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The Importance of Hiring an Adoption Attorney

Adopting a child involves complex proceedings. Each state has its own specific laws in place that can vary greatly. Adoption is a process that must be followed in a specific order to ensure everyone involved is protected under the state's laws. With so many different possible scenarios, consulting an experienced family law attorney can help guide you through the steps that are unique to your situation.

Divorce vs. Annulment in Texas

What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment in Texas?

Both are ways to legally end a marriage, but one stays on record whereas the other does not due to specific circumstances. Similar to many areas of law, the laws governing annulment and divorce vary by state. Here we break down the differences between the two in the state of Texas.

Do Premarital Agreements Really Work?

There are many different views of prenuptial agreements. Some see it as a sign that one spouse doesn't trust another. It can also be seen as anticipating divorce. However, having a properly drafted premarital agreement can provide peace of mind for both spouses if drafted professionally.

Agreements New Businesses Should Consider

Having detailed agreements in place when establishing a small business can protect your interests when unforeseen events cause dilemmas. This is especially important when working with a business partner, whether you possess equal shares of the company or not.

Termination of Parental Rights in Adoption

The adoption process is very detailed and must follow certain steps precisely in order to be successful. One of the most important parts of the adoption process is the termination of parental rights of the birth parents. This requirement must be completed before the adoptive parents are legally allowed to adopt.

What Are Your Options When Working with an Inactive Business Partner?

Upon entering into a business partnership, most people don't focus on what could go wrong between partners or shareholders. With the trust that is instilled in a business relationship, it is hard to imagine that problems may arise years from the establishment of a business. One roadblock that partners may run into down the road is the underperformance or the non-existent participation of a partner.

Your Guide to Ashley Madison Evidence in a Divorce

Woe to those who go by the name Ashley Madison - at least for now, until the name fades from public memory. Google "Ashley Madison" and you'll find a plethora of news about the infamous hack, which led to the identities of 37 million users leaked to the world in August 2015.

Of course, this doesn't concern you. Unless you happen to be one of those 37 million souls or their spouse, and you wish to remain married, happily or not.

Surrogacy Agreements in Texas

In Texas, surrogacy agreements are known as gestational agreements, and have multiple requirements to meet before moving forward with this life-changing process. Each state has different laws in place pertaining to surrogacy, and some states don't have any law on the topic whatsoever. If this endeavor is carried out in Texas, it's important to know what should be in place before moving forward.

Texas is considered to be one of the more surrogacy-friendly states, as gestational agreements are recognized by the State since a House Bill was signed into effect, amending the Texas Family Code.

If you are considering a gestational agreement, here are a few things to know and to take into consideration:

Homestead & Property Division in a Texas Divorce

A homestead in the state of Texas is the dwelling, house or adjoining property where a family resides and intends to reside. The legal status for a homestead can be classified as either separate or community property. There is urban homestead which can be no larger than ten acres, and rural homestead said to be no larger than 200 acres for a family and 100 acres for a single person. In the event of a divorce, many factors come into consideration in determining homestead rights.

Keep records when you are paying or receiving alimony

If you and your spouse eventually decide that it is time to file for divorce, then there will be a lot on your minds. There will be plenty of issues that need to be resolved, and when the dust settles, your post-divorce life will be very different than your married life. You could have a number of legal or financial obligations in the wake of your divorce.

One of these potential financial obligations is alimony, which is commonly referred to as spousal support. Whether you are the individual paying spousal support or the individual receiving spousal support payments, there are some documents and organizational steps you need to take.