Tarrant County Family Law Blog

Should I be the first to file for divorce?

Taking action to file for divorce takes courage, bravery and conviction. There's never a right time to file for a divorce, but if you file before you are ready, you may have regrets in the future, and wonder whether you could have worked harder to mend your marriage.

If you are currently going through a tough time in your marriage, you should at least make sure that you are prepared to file for divorce when the time is right. The following are some reasons why it can be advantageous to be the one to file for divorce.

Child custody mistakes can make life difficult for everyone

Child custody negotiations are an important part of a divorce when there are children involved. Unfortunately, there are many challenges that come with these negotiations partly because both sides feel so strongly about what's going on and have specific ideas about the best solutions.

There are several things that can happen that might make the child custody negotiations much worse. Trying to avoid these can benefit you and your child during mediation or a trial.

How to leave a toxic relationship

Sadly, toxic relationships are common, and they can be difficult to navigate. Those involved in a toxic relationship may find that they experience a complex variety of emotions when dealing with the person with whom they are in a relationship. These emotions may include love, hate, jealousy and anger. The highs and lows of the relationship can make it challenging to take a stand and leave.

If you believe that you are in a toxic marriage, you must allow yourself to reflect on all the different ways that the relationship is negatively affecting you. If your spouse is possessive or jealous of you, your career and social life may be negatively affected. Additionally, if you get into frequent arguments with your spouse, your children may be exposed to these and it may be detrimental to their well-being. The following are steps you should take if you want to get out of a toxic marriage.

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.

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