Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has practiced family law since 1994 and is the founder of the Morgan Law Firm which is dedicated exclusively to representing divorce and family law clients in the Houston and Austin areas.

How to Break the News of Divorce to Your Kids

One of the trickiest parts of a divorce for parents is breaking the news of the separation to the kids.  The issues are different depending on the ages of your children but it is always an important conversation.  I wrote a very comprehensive guide to how to prepare for and handle this situation on our Lakeway divorce site, you can view the post here.

The guide covers general suggestions that apply to all situations regardless of age and has additional specific tips that are applicable to preschool age children, elementary school age children and teenagers.  If you or someone close to you is in this position I really recommend you take a look at this guide for some tips on how to handle this discussion in a way that will best help your child deal with it.

Five Benefits of Retaining a Lawyer in a “Quickie Divorce”

This is a guest blog by Katie Lammers, a family law attorney at Heimerl & Lammers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Katie has handled hundreds of family law cases throughout her legal career and she relishes the opportunity to fight for her clients’ rights.

Every divorce is different.  Some divorces can be quick and painless, while others are longer than both parties anticipated.  No matter how the divorce plays out, saving money is usually a priority for the separating couple.  Sometimes clients believe they can save money by neglecting to hire an attorney because both parties have agreed how divide the assets and debts in their divorce.  While reaching an agreement with your spouse may help speed up the divorce, it is still important to consider hiring an attorney to assist you in the process.  Below, we’ll explain five reasons why it’s important to hire an attorney during your “quickie divorce.” Continue reading

Guest Post – What to do During a Traffic Stop

Almost everyone deals with getting pulled over for speeding or some other minor traffic violation.  A lot of people are unnerved when this happens and not sure how to handle it.  Today we have a guest post by Andrew Flusche on just this subject.  Andrew is a Virginia lawyer who helps drivers fight their tickets for Continue reading

Guest Post on License Suspension for Failure to Pay Child Support

Today we have as a guest blogger Adam Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm.  His firm handles a lot of criminal cases including traffic defense. In today’s post he explains how failure to pay your child support can lead to a suspended license. please note that Mr. Rosenblum is licensed in New Jersey so the specific laws do not apply in Texas.  However,  just about every state in the country (including Texas) has a statute on the books allowing for the possibility of a suspended license as a penalty for failure to pay your child support.  The obvious lesson is Continue reading

Kardashian Divorce Finally Finalized

I don’t usually blog about celebrity divorces but I have been inundated with news stories about the Kardashian divorce for more than a year now so I am feeling a little bit celebratory upon hearing of a settlement.  With all the money involved in the case it would be logical to assume that the reason the case took so long to resolve was that the parties were squabbling over who got what.  In this case I think it was actually more a case of Kris Humphries (the NBA player husband) Continue reading

Mort Fertel’s Response: Is Divorce the Answer?

We have a treat today, marriage expert Mort Fertel is our guest blogger.  He is the author of “Marriage Fitness: 4 Steps to Building & Maintaining Phenomenal Love” and a very big name in the field of marriage improvement and in today’s post he discusses how people can fix their marriages and avoid divorce. So here’s Mort:

For more than a decade now I’ve helped thousands of marriages come back from the brink of divorce. In this blog post, I want to offer some insight into how.

I want to start with an email I received from a man who was in the Lone Ranger Track of my Marriage Fitness Tele-Boot Camp. Here’s the email…

Dear Mort,

Trish and I were high school sweethearts and have lived what appeared to her to be a “Cunningham” life for 25 years. I have a successful career, our kids are normal, and Trish made wonderful holiday celebrations for us throughout the years.

But things were not as ideal as they seemed. After the kids were born, Trish turned all her love and attention to them while neglecting me. This left me vulnerable and I had 5 affairs (some real relationships) over the past 15 years.

Long story short, Trish found out one month ago about my recent one, and I confessed to the others. She’s devastated and accuses me of ruining her life and being a fake. Continue reading

What is the Best Interest of the Child Custody Standard?

The following is a guest post on behalf of the Cantor Law Group, a prominent Phoenix divorce firm.

When it comes to determining the custody of a child in a custody proceeding, the courts will typically use the best interests of the child doctrine. This is often used when a married couple chooses to divorce there are one or more children involved or if a child has been born outside of marriage. Using this concept, the court will determine who the child lives with, how much contact the child will have with each parent and whether child support is granted to one of the parents. Continue reading

How Can a Divorcing Parent Help Their Children?

We always hear about mistakes that parents make while going through a divorce. There are many ways to do it wrong and no one does it perfectly.  But instead of focusing on the myriad of things you can mess up when it comes to divorce and your kids let’s change the focus and get some ideas on exactly what you should do.  Pyschcentral.com wrote an excellent post on exactly this topic that I would recommend to you if Continue reading

A Close Relationship With Your In-Laws is Good For Your Marriage…Or Is It?

A 26 year long marriage study by the University of Michigan uncovered some very interesting and surprising facts about the impact that each spouse’s relationship with the in-laws had on that couple’s likelihood of divorce.  This was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Impact of Husband’s Relationship with In-Laws

As one might expect, a close relationship between husband and his in-laws (the wife’s parents) was beneficial. The divorce rate for couples in this scenario was 20% lower as compared to Continue reading

Could a Housekeeper Save Your Marriage?

A recent Norwegian study found that in couples who equally shared the housework the divorce rate was 50% higher!  Now before we extrapolate too much from the study, we should note that the study was based on Norway couples only.  Thus, their cultural norms play a significant role in their national divorce rates.

But still, 50% is pretty shocking.

Is Housework the Real Culprit?

The author of the study concluded that Continue reading