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August 2017 Archives

What does the Texas Family Code say about prenups?

If you decided to look through the Texas Family Code to learn about prenuptial agreements, you would not find them. Instead, Texas statutes refer to them as premarital and marital property agreements. To be valid, this type of agreement must be a written document signed by both you and your future spouse.

Procedure for stepparent adoption

Stepparents have a big role to fill. Generally, they are standing in for an absent parent. In many cases, they are stepping into the absent parent’s shoes when that parent no longer has contact or a relationship with the child. For many stepparents in Texas, this means taking the steps to adopt the child and become a legal parent. At Fabio & Merrill, we see many stepparents in this situation and want you to understand the process and procedure before you begin this journey.

Mediation in the divorce process

Couples in Texas who are going through a divorce may choose mediation instead of using the traditional court route. While mediation is not for everyone, it can be an effective tool in easing the stress and financial burden that accompanies most divorces.

The risks of a gray divorce

Many people in Texas are waiting until their kids are grown before divorcing their spouses. After many years of marriage, countless challenges and the sacrifices they have made for each other, they are no longer willing to remain in their relationships. Anyone who plans to rush to file for separation should consider the disadvantages that are prevalent in gray divorces. 

Is an inheritance shared property? Here's how to know

Your spouse obtained a large inheritance while you were married, and you've both enjoyed living well while having that money in the bank. He always had it in his own bank account, which wasn't a problem for you. If you wanted any money at all, he'd simply transfer it over to your bank account.

When a child requests a custody modification in Texas

In a Texas divorce, parents may have taken a number of factors into consideration when discussing the child custody arrangement. Even though they want what is best for their child, they may also have made some decisions during the negotiations based on what they wanted as parents. If the child does not agree with the arrangement, he or she may be able to do something about it.

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