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September 2015 Archives

Texas court recognizes same-sex common law marriage

Common law marriage is where two people are legally married even though they did not have a marriage ceremony and do not have a marriage license. A couple that is common law married has the same rights and responsibilities as other married couples. Not all states recognize the concept of common law marriage. Texas is one of the states that does.

Common child custody arrangements

Going through a divorce can be very stressful. You must now sit and arrange a way to divide everything with your ex-spouse, including custody of the children. Finding ways to help this process go smoothly is truly an art, but one of the best ways to make divorce easier for the whole family is to have a clear child custody arrangement that meets the wants and needs of parents and children. Texas outlines specific guidelines for child custody. Here is a short overview of some of the most common arrangements.

Relocation disputes: steps you should take now

Child custody disputes can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. When one parent wants to relocate with the child, the situation can become even more complicated. Unless the parents are able to agree on the issue, the dispute may go to court. The court must then determine whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child.

Adopting a foreign-born orphan

For many individuals and couples in Texas, adopting an orphan from another country may be something they have dreamed about doing for a long time. On the other hand, it may be something you have only recently started considering for one reason or another. Either way, it is important to understand the process of international adoption.