Divorce

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 Katy 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.

Facebook and Divorce – Interview on Fox News

This was an interview of Scott Morgan in 2010 on Fox Houston on how facebook can be an issue in divorce cases. There had been a lot of publicity at the time about facebook “causing” divorces. It is still common that facebook and other social media play a role in a divorce case, but the media buzz surrounding the issue seems to have died down.

Your Income Tax Return and the Child Dependency Exemption

Here is a common divorce/taxation question:  post-divorce which party is entitled to take the dependency exemption for the children, the person paying child support or the person receiving child support. People are frequently confused about this, in no small part because most divorce decrees are silent on the issue.

The Child Dependency Exemption is Governed by Federal Law

Let’s start with an analysis of the law. Internal Revenue Code Sec. 152(e) states that Continue reading

My Thoughts on Top 10 Tips for Great Divorce

I came across a thought-provoking article by Pamela Cytrynbaum on psychologytoday.com, entitled Top 10 Tips for a Great Divorce. It gives her suggestions on how to turn an amicable separation into an amicable divorce. I mostly agree with what she suggests, although I have different thoughts on a few of the issues. I encourage you to check out the article. Here are my thoughts on some of her tips that I took issue with: Continue reading

Visitation – What is the Texas Standard Possession Order?

The Standard Possession Order (SPO) is a default visitation schedule defined by the Texas Family Code that is used in the vast majority of Texas divorce cases involving children. It is extremely detailed and lengthy and is one of the main reasons that divorce decrees in cases with children are usually 30 to 40 pages long. The Standard Possession Order statute is Texas Family Code Section 153.3101 through 153.317.

Every order has its own particular provisions, so please refer to the specifics of your own order for guidance if you have one. Also note that all of the terms are subject to alteration, either by negotiation or court order. This article is designed to give a brief overview of the statute and how its key provisions work when the standard language is used without tweaking. Here are some of the key provisions 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

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

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