Marivonne R. Essex, "The Red Headed Lawyer"

Posted May 3rd, 2013 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

No matter how much you and the other parent try to resolve disputes in a mature fashion, it is a good possibility that the two of you aren’t going to completely agree on everything. It is imperative that these disagreements are handled in a productive fashion. Ideally, these matters can be resolved without the direct

Posted March 20th, 2013 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

“Alienation” is becoming a frequent topic for family law attorneys. If you are not familiar with the term (as applied to family law), the best way to describe it is brainwashing. One parent “alienates” the child from the other parent by repeatedly and deliberately telling the child “bad” things about the absent parent. Telling the

Posted February 8th, 2013 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

First, it is important to understand that a judge in Texas deciding divorce issues is a state court judge. A claim for the dependency exemption for a child for federal income tax purposes is a federal issue. Federal trumps state, so the divorce judge cannot decide who gets the dependency exemption. The parents, however, can

Posted January 21st, 2013 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Original Article by Aisha Sultan for St. Louis Post-Dispatch When two parents get divorced, it becomes difficult for one parent to try and control what information the other parent can post online about their children. For example, Stacy Thibodeaux found pictures of her children on her ex-husbands profile, and was furious. She says he

Posted November 9th, 2012 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Last week we discussed about the parameters of being in a common law marriage in Texas (or informal marriage). According to the Texas Family Code, there are four main points to consider, to see if you’re in a common law marriage. In summary, they are: You have agreed to be married. You have lived together