Marivonne R. Essex, "The Red Headed Lawyer"

Posted June 25th, 2022 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Given the ongoing national debate over same-sex marriage, one might assume it is a complex legal topic that is still evolving. Believe it or not, it is not only a done deal – it has been settled for seven years. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Texas (and the other 49 states) since the Obergefell

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 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 March 23rd, 2016 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Money and marriage. Like oil and vinegar, they don’t mix well unless you take the time to shake things up a little. One of the earliest acknowledgements that personal finance was fraught with danger was by the Apostle Paul. He told his young disciple Timothy that “the love of money is a root of all

Posted September 22nd, 2015 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Divorce isn’t easy. Typically, it’s a long, emotional and drawn out time in your life that you never imagined would be a part of your story. While we all agree that getting a divorce isn’t easy – there are several ways that we can make the divorce process easier. Communicate with your Ex Sounds crazy,

Posted July 29th, 2015 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

An overview of how marriage and divorce works in Texas, taken from the Houston Bar Assocation Family Law Handbook. Marriage and Divorce Does Texas have an age requirement for marriage? Yes. Both parties must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license. If either party is under 18 years of age, parental