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How to plan for a faster, uncontested divorce in Texas

Divorce is so common that the chances are quite good that you already know someone who has ended their marriage. You may feel like you know how Texas handles divorces because of the stories you've heard from someone who has already been through it. Still, one person's version of events may not give you the whole story. Your second-hand experience of divorce could mean that you have a skewed perspective on what the process is actually like.

If someone you know went through an acrimonious, protracted divorce litigated in the courts, you may inaccurately believe that is the only avenue available. However, fighting with your ex in court isn't the only way to end your marriage. It is also possible for people to file an uncontested divorce where they work together amicably to dissolve their marriage.

When can alimony be increased?

Those who have recently become divorced may be financially dependent on alimony payments. If you are raising your children full time or you are in the process of gaining new skills to increase your employability, your alimony payments may simply not be enough to maintain the standard of living that you have grown used to. In this situation, you are likely wondering whether it can be possible to increase the amount of alimony that your former spouse pays.

Generally speaking, it is necessary to document a change of circumstances if you are to request a modification of alimony. The following are four situations in which it may be possible for you to successfully increase your alimony payments.

Common mistakes made while estate planning

Estate planning is an intimidating experience for most adults; it makes you confront your future, your past and everything that comes after that. However, it's an essential process that every person needs to go through.

It's important to make the process easy on yourself and avoid mistakes before they become a significant issue.

Benefits of a living trust in estate planning

Your loved ones are important to you. When you pass away, you want to make sure that your assets get to them quickly and easily. But only using a will to distribute your assets can tie up your estate in probate court. Probate court can be expensive and time-consuming for your family.

One way you can help ease the distribution of your estate is to use a living trust. When properly used as a part of your estate plan, a living trust can make distribution much easier for your family. Here are a few benefits to using a living trust:

Does it matter to the court why I want a divorce?

Divorce has become so common that many people believe they can get a divorce for just about any reason. However, this is not necessarily the case.

People have a wide variety of personal reasons for seeking divorce, but when someone files for divorce, he or she must choose a legally valid reason. These legally valid reasons are called grounds.

When are the best times to take a spite fence to court?

Since the lands in Texas are so vast when compared to the rest of the nation, there are bound to be plenty of boundary dispute cases that can arise. Many of these arguments result in the owner of the fence retaliating against their neighbor for their bickering. Some feel that it is enough to keep the fence as it is, but some go the extra mile and make the fence even more unbearable for the property owner next door to look at.

These are called spite fences, as the property owner designed the fence purely to annoy their neighbors. If you feel that your neighbor’s motivation for making such an ugly or obstructing structure is obvious, you can take the case to court to try and have it removed. Before you do so, you should know that not all spite fence cases are easy victories. Sometimes the court may not see the fence as a nuisance or conclude that your neighbor isn’t breaking any laws. However, there are certain conditions of the fence that could end up swaying the case in your favor.

Three reasons to update your estate plan after moving

Moving into a new house can be an overwhelming process. There are often documents to sign, checks to write, boxes to pack and unpack, and then organization that must occur. Sometimes when moving, it can feel as if forgetting something is inevitable. However, you probably do not want to forget to update your estate plan.

Estate plans work best when they reflect your current wishes and situation. Often, life events, such as moving into a new home, change your situation, so when life events occur, you may need to have your estate plan reviewed, so the appropriate changes can be made. When you move into a new home, there are three good reasons to update your estate plan as soon as possible.

A child’s best interests should determine custody arrangements

As a parent, your child is an important part of your life, so naturally, matters relating to child custody, also called conservatorship, may be one of the most contentious parts of your divorce. Whether you and your spouse are working together to find an agreeable custody arrangement or whether a court must decide, the best interests of your child should always be at the heart of any custody decision.

As parents, you and your spouse probably know better than anyone what your child’s needs are. However, you and your spouse may still disagree on what those best interests are, so it can be valuable to understand how a court determines the best interests of a child.

Four mistakes to avoid as an executor

Being named the executor of a will means a loved one deemed you trustworthy enough to handle his or her final affairs. It is an honor to be trusted so completely by your loved one. However, you also have a responsibility to uphold.

You want to ensure you perform your role correctly. Here are four mistakes you should avoid in your role as executor.

Texas divorce follows community property laws

Texas is a rare place for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that it is one of only nine in the Union that is a community property jurisdiction.

This means that if you get a divorce, any property or possessions gained during the marriage are equally divided between both spouses.


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