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Prepare Yourself for Divorce

Preparing Yourself for Divorce Is a Good Thing: Here Are 6 Reasons Why

Anyone who has been divorced will tell you it’s a stressful time made worse by the fear of the unknown and a sickening feeling that you may never fully prepare yourself for divorce. In a previous blog post, we shared five practical ways to prepare yourself, including knowing your options, organizing critical paperwork, and working…

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Divorce Hearing and a Divorce Trial

What is the Difference Between a Divorce Hearing and a Divorce Trial?

You’re new to the divorce process and have been told you’re scheduled to appear at a divorce hearing. But then you think, “Wait, did they say divorce hearing or divorce trial? Hmmm. Maybe they’re the same thing?” It’s natural to be confused and maybe even slightly frustrated by the countless legal terms tossed about. And…

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Divorcing Spouses Fight Over the Most

Common and Unique Assets Divorcing Spouses Fight Over the Most

When you divorce in Texas, it is generally understood by most divorcing spouses that the majority of the common and unique assets they accumulated during the marriage are considered jointly owned. That means what you think is yours may just as much be your spouse’s stuff, and the Court will do what is necessary to…

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Kids After Divorce

5 Ways To Help Your Kids After Divorce

Divorce can be emotionally crippling for children. The good news is that kids are incredibly resilient and can bounce back quickly — even in the aftermath of a divorce. But they can’t and shouldn’t be asked to do it alone. They need a strong support system that only their parents can provide. Furthermore, they need…

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Life Insurance in a Divorce Settlement

It’s Important To Include Life Insurance in a Divorce Settlement

If you’re getting a divorce, you might be surprised to hear your family law attorney stress the importance of including life insurance in the divorce settlement. After all, your soon-to-be former spouse may not want to carry life insurance with you as the beneficiary during this time over fear that you might benefit from their…

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Collaborative Divorce

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Before Choosing Collaborative Divorce

If you’re wondering if collaborative divorce is possible, let us be the first to tell you it can be. Marriages end peacefully all the time and do not remotely come close to reaching a courtroom. But does that mean you can have just as much success? You’ll need to ask yourself these four questions to…

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Divorce Blogs

Our Top 10 Divorce Blogs

Our team of attorneys at Christman | Daniell Attorneys shared quite a bit of valuable information about divorce in 2023. And while we are far from done adding to our growing list of blog posts, it’s always good to take a look back at some of those conversation starters. From legal advice to topics related…

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Choosing Mediation

Positive Ripple Effects That Come From Choosing Mediation

For many divorcing couples, the litany of benefits that come from choosing mediation over a protracted litigation process are seemingly endless. Some easy ones that spring to mind include having a safe space to communicate openly and amicably in the moment and settling matters like child custody, spousal maintenance, and property division quickly and efficiently.…

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Heal Yourself Emotionally After Divorce

3 Ways To Heal Yourself Emotionally After Divorce

They say that emotionally and mentally, getting over a divorce could take years. It doesn’t matter if you were married for 30 years or three, and it doesn’t matter if you asked for the divorce or if you were blindsided by the divorce. It can be a devastating moment that can leave you feeling lost…

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Spouse Suddenly Wants a Divorce

10 Less-Obvious Reasons Why Your Spouse Suddenly Wants a Divorce

Adultery. Financial distrust. Domestic violence. These are three common reasons why someone would seek a divorce, and yet, none of them are the reason why your spouse has inexplicably chosen to walk away. As a result, you’re left in stunned disbelief as you try in vain to figure out what went wrong, when, and if…

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Ready For Divorce

11 Signs You Might Be Ready For Divorce

It can be difficult to admit that your marriage is ending. Part of you thinks it’s not as bad as it seems and that things could improve with time. Perhaps that may be the case — though you continue to struggle with the notion that no amount of time will solve all your problems and…

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Angry Spouse During Divorce

4 Things To Expect From An Angry Spouse During Divorce

After 23 years of marriage, you just told your spouse you want a divorce. And boy, they are angry. Granted, anyone would be upset to hear such news, especially if they were blindsided and don’t feel the same way as you do. But their reaction has you really worried, and you aren’t sure what to…

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Pre-Marital and Postnuptial Agreements

5 Must-Read Blog Posts About Pre-Marital and Postnuptial Agreements

Pre-marital agreements and postnuptial agreements often get a bad rap. After all, it’s essentially a legal contract between you and your soon-to-be or current spouse that sets rules on things like property, assets, and certain marital obligations. While we agree that these agreements can create tricky conversations that must be handled delicately, there is no…

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Amicus Attorney

What Is an Amicus Attorney’s Role in Child Custody?

When dealing with any child custody case, especially matters where divorcing parents are at odds and can’t quite see eye to eye, the Court will always err on the side of what is in the best interests of the child. Sometimes, that may mean the judge overseeing the case makes a clear-cut choice on their…

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Separate Property

What Qualifies as Separate Property in a Divorce Case?

Texas classifies itself as a community property state. This means property acquired during your marriage (with a few exceptions) is presumed to be equally owned by both spouses and must be divided when the marriage ends. But before a Texas court can begin dividing property, it must first classify all assets as separate property or…

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Guardian Ad Litem

What Is a Guardian Ad Litem’s Role in Family Law?

Imagine that you’re a party in a contentious divorce case. The proceedings have been a struggle since Day 1, and now it’s time to have the most important discussion — child custody. As a parent, you only want what’s best for the children. But since emotions continue to run high, and everyone appears to have…

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Emancipated Minor

Is There a Downside to Being an Emancipated Minor?

A minor requesting to become legally emancipated happens in Texas family courts more than you might think. And there are many benefits for someone who wishes to follow through with this process. If successful, a person under 18 who becomes an emancipated minor can be granted the ability to make decisions regarding healthcare, education, finances,…

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child support modification

What Is a Child Support Modification?

When you got divorced last year, the Court required you to make monthly child support payments to your former spouse. You’ve always ensured that those payments were made on time, and you intend to keep it that way. But your company recently went through a buyout, and while you didn’t lose your job, the role…

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Factors Does a Family Lawyer Consider

What Factors Does a Family Lawyer Consider Before Taking a Case?

You’re getting a divorce, and the first thing you did was interview several local family lawyers to find the best fit for your unique situation. But now that you’ve chosen the one you want to work with, the thought enters your mind, “What if they don’t want to take my case?” Friends, family, and even…

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Maiden Name

How Quickly Can I Go Back to My Maiden Name During a Divorce?

