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Is a prenuptial agreement a good idea for you? Learn more

Prenuptial agreements are fantastic if you want to protect yourself and your spouse in the case of a divorce in the future. No one goes into a marriage thinking that it's going to end, but the reality is that many marriages do fizzle out and result in divorce.

There are some things that you need to know about prenuptial agreements, though. Understanding them better can help you decide if they are right for you.

Get help and negotiate for your fair share during divorce

As someone who is struggling with divorce, you might feel like your world is tumbling down around you. You may not want to see your estranged spouse or might feel that you are better off not asking for anything and walking away.

The fact about divorce is that it can be very difficult. That doesn't mean that you should give up what is legally yours to avoid conflict. One thing your attorney will help you do is to determine what you want and what you need from your marriage. Your attorney can take the lead in negotiating with your estranged spouse or their attorney so that you can still get the assets you need without necessarily having to discuss the situation with your spouse.

Can grandparents try to obtain visitation in Texas?

In Texas, grandparents do not have the same rights as some other states may allow for. Part of the reason for this is that the United States Supreme Court previously ruled that grandparents don't have a constitutional right to visitation with their grandchildren. This is because it's up to parents to determine who gets to see their children in the majority of cases.

In Texas, visitation refers to having continuing contact with a child. As long as the parents of a child approve, grandparents usually have a right to visit with their grandchildren at any time. Sometimes, parents limit those rights for good reason. Other times, they limit those rights out of spite, but most grandparents won't have a case.

As children age, you may need to change your custody schedule

Child custody modification is something parents don't always want to think about, especially if the initial custody plan was difficult to come up with. Still, as children age and situations change, there may come a time when it's necessary to adjust your custody schedule.

Take, for example, the time that passes and the changes that occur between the ages of 7 and 13. At 7, your child may go to school and come directly home. They may have few afterschool events and be happy spending time in the house. By the time they're 13, they may have many sports activities or afterschool events to attend. They may want to spend more time with friends or be active in afterschool activities that require you to take them to and from various locations.

Why is it important to have a thorough parenting plan?

Custody concerns are always the most significant issues in a divorce case. Usually, both parents are good parents who want what is best for their children, but they may disagree on what "the best" really is.

For parents who cannot agree, it's important to take steps to manage your adult relationship and limit its impact on your children. Even if neither of you can agree on how to raise your children right now, the parenting plan and custody arrangements you come up with will answer many of the questions and concerns you have today.

What can you do if you're unhappy with your marriage?

Sometimes, you'll find yourself in a situation that you're unhappy with. In most cases, you'll find a solution and move on. For more significant situations, like your marriage, you don't want to make a rash decision. That's why you've waited so long to talk to your spouse about divorce.

A divorce isn't necessarily what you want, but you aren't sure what else would help. Fortunately, there is a way to decide. You can talk to your spouse.

Ways to challenge a prenuptial agreement

It's not uncommon for spouses to regret signing prenuptial agreements. They may have signed the document at a time in their life when they were optimistic about the future and perhaps naive about the impact of prenuptial agreements.

However, when faced with divorce, many people realize how the prenuptial agreement will negatively affect the ultimate outcome. Fortunately, it's surprisingly common for divorcing spouses to successfully argue that their prenuptial agreement is invalid. The following are some of the ways that it can be possible to contest the validity of a prenuptial agreement.

Divorcing? Your attorney can help

You and your spouse were always together but over time, you found that neither of you had anything to say to each other. You felt that you'd grown apart, so you brought up the idea of a divorce.

Your spouse did not take kindly to the suggestion and acted as if there was nothing wrong with your relationship. Unfortunately, now that you've brought it up, your spouse has been treating you differently. It's clear that you need to move forward with your suggestion, but what should you do to make the process as painless as possible?

Your actions and appearance matter in family law court

Child custody can be a complicated matter, but with the right help, it's possible to resolve any disputes or issues you're struggling with and move forward.

If you have to go to family law court over a custody issue, then you should know what to expect. Of course, your attorney will talk to you about the expectations you have and what might happen.

Respect is an essential part of any divorce: Be reasonable

Going through a divorce has its positives and negatives. If you've been in a relationship that you were not happy with for some time, then going through divorce may feel like a relief. If you did not expect a divorce, then it may be frustrating and sad.

No matter how you feel, one thing that you need to remember is that respect goes a long way in divorce. You may hate your spouse or are very angry, but if you can be respectful, you'll be able to resolve the divorce and move forward more quickly.

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