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June 2015 Archives

Mistakes to avoid during divorce

Going through a divorce is a time of high emotion, which can lead to big mistakes in the long run. It is important to remain level-headed and make sure both you and your spouse are treated equitably, both before and after the papers are signed. Avoiding these major mistakes can make your life much easier.

Post-divorce modifications and enforcement of property division

Property division is one divorce legal issue that must be resolved for a couple to be able to move on with their lives after their marriage is terminated. Sometimes, one of the parties may not comply with the final decree of divorce as it pertains to marital property. Fortunately, Texas provides for enforcement procedures, but there are limitations on how long a party can wait before seeking assistance from the courts.

The basics of Texas custody laws

Fighting for child custody in a divorce is often one of the bitterest battles of the entire ordeal. Texas is different than many states in that custody is called a "conservatorship." In addition, the parent who wins the battle is not named the custodian, but rather the conservator. Like traditional custody, conservatorships come in two varieties: sole and joint.

New program helps children cope with divorce

All too often, children in Texas are caught in the crossfire of their divorcing parents. Even if the divorce is amicable, it can be tough for a child to know which parent to support and how to live in two homes. As just about anyone with children knows, however, kids are often masters of disguise. You may never know just how much your kid is struggling with the fact that their parents just don’t love each other anymore, sometimes blaming themselves. But a new computer program has emerged that will help children cope, even when it seems they are handling everything just fine.

Does a child’s preference matter in custody disputes?

Under Texas law, a court may consider a child’s preference for custody only if the child is at least 12 years old. A child younger than 12 is considered to not be mature enough to express a reasonable and independent preference as to custody issues. The older the child is, the more weight the court gives to the child’s preference.