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Divorce and Family Law Office of Diane M. Wanger in Bedford near Southlake, Colleyville and Grapevine

304 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021
Call Us: 817-285-2855

Smart Divorce in Texas

Child Support Cap and Other Factors

In Texas, the calculation of child support is initially straightforward.  There is a "cap" on the amount of income that child support can be based on, currently that "cap" is $8550 of net resources. See an attorney for how this may impact you.

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Hiring a Divorce Attorney?

Talk to more than one attorney before selecting one.  If you and your spouse are going to be arguing over temporary use of the house and money or access to the kids,  this is crucial. If you anticipate an agreed uncontested divorce, this is less important.There are so many attorneys practicing fa...

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Troubled Relationship? Divorce or Counseling?

I told you last year that I would tell you more about my dishwasher fixing story which relates to assessing the decision to stay together or get a porce. We bought a dishwasher eight years ago and it was fabulous. It would clean well and you could put the dishes in without washing them. Recentl...

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Trying New Technology

Okay, I am trying it.  This is my first foray into youtube videos.  This is not so informational, but future ones will be.  I am just excited that I figured out how to do this.  Did I tell you how I fixed my dishwasher last week.  I am actually more proud of that.  No man help.  I will tell you m...

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DIY Divorce Forms in Texas On Rise

There is a huge uproar in the legal community among professionals who practice family law.  It centers around the decision of the Supreme Court to offer DIY  forms for porce matters. Family law has complexities that cannot be adequately represented with a fill-in-the-blank form.  If you are in a...

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Always Learning more about Divorce

I was in Austin earlier this year at a continuing legal education seminar on Collaborative Law.  We had a speaker who explained that brain research shows how humans under stress will grab at the first solution that they see as solving the "issue".  That is true even if they have been trained to i...

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New Year

Here's a double double wish for a Happy New Year.  Not only is it after 1-1-12, but the Chinese New Year  is today.  This is the Year of the Dragon.  The symbol Dragon in the East is not a threatening evil as is in the West.  The Dragon to the Chinese is a symbol of among other things, power. Now...

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Does Your Life Reflect Your Values?

I was flying back from vacation, flipping through the audio tracks and came across a talk show where the lady was saying "you can't be living a rich life and living someone else's values". Oh how true. Many times when people see me about a porce they are far from taking that final step to start ...

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Child Support Cap

In Texas, the calculation of child support is initially straightforward.  There is a "cap" on the amount of income that child support can be based on, currently that "cap" is $8550 of net resources. See an attorney for how this may impact you.

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What Is Collaborative Divorce, Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is an interdisciplinary porce process defined by statute in the State of Texas. It is for people who are unable to negotiate and agree to porce terms on their own but who wish to settle the case outside of court. This process also allows each spouse to have their own legal advoc...

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Why You Need a Counselor during Divorce

Divorce-the act of disconnecting your identity from that of another person. It's is a pretty major move when we talk about changing our identity. It can be unsettling for the person who is affirmatively seeking porce. For the person to whom porce is the  farthest thing from their minds, it can b...

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Divorce and Loss - Divorce and Gain

Divorce is really a challenge to go through.  I like to pass on writings that I find elsewhere that I think are pertinent to someone finding themselves facing porce.  These will not always be related to the law.  Here is the first. A Zen master said, “Now that my house has burned down, I have a ...

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Avoid zugzwang in Divorce

I ran across a new word the other day, zugzwang, that has an interesting application to porce. The word means "a situation where a player is limited to moves which have a damaging effect".  Hmmm.  What does that have to do with porce you might ask? My idea in teaching people how to have a Smart D...

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Paternity Statute Changes in Texas

There has been a major change in the ability of a father to deny paternity in Texas. Previously if a man did not deny paternity and request genetic testing at the time of a lawsuit concerning paternity of the child, the ability to deny paternity would be lost. The legislature has now said that a...

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Alimony in Texas Increased

Wow, just returned from the 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Conference in San Antonio where 1000+ family lawyers converged to stay up-to-date with the law and best practices. Because this was a legislative year, there were a number of changes in the law that dramatically affect family law. Two si...

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What is a Smart Divorce in Texas?

Why did I name my blog for porce in Texas? Because I wanted to stress that there are choices to be made when going through porce. We want them to be ones that benefit us over all, in a multitude of areas, financial, emotional, relational. It requires a lot of thought to put together a comprehensi...

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Overwhelmed during divorce? Take little steps.

When I was in Alaska I took a shuttle up to climb Flattop Mountain which overlooks Anchorage. Why am I telling you this? Well, I used to be in superb shape, both in strength and cardio. The last 3 to 4 years have been an adjustment downwards in ability.  Anyway, this hike was an extraordinarily d...

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Is alimony in Texas tax deductible?

The Internal Revenue Code provides that post divorce alimony payments are tax deductible by the paying spouse and taxable to the recipient spouse as "ordinary income." For this reason, it is not uncommon for a negotiated settlement to include the payment of a high amount of spousal support, becau...

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Texas Long Term Alimony/Support

THIS POST IS NO LONGER REFLECTS THE LAW AS OF SEPT 2011  SEE POSTS AFTER JULY 2011 Where the marriage has lasted more than 10 years, or under some family violence situations and support is needed to meet the "minimum reasonable needs" of the spouse, the court may order alimony/support for up to ...

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Temporary Spousal Support or Alimony

Texas courts routinely order temporary alimony or spousal support (terms used interchangeably) during the pendency of the divorce (from the day of filing the petition until the day the divorce is granted)  How much is ordered depends on the earnings and expenses of each spouse as well as which co...

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Happy New Year

Well, another year has passed.  I was reflecting to a client this week how much initial custody determinations have changed since I first started practicing 28 years ago.  Back then, it was a given that if you had a stay-at-home Mom (and it was always the Mom) her getting primary custody and temp...

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Holiday Visitation

Hi. I can't believe that Thanksgiving has already passed. It makes me think that this is the time of year that people begin to have problems with holiday visitations. Please know that if you anticipate some sort of problem that might require court intervention, PLEASE contact a professional now. ...

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