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Attention to details important for fair divorce settlement

No two marriages are exactly the same and when a marriage ends every couple has specific issues when working out a settlement. And this is why when you seek legal representation, it is very important to find an attorney who has experience in every aspect of family law.

For a fair settlement, you need an accurate valuation of property

Unfortunately, sometimes a marriage does not work out and filing for divorce is the best course of action. But for couples who have been together for a while and have accrued shared assets, filing for divorce is the first step of what can be a complicated process.

Deceptive spouses have many ways to hide assets

When divorcing, one of the hardest things to wrap your mind around is the idea that your soon-to-be ex-spouse had been employing an exit strategy for some time. In fact, it is possible that he or she engaged in a series of maneuvers designed to hide valuable assets so as to keep them out of the property settlement. And if you are of a less devious mindset, you may have never considered how to do such a thing, so you are at a loss as to where to look for hidden assets.

Can grandparents have conservatorship rights?

Divorce settlements may cause arguments between couples and family members. This may result in one parent not allowing their children to see their grandparents. But it's a well-established fact that grandparents play an important role in their grandchild's life. Unfortunately, a grandparent's rights are dependent on the custody agreement and visitation privileges placed by the court and the ex-spouses.

Helping Texas residents understand asset division

It is never easy to separate two lives, which is why divorce is an action that should never be taken lightly. During a divorce, courts will often do the best they can do split the divorcing couple's lives evenly, allowing both couples a fair amount of time with children and an equal share of assets. Unfortunately, courts do not know which assets are more important to whom, and depending on the circumstances, you could lose something precious.

Consider the merits of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

Many aspects of family law can cause tensions to run high, and this is true for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well. These agreements serve similar functions to a will, except instead of detailing the end of a person's life, they detail the end of a marriage. Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can make any divorce extremely simple, and it will often spare both parties a great deal of headache and heartache.

Don't minimize the stepparent's role

When families split, and divorces occur, often one spouse is quick to enter into a new relationship and remarry. It makes sense, perhaps the remarried spouse was not the one pursuant of a divorce or maybe they needed help with the children. Most of the time, two parents working together makes a world of difference when it comes to raising children and getting them to school, soccer, doctor's appointment and so on.

How do I get full legal custody of my grandchild who lives with me?

Not all parents are experiencing the empty nest syndrome for long these days. Perhaps it can be attributed to the volatile economy, where jobs are hard to come by once education wraps or perhaps it can be blamed on the fact that the cost of living is high and doesn't correlate to the less mobile minimum wage. Whatever the reason, teenagers seem less rushed to leave the comfort of their parent's homes or may return after a few years. Some return after a failed marriage or return with a child. As parents, you probably welcomed your child home and went about loving and enjoying your grandchild as only a grandparent would.

Can I get alimony in Texas?

If you are going through a divorce, you are probably well aware of child support, and may have at least a general idea of whether or not you are a candidate for receiving it once your divorce is finalized. Do you have children? Are you the primary custodial caregiver to the children? Will you continue to be? But what if you do not have children? What if you were a homemaker or supported his or her business endeavors on a backend nonpaid position? What about additional financial help from your spouse then? Is your spouse obligated to pay you anything beyond child support ever? If so, what situations would merit a form of spousal support outside of child support?