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Remote Learning and Child Custody

Frustrated parents across Texas are juggling working from home and managing their kids’ Zoom class schedules. With tensions running high, disagreements about remote learning are flooding courtrooms. In a perfect world, parents would work together to conquer in-person/remote/hybrid learning. But if COVID-19 is bringing out the worst in your co-parent and you are thinking about… Read More

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How to Navigate Co-Parenting During Texas Covid-19 Reopening Pause

With Covid-19 cases increasing, Governor Greg Abbott has paused additional reopening phases for the State of Texas. The pausing of plans to reopen has created a new set of obstacles for even amicable co-parents to navigate.  Staying out in front of these issues is critical, so you can create a plan that you both agree… Read More

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How to Successfully Navigate Co-Parenting During Coronavirus Webinar

Co-parenting is challenging even under the best of circumstances, but is even more challenging for parents who are separated, divorced, or living with a soon to be ex-partner or spouse. GoransonBain Ausley family lawyers Kristiana Butler, Kelly Caperton Fischer and Angelica Rolong Cormier, along with family therapist Nicole Stover have provided a webinar full of… Read More

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40 Online Resources for Families with Children

Who said staying at home couldn’t be fun? Below is a list of online resources the family lawyers from our Austin, Dallas and Plano offices have put together for our families and yours. Online Educational Resources Multi-Subject Kahn Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/): FREE daily learning schedules and resources in all subjects (ages 2-18) EDSITEment! (https://edsitement.neh.gov/): FREE lesson… Read More

What Divorced Couples Need to Know About Stimulus Checks

What Divorced Couples Need to Know About Stimulus Checks

On March 27, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), a $2 trillion stimulus package, into law. The federal government’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic includes provisions to assist small businesses and stimulus checks for individuals. GoransonBain Ausley associate Angelica Cormier investigates useful knowledge for divorced couples… Read More

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Job Loss & Child Support During Coronavirus

Many employers in Dallas and Plano have recently laid off employees, reduced hours, or shut down business due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are ordered to pay child support and are facing a sudden change in income due to COVID-19 business closures or another reason (you were laid off, fired, out of work, are… Read More

How Does Coronavirus and School Closures Affect My Possession Schedule

How Does Coronavirus and School Closures Affect My Possession Schedule?

Many schools have closed their doors, at least temporarily, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be wondering how this affects your possession schedule with your children. The Texas Supreme Court and counties throughout Texas have issued orders to let parents and attorneys know the courts’ position on possession. According to these orders, parents should… Read More

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Is a Flat-Fee Divorce Right for You?

Most people who are getting divorced want to end their marriage as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible. A flat-fee divorce can be a great option for you, if you are looking to get the most “bang for your buck” when hiring a lawyer, provided you and your spouse have reached an agreement on all… Read More

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How Domestic Violence Impacts Family Law Cases

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects 1 and in 3 women and 1 in 4 men according to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Domestic violence can include physical violence or threats of violence between members of a family or household (codified as “family violence” under the law),… Read More

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New Child Support Cap Effective September 1, 2019

Texas Family Code §154.125(a)(1) requires that every six years the presumptive amount of net resources for which child support guidelines apply be reviewed and adjusted for inflation by the Texas Office of the Texas Attorney General (OAG). That section sets out the formula for doing so based on the consumer price index. The last child… Read More

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Minimizing the Negative Impact of Divorce on Children

Research shows that what impacts children of divorce the most is not the divorce itself, but rather the prolonged conflict and tension between the parents. The more parents can do to minimize tension and conflict, the better off the entire family will be. It is clear the relationships we witness as children affect our relationships… Read More

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5 Tips for Telling Your Children About the Divorce

The divorce process is a very trying time for divorcing spouses, but the impact of the divorce is even greater for any children involved. Telling your children about the divorce may invoke feels of sadness, anger, and guilt. However, you must remember that this conversation is one that your children will remember. How should divorcing… Read More

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Divorce and Special Education

If you have a child who receives special education services, or accommodations in school, you should specifically discuss with your attorney how your divorce decree will allocate decision-making rights when it comes to your child’s education. If you have ever sat in a special education meeting (often called an IEP meeting or an ARD meeting),… Read More

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Preparing for Divorce When You Have Children With Disabilities

Divorce is an exceptionally difficult process for the entire family. When there is a child with special needs involved in a divorce, this process can seem even more daunting. It is important to evaluate each aspect of the parenting plan contained in the final decree to ensure that it meets the child’s unique physical, financial… Read More

4 Helpful Tips to Becoming Successful Co-Parents

Post-divorce or post-separation communications with your former spouse or the other parent may be awkward at first. During your divorce, you may have relied upon your attorney to handle most of the communication between you and the other parent. The litigation is over. The attorneys are gone. How do you effectively communicate with your former… Read More

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Giving Your Children Your Best During Divorce

I’ve seen countless families transition through divorce. I’ve seen families handle their divorce well and I’ve seen families cycle downward into crisis. Some parents are so hurt and wounded that it is all they could do to make it through their divorce.  Because of their pain, their focus shifts inwards and away from their children… Read More

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Is a 50/50 Possession Schedule Right for Me?

