Alimony in Other States, and Maintenance in Texas

Here’s an interesting article that appeared on bloomberg.com today about some other States’ laws which allow for lifetime alimony obligations in amounts far beyond what the obligee can pay: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-26/jail-becomes-home-for-husband-stuck-with-lifetime-alimony.html   Good to hear that there’s some movement in those States to change their laws.  This is one area, at least, where Texas law (regularly … Continue reading

Interesting issue before the Texas Supreme Court

Most courts handling family law cases in Texas will require, prior to holding a trial, that the parties attempt to settle the case through mediation.  Mediation is a relatively informal and non-binding process – at least, it’s non-binding in the sense that the mediator can’t force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.  … Continue reading

What does “primary custody” mean?

Not surprisingly, clients in custody cases usually tell us they want “primary custody” of their children.  You’ll often hear lawyers use the same phrase – “primary custody”.  So, it might surprise you to learn that you could read the Texas Family Code, front-to-back, and never see the term “primary custody”.  That phrase has become a … Continue reading