One area where we see ongoing conflict after divorce is in the area of extracurricular activities. Before divorce, Bobby might have been very involved in Boy Scouts. Both parents cooperated in getting him to and from Troop meetings and campouts. However, after divorce, things change. Suddenly, the Troop meetings are on “my night” or are taking up “my time” with Bobby. And, although Bobby wants to go to Scouts, his parent entitled to possession on those nights stops bringing him. What can the other parent do?
In many cases, the answer
It’s Spring Break time in Rockwall, Texas. If you are divorced and have kids, you know what this means. It means that you need to get out your decree of divorce (you do know where it is, right?) and remind yourself who gets the kids this year. The Texas Family Code sets out what lawyers call a Standard Possession Order. Part of that Order says that, “[T]he possessory conservator shall have possession in even-numbered years” and the “managing conservator shall have possession for the same period in odd-numbered years.” So,
Our local probate court regularly appoints me to serve as an attorney ad litem in guardianship cases. I normally see cases in which a family member is forced to seek to become the legal guardian for a parent who has become ill or infirm and is unable to care for themselves or take care of the business of daily life. That’s where I come in, as the court-appointed representative of the ill or infirm person, who is often suffering from dementia.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. A little
When we first meet a new or prospective client, we want to sit and talk with them for at least an hour or so. During that meeting, especially in divorce cases, we want to get a feel for the entire situation — not just the dollars and cents that need to be divided, but for how the marriage ended up where it is. We find that clients are quite willing to tell us the faults that they find in their spouse that led to the divorce. That is part of
Many times, we have new clients in divorce cases who have just been served with a divorce petition. Often, this is a shock to them. We understand how upsetting this can be. We urge you, though, not to let being served with divorce papers stun you so much that you do not take action. Time is now your enemy and you need to react appropriately.
Needless to say, we suggest that you consult with an attorney as soon as you can. We put a high priority on meeting with people who
I’m an adult leader with our local Scouts. As you probably know, the motto of Scouting is “Be prepared.” This applies to your divorce, too. Why? Because of Standing Orders. Let me explain.
Standing Orders are orders that come into play immediately after a case is filed. Here in Rockwall County, ours are called “Rockwall County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property And Conduct Of The Parties.” That’s quite a mouthful, I know. Before you file for divorce, though, you need to read them. Carefully. You can here: Rockwall Standing Orders .
These orders are
The White Law Firm helps parents collect past due child support. Many times, our clients have tried to get assistance from the Attorney General’s Office, before they come to us, but have fallen victim to the fact that the A.G.’s office has roughly five times the caseload that it can effectively handle. This is a hard reality to face, but it is true. However, with a private attorney like The White Law Firm, you can go after past due support that you need to take care of your kids.
With the advent of the internet, more and more people are trying to the “do it yourself” approach to law. In some simple areas, that approach may get the job done. However, in other areas, especially in drafting decrees of divorce, this can mean that you will live with totally unintended consequences.
Increasingly, we meet with people who drafted their own decrees of divorce, only to find that their decrees don’t say what they think that they said. Language in a decree regarding visits with your children, child support to be
This week of Thanksgiving, we here at The White Law Firm are giving thanks for all of you who voted for us as “Best Law Firm” in the 2015 Rockwall County Herald Banner poll. Once again, you selected us as the best law firm in Rockwall County, this time for the fourth year in a row. We cannot express how grateful we are to all of you. We pledge to work hard to keep your confidence in the coming year. In the meantime, we wish all of you a Happy