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…



I don’t know when or how it became commonplace for litigants to believe they should recover “treble damages” in virtually every situation where they believe they have been wronged by another.  It is not unusual to hear litigants threaten to sue and “get treble damages!”  I have even heard lawyers ask about the possibility for…


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…



Arbitration provisions are almost reflexively included in contracts, and parties do not consider the implications until a dispute arises.  Following are some pros and cons that should be given some thought before automatically agreeing to an arbitration provision: Cost.  Arbitration is often advocated based on the notion that the costs of litigation will be reduced…


5 tips for Selecting Your Divorce Attorney

Solicit three to five attorney referrals from trusted sources. These referral sources may be family, friends, therapists, financial advisors, or attorneys in other practice areas. After you have received a number of referrals, research the attorneys using their website, online reviews, and attorney blogs or publications. Set up an in person meeting with the attorneys that…


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…