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November 2017 Archives

When is it possible to adopt my stepchild?

For many Texas families, adoption is a beautiful and appropriate way to expand and grow a family. For you, the adoption of a stepchild may be the best way to legally establish the strong relationship you already have with the biological child of your spouse. If you wish to adopt your stepchild, you would be wise to first understand how this process works and what to expect.

Understanding Texas domestic violence laws

Domestic violence is a serious continuing problem in Texas and throughout the nation. As FindLaw explains, Texas defines domestic violence as the use of force that results in unwanted offensive or provocative contact with the victim and/or causes bodily injury. Domestic violence also includes the threat of such conduct and is not limited to violence against a spouse or domestic partner. Victims also can include a family member, household member, past or current dating partner and foster children.

When your spouse is hiding assets, where should you go to look?

Divorce is difficult, and for many Texas couples, it brings out conflicts and strife over various issues. One of the most commonly contested issues in a divorce is over property division and money. In some cases, property division is especially complex, and you may think that your spouse has gone so far as to hide certain assets from you. The attempt to hide assets is a maneuver to hold onto marital property that is supposed to be subject to division in the divorce.

How are visitation rights determined?

When Texan parents get a divorce, you're still left with other big decisions to make. Figuring out visitation rights, for example, is often considered just as stressful if not more so than the divorce process itself. This is where help from legal professionals like Lisa E. McKnight, PC, can come in handy. We work to provide you with an understanding of your child custody options so that the process can go as smoothly as possible.