Marriage Equality in Texas

Last week I was at the Travis County Courthouse at uncontested docket and for the first time in my career, I saw a divorce prove-up for a same-sex couple. It is really interesting, as a family law attorney, to see how your practice can change overtime based on how the Supreme Court rules on certain…


Property Laws in Texas – Community vs. Separate Property

Like 8 other states in the United States, Texas is a community property state. (Note: The other community property states are: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. In Texas, there are two types of property: separate property and community property. Whether or not a party owns any separate property can be a significant issue in the course of a…


Travis County Standing Order

What is The Travis County Standing Order The Travis County Standing Order is an injunctive Order that goes in to effect immediately upon the filing of an Original Petition for Divorce or Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship. No party to a divorce or suit affecting the parent-child relationship specifically requests this Order, this is…


Common Law Marriage in Texas

A lot of people think that if two people live together for a certain period of time, that creates a common law marriage.  In Texas, common law marriage is known as an “informal marriage.”  In an informal marriage, a man and a woman become husband and wife without getting a marriage license and having a…


Parental Alienation – Casualty of Divorce

Divorce is not easy on anyone, especially not children.  Most parents want to do their best to protect their children from any involvement in any conflict between parents.  However, in some high-conflict divorces, parents display consistent and persistent patterns of animosity and hostility towards one another.  Unfortunately, sometimes the children of the marriage are the…