We hear a lot of requests during the divorce process from women who wish to return to their maiden name. Obviously, switching from your married last name (ex: Jones) to your maiden name (ex: Bridges) is absolutely something you can do as part of a divorce. What Is the Process for a Legal Name Change?…

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5 Stages of Divorce Grief

5 Stages of Divorce Grief

Divorce is a complex process that challenges you mentally, physically, financially, and emotionally — to the point where many people say they are experiencing what can only be described as divorce grief. While that may feel weird to say, divorce grief is a real thing. After all, no one wants to see their marriage end…

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Better Life After Divorce

12 Words and Phrases To Stop Using For a Better Life After Divorce

Contrary to what you might think as you embark on a new life after divorce, things can and will get better. It might not seem that way right now, especially after a likely drawn-out, costly, and emotional legal process. But the path to a better life is there for the taking. Part of starting fresh…

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Need a Family Law Attorney

Do You Need a Family Law Attorney? Christman | Daniell Attorneys Can Help

Your family means everything to you. And while you would never intentionally let anything threaten that bond or your children’s future, the reality is that your upcoming divorce has the potential to impact your family in ways in which you may not be prepared. The first step to taking control of the situation and setting…

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Pet Custody

Who Gets To Keep the Family Dog in a Divorce?

There is a litany of important matters you and your spouse need to settle as you work through the finer details of your divorce. Some of the more common sticking points are child custody, property division, and spousal maintenance. But that isn’t the full list. In fact, pet owners will be the first to tell…

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6 Reasons Divorce Is More Stressful for Men

6 Reasons Divorce Is More Stressful for Men

Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. And in many ways, no one wins. But when it comes to adapting to life after divorce, a growing argument suggests that divorce is far more stressful for men than women. While this may seem hard to believe, there are several reasons or factors that make this…

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Prepare for Divorce

5 Ways To Prepare for Divorce in 2024

Millions of people get divorced each year. And if there’s one month they all seem comfortable doing it in, it’s January. Whether or not you believe that is up to you, but the fact remains that if you plan to be one of those couples who divorce early in 2024, it’s essential to prepare for divorce in…

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Going Through a Divorce

15 Positive Habits To Develop When Going Through a Divorce

Going through a divorce is never easy. It’s a life-changing event riddled with a litany of complex legal steps, fears over what might happen next, and tough decisions. While navigating all these challenges can be difficult, Christman | Daniell Attorneys’ primary goal has always been to protect our client’s interests, equip them for a difficult…

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Buying a House After Divorce

3 Critical Steps To Buying a House After Divorce

Buying a house after divorce can feel strange, especially when you’ve never done it alone. But it is one of the first things people think about once the dust settles and they have time to mull over how they want to move on with their lives. That said, is buying a house after divorce as…

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Mediation and Types of Divorce

Does Mediation Work Better for Certain Types of Divorce?

If you’re considering a divorce, you may be wondering if mediation really can help you avoid courtroom litigation. Furthermore, you likely want to know if it’s the right option for you. For starters, mediation is definitely a popular way to help divorcing spouses resolve disputes amicably, and people who’ve utilized this service before say it…

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Ask for a Divorce

5 Tips To Ask for a Divorce Without Causing Chaos

You want a divorce. Unfortunately, your spouse doesn’t know yet, and you’re unsure how to ask for a divorce without causing enough chaos to send your family into an emotional tailspin and set yourself up as the unfeeling villain. The reality is that there’s no good way to ask for a divorce. But the team…

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Divorce Quiz

Should I Get a Divorce? This Divorce Quiz Might Help

Many clients have walked into our office over the years, knowing divorce is the logical next step. This doesn’t necessarily mean they want to end their marriage — many are emotionally broken by this tough decision. But they also know it’s the right decision. And yet, for every client committed to divorce, just as many…

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best interest of the child

8 Factors a Court Considers When Determining Best Interest of the Child

Divorcing parents will likely hear the phrase “best interest of the child” several dozen times throughout their divorce process. And for the most part, they understand what that means. After all, children are always caught in the middle of their parents’ divorce — through no fault of their own. Therefore, their unique needs, wants, and…

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Your Divorce Is Final

4 To-Do Items After Your Divorce Is Final

Your divorce is final, and now it’s time to move on with your life. That’s what you want to do, anyway — except that your lawyer, family, and other people you’re close to insist there are a few loose ends to tie up. But what exactly is there to tie up? The divorce is over.…

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Slow-Moving Divorce

4 Ways To Cope With a Slow-Moving Divorce Process

You started your divorce a year ago, and while you knew in advance that the legal system takes time and that ending your marriage the right way isn’t something that happens overnight, you can’t help but be a little frustrated with a slow-moving divorce process. “Why can’t this be done already?” You ask yourself over and…

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Hide Money In a Divorce

Is it Illegal to Hide Money In a Divorce?

You’re getting a divorce. And while you’ve realized that this is the right decision, you can’t help but think your soon-to-be former spouse is hiding money. Maybe they’re not depositing their paychecks as often as they used to, or the amounts they deposit seem smaller than usual. Perhaps you noticed bank statements arriving in the…

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Digital Co-Parenting Apps

Benefits of Digital Co-Parenting Apps

Even divorcing parents who intend to stay on the same page regarding their child’s best interests could use a helping hand as they begin their co-parenting journey. After all, maintaining a sense of normalcy, communicating last-minute schedule changes, avoiding conflict, sharing parenting duties, and making decisions as a united front barely scratches the surface of…

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Legal Information vs Legal Advice

Legal Information vs Legal Advice: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve been following our blog posts over the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a standard disclaimer at the end of each entry. It reads in part, “Please consult an attorney for advice about your individual situation. The material on this website and in this or any blog article we publish are for informational purposes…

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Regain Control of Your Financial Situation After Divorce

6 Ways To Regain Control of Your Financial Situation After Divorce

One of the worst parts about getting a divorce is the realization that your once solid financial situation has been flipped upside down. Sure, the legal process was costly for everyone involved. But for you, it depleted everything you had in savings, and your expenses from this moment forward are set to increase significantly —…

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Child Support Issues

3 Ways a Family Lawyer Can Help You With Child Support Issues

If you are dealing with one or several child support issues, it’s likely all you can think about. After all, all you want is what’s best for your children after the divorce, and maintaining a strict payment schedule to cover their basic needs is a big piece of that. But maybe your former spouse isn’t…

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U.S. Divorce Rates

Where Does Texas Rank In Terms of High U.S. Divorce Rates?

We all know that roughly 50% of all marriages end in divorce. However, according to a recent article by Divorce Magazine, high U.S. divorce rates tend to come from 10 major cities. One might assume Texas is somewhere on that list. After all, everything is bigger in Texas — why not divorce, too? But the…

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Tell the Kids About Your Divorce

6 Ways To Tell the Kids About Your Divorce

You already feel bad enough that your marriage is on the rocks, and now you realize you must tell the kids about your divorce. After all, it’s only fair for parents to be truthful with their children — even if the news is less than ideal. But how does one go about having that conversation?…

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Tell Friends, Family, and Coworkers About My Divorce

Should I Tell Friends, Family, and Coworkers About My Divorce?

