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Why You Need a Counselor during Divorce

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Divorce and Loss - Divorce and Gain

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 ...

Avoid zugzwang in Divorce

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Paternity Statute Changes in Texas

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

What is a Smart Divorce in Texas?

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Overwhelmed during divorce? Take little steps.

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Alaska is a Cool place to Update Legal Skills for Divorce

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from Alaska going to continuing educational training on collaborative law. For those that don't know, that is a way of doing a porce or other dispute, outside of the court system. It is always inspiring to me to see how different people handle the skills necessary to do my job wel...

Temporary Spousal Support or Alimony

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Happy New Year

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Holiday Visitation

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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. ...

What is community property in Texas?

Posted by Diane Wanger | Mar 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A common question people ask when they come to see me on an initial divorce consultation is what is community property"? Community property is all property acquired during the time of marriage, other than by gift or inheritance. But the story doesn't end there. There is a concept in our property...

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