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2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • Is There a Good Time to Get a Divorce?

    The decision to get a divorce is never an easy one and deserves a considerable amount of reflection and planning. However, for many spouses, the topic of divorce is already in the air and the question on their mind is not “if” but “when”. Unfortunately, this is not a simple question and there may be no one answer. However, if you anticipate that a divorce is on the horizon, there are several ...
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  • Tips for Handling Child Custody and Co-Parenting during the Holidays

    Now that December is here, the holiday season is in full swing. While this can be a time of joy and celebrations, for parents who share custody of children , it can also be tremendously difficult. The holidays can be a central point of contention when co-parenting, especially when celebrations conflict with regular child custody schedules. When verbal agreements simply will not work, establishing ...
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  • Change of Name for Adults

    Adults most commonly change their name in relation to marriage and divorce. There are, however, a variety of circumstances when an adult may desire to change his/her name absent a marriage or divorce, such as a preference for a name other than one’s given birth name and symbolic association between blended families. Regardless of the reason why you want to change your name, the State of Texas has ...
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  • It May Be Time to Update Your Estate Plan

    While creating an estate plan can be among the most important tools in planning for the future, it is not always a one-time endeavor. Life’s variables are constantly fluctuating and the best plans are maintained and updated as time goes on. Below, our blog outlines four situations which may give you a reason to revisit the terms of your estate plan. Change in marital status : From the beneficiary ...
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  • Relocating with Children after a Divorce

    Parents often seek to relocate when they remarry, take a new job, or must care for family members. However, moving a family post-divorce is not as simple as loading up a truck and hitting the road. While there are numerous reasons why a move may be appropriate, Texas courts apply strict guidelines when considering the relocation of a child. It is common for a court to restrict parent’s residence ...
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  • Private Adoptions in Texas - The Creation of a New Family

    One of the best things we get to do at the Springer Law Firm is to help create new families through adoptions. Adoptions are technical legal proceedings which require attention to detail to avoid tragedies like we hear in the news when biological parents come out of the woodwork and claim their blood children. We at the Springer Law Firm want to ensure that our adoption cases are done with ...
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  • How Social Media Affects Divorces: Know the Dos & Don'ts

    No matter what generation you belong to, everyone in the current era has a strong connection to their smartphones, usually due to fun social media apps. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and so on capture our attention and keep us connected to friends and strangers alike. The booming pervasiveness and popularity of social media in the last few years has caused it to reach into every aspect ...
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  • Collecting Retroactive Child Support in Texas

    Unless parents agree to a child support payment schedule on their own terms, a court will intervene and create one for them, but not in all cases. Sometimes the court will have not enough information to come to a decision, or it will conclude that no child support is necessary. Does this mean that if you weren’t collecting child support for a duration following your divorce , you can never get ...
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  • New Law Increases Penalty for Falling Behind on Child Support

    A new Texas family code that went into effect on September 1 st , 2016 could mean big trouble for parents who fall behind on paying child support payments. The new code, which falls under Texas Family Code chapter 232, gives the state attorney general’s child support division the power to put a vehicle registration hold on parents required to pay child support if they do not make the necessary ...
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  • Gray Divorces Are on the Rise, Studies Show

    While the number of overall divorces in America is on the decline, surprisingly, divorce rates for older couples are increasing. According to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University in Ohio, researchers found that, on average, the divorce rates for those over age 50 doubled between 1990 and 2010. Referred to as “gray divorces,” the study found that the dissolution of marriage between ...
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  • August & March Cause More Divorces, Study Says

    In August, the temperature typically rises no matter where you live in the country. In March, umbrella sales start to go up as people prepare for April Showers. But what increases in both August and March? According to a recently-concluded study by the University of Washington, divorce filings . A pair of researchers reviewed the divorce filing records in Washington for the past 15 years. When the ...
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  • Five Major Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce

    Few people can ever truly prepare for the emotional, physical, and financial turmoil of divorce . As family dynamics, living situations, and relationships change, it can often be difficult to cope with the associated emotions and stress. While every situation is unique and spouses will react differently, there are certain behaviors and actions that should be avoided to help ease this transition ...
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  • Depositions as Part of Discovery

    When embroiled in a family law case, you might speak with your attorney about something called “discovery.” Discovery is the legal process through which the parties in a case learn things about each other or get documents they need for the case. For instance, parties may serve interrogatories, which are simply questions to the other side along the lines of: state your address for the past five ...
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  • Planning for Incapacity

    The loss of mental and physical capacity is a frightening concept. It is uncomfortable to think of ourselves in terms of diminished abilities and because of that discomfort, we often avoid planning for possible future incapacity. What does “incapacity” mean? The term “incapacity” is applied to an individual when, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to (1) provide ...
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  • Avoiding Will Contests in Texas

    A Last Will and Testament , the cornerstone of a proper estate plan , allows us to determine how our property will be distributed upon our death. Wills are meticulously planned by testators and their attorneys to account for a variety of unknown circumstances which may arise after death. Despite all of the methodical and detailed drafting that goes into a Will, wills are sometimes contested. A ...
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