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July 2015 Archives

Avoiding legal mistakes in a Texas divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally-charged event, which could lead to mistakes that have long-term consequences. Common errors include choosing the wrong type of divorce or choosing the wrong divorce lawyer. In some cases, opting for mediation or collaborative divorce can help maintain a civil relationship between all parties, which may be in the best interest of the children. In addition, staying civil during the divorce process may lead to a faster resolution of the case.

Dealing with pet custody in a divorce

During a divorce, who gets to keep the pets can become an emotional issue for many Texas couples. Although courts have traditionally treated family animals as personal property subject to the normal rules of asset division, many have now started to look at the matter in a way similar to how child custody and visitation issues are determined.

Child custody and substance abuse problems

Many Texas residents are of the belief that if a parent has a history of substance abuse, that fact will be enough to prevent them from seeking and being granted custody rights for their children. While the courts will consider their substance abuse issues, that alone is normally not enough for a judge to prevent them from having visitation or custody.

The Garner-Affleck divorce and prenuptial agreements

Many Texas residents may have read that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing after more than 10 years of marriage. From a family law perspective, one of the more intriguing aspects of their divorce is the timing of when Ms. Garner's petition was filed. Ms. Garner filed her petition seeking divorce 10 years and one day from their marriage date.

Google co-founder divorces wife after 8 years

Texas investors may have heard that Sergei Brin, the co-founder of Google, has officially divorced his wife of eight years. A judge in Santa Clara County approved the divorce settlement in May 2015. The couple first separated in 2013 and, around that time, Brin was having an affair with an employee who worked in the Google Glass division.