You’re getting a divorce, and up to this point, you haven’t said a word to anyone other than your kids. And to be totally honest, you kind of prefer it that way. After all, the less that people in your inner circle know, the less you’ll have to explain what happened, how you’re feeling, and…

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Adopt a Child in Texas

Can a Single Person Adopt a Child in Texas?

A common belief in the adoption world is that a single person can’t adopt a child in Texas. But is this true, or is it merely an unfortunate myth born from the reality that most adoptions involve married couples or people in a committed relationship who either can’t have children of their own or simply…

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Common Reasons People Divorce

What Statistics Say Are the Most Common Reasons People Divorce

According to a Forbes article, lack of commitment is the No. 1 reason (75%) people divorce. From there, roughly 60% of divorced couples cited infidelity or adultery as the reason their marriage ended. Domestic abuse was cited in 24% of cases. The point we’re trying to make here is that when couples feel divorce is…

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Pre-Marital Agreement

Will My Pre-Marital Agreement Protect My Business from Divorce?

You worked hard to build your business from a small one-person operation to a thriving leader in your industry. You have employees, accumulated assets, and a concept that should be around for years to come. But now you’re getting divorced, and along with the stresses and emotions that naturally come from watching your relationship falter,…

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Filing for Divorce

Is There a Benefit To Filing for Divorce Before My Spouse Does?

There may come a point in your marriage when you and your spouse feel divorce is the answer. As people start down this path, they often wonder – is there a tangible benefit to being the first one to file for divorce? In some cases, the answer is yes. Why Filing for Divorce First Is…

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Family Law Clients

How Our Many Practice Areas Benefit Family Law Clients

When searching for a family law attorney to help with sensitive matters related to divorce, child custody, etc., your first instinct might be to narrow your search to firms that only deal with family law clients like you. In other words, you prefer a firm of divorce attorneys — not a firm that also practices…

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Child Support Arrearage

What Is A Child Support Arrearage?

Child support is such a common legal term in today’s world that even parents getting divorced for the first time know what it means and understand the expectations placed upon them to continue supporting their minor children. What they may not have heard before is a term known as child support arrearage and the negative…

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Spousal Maintenance Modification

What Is a Spousal Maintenance Modification?

Let’s say you were divorced last year and are now required by the Court to make monthly spousal maintenance payments to your former spouse. You’ve been diligent about making those payments ever since, but you lost your job last month and suffered an injury in a car accident. It’s been a rough few months. And…

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Real Estate Attorney

5 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Attorney Before Hiring Them

Whether your next real estate transaction goes through smoothly or hits a few legal snags, it’s always best to have a real estate attorney in your corner. After all, if everything is smooth, you likely have them to thank for that. And if something goes wrong, it can be handled swiftly if you have someone…

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Postnuptial Agreement

Is a Postnuptial Agreement Really a Thing?

Nearly everyone has heard of a pre-marital agreement, also known as a prenuptial agreement or “prenup.” Essentially, it is a contract between you and your soon-to-be spouse that sets rules on things like property, assets, and certain marital obligations. Sure, it gets a bad rap because it implies a lack of trust or expectation of…

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Online Wills

Estate Planning: Why DIY Online Wills Are a Bad Idea

A last will and testament is typically seen as a wise first step in any estate planning strategy. The problem is that many people genuinely believe they can draft one themselves — turning to DIY online wills rather than paying an attorney to draft it for them. While DIY online wills may seem like a…

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Attorney-Client Privilege

Does Attorney-Client Privilege Exist in Family Law Cases?

One of the main concerns for anyone in the middle of an emotionally charged family law case is the matter of privacy. Sure, you know you need to be open and honest with your attorney and share as much information as possible for them to build a strong case. You’ve also heard the legal term…

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Win a Child Custody Case

10 Tips To Win a Child Custody Case

Having to go through a child custody battle is one of the more stressful and emotional experiences any divorcing parent has to endure. Not only is your marriage ending, but now the kids are stuck in the middle, and no one knows what to expect or how everything will end. All you know is that…

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Form an LLC in Texas

How Do I Form an LLC in Texas?

It is often a wise choice to structure your new business venture as an LLC or Limited Liability Company. That’s not to suggest there’s anything wrong with choosing to be a corporation, partnership, or even a sole proprietor. We work with corporate clients all the time to ensure whatever structure they choose meets their business…

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Contempt of Court

What Does it Mean To be in Contempt of Court?

Nearly everyone has heard the term “contempt of court” a time or two on television and in the media. And it’s usually because someone in the courtroom said something inappropriate or caused enough of a ruckus that the presiding judge said, “Enough is enough. You are in contempt of court.” And just like that, the…

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Civil vs Criminal Litigation

Civil vs Criminal Litigation

Do you know the difference between civil litigation and criminal litigation? If your answer is no, don’t feel embarrassed. The legal system and many of its associated terms and processes can be confusing and a tad overwhelming — especially when you find yourself in the middle of a legal issue for the first time. Disputes…

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Power of Attorney

4 Common Misconceptions About a Power of Attorney

As we’ve discussed, a Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to name another person to step in and handle specific affairs on your behalf. This person can be a friend, family member, or someone else you trust, and examples of the authority you can assign them include the power to sign…

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Mediation Services

Mediation Services Aren’t Just for Family Law

When most people think of mediation, their thoughts turn to spouses who want to get divorced but have chosen to do so in a more informal setting where cooler heads can prevail. No judges. There are no attorneys or bickering over who gets the house or the boat. Just two people working out their differences…

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Best Real Estate Attorney- Drew Christman

Thank You for Voting Drew Christman as Best Real Estate Attorney

Christman | Daniell Attorneys, would like to congratulate senior partner Drew Christman for being named Best Real Estate Attorney in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. Best of Denton County is a yearly award showcasing local businesses demonstrating outstanding customer service, commitment to our community, professionalism, and old-fashioned hard work with a servant mindset. The…

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Finances In a Divorce

Do I Have to Disclose All My Finances In a Divorce?

Perhaps the one area of divorce that separating spouses underestimate the most is how much information they must disclose for the purposes of property division. Simply put, all parties must be prepared to put everything on the table, whether it was something they brought into the marriage and belonged only to them or something they…

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Waive Child Support

Can Divorcing Parents Agree to Waive Child Support?

