I often hear people say that they are “Common Law Married.” Sometimes, when I hear that, I ask what that term means to them. I have received a wide array of answers, such as “we have been living together for a long time,” or “we have agreed to never give-up on our relationship.” But, what does Common Law Marriage really mean in the eyes of the law of Texas? The answer to that question is what this post covers.
So, you’re either thinking about filing a Texas divorce, or already have one started in Texas, and, you want to know how the process works. There are certain steps that must occur in all Texas divorce cases, although there are many other things that might happen in your particular case. This post cannot discuss every step that might occur, but it does discuss the most common steps that occur in these cases.
The overwhelming majority of Texas child custody cases wind-up having a so-called “Standard Possession Order” (SPO) put into place. But, understanding what that order says can be difficult, because it is long, and is written in technical terms. This article discusses, in common language, what that order does.
Texas is one of just a handful of Community Property states, and as such, divides marital property in divorce cases differently from the other, non-Community Property states. So, just how does Texas make that property division?
This article, as its name implies, discusses the impact that non-expert witnesses, such as a child’s teacher, doctor, daycare provider, neighbor, or the parents of a child’s friends, can have when a court is considering child custody. If you want to see the specific child custody factors that a Texas Family Court will consider, then I refer you to my earlier post, “How Child Custody Cases are Won (part 1).” I also have written about how to show evidence of those child custody factors in Part 2 and Part 3 of that series.