Why Collaborative Law Makes Sense: “A Better Way to Untie the Knot”

The words graceful, healthy and divorce do not go together. The first words clients use to describe the process of divorce are typically words of war: FIGHT, CUSTODY BATTLE, and WINNING. I would like to present a concept to you … Continue reading

Mediation: Choosing Not to Shake the Magic 8 Ball at Trial

Every good ending has a hard-won and sometimes difficult beginning. Mediation is no different.  The process of ending a marriage in one day of negotiations is gut-wrenching, tragic and emotionally exhausting.  And I’m just speaking from the perspective of being … Continue reading

Spousal Maintenance in Texas: Myth, Dream or Reality?

Not all states are made equal.  This is especially true with spousal maintenance.  California and New York are great states to be in if you poll divorcees about their maintenance awards.  But Texas falls short in the spousal maintenance arena. … Continue reading

10 Questions To Ponder Before Your Initial Divorce Consultation  

Tomorrow, Jessica Perroni is appearing on “The Jury Is Out” on KVIG Radio to discuss this… By: Jessica Perroni and Heather White What percentage of your cases are in the county where I live? Generally speaking, if you are planning … Continue reading

Defining a Complex Divorce: There is No “TRY”— only “DO”

There is no TRY in divorce.  That doesn’t stop clients from trying to fix their own problems before even asking for help.  When a client walks into my office for a first consult with a printed spreadsheet detailing the division … Continue reading

Beware of Modifications: Pandora’s Box

Nobody starts anything hoping to fail.  Especially in litigation, we strategize, project and predict the outcome before even filing many times. This rings true especially in family law modifications- where we are seeking to change the terms of custody, child … Continue reading

10 Reasons that You Should Not Represent Yourself in Divorce: Doing it Right the First Time and the Pitfalls of “No Contest” Divorces

There are somethings you can afford to cross your fingers and hope to get right without much effort.  Divorce is not one of them.  Too often, I get hired to “fix” the wrongs of a couple who thought (admirably so), … Continue reading

How to Submit Unreimbursed Medical Expenses to Your Child’s Other Parent

The following was written by Melissa Cason, family lawyer with the Law Office of Natalie Gregg. Unless your order says otherwise, the Court requires submission of unreimbursed medical expenses (all of your child’s medical expenses that are not covered by … Continue reading

What Child Support Does NOT Cover

Nobody said that raising children was cheap.  While we have child support in Texas specifically to help with raising children and addressing their financial needs, even maximum child support at times does not address the “extras” that many of my … Continue reading

Show Me the Money: New Minimum Guideline Child Support

Attention high-income earners with children! There are new guidelines effective September 1, 2013.  In order to calculate the maximum that a parent paying child support can pay, the capped amount has risen from $7,500 to $8,550.  This is a cost … Continue reading