Imagine this: You and your spouse have decided to get divorced. Normally, the discussion of child support would loom large over cases involving children. But for personal reasons, you both decided in advance not to pursue child support payments — regardless of which one of you would likely be required to pay. At least, that’s…

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Who Gets the House in a Divorce

Can a Judge Decide Who Gets the House in a Divorce?

You’re embroiled in a contentious divorce with your spouse. Neither of you is on speaking terms, and even when you do talk directly to each other or through your respective attorneys, you can’t find common ground with anything. Everything you want, they also want — that includes the house, and neither of you is willing…

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Divorce Mediator

What Are the Responsibilities of a Divorce Mediator?

Divorce mediation is one of the more popular legal alternatives for divorcing spouses who would rather avoid settling their differences in court. It’s a safe space where they can communicate openly, settle matters like child custody and property division amicably, and enjoy greater control and privacy over what happens next. But to ensure everything moves…

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Christman | Daniell Attorneys

Christman Attorneys Evolves to Christman | Daniell Attorneys, Championing Women’s Leadership in Legal Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA, November 8, 2023 – Christman Attorneys proudly introduces a new chapter in its esteemed history, rebranding as Christman | Daniell Attorneys. This pivotal shift signifies the ascendancy of Managing Partner Emily Daniell, a driving force behind the firm’s trajectory of growth and success. The transition to Christman | Daniell Attorneys…

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legal separation

Is a Legal Separation and a Divorce the Same Thing?

You and your spouse have had marriage issues for several years, and you both believe now is the time to possibly go your separate ways. You bring up the idea of divorce, but your spouse doesn’t want to do anything too drastic and suggests a legal separation instead. Naturally, you’re confused because you always thought…

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business torts

What Are Business Torts?

Life would be easier for all hard-working business owners if everyone else — competitors, business partners, etc. — were equally as ethical behind the scenes and stayed within the realm of fair play. Sadly, business doesn’t always work that way. Seemingly good deals turn sour. Competition and the battle for market share and customer loyalty…

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Choosing a Business Structure

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Business Structure

Starting a new business venture is exciting. It doesn’t matter if you are opening a dentist’s office, a boutique, a small marketing company, or a custom boot store. You’re on the verge of doing what many people can only dream of. But as you look to build your new empire from the ground up, one…

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Petition for Divorce

How Do I Serve My Spouse With A Petition for Divorce?

Once a client has decided they are ready to file for divorce, a common question they ask our team of family law attorneys is how they go about serving their spouse with the divorce paperwork. After all, serving these papers ensures the divorce process can move forward through the legal system, hopefully resulting in the…

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Contingency Clause

What Is a Contingency Clause in Real Estate?

You’re about to purchase your first home and couldn’t be more excited. That said, you’re new to the process and understandably nervous about unforeseen legal hiccups along the way. And it doesn’t help matters that as you read over the initial documents and disclosures, you notice a contingency clause (or perhaps two or three) buried…

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Common-law marriage

Do I Need To Get a Divorce for a Common-Law Marriage?

Couples who’ve been together for years, live under the same roof, and consider themselves “husband and wife” — even though they don’t have a marriage license — have often entered into what is known as a common-law marriage. Texas recognizes this informal union, which is a great thing for couples who don’t want to go…

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Withdraw a Divorce

Can You Withdraw a Divorce Petition Once You File It?

Several months ago, you and your spouse decided getting divorced was in everyone’s best interest. So you hired a lawyer from our team at Christman | Daniell Attorneys, filed a divorce petition, and patiently waited for Texas’ 60-day waiting period to expire. You’re both officially in the clear and can proceed with ending your marriage. There’s…

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divorce rate

U.S. Divorce Rate v. the Divorce Rate Worldwide

Divorce is incredibly common no matter where you go in the world. That said, the U.S. divorce rate is noticeably higher than practically anywhere else — 2.5 per 1,000 marriages in the U.S. vs. 1.8 per 1,000 marriages worldwide. With so many American couples choosing to end their marriages, it’s only natural to wonder why…

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Divorce and Remarry

How Many Times Can You Divorce and Remarry in Texas?

Many of us enter into the sanctity of marriage with every intention of being with our significant other forever. But the reality is that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce. That’s even more true for second and third marriages, with third marriages failing 73% of the time. Such statistics beg the question –…

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Divorce Rate Really Declining

Is the U.S. Divorce Rate Really Declining?

While it’s easy to cite the long-standing divorce statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce, it appears that the United States’ divorce rate has been steadily declining over time and is currently at its lowest point in 50 years. According to an article by Forbes, there were 994,000 divorces and annulments in 2000…

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Trade Secrets

What Are Trade Secrets and How Can Christman | Daniell Attorneys Help?

As a business owner, you worked hard and spent considerable resources to develop trade secrets specific to your company that no one else knows, and this gives you a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Perhaps your technology team created an innovative computer program or food formula, or you finally implemented unique business methodologies you’ve been…

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Divorce Deposition

What Is a Divorce Deposition?

If your attorney says you have a divorce deposition scheduled soon, we won’t blame you for having a confused and possibly worried look. After all, most people getting divorced for the first time don’t hear legal terms like this often, and even the word “deposition” or “being deposed” can sound a little ominous. The good…

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Need Legal Help

Need Legal Help? What Clients Are Saying About Christman | Daniell Attorneys

Christman | Daniell Attorneys, is a boutique law firm with a unique and refreshing approach to complex conflicts. Our highly skilled attorneys focus in family law, probate, estate planning, civil litigation, business and corporate law, real estate, and mediation. We provide intelligent solutions and results-oriented advocacy. That’s the buttoned-up, professional way of explaining what we do.…

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Avoid Probate

Is It Possible To Avoid Probate in Texas?

When our estate planning and probate attorneys sit with clients for the first time, one of the more frequent questions we get asked is if it’s possible to avoid probate in Texas. Naturally, most people would rather avoid this legal step because of its reputation for being lengthy, confusing, costly, and emotionally draining for the…

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Pour-Over Will

What Is a Pour-Over Will?

Many clients hear our attorneys mention the term “pour-over will” and assume we are talking about a standard last will and testament. In other words, they think they are one and the same. The reality is that these are separate documents with unique roles in your estate planning strategy, and they can go a long…

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Emancipated Minor

What Is an Emancipated Minor?

