The role of custody evaluations in a divorce is to determine what is in the best interest of the children. A child custody evaluator will gather information from interviews with the family and also by gathering documentation, from the parties as well as other “collaterals” such as neighbors, teachers, therapists, etc. The evaluation will then decide what is the children's best interest going … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Custody Evaluations in a Divorce?
In March of this year at the State Bar of Texas Annual Collaborative Law Conference I delivered the closing speech. This was the third time in a row I was asked to be the last speaker at the Conference. In 2020 I talked about The Power of Hope. In 2021 I spoke on Love in Time of COVID. In 2022 I spoke on The Love of the Game. I replayed videos of my interviews with … [Read more...] about In Resolving Divorce and Child Custody Disputes What Do Truth and Justice Mean?
Divorce already takes an emotional, mental, and financial toll on the family. The current real estate market has added to that with increasing interest rates, declining house prices and diminishing values in certain asset accounts Nationwide, there’s a shortage of available houses – especially at lower price points – compared to the number of would-be homebuyers. For a while, there was tons of … [Read more...] about Divorce and Rising Interest Rates
Many clients think they are savvy negotiators, but they often fail to understand how their behaviors and attitudes towards each other throughout any divorce process effects the end result. What you and I see as common-sense negotiation tactics, are anything but that to our highly agitated divorce clients. We have all seen the Wife make digs at the unfaithful husband continuously … [Read more...] about Common Sense: Smart Clients Understand
There is no doubt that going through a divorce is extremely stressful. It is much akin to death. It is, in fact, the death of a marriage and nothing hurts like losing someone you love whether it is due to death, divorce or the breakup of a non-marital relationship. People go through the same stages of grief during a breakup that they would if their spouse died. Most of us have heard of Elizabeth … [Read more...] about The Importance of Better Communication Even During Divorce
In the post-information age in which we live, we can literally find an answer to any question within seconds at the touch of a button or a question to Alexa. However, finding accurate and relevant information can be much more challenging, especially when it comes to finding answers to frequently-asked questions about divorce. There is quite a bit of misinformation on the internet today about … [Read more...] about Three Texas-Sized Divorce e-Myths
At the beginning of the collaborative process all parties must sign an agreement that they will not go to court. As a result, if the process does not work, the attorneys must withdraw, and the parties must select new attorneys. In Dallas and Austin collaborative law is well-known as an option that works well for some couples seeking a divorce. In Houston, collaborative divorce is gradually … [Read more...] about When is Collaborative Law the Best Solution to Divorce?
Getting divorced (and doing it well) is an expensive task.If someone were to do the impossible task of removing all the emotional complexity out of, it would be a lot like dissolving a business partnership. You must decide how to disentangle and rearrange all these things: FinancesHome(s)CarsKids schedules (maybe)Retirement plan(s) Most people struggle to handle tough decisions like this at … [Read more...] about When You Only Think You’re Saving Money On The Divorce
Although many of us consider our pets to be family members, the Texas Family Code still considers them to be property, for the purposes of a divorce. If your pet was acquired, adopted or purchased during the marriage, most likely the pet is community property. That means that a divorce court would have to decide who to “award” Fido or Fluffy to as part of a “just and right division” of the … [Read more...] about Who Gets Fluffy and Fido In The Divorce?
You and your spouse may want to consider a Collaborative Divorce if you own your own business. Why? 1. Minimize disruption of business operations. Sometimes when business owners are divorcing, the business’ employees will find out there is a pending divorce and then become fearful that they will lose their job for fear that the business will be sold or go under because there is a pending … [Read more...] about Do You Own a Business and Need a Divorce?