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Uncontested divorce in Texas

Although divorce can be difficult and contentious, there are situations in which court activity can be minimized as spouses work toward acceptable solutions in an amicable manner. In such a situation, you may be able to achieve your goals effectively through informal methods. A divorce that has been anticipated or mutually discussed and decided upon may move smoothly through the legal avenues needed to finalize the matter as quickly as possible. In most uncontested cases, court activity such as trials or hearings can be limited or avoided.

Reasons for noncustodial parents in Texas to establish paternity

Paternity is the establishment of legal fatherhood for unmarried, noncustodial fathers. Sometimes they want to get involved in their children's lives but first have to prove that they are biological parents. Other times, mothers wish to seek child support from the alleged fathers but also need proof of paternity. However, there are several additional reasons why paternity is important for noncustodial parents to establish.

Uses for social media in divorce court

Posts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are commonly used by divorce attorneys in Texas. Evidence collected from a spouse's social media page can help a lawyer prove that a spouse was unfaithful, that he or she has more money than they claim to have or that they were not honest about reasons they didn't spend time with their children. The American Association of Matrimony Lawyers conducted a study in 2010 and found that Facebook is a major source of evidence in two-thirds of divorce cases.

Understanding community and separate property

Property division is one of the biggest issues to be resolved in a divorce. Texas is a community property state, but some spouses may not realize that some of their assets could be categorized as separate property. There is a clear difference between the two.

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