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Posted November 20th, 2019 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is usually pretty easy to take. There are no gifts to buy, no songs you have to learn, and the main activity is eating and shaking off tryptophan-induced slumber during the afternoon football game. For couples, the main stress producer will likely be the number of guests you are

Posted September 9th, 2019 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

‘Til death do us part? Credit card debt can live on after a loved one’s passing – here’s what to do We can all agree that families have plenty to deal with following the death of a member. There are funeral plans, mortgages, taxes and insurance issues, upkeep on properties, investment inventories, Social Security regulations,

Posted April 17th, 2019 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

The short answer is, no it does not have to be sold and is usually not sold. The discussion about the family home can be an emotional one for a divorcing couple. There are many considerations and arguments for and against selling, but what happens if the parties cannot reach an agreement? Generally speaking, in

Posted December 26th, 2018 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Why am I paying child support in a joint custody arrangement? This question comes up frequently in divorce negotiations, and it’s a good one. In Texas, the term “joint custody” is often misunderstood by non-lawyers. In a divorce, parentage, or other action regarding children, each parent is given the label “joint managing conservator” except in

Posted October 29th, 2018 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Considering all the scary things that could happen during and after a divorce, most of us would be most happy if the ex simply went poof and disappeared. And why not? Aside from financial obligations and scheduling activities for the little goblins, you probably aren’t too interested in maintaining friendly relations at this point. To

Posted September 24th, 2018 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Health insurance availability and premium costs have for the past few years been major topics in the U.S. news. Premiums have skyrocketed and discussions of “preexisting conditions” are common. Health Insurance for Spouses When parties are divorcing, health insurance costs often become a major concern, especially when older parties are divorcing. It is the norm