Most people who file for divorce have been thinking about doing so for two years or more.  So what happens when the other spouse gets surprised with divorce papers?  While one spouse has been planning to file for divorce for a long time and is emotionally prepared for the divorce, the other spouse is typically…

There is a push these days toward people doing their own legal work.  Companies like Legal Zoom® advertise that their forms are all people need to handle all sorts of legal work.  The Supreme Court of Texas has ordered the promulgation of fill-in-the-blank forms to help people do their own legal work.  But there are…

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…

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…

Single For Summer (part 2) A divorce is much more than just a legal proceeding.  A divorce affects every part of the spouses’ lives.  When facing a divorce, many people have questions about things that aren’t legal in nature because divorce means changes in relationships with family and friends, church, and finances and more. One…

(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,…

It’s no surprise that adultery is one of the most frequent issues that lead to divorce.  In many, many consultations I have done with people before their divorce was filed, they came in believing the cheating spouse was doomed in court.  Generally, the person will smugly say “Oh!  And he (or she) cheated on me”…

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, 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…

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