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Temporary orders represent a normal step in most family law cases.  But the term “temporary” in this context doesn’t mean what we think it means.  Temporary orders usually last for the duration of the proceedings.  Getting the right temporary orders sets you up for success in your family law case. What Are Temporary Orders? When…

As consumers, we often make buying decisions based on cost. But should you choose an attorney to handle your family law matter based on the price of your initial retainer? We believe there are many factors that should be considered in selecting an attorney for your case. We also recognize that cost is a factor….

Losing is always an option in Court.  In every contested legal matter someone will lose.  Of course this does not mean each case will receive an all or nothing ruling. However, even if a party wins nine issues out of ten, that one loss could be significant.  What are some risks involved in litigation, and…

Fathers’ rights attorneys promise to aggressively fight for their clients.  Show me a client who doesn’t want zealous representation. But what do these fathers’ rights lawyers offer that any competent lawyer doesn’t also offer? In our experience, they offer some significant risks to their clients. Failure to Counsel Lawyers own a duty to counsel clients…

A current trend in family law is the rise of the “Fathers’ Rights” lawyer.  These attorneys purport to offer some advantage to dads in cases that involve children.  However, at Youngblood Law, PLLC, we reject this marketing ploy. Instead, we focus on the rights of each of our clients regardless of their plumbing.  But what…

There is a difference between legal proceedings and real life during a divorce so you need a plan.  We all know that old adage that says, “Be careful what you ask for because you might get it.” Divorce cases are often just like that.  Texas is a “no-fault” state, which means that a spouse may…

Have you been served with divorce papers?  If so, you may discover you don’t even know what you don’t know about the changes coming your way. First, don’t panic.  Second, nothing dispels fear of divorce like knowledge.  The more you know about divorce and what it means for you, the more empowered you become. Basics…

Do-It-Yourself divorce is on the rise.  And so are hopelessly screwed up divorces and fatally flawed divorce decrees.  Companies like Legal Zoom® advertise that their forms are all people need to handle all sorts of legal work.  The Supreme Court of Texas supports fill-in-the-blank forms to help people do their own legal work.  But there…

One way you know you need a new lawyer is when your attorney shows up to court unprepared.  Effective lawyers prepare for court.  Preparation requires some basic items your attorney should bring to court.  If your lawyer shows up empty handed, you likely need a new lawyer. Most legal matters cause lots of stress for…

It’s rare that anyone really WANTS to be involved in legal action. For the vast majority of folks, being a party in a law suit is extremely stressful and expensive.  Of course, most of the expense involved in legal proceedings is the cost of legal fees paid to attorneys, but your attorney shouldn’t be a…

Imagine the following scenario.  You are scheduled to have a hearing today.  You are at the courthouse.  You are on time.  You have located the proper courtroom, and you are sitting outside of it.  Your opponent is there too, and he is chatting with his lawyer.  While sitting there alone the butterflies in your stomach…

It’s rare that anyone really WANTS to be involved in legal action. For the vast majority of folks, being a party in a law suit is extremely stressful.  Your attorney shouldn’t be a source of stress too.  Your lawyer should be your advocate and work to get you the legal results you desire.  So how…

Single For Summer (part 3) For many people facing a divorce, the marital residence is their single biggest asset.  Often, aside from some retirement accounts, the most liquid cash to use during or after the divorce is tied up in the house as well.  There is more to dividing the marital residence than just who…

Financial advisors plan an important role in many divorces.  Divorce represents a fundamental change in how people will retire.  However, many people fail to plan for retirement during or after a divorce.  We recommend building a relationship with a trusted financial advisor as part of a divorce. A divorce is much more than just a…

(Note: Originally posted January 6, 2017, but still relevant!) As I sit in my Fort Worth, Texas law office and write this essay, it is 23 degrees outside and tiny little snow flakes are falling. But one of the many things I love about Texas is that shorts and flip-flops weather is right around the…

Have you heard of people staying in a failed marriage “for the kids’ sake”?  There are people who actually plan to go through the motions of being married for years, until the kids graduate and leave the home.  At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we do not support this course of action for numerous reasons, and last…

A recurring theme I hear from people is the notion of keeping a failed marriage together “for the kids’ sake.”  It seems that many people who undertake this course of action actually plan to go through the motions of being married for years, until the kids graduate and leave the home.  At Youngblood Law, PLLC,…

How does adultery affect Divorces in Texas? Not surprisingly, adultery represents one of the most frequent issues that lead to divorce.  Many people think they possess a surefire victory in divorce court if their spouse committed adultery.   But does the innocent spouse get the upper hand in a divorce because the other spouse cheated? Legal…

Every year when the New Year gets close, we start thinking ahead and making resolutions.  Most of the time our resolutions evolve around losing some weight, eating healthier, or maybe exercising more.  But what if we are facing a serious life event in 2018?  Perhaps we need to resolve to do some bigger, more important…

Many Christians find themselves in a serious religious dilemma when they feel they need a divorce.  The problem comes from a belief that divorce is sinful, and that the Bible only allows for divorce in certain circumstances.  The issue, then, is whether a believer should commit a big, ugly sin by getting divorced, or whether…

Facing a divorce is one of the most daunting events people can go through.  There are many questions, concerns, and fears associated with divorce.  When people are fearful, they often get into a defensive mindset.  But what is the best mindset for a successful divorce? Philosophical Introduction The proper mindset for divorce requires an understanding…

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…

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