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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.

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.

Detailed recordkeeping keeps divorced parents on the same page

At the end of your marriage, you are likely to have many details to track. Perhaps you are keeping a record of expenses or an event calendar for the first time, especially if you have depended on a spouse to watch over these day-to-day concerns. When you separate your finances and time from your ex-spouse, it can be tricky to determine what is fair for you and your ex. And when children are involved, you may be learning to share time and expenses for the best interest of the child.

Child custody issues for same-sex partners aren't always clear

Same-sex couples can now marry legally, and with that also comes the possibility of divorce and divorce-related issues. If you're part of a married same-sex couple and you have children, you will most likely have to iron things out like who will get custody of the children and who will pay child support.

A checklist can help you better navigate your divorce

You organize all kinds of things in your life with checklists. It's so much easier to tackle a tough, multi-step process when it has been broken down into smaller component parts. You can choose to handle the end of your marriage in the same way. Just because there are a myriad of details, doesn't mean that you can't use a checklist to prepare for divorce. In fact, you may come out a few steps ahead by using a checklist.

Mediating a divorce: Divorce doesn't have to be a battle

As you begin the divorce process in Texas, fear of the unknown naturally may grip you. This is particularly true if you are unsure about how you and your spouse will tackle issues such as property division or child custody. Fortunately, just because you are getting divorced does not mean you have to brace for battle. The process can be much more amicable if you choose mediation.

Will your ex get half your frequent flyer miles in divorce?

With social media playing such a significant role in the lives of most Texas residents, many couples recognize the importance of creating rules around the use of social media in a marriage. You may even consider the inclusion of such rules in a prenup. However, have you taken the time to consider the value of the digital assets you will be bringing into your marriage?