Can you really afford to keep the home you shared with your ex?

In divorce, one of the largest assets couples must divide is the marital home. This is the home you lived in together as a couple, and maybe where you raised your children. What you and your ex decide to do with the marital home can be one of the biggest (and most emotional!) decisions of your divorce. In a lot of divorces, there’s one spouse who really wants to keep the marital home. Maybe the children are still young and

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Worksheet: Create a Texas Co-Parenting Plan

You and your ex are divorcing, and you have kids in Texas. Now what? The best thing you and your kids is to come up with a way to parent that feels stable, calm, and understanding. We recommend working on a comprehensive parenting plan together. Your parenting plan helps you and your ex agree on a process for making sure your kids are taken care of emotionally and financially, and for making sure you have a plan in place to ensure that both you and your ex remain a full part of your children’s lives. It also will help you when you need to fill out your Standard Possession Order in Texas as part of your divorce documents. We've put Read More

About serving your spouse with divorce papers in Texas

“Serving” your spouse with divorce documents can seem kind of scary. But, there’s a few ways you can do it in Texas, and some of them don’t require you to “serve” your spouse at all! Here, we’ll walk you through how to serve (deliver) your divorce petition to your spouse, and answer some common questions. How do I file forms and deliver them to my spouse? You can file your original Petition for divorce, along with any other forms that may apply in your case, to the court in either the county you live in or the county your spouse lives in (this could happen if you don’t live in the same county). Included in the petition are what you

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How is child support calculated in Texas?

Child support in Texas is the money a parent pays to help with the cost of raising a child, including but not limited to food, housing, clothing, daycare, school supplies and extracurricular activities. Both parents are expected to financially support their children, and the payment of child support is primarily determined based on physical custody. It is typically paid by the  parent who does not have primary physical custody of the child (the “noncustodial parent”) to the parent with whom the child lives the majority of the time (the “custodial parent”).  The amount of child support can be  calculated and ordered  by the court or agreed upon by the parents and approved by the court. Medical and dental support may

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Should I file an answer or counter-petition to my spouse’s petition for divorce in Texas?

If you are served with an Original Petition for Divorce in Texas, you are considered the Respondent spouse. The Petition is the document your spouse has filed with the court to initiate divorce proceedings. The Petition lets the court know the factual information regarding your marriage and what they are requesting be granted. You might not agree with everything in the Petition that has been filed by your spouse, and that’s okay! You have an opportunity to respond for this very reason. Note: in an uncontested or agreed divorce, a Respondent does not have to file a Counter-Petition if they are in agreement with the Petitioner. After being served with the Original Petition, the Respondent has three options: File an

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How do I serve my spouse with divorce papers in Texas?

I keep hearing that I have to ‘serve’ my spouse for a divorce. What does this mean? First things first – a divorce is actually a type of lawsuit. And before you can sue someone, you have to first tell them what you want and why, and give them the opportunity to respond. So, your spouse must receive notice (formally called “service of process”) that you have filed suit, as well as notice of what exactly you are suing them for. In other words, you have to tell your spouse the legal reason, or “grounds,”  for your requested divorce. If you don’t get your spouse properly served, your case can be delayed or dismissed. How do I serve my spouse? 

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How is spousal maintenance decided and calculated in Texas?

Spousal maintenance, also called spousal support or alimony, is either something agreed upon by both parties or is ordered by the court, depending on the circumstances of the marriage and consideration of various factors. It is not something that’s guaranteed or automatically granted in a divorce. While the divorce is in process, and after the divorce is finalized, either spouse can request temporary spousal support if they need the financial assistance, but this is subject to certain time limits. The four ways you can get spousal maintenance in Texas:  If you have a mutual agreement: This means both parties agree to a spousal maintenance plan for a certain period of time. Usually the court honors these agreements subject to the

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How to file an agreed divorce with minor children in Texas & what to expect

Filing for divorce seems scary and difficult, right? We’re here to make it easier and less stressful. Below, we’ll walk you through the process of an agreed divorce with minor children in Texas, from start to finish. Just a heads up, there will be some differences if you or your spouse are military service members. If you have kids under 18 with your spouse, you need to file for an Agreed Divorce with Children.  Uncontested divorces are not granted for those couples with minor children, but rather a form of Agreed Divorce. This means you both must agree on all of the issues related to the divorce (including child custody and child support) and are willing to sign all court

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How to file an uncontested divorce in Texas & what to expect

Filing for divorce seems scary and difficult, right? We’re here to make it easier and less stressful. Below, we’ll walk you through the process of an uncontested divorce in Texas, from start to finish. Just a heads up, there will be some differences if you or your spouse are military service members. How do you know if you can file for an uncontested divorce? To qualify for an uncontested divorce, both spouses must agree on all of the issues pertaining to the divorce and be willing to sign all court forms. There’s a big exception, though: In Texas, if you and your spouse have biological or adopted children together who are under the age of 18, you can’t file for

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