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After the "petition" is filed, and ONLY after the petition is filed, the Petitioner can present the Respondent (the other spouse) a Waiver of Service. Anytime someone is sued, including uncontested divorces, they are entitled to notice of the lawsuit. The Court will require proof that spouse has received a copy of the petition and knows there is a lawsuit...

In prior articles we discussed what and uncontested divorce is and the basics of the uncontested divorce.  In those articles we talked about the agreements necessary for an uncontested divorce.  Depending on the specifics of your marriage, you will have to agree on: Getting divorced Property and Debt Division, and Child related issues. Let's dig a little deeper into the agreements required...

What are “Grandparent Rights”? For this article, we will discuss the right of a grandparent to force a parent to provide visitation with their grandchild through court orders.  There are other scenarios where a grandparent can seek custody of a grandchild which will be the subject of a later article. The issue of visitation with a grandchild typically does not arise...

This article covers weekends under a Texas Standard Possession Order.  Following is a calendar for reference.  You can find another version of this under the "Forms" tab on the Visitation Page. Weekend visits for under 100-Miles The foundation for the Texas Standard Possession Order is the weekend visit. Weekend visits occur on the first, third and fifth Friday of every month throughout the...

Just a little refresher on summer visitation under the standard visitation orders in Texas.  This article only applies to the standard possession order.  Your order may differ. For the parent with visitation (also called the non-custodial parent or NCP): April 1st  of each year is the deadline to designate your thirty days of extended summer possession if you have a Texas standard possession order....

One of the most common issues that arise in divorce and custody matters is the residency restriction that Courts in Texas impose. A residency restriction is a court imposed limitation on where the CHILD can live. You notice that I said child. The Court cannot tell the adults where they can and cannot live, but they can limit the residence of the...

In a prior article we discussed the basics of an uncontested divorce in Texas. But what exactly is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce means that you have agreed on the following: actually getting divorced; division of all property and debts; and (if applicable) all child related issues, including child support; health insurance; conservatorship (which includes custody); and the visitation arrangements whether...

This post will be the first in a series of posts on agreed or uncontested divorces in Texas. Everything in here applies anywhere in Texas. Since we will be addressing uncontested divorces, I am going to keep it very basic. However, before beginning a discussion on an uncontested or agreed divorce there needs to be a focus on the basics of a...

There is nothing more exciting than a new baby in your life.  But when your children are grown and gone,  grandchildren are like a godsend, a second chance to hold and love a new baby and watch them grow.  But what happens when there are problems with your grand-babies' parents, a spat that results in the parents completely cutting you out?...