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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

Posted January 16th, 2018 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

It may be time to face relationship reality. For many of us, the holidays are a joyous and relaxing time filled with hours of celebrating and reminiscing. (Unless you are hosting everyone, then there is absolutely no relaxing until January!) Spending time with family and close friends should be relatively stress free, but this isn’t

Posted May 10th, 2017 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Back in 1970, Texas became one of the first states to offer couples a less confrontational, less expensive way to end a failed marriage. It was known as “No Fault” Divorce, and many at the time believed it would be a disastrous social experiment with American families. However, there is evidence now suggesting that rather