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What does a qualified domestic relations order do?

what-does-a-qualified-domestic-relations-order-do.jpgYou've probably never heard of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) -- but it could become very important to understand more about QDROs if you're getting divorced.

Divorce involves a lot of financial negotiations, particularly if there are a lot of assets involved. Here are some basics you need to know about QDROs to get started:

How can you make the most out of your divorce mediation?

how-can-you-make-the-most-out-of-your-divorce-mediation.jpgIn Texas, mediation is often a necessity before the court will agree to hear a divorce case. Naturally, you want to make the most out of your mediation time and increase your chances of walking away with a favorable agreement.

So, how do you do it?

Improving communication in your marriage

improving-communication-in-your-marriage.jpgFew parts of a marriage hold more importance than the communication you share with your spouse. Whether married for 20 years or two, it is vital that you and your partner take time to discuss important issues and share your feelings. Too often, though, this habit deteriorates, and the foundation of a marriage falls apart with it.

Sometimes partners simply grow apart and develop different communicative needs in the process. Other times, stress and busy schedules impede communication. Regardless of the context, if you struggle to communicate with your spouse, consider the following three tips for improvement:

Red flags people often miss in their own marriages

red-flags-people-often-miss-in-their-own-marriages.jpgWhile people often feel like divorce comes on suddenly, the reality is that many people simply overlook red flags that could have shown them something was wrong well in advance. Understanding what your future holds helps you plan for that future, so here are a few common red flags to keep in mind.

  • You always compare yourselves to other couples that you know. You wonder if you are as happy as they are or if you have as much fun as they do. These endless comparisons indicate that you're missing things in your own relationship.
  • You keep telling friends and family just how well the two of you are doing, as if you're trying to convince them. Are you really just trying to convince yourself?
  • You start spending far more time doing things without your spouse. Maybe you begin working late or spending extra time with friends. Maybe you spend your evenings on your phone, scrolling through social media sites to see what everyone else is doing. The real problem is that you are not spending time with your spouse -- and perhaps you don't want to.

Identifying these red flags does not mean you can absolutely save your marriage. A relationship takes cooperation from two people. If your spouse has already checked out, it could be too late to get things back on track.

What rights do Texas grandparents have?

What rights do Texas grandparents have?

Grandparents enjoy a special relationship with their grandchildren -- and it is usually beneficial for everyone involved.

What happens, however, if the relationship with your grandchild's parents sours for some reason? Do you have any legal rights to visitation with your grandchildren over their parents' objections?

Things to consider when divorcing an addict

Things to consider when divorcing an addict

Substance abuse can ultimately destroy even the best marriage -- especially when your spouse's addiction begins to take its toll on your children.

Unfortunately, the problems that you face with your spouse don't end with divorce. You still have to find a way to manage the issues that their addiction present when it comes to custody or visitation.

Will the children be okay after a divorce?

Will the children be okay after a divorce?

One of the most common questions that parents ask when they're thinking about a divorce is, "Will the children be okay?"

The emotional welfare of the children is such a big concern that many parents delay divorce for years, even when the marriage has clearly decayed beyond repair. If you're putting off a divorce because you're worried about the effect it will have on your kids, you should familiarize yourself with what psychologists have to say about the matter.

Moving when you have custody of the kids

Moving when you have custody of the kids

A lot of people move after a divorce -- for all kinds of reasons. Maybe you want to go back to your hometown to be closer to friends and family, or maybe you want to move away from your hometown to start over.

Unfortunately, if you have custody of your children, moving before you have the consent of the court can throw you into a legal nightmare. Learn more about child relocation laws before you start.

Should you add a forensic accountant to your legal team?

Should you add a forensic accountant to your legal team?If you and your spouse are a high net worth Texas couple whose marriage appears to be headed to divorce court, you may have suspicions that (s)he is starting to hide assets from you. Unfortunately, many spouses do this prior to a divorce in an attempt to reduce marital assets so as to have this "stash" in addition to the assets they receive in the property settlement agreement.

Due to the nearly infinite number of ways a spouse can hide assets, including electronically, finding and tracking the ones your spouse is hiding can become an almost impossible task. Your best strategy may be to add a forensic accountant to your legal team.

Want to avoid a divorce? Start by avoiding these traps

Want to avoid a divorce? Start by avoiding these trapsMoney trouble is one of the biggest reasons that couples end up saying, "I'm done," shortly after they say, "I do."

If you want to avoid ending up divorce within a few years of your nuptials, it's important to establish some major rules about money between you and your spouse long before a problem has time to develop.

Accolades & Achievements

Karen Marvel, Brandon Wong and Michael C. de la Garza Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2017 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization