Facing a divorce is one of the most daunting events people can go through.  There are many questions, concerns, and fears associated with divorce, and when people are fearful, they often get into a defensive mindset.  But what is the best mindset for a successful divorce? This blog series will discuss the mindset that we…

There are significant advantages to having your spouse move out of the residence after filing a divorce.  Part two of this series discusses the option of you moving out of the house, and part one discussed continuing to live together during the divorce.  You can find part two here, and part one here.  Of the…

Today we will discuss some considerations regarding moving out of the marital residence.  First we will discuss some items to consider when choosing a new place to live.  Then we will discuss the legal ramifications of moving out.  Recently, we discussed the option of moving out of the marital residence when a divorce is filed. …

Once a divorce is filed, if you know there’s no way you can continue to live with your spouse, there are only two options: you move out, or your spouse does. This installment will address the option of you moving out, and we will discuss having your spouse move out next week.  In the first…

  Yesterday I had an opportunity to meet with a family friend who is a sales representative for a company that sells a weight loss product.  Her marketing office advised her that she should put a blog post or announcement out to her clients in the afternoon after Thanksgiving lunch.  Her office advised that research…

In the first post of this blog series we discussed the option of continuing to live with your spouse after the divorce is filed.  If you missed that post, you can find it here.  Usually when spouses try to cohabit during the divorce proceedings it’s either because the parties fear relinquishing their rights to the…

One of the biggest concerns people often have when they are planning to file for a divorce is where they will live once their spouse gets notice of the divorce.  There are basically only three options when it comes to deciding where to reside.  Each option has its pros and cons.  This three-part series will…

Did you know that Texas is a community property state?  We have discussed community property before, and you can find that blog here.  But did you know that community property law in Texas extends to the income of the spouses?  That’s right.  There is no “my paycheck.” Every penny earned by each spouse belongs to…

Common law marriage in Texas is something that comes up more often than many people would suspect.  It seems like a lot of people know someone who is common law married, or at least that person thinks he or she is common law married.  Unfortunately, many people who think they might be common law married…

Most people assume that their spouse automatically just gets everything when they die.  This seems reasonable enough, but apparently not to the legislature that produced the Texas Estates Code.  The Estates Code only gives your spouse all of your belongings automatically when there are no children, or all of the children you have are from…

Many people mistakenly believe that a last will and testament document is all they will need.  Of course, we at Youngblood Law, PLLC, do recommend having an up-to-date will, but we recommend executing several other documents as well.  The main risk to having only a will is simple.  If a person has only a will…

Did you know that minor children can inherit from your estate if you leave them any of your assets in your will, or under certain circumstances even if you die without a will?  This can be a blessing to the children, or a curse to your surviving spouse or other family members that receive a…

Every day we deal with products and services with expiration dates.  Coupons expire.  Medications outlive the printed “Use By” date on the box.  And of course food either outlives the expiration date on the packaging or grows multi-colored fuzz that lets the world know it is no longer fit to consume. But what about a…

In part one of this post, I discussed whether a will expires.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.  Hopefully, after reading that post, you will have reviewed your will to make sure it hasn’t “expired.” With luck, your will still does what you want it to do. But what if you…

Short Answer: Very Likely Many people have the mistaken belief that having a will is something that old rich people do.  However, having an up-to-date will is important for many people.  The solemn truth is that on any given day, there is not guarantee that any of us will make home to our family.  What…

Short Answer: YES! Being wealthy isn’t the deciding factor when determining whether or not you need a will. Having a will, and other supporting documents, is about the relationships we have and a desire to make sure our loved ones are provided for. It’s a deliberate choice to make certain that things are not left…

Many people like the idea of saving money by doing various tasks themselves.  Do-It-Yourself, or DIY for short, home projects are so popular, there is at least one cable TV network dedicated to DIY stuff.  Home improvement warehouses like Lowes and Home Depot cater to DIYers.  Even my teen daughter will be paining her own…

If you saw a person about to step in front of a bus would you act to save that person from certain disaster? Most of us would, thankfully. But what would you do if you saw someone about to make a disastrous mistake by representing himself in a legal proceeding? What if your friend or…

Short Answer: The Price Varies Once you realize that you need a will, the next question is often how much does a will cost. You may be tempted to purchase a do-it-yourself kit.  At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we never recommend self-help legal work, and testamentary documents are not an exception.  For more information on why…

In recent weeks we have discussed the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here.  At Youngblood Law, we are excited about offering the collaborative divorce process to our clients, but if collaborative divorce is so awesome, then why have so…

For the past five weeks we have discussed the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here, and here. Part 5 of 5 discussed why so many people haven’t heard of collaborative divorce in Texas.  One of those reasons was that…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process. If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here. Part four discussed some things to expect in a collaborative divorce, and one of those things is the fact that your friends and family won’t…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here and here.  If the collaborative divorce method is so different from the traditional adversarial divorce, what are some things the parties should expect in a collaborative divorce?  The following…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here and here.  Last week we briefly discussed that the collaborative divorce process uses a holistic approach to divorce by using a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.  Who are these professionals? Financial…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here and here.  Last week we briefly discussed the professionals who make up the collaborative team. In my last blog I discussed that the Financial Professional (FP) and the Mental Health…

Last week we introduced the concept of collaborative divorce.  If you missed that short essay, you can find it here.  This week we discussed some of the cool features and benefits of the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed it, you can read it here.  In that essay I mentioned safety as a feature of…

Before Your Next (Make Sure This Spouse is Your Ex!) Did you know that most people who file for a divorce have been thinking about it for two years before going to an attorney?  Most people will file a divorce when they finally accept that the marriage is no longer serving a legitimate purpose, but…

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