the majority of the population, primarily because couples believe that having one is anticipating a divorce. However, there are some very smart reasons all couples should at least consider putting an… Read More