Most people don’t hear the term emancipated minor very often. And if they do, it’s usually in reference to Hollywood child stars who, for various personal and business reasons, choose to split from their parents and are granted the legal capacity of an adult through a court process. There have been plenty of these high-profile…

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6 Ways To Limit Your Chances of Being Sued

6 Ways To Limit Your Chances of Being Sued

Being sued is the last thing anyone wants. This is especially true when you genuinely believe you did nothing wrong or what happened  was unintentional and a simple misunderstanding. So how do you avoid being sued in the first place? Well, the reality is that anyone can be sued, whether because they injured someone, are…

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Real Estate Law Myths

3 Common Real Estate Law Myths

Denton County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, with thousands of individuals and families flocking here every day to buy or sell a home, open a brick-and-mortar business, purchase land, etc. And regardless of whether those transactions go through smoothly or hit a few unfortunate legal snags, real estate law will come…

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Divorce and Property Division

Divorce and Property Division: 9 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Texas is a community property state. In lay terms, that means most of the assets and debts you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage (the house, cars, boats, furniture, joint bank accounts, mortgages, etc.) are considered jointly owned. In other words, your home and assets may be just as much theirs as yours, no…

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Probate Cost

How Much Does Probate Cost?

When a loved one passes away, the next logical step for many families is to proceed to probate. Most family members don’t like to hear that, especially when all they’ve heard is how confusing, complicated, drawn-out, and emotionally draining probate can be — even if your loved one left a legal last will and testament…

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Estate Planning Statistics

2023 Estate Planning Statistics You May Not Know

It’s safe to say most people believe that estate planning is important. In fact, 56% of American adults say they are on board with at least having a last will and testament drafted by a qualified attorney, according to statistics from LegalZoom. But in the same breath, did you know only 33% have actually followed…

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Restraining Order and a Protective Order

What’s The Difference Between a Restraining Order and a Protective Order?

While many legal disputes can be handled with patience, de-escalation, and diplomatic solutions, others are, for lack of a better term, past the point of no return or present a clear and present danger to one party. As such, a Court may require aggressive advocacy, sometimes in the form of a well-timed and necessary restraining…

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Irreconcilable Differences

What Does ‘Irreconcilable Differences’ Mean?

There are many reasons why marriages begin to wane and ultimately lead to divorce. A few of the more common ones that might spring to mind are adultery, abuse, and even abandonment. We’ve all seen cases like these play out on television and in the media — some more loudly and contentious than others. But…

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Challenge a Will

4 Reasons Someone Could Challenge a Will

A will is a legal document that spells out how you want your assets distributed to loved ones after you have passed away. Granted, it may still have to pass through the probate court to ensure its validity, but nearly all wills make it through this process without issue — as it is the Court’s…

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Boundary Disputes

Real Estate Law: Common Types of Boundary Disputes

Have you ever been in a dispute with a neighbor? Most of us have, and more often than not, it’s over small stuff like noise complaints, unkempt lawns, blocking driveways with trailers, and leaving Christmas lights up well into July. Thankfully, these and other issues are often resolved quickly and rarely result in legal action.…

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Resolve Conflict With Your Business Partner

6 Tips To Resolve Conflict With Your Business Partner

Even the best business partners have disagreements from time to time. It’s when those disagreements reach an impasse, or one or both parties threaten legal action because they feel they’ve been wronged in some way, that it is vital to the business and the livelihood of everyone involved to resolve the conflict before things get…

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Hire a Family Law Attorney

11 Reasons To Hire a Family Law Attorney

Once you decide that divorce is the answer, the first legal step is to hire a family law attorney. This may seem like an obvious piece to the puzzle, but plenty of parties every day choose to represent themselves in court. After all, it is their right to do so in Texas. With that said,…

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Attorney-Client Privilege

What Does Attorney-Client Privilege Mean?

You just sought legal advice from a lawyer about an ongoing dispute with a long-time business partner. Everything went great, and for the first time in a very long time, you feel like you have someone in your corner who listens to you and feels like you have a strong case should you have to…

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Divorce and Kids

Divorce and Kids: 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

It’s important to remember that divorce isn’t always just about two adults ending a marriage. It’s also often about children. As parties are divorcing, it’s important to remember the needs to the kids, too, and focus on what makes the most sense for them moving forward. A large part of this is finding clear answers…

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Plaintiff and Defendant

What Is the Difference Between Plaintiff and Defendant?

It is always beneficial to familiarize yourself with some of the legal jargon you will hear if you find yourself involved in litigation. And perhaps one of the first things you might ask is, “What is the difference between Plaintiff and Defendant?” In civil proceedings such as personal injury cases, breach of contract disputes, negligence,…

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Real Estate Transactions Fail to Close

8 Reasons Why Real Estate Transactions Fail to Close

You’re a few days shy of closing on the sale of your old home. The process has been smooth up to this point, and you’re already getting phone calls from the title office to schedule an official closing date and time that works for you and the buyer. There’s just one problem: the buyer has…

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Default Judgment in Texas

What Is a Default Judgment in Texas?

Imagine that you filed a lawsuit against someone for breach of contract. You fully expect them to show up to court and argue their side, but surprisingly, they don’t show. What now? Well, not only could that person face severe consequences for not following a court order, but you can now request what is known…

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Pre-Marital Agreement

Can I Include Anything in a Pre-Marital Agreement?

One of the biggest benefits of a pre-marital agreement, also known as a prenup, is that by creating one and signing it, potential disputes between you and your soon-to-be spouse can be resolved and potentially avoided entirely before tying the knot. This is especially true if the relationship were to end in divorce. So, naturally,…

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Pre-Marital Agreement Conflict With a Will

Can a Pre-Marital Agreement Conflict With a Will?

A last will and testament is a legal document that spells out your final wishes and gives you control over how your assets are distributed to your beneficiaries upon your death. So in a perfect scenario, your will is submitted for probate upon your death, and everything you’ve outlined is honored — right down to…

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Do Wills Expire?

Do Wills Expire?

Let’s say you had a last will and testament drafted 12 years ago. At the time, you were newly married, and you and your spouse didn’t have much to your name. But you had a new house and career and felt like it was the grown-up thing to do to give your family and each…

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What Does Condemnation Mean In Real Estate?

Like many homeowners, you probably bought your house with the intention of living in it for as long as you want. But here you are, receiving a notice stating that your property will soon be seized through Texas condemnation law. In other words, it’s being taken away from you. But how could this be? You…

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Arbitration?

Despite the drama unfolding on television, many legal disputes can be resolved quickly and amicably without going to court. Mediation is one of the more recognized types of alternative dispute resolutions. Still, it is far from the only option available, depending on the type of dispute you find yourself in. A perfect example is arbitration.…

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Benefits of an S Corporation

What Are the Benefits of an S Corporation?

For those who wish to start a business correctly and legally, one entity type that’s very popular and worth considering is an S Corporation or S Corp. But what does this mean exactly? And what benefits are unique to this entity type? These are common questions our team at Christman | Daniell Attorneys, fields all the…

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Divorce Statistics

2023 Divorce Statistics You May Not Know

The divorce statistics most of us are bound to hear on television, social media, and while catching up on everyday gossip around the proverbial water cooler is that half of all marriages end in divorce. But with so many divorces taking place every single day, that can’t be the only divorce-related statistic out there. There…

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Title Defects

What Are Real Estate Title Defects?

