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My ex won’t pay child support. Now what?

My ex won’t pay child support. Now what?             A child support order may be only half the battle. When a parent ordered to pay child support just won’t pay up, a child support obligee has a few legal tools he or she can use to tr… Read More
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Can a Mediated Settlement Agreement be set aside for Duress?

A rabbi in New Jersey was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to kidnap and beat husbands who didn’t agree to a religious divorce. See Barbara Boyer Rabbi gets 10 years for arranging divorces with beatings, The Philadel… Read More
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What duty do I owe the spouse I am divorcing?

What is a fiduciary duty and do I owe one to my soon-to-be-ex-spouse?             Generally speaking, a fiduciary is one who owes another a duty of integrity and fidelity, such as a lawyer to her client. See generally Lee v. Hasson, 286 S.… Read More
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International Child Abduction

A short look at laws in place to prevent international child abduction             Since 1999, the courts of the United States have received more applications based on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction than any other co… Read More
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"The Devil (or the Judge) Made Me Do it." Marriage Under Duress

            A judge in Smith County recently ordered a criminal defendant to marry his girlfriend or go to jail. See Julia Jenaé Judge sentences East Texas man to get married or face jail time, KLTV, Aug. 18, 2015, available at http://www… Read More
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Divorce Based on Adultery--Is a hit on Ashley Madison enough?

With the recent release of the data hacked from the website Ashley Madison (the online dating service for married people seeking an affair), it might be worth reviewing adultery and divorce under Texas law. It should be noted at the outset that the F… Read More
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Parental Termination due to Incarceration

Watching last season of Netflix’s series Orange is the New Black, I was relieved when inmate Maria Ruiz’s transfer was canceled, meaning her young daughter would still be able to visit her with the baby’s father. But in the first episode of the… Read More
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US Supreme Court Ruling allows Same Sex Marriage

As most people in the US who read the news know by now, recently the Supreme Court of the United States determined that States could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015). The C… Read More
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Parental Alienation--Child Abuse?

         Perhaps ironically, tabloids and magazines have been talking and speculating about the private life of Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford and her lengthy custody battle. To make a long story short, the actress divorced her husband, wh… Read More
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When Parent's Disagree on Medical Decisions...

The Texas legislature has recognized parents’ right to consent to their children’s medical and surgical treatments. Tex. Fam. Code § 151.001(6). See also id. at § 153.132(2) (giving a parent sole managing conservator the exclusive right to co… Read More
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