One of the most difficult topics to resolve in custody litigation is what possession schedule will each party have with the children. Judges in Texas have the discretion to order any possession schedule that the Judge believes is in the best interest of the child, which includes ordering a 50/50 possession schedule. However, the Texas… Read More

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Working Parents Making Possession of the Children Work

One of the many challenges in the divorce process is figuring out when each parent will have possession of the children – the parenting plan schedule. This issue is even more complicated when both parents have demanding jobs and particularly when those jobs do not necessarily have the typical nine to five schedule. This article… Read More

The Effects of Divorce on Children of All Ages

Individuals of any age can experience emotional issues when their parents end their marriage. Parents interactions with each other and with their children during and after a divorce can profoundly affect their children’s ability to cope with life and with relationships, both now and into the future. When it comes to divorce, sons and daughters… Read More

Parenting Plans: The Most Important Document in a Divorce

When couples begin pursuing a divorce, they quickly learn how complex their lives have become. Every possession requires analysis to determine ownership. Every loan must continue to be repaid by one spouse or the other. However, no issue in divorce is more important than the continued well-being of the children. Each Dallas divorce attorney at… Read More

The Final Divorce Decree is Not Etched in Stone

A great deal of thought and compromise goes into the development of a Texas divorce decree. However, obtaining a signed “Final Decree of Divorce” does not guarantee that the legal proceedings are over once and for all. Our Courts retain jurisdiction over the case, and over the conservatorship and support of your children, long after… Read More

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Protecting Your Children During Divorce

A Family Research Council study on the Effects of Divorce on Children would lead anyone to believe that every child of divorce faces a tragic future. Without a doubt, parents need to focus on the wellbeing of their children from the time they decide to file for divorce through every step of the divorce process… Read More

Pregnant and Done: Divorcing When a Child Is Due

Even though it seems counterintuitive, there are often reasons why couples decide to divorce while the wife is pregnant. When this happens, the pregnancy can influence aspects of the divorce that might otherwise be more predictable. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the Dallas divorce lawyers at Goranson Bain to begin strategizing… Read More

Equal Parenting Time: Will it Work for your Family?

***UPDATE*** House Bill 2363, discussed below, did not become law. Now it is 2017, the Texas Legislature is back in session, and a new “Equal Parenting” bill has been introduced. House Bill 453 contains most of the same provisions, and problems, that were found in last session’s HB 2363. As before, the bill mistakenly focuses… Read More

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Negotiating with Your Spouse

Anticipating How Your Spouse Handles Relationship Stress Can Give You the Edge in Divorce Negotiations Have you ever considered how you and your spouse typically resolve conflicts within your relationship? We as Dallas divorce lawyers feel it could be well worth your while to do so, even if the relationship is ending. Why? We live in… Read More

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The Fulfilling Journey to Adopting a Child

Adoption is a very special journey. In many ways it is a journey that could be the most joyous and fulfilling experience a person can have. Adoption statistics show how much adoptive parents cherish the time they have with their children. They appreciate every day the opportunity to be a mom and a dad, and… Read More

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Parenting Time During the Holidays for Divorcing Parents

Ah, the joy of the holidays. Good food, great memories, and family traditions. It might be your family tradition to spend Thanksgiving morning doing the Turkey Trot – followed by fried turkey at grandma’s house. It might be your family tradition to spend Christmas Eve at a candlelight church service and then waking up before… Read More

Options When Divorce is Not an Option

Unlike many other states, there is no such thing as a “legal separation” in Texas. In Texas, you are either married or not. Despite this fact, many people hold specific religious, cultural and/or moral beliefs that prohibit their consideration of a divorce. How can we protect those people and allow them to follow the tenets… Read More

Parenting and Living with a Special Needs Child: The Unimagined Life

Dallas Family Attorneys want you to meet Isaac Lufkin. As a freshman place kicker for his Rhode Island football team the “Classics,” he helped the team to an undefeated season and freshman football state title. Like many football players his age, Isaac dreams of playing in the National Football League (NFL). Unlike many football players his age,… Read More

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How To Tell Your Children You Are Getting Divorced: 5 Tips

As a family law attorney and a marriage and family therapist, we have seen many examples, both good and bad, of the impact of divorce on children. Over the years, we have gained some insight into how to alleviate some of the more troubling aspects of divorce on children by creating an atmosphere where the children can flourish. Below are some tips.

Paternity rights under Texas family law

If you are a male in Texas who is not married to the birth mother of a child, you may confront legal hurdles in your attempt to establish rights related to child custody, child visitation or other family law issues. This is because there are some legal presumptions for women under Texas law, which do… Read More