Whether you’ve bought and sold three or four homes or this is your first time, it’s understandable if you haven’t given much thought to the title search process. After all, title searches are meant to be done seamlessly behind the scenes during everyday real estate transactions, and more often than not, they are completed without…

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Spousal Maintenance

What Happens If I Don’t Pay Spousal Maintenance?

When you and your spouse divorced, the Court ruled that you were obligated to pay spousal maintenance to your former spouse in the form of periodic payments. While you respected the ruling at the time, you’ve been making these monthly payments for the past two or three years, and you can’t help but wonder what…

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

Contested vs Uncontested Divorces

Many couples going through a divorce for the first time believe there’s only one way the next several months will go. They and their spouse will struggle to see eye to eye, emotions will take over, and they’ll spend significant time and money spinning their wheels with legal motions, a never-ending trial, and custody battles.…

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What is Civil Litigation

What Is Civil Litigation?

If an attorney says they focus in civil litigation, it might be challenging for someone who doesn’t hear that term often to know what it means and if the legal issue they’re facing falls under that umbrella. And we can’t blame them, either – the legal world tends to get confusing. The good news is…

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Probate Myths

5 Probate Myths

Probate law and representation are often necessary for many families following the death of a loved one. After all, a court’s goal is to determine the rightful owner of the deceased’s assets and legally transfer them to the appropriate family members or beneficiaries — especially in cases where there isn’t a will. But probate’s reputation…

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Child Custody Myths

4 Common Child Custody Myths

There’s no mistaking that life after divorce will be considerably different for you and your child. Of course, the Court will always do its best to determine a stable home and each parent’s role and responsibilities moving forward, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone will need time to adjust. As you and your…

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real estate attorney

6 Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

When many people think of real estate, their minds leap to the everyday stuff like working with a realtor to buy or sell a property or the annual obligation homeowners have to contest property values with the county appraisal district. For the most part, these and other matters can be handled swiftly without the thought…

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Non-Compete Agreement

What Are the Pros and Cons of a Non-Compete Agreement?

Non-compete agreements aren’t always looked at in the best light. If you’re being asked to sign one, you may feel a little uneasy — as if you’re signing something you don’t completely understand and may not be in your best interests. If you’re the one asking for a non-compete agreement, you may not enjoy having…

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Revoke a Power of Attorney

How Do I Revoke a Power of Attorney?

A significant benefit of a Power of Attorney is its flexibility. You can choose whomever you want to make decisions for you, and you can be as narrow or broad as you like regarding the authority you assign that person. You can also make those roles and responsibilities effective immediately or kick in later. That…

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Peaceful Divorce

13 Actions That Can Guarantee a Peaceful Divorce

Divorcing spouses often reach a point in their relationship where they realize quietly going their separate ways is in everyone’s best interests. They know they need to hire attorneys and start the process of ending their marriage, but they don’t see the point in soldiering through an expensive, drawn-out, and emotional trial. They want a…

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Nominate Us Best of Denton County

Please Nominate Christman | Daniell Attorneys for Best of Denton County

The annual Best of Denton County awards has begun, and Christman | Daniell Attorneys, would love to earn your nominations. If you haven’t heard of Best of Denton County, it is a yearly award that showcases local businesses that demonstrate outstanding customer service, commitment to our community, professionalism, and old-fashioned hard work with a servant mindset.…

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Sole Proprietorships and LLCs

Sole Proprietorships and LLCs — What’s the Difference?

So you’re thinking about starting a business. Congratulations! You’re on the verge of doing what many people can only dream of. But now what? Those closest to you say to go the easy route and organize as a sole proprietorship. It’s fast; there’s not a lot of paperwork, and the start-up costs are negligible. However,…

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Divorce Mediation

3 Ways to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

You’re getting divorced, and you and your spouse have agreed to mediation. This is great news because the last thing either of you wants is to hire lawyers and battle it out in court. At the same time, you’re worried about adequately preparing for divorce mediation so that all your wants, needs, and desires are…

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Breach of Contract

6 Ways to Avoid Being in Breach of Contract

Just hearing the term “breach of contract” is bound to send shivers up anyone’s spine. This is especially true if you’re accused of violating a binding agreement with someone else. Perhaps you tried your best to do right by a homeowner who hired you to do some landscaping work, but now they insist you fell…

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Social Media Posts Divorce

How Social Media Posts Could Impact a Divorce Case

Have you ever posted something on social media and wished you hadn’t? Sure, you can quickly delete a Facebook or Instagram post and pretend it never existed, but how many people saw that post (text, photo, or video) before it was deleted? What if they grabbed a screenshot and forwarded the post to someone who…

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Executor vs Administrator

Executor vs Administrator — What’s the Difference?

The building blocks of any estate plan start with a last will and testament. By leaving behind a specific list of instructions in a will for your loved ones, you control how everything plays out after you are gone — from who gets what assets and when to who should care for your minor children…

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Decided in a Divorce

5 Key Areas That Need to Be Decided in a Divorce

As much as you’d like your upcoming divorce to move quickly, the reality is that even the most nip and tuck cases won’t be decided in a few days or weeks. They may not even be resolved in five or six months — especially when you factor in Texas’ 60-day waiting period before you can…

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Burial Directives

What Are Burial Directives?

One of the many benefits of a well-crafted estate planning strategy is the ability to account for nearly any need and circumstance you and your family may face. For some clients, that means sharing specific end-of-life wishes they want to be carried out soon after they’re gone — wishes that traditionally aren’t covered by a…

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Benefits of Joint Custody

5 Benefits of Joint Custody

In divorce cases with children stuck in the middle, the Court will always favor your child’s best interest concerning custody and do its best to determine a stable home and each parent’s role and responsibilities moving forward. In a perfect world with fit parents, that could mean having both parents still equally involved in the…

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Prepare for Divorce

5 Ways To Help You Prepare for Divorce

When you’ve never been divorced, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the legal process and your valid emotions. The good news is that you’re not alone. Millions of people divorce every year, and anyone who has gone through it will tell you it’s a stressful time made worse by the fear of the unknown and…

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Adopting a child

What Are the Basic Adoption Requirements in Texas?

Adopting a child into a loving and stable home is an incredible gift that will undoubtedly bring your existing family full circle. With that said, you likely have plenty of questions if you are considering adopting a child and may have wondered what the adoption requirements are in Texas. After all, adoption laws constantly change…

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What Is an Attorney-In-Fact and What Is Their Role?

