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and when he is old,
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from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

August 2015 Archives

Does a collaborative law approach differ from a traditional one?

It is generally not easy for couples in Texas to decide that they want to put an end to their marriages and when they think about the amount of time they might have to spend in courts in pursuit of their divorces, it seems like an additional headache. In addition to this, it is possible that an amicable relationship between the divorcing couple is affected by the bitterness that sometimes accompanies a divorce trial. To avoid these situations, it may be possible for couples to forgo the litigation process altogether and consider getting a collaborative law divorce.

Importance of establishing paternity to enforce fathers' rights

When a child is born to a married couple in Texas, the couple is legally considered the parents of the child -- the husband is legally considered the father of the child unless a court has determined he is not the father. But what happens when the couple is not married, as is the case more and more frequently, or a mother is unsure of who the father is? In these cases, paternity has to be established.