Signing Divorce Papers

What Happens If Your Spouse Won’t Sign Divorce Papers?

Many people think they are at the mercy of their spouse when it comes to getting a divorce. They believe that if their spouse will not sign divorce papers, they are stuck in their marriage. Texas law does not allow one person to have that type of control over another. While a signature on divorce…

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Dividing retirement benefits

Dividing Retirement Benefits in a Divorce

Dividing retirement accounts could cause major financial strains for divorcing couples that are close to the end of their careers. If you were counting on keeping your entire retirement account after a divorce, the law says otherwise. Because Texas is a community property state, assets that are community property are divided between the spouses. Community…

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Dividing a medical practice

Dividing a Medical Practice in a Divorce

In a Texas divorce, the marital estate is divided between the two spouses. The marital estate includes business assets that are owned by one or both of the spouses, so long as they are not subject to the terms of a prenuptial agreement or designated as separate property. Medical practices have the same status as…

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Common law marriage

What Is a Common-Law Marriage?

Common-law marriage is a legal concept that applies to couples who are in a relationship that is like a marriage but hasn’t been formally recognized by the state, such as through a marriage certificate. Texas is one of a few states in the United States that legally recognizes common-law marriage. In Texas, a common-law marriage…

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Business owner property division

Complex Property Division for Business Owners

When one or both spouses own business interests, it can turn the property division portion of divorce into a complex and confusing process. Texas is a community property state, which means that all property – including the assets of a business – that was obtained or created during a marriage is subject to property division…

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Serve Divorce Papers

How to Serve Divorce Papers in Texas

When starting the divorce process, you may have heard the phrase “serving your spouse” with divorce papers. Getting divorced is a legal process that involves having to tell the person you are divorcing what you want and why, as well as giving them an opportunity to respond. Your spouse must receive notice that you have…

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