A Power of Attorney is unique in your overall estate planning strategy because it allows for decisions to be made on your behalf at key points in your life, especially if you were to become incapacitated due to a car accident or illness. To ensure everything is handled appropriately, you need to name someone who…

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Termination of Parental

Termination of Parental Rights — Defined

The focus of any family law case is to preserve and protect the long-term best interests of children and families. And despite what you see on television or read online, most cases do reach a diplomatic conclusion — even in situations where all hope appears lost. With that said, there are disputes where the family…

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Pre-Marital Agreement

7 Benefits of a Pre-Marital Agreement

You’re getting married, and things couldn’t be better between you and your significant other. That is until they approach you about signing a pre-marital agreement. Also known as a prenuptial agreement or “prenup,” this agreement serves as a contract between you and your soon-to-be spouse that sets rules on things like property, assets, and certain…

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Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts — What’s the Difference?

When you decide that adding a trust makes the most sense for your estate planning strategy, one of the next steps is to choose between a revocable or irrevocable trust. It’s understandable for clients to have questions about the differences between revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts. The attorneys at Christman | Daniell Attorneys realize that while…

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Estate Planning Is Only for the Wealthy

Is it True That Estate Planning Is Only for the Wealthy?

When many people hear the word “estate,” they think of an individual or family with more money than they know what to do with. They have visions of the older, high-net-worth businessman or businesswoman with a mansion in Los Angeles, a summer home in Italy, and five sports cars. So naturally, conversations about estate planning…

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What Is Family Law

What Is Family Law?

When faced with a legal issue for the first time, it’s understandable if you don’t immediately know which area of law it falls under. Take family law — many people assume family courts only do divorces. So even if they have a closely-related issue, they may waste precious time chasing resources that won’t help. Or…

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Common-Law Marriage

What Is Common-Law Marriage?

Many people think of marriage in the traditional sense. In other words, they fall in love, there’s a heartfelt proposal, and they get a marriage license. There’s even a beautiful wedding ceremony. But what about couples who’ve been together and lived under the same roof for years? They don’t have a marriage license, nor have…

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Delaying the Divorce Process

4 Reasons Why Your Spouse Is Delaying the Divorce Process

After years of having a marriage on the rocks and never seeing eye to eye, you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce. You have both visited with attorneys, and you’ve even been living apart. So why is your spouse suddenly delaying the divorce process? There are several ways a spouse can delay…

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HIPAA Releases Impact Estate Planning

How Do HIPAA Releases Impact Estate Planning

As we’ve written about before, a living will, also largely referred to in estate planning terms as advanced healthcare directives, allows you to name the person(s) who can make medical decisions should you become incapacitated and can no longer do so for yourself. Think of them as a list of instructions related to life-sustaining or…

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Probate Attorney

What Does a Probate Attorney Do?

Family members having to navigate the probate process after the death of a loved one often worry that they’re on their own with whatever to-do list and responsibilities are involved. This can be overwhelming when you consider 1) they aren’t legal pros, and 2) they’ve heard there aren’t many legal processes more confusing, complicated, drawn-out,…

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Estate Plan Should Be Reviewed After a Divorce

Why Your Estate Plan Should Be Reviewed After a Divorce

It’s a safe bet many people don’t think about having their estate plan reviewed after a divorce. Rather, their minds are fixated on meetings with lawyers, impending custody disputes, concerns over how all the assets will be divided, etc. We get it; there’s a lot to think about when you are in the thick of…

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Divorce Myths

5 Common Divorce Myths

Divorce is a confusing and tumultuous time for you and your family. And when you’ve never gone through it before, it’s easy to believe pretty much everything you hear or see on television. Even the people around you who think they know all the ins and outs rarely do — which inevitably breathes new life…

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Busiest Divorce Month

Is January Really the Busiest Divorce Month?

Sometimes, we see things mentioned on the Internet and wonder if they’re true. Take divorce in the New Year, for example. You may have read from a variety of sources over the years that more divorces happen consistently in January than at any other time of the year. And being that the calendar is flipping…

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New Year Estate Plan

The New Year Is a Great Time to Review Your Estate Plan

A common misconception many people have about estate planning is that it’s a one-time event. In other words, they think there’s nothing more to do once they have their will, trust, and power of attorney in their hands. The reality is that your estate plan and the documents that are included should be updated every…

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Holiday Possession Schedule — A Refresher

The holidays are here, which means many parents who went through a divorce recently undoubtedly have questions about their Standard Possession Schedule and how that might change with Christmas and New Year’s on the horizon.  The quick answer is that it depends on your final order, along with any special agreement you’ve made with the…

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Co-Parenting During the Holidays

6 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

Despite getting divorced eight months ago, you and your former spouse have breezed through what has thus far been an amicable co-parenting relationship. You’ve kept the kids top of mind in every decision, honored the agreed-upon possession schedules, and handled the occasional surprise with grace and flexibility. More importantly, the kids feel loved and are…

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Fund Your Trust

What Does It Mean to Fund Your Trust?

You’ve successfully set up your living trust, and you feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. You feel accomplished because you’ve taken an important step toward letting your wishes be known while at the same time protecting yourself, your assets, and your family’s future. But now, your estate planning attorney…

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Living Will

What Is a Living Will?

Many people who hear “living will” automatically think of their last will and testament and assume they are one and the same. But the reality is that these are two separate and important documents that serve unique purposes, and when it comes to creating an effective estate planning strategy, you should strongly consider having both…

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Estate Planning Benefits

Estate Planning Benefits You Need to Know

Estate planning is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for both you and your loved ones. And yet, so many people delay putting that plan in place. Perhaps it’s because it’s uncomfortable and even a little sad to think about or discuss the day we die. It could also be that…

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Co-Parenting After Divorce

10 Benefits of Co-Parenting After Divorce

Parents are responsible for maintaining a sense of normalcy for their children after a divorce through well-intentioned and amicable co-parenting whenever possible. Granted, this can be easier said than done when navigating what is undoubtedly a turbulent and emotional time for everyone. On top of that, you may not be too thrilled to work with…

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Petitioner or Respondent

Am I the Petitioner or Respondent in My Family Law Case?

Not every party in a family law case has been down this road before. Often, this is their first time standing in a courtroom and making decisions on matters such as divorce, child custody, and asset division. It’s also likely that this is the first time they’ll hear various legal terms, many of which only…

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Misconceptions About Estate Planning

6 Common Misconceptions About Estate Planning

When diving in for the first time, estate planning can be confusing and a little scary. Even families who think they know all the ins and outs of the process rarely do. This is why seeking professional guidance from a qualified attorney is so essential. Not only will they craft legal instruments that honor your…

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Divorce and Annulment

How Are Divorce and Annulment Different?

