5 Things to Consider When Blending Families

Are you getting ready to move in with or get married to your significant other? If so, that is a big decision! If you each have children from a previous marriage, it is going to be even more impactful to everyone involved. Blended families are becoming much more common, which means there are some proven tips and tricks that you can use to avoid as many difficulties as possible. Form an Intentional Plan This is Read More

5 Steps to Take After Getting Served Divorce Papers

Getting served with divorce papers is sometimes a welcomed event that you have been planning for, other times a devastating surprise. No matter your situation, it is important that you take the right steps after getting served in order to ensure your rights are protected and the divorce process will go as smoothly as possible. Contact an Attorney If you have not already, the first thing you want to do is talk Read More

What Does Common Law Marriage Mean in Texas?

Almost all couples are aware of marriage, the legal process of entering a civil union between two people, sometimes accompanied with a religious ceremony. For some couples it is a benchmark to work towards, for some it is a grim spectre hanging over the future, and for some it is just simply a thing that other couples with more time can afford to do. Some couples belonging to that latter camp may be eligible for a Read More

Benefits of Establishing Paternity in Texas

The relaxing of social norms that has been occurring the past few decades has made it somewhat more common for unmarried parents to raise children together with no major issues, disputes, or conflicts. As long as things are amicable, it might not seem necessary to legally establish paternity. However, as this blog will lay out, there are numerous benefits to establishing paternity of a child—even if the parents have Read More

An Overview of Protective Orders

Domestic violence, no matter which form it takes or how it manifests itself, is an extremely serious issue. Many times, the initiation of a divorce can make the tempers of abusive individuals to flare, causing them to lash out against their spouses or children. If you are in this situation, your first action should be to get you and your children to safety. This might mean calling the police, or the local domestic Read More

Revisiting Your Estