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Grandparents Rights in Texas

Our firm's cases involving parents with grandparents and grandparents' rights as regards their grandchildren have been increasing. This appears to be a nationwide trend. There seems to be a number of demographic and cultural reasons for this:

  • The extraordinary growth of single parent families over the past two decades. Only 69% of children in the U.S. are raised in two parent families. This places a significant emotional and financial burden on those parents, who often seek help from their parents. That help can range from simply babysitting or extra cash on the one hand to temporary, or even permanent, custody on the other hand.

Divorce in Texas - How Much Will It Cost

How much will my divorce cost? When I speak to divorce clients, that is one of the first two questions they typically ask.  The other is how long will it take. Unfortunately, there is no single answer to these questions.  No two divorces are ever alike.

Divorce in Texas - How Long Does It Take

When divorce clients contact me, the first two questions they typically ask is how long will it take and how much will it cost. Of course, there is no single answer for this as no two cases are alike. For example, a young couple with no children living in an apartment with few assets might file an uncontested divorce that will typically take 2-3 months. An older couple with a home and children, perhaps retirement accounts, with a contested divorce could take over one year. A Texas divorce cannot be concluded any faster than 60 days after it is filed.

It's Not The Divorce, It's Parental Behavior

Divorce is hard on children.  Judges make custody and visitation decisions based on the best interest of the child. Judges and psychologists alike have little patience for parental alienation. Parental behavior during divorce is a key to better outcomes for children. 

A Checklist for Organizing Your Wills and Other Key Documents

One reason Patricia L. Brown & Associates handles probate, wills, trusts and powers of attorney is so many of our family law and divorce clients do not have these documents. Perhaps the term "estate planning" misleads people who confuse "estates" with mansions. If you own virtually anything of value (automobile, furniture, family photographs and momentos, a bank account, a TV, etc) or have minor children, you need a will and powers of attorney.  Otherwise, some anonymous judge will decide who receives the items you value, including perhaps  your despised brother-in-law.  And if you are injured or ill and cannot make your own health care decisions, who do you want making those decisions?  That brother-in-law?

6 Secrets to a Positive Experience with your Attorney

Selecting an attorney is challenging. Although most people don't want to use lawyers, most will need one at some point. To improve your overall experience, follow these important rules for building a solid client-attorney relationship:

Using Social Media? Be Careful of Divorce.

I caution all my social media using clients investigating or seeking divorce to be extraordinarily careful about how they use social media. Interestingly, based on the study referenced below, it appears that those using social networks like Facebook, are far more likely to end up leaving their spouses in the first place. In any case, married people would be wise to confine to constrain their social media activities, if any, to only the most benign, G-rated, family-oriented content. If unsure about do's and don'ts, speak with an attorney.

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