When most people decide their marriage needs to end, they get a divorce. Both parties are content going through the legal process, however contentious or amicable it may be, and then they go their separate ways once the dust settles. But what about those who don’t believe being legally “divorced” is enough for their unique…

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special needs trust

What Is a Special Needs Trust?

As a parent of a child with special needs, there are many things to think through and plan when considering your child’s long-term care needs. A special needs trust is often one of those important pieces. You’ve likely read our previous blogs on trusts, which was written within the context of your estate planning needs.…

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what is power of attorney

What Is a Power of Attorney?

Your estate plan should be carefully crafted so that all your needs are taken care of, and your family is protected should anything ever happen to you. More often than not, this means going beyond writing a will to include important legal instruments such as revocable trusts, healthcare directives, and the all-important Power of Attorney.…

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divorce papers

What to do When You’ve Been Served

Not every divorce case involves couples who mutually agree to end their marriage. Often, one party is aware of problems in the relationship but is caught off guard when they are suddenly served with a divorce petition. Having those papers in your hand can be emotionally overwhelming, and often, you aren’t quite sure what to…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Not every legal dispute has to end up in court. Everyone wants to achieve the best result possible for their situation, but not everyone wants a contentious, drawn-out trial. This is what alternative dispute resolution is for. Despite the drama you might see unfold on television, many civil disputes — divorce, child custody, child support,…

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what is probate

What Is Probate?

When you’re struggling with the death of a loved one, it can be challenging trying to turn your attention to something like probate. Not only are you not prepared to discuss it, but many clients want to avoid the process entirely because they’ve heard it can be confusing, complicated, drawn-out, and emotionally draining for everyone…

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Who Can Be a Beneficiary

Who Can Be a Beneficiary?

Naming a beneficiary is one of the more important steps in anyone’s estate planning strategy. After all, you want your assets and other belongings to end up in the right hands after you die — whether that be money, cars, your home, or a priceless family heirloom like jewelry or an antique grandfather clock. But…

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Temporary Child Custody Order

What Is a Temporary Child Custody Order?

Divorcing parents have a lot of questions when it comes to child custody. After all, getting a divorce doesn’t change the fact that you love your kids and want what’s best for them, and the thought of what happens next can be scary. The Court also wants what is in your child’s best interest and…

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How Long Does a Divorce Take

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

If you and your spouse have decided it’s time to end your marriage, it’s not uncommon for one or both of you to wonder how long a divorce takes. It’s a question we hear a lot. Though we have to admit that it is not an easy question to answer. The fact of the matter…

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Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

What Is the Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Maintenance?

When it comes to the often confusing financial issues that arise both during and after a divorce, it is only natural to want to know ahead of time who is entitled to certain payments and what that money represents. For example, Texas allows for child support and spousal maintenance — but many individuals and families…

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What Is Child Support

What Is Child Support?

If your upcoming divorce involves children, determining which spouse pays child support and the amount of those payments will be a big piece of the proceedings. But what is child support, exactly? And how is it calculated? Child support typically involves regular payments made by one parent to the other parent, for the benefit of…

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do i need a trust

Do I Need a Trust?

A Last Will and Testament is typically seen as the first step in an estate planning strategy. It is meant to express your final wishes, whatever they might be, and the amount of control you have can be pretty extraordinary. But rarely are they the best and final option for every individual and family. More…

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Grounds for Divorce

Do I Need Grounds for Divorce?

Many couples considering divorce might think a judge will automatically grant it when the time comes with no reasons required and no questions asked. While true in a manner of speaking — you may divorce your spouse without explanation — you do need to provide at least one reason or “grounds” for divorce on your…

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Property Division

How Does Property Division Work in a Texas Divorce?

If you’ve been married for any length of time, you and your spouse have likely acquired a lot of “stuff.” For example, there could be large property and assets like homes, cars, land, and even a joint business venture. And then there’s everything else — furniture, collectibles, shared bank accounts, investments, airline miles, etc. It…

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Difference Between a Will and a Trust

What Is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

So many families admit they’ve put off talking about their estate planning for far too long. They are eager to finally set up that long-overdue will, but they’ve also heard about trusts and how they play a critical role in protecting their assets, loved ones, and legacy. So which one is right for them? Is…

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if I Don’t Have a Will

What Happens if I Don’t Have a Will?

You have likely heard and read about the benefits of having a Last Will and Testament in place sooner rather than later. Having a will is easily one of the more important decisions you will ever make for both you and your loved ones. Yet, so many people continue to delay the conversation or underestimate…

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Extended Summer Possession Schedule

Extended Summer Possession Schedule — Defined

Summertime usually means days full of sunshine, vacations, pool parties and no school. But what does this mean for co-parenting families? It depends upon your final order, but in Texas, this often means that one parent has a standard possession schedule and will exercise summer possession per the schedule that is outlined in the Texas…

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What Is a Will

What Is a Will?

It would be easy to assume that everyone has heard of a Last Will and Testament. But the reality is that many individuals and families either do not know what a will is or underestimate the importance of having one in place before they die. A will is a legal document that spells out all…

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What Is Mediation

What Is Mediation?

Many clients we work with who are considering a divorce cringe at the thought of going through a nasty, contentious process where both parties hire lawyers and battle it out in court. They would rather communicate openly, settle various matters like child custody and property division amicably, and go their separate ways. Thankfully, mediation can…

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Collaborative Divorce

Is Collaborative Divorce Possible?

When many of us think of divorce, our minds turn to the sensationalized courtroom dramas depicted in movies as examples of how things will likely play out. We may have even heard first-hand accounts from people we know who bickered with their spouses over every little detail. Granted, someone eventually got what they wanted, but…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Economic Injury Disaster Loan vs Paycheck Protection Program

Christman | Daniell Attorneys handles a wide variety of complex business issues for corporate clients and small business owners across the country. Protecting our clients’ rights while preserving their valuable resources and time is one of our highest priorities. Our team is here to help business owners navigate the ever-changing legal landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Many of you have been keeping up with the ever-changing legal landscape as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across America and the world. Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a recent passed federal law, may affect you, whether you are an employer of less than 500 employees or an employee. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA…

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Faithful to the Course

Did you know that Drew Christman, managing partner of Christman | Daniell Attorneys aspired to be an attorney since second grade? Check out this article to learn more about his’ passion behind practicing law & how how he has been faithful to the course. Faithful to the Course/ Argyle Living Magazine

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Partnerships and LLCs

What is the Difference from a Business Partnership, Corporation and LLC?

So you’re thinking about buying or starting a business and forming a partnership or LLC. Congratulations! You are on the verge of starting something that most people can only dream of. You want to make sure your dreams don’t turn into a financial headache and expose your personal assets. But how? You can protect your…

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