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Posted October 1st, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Mediation is one of those topics that everyone has heard of, but most do not fully understand. In many industries, agreeing in advance to resolve disputes via mediation is mandatory. Although the mediation requirement depends on the court and local county rules where the case is pending, mediation has become required in most family law

Posted August 23rd, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Divorce and Vaccinations – How to Agree if There’s No Agreement Believe it or not, August is here and kids are heading back to school. Unfortunately, so is COVID. Everywhere we turn there are new debates and mandates about the various COVID-19 vaccines. What began as a blessing and a choice is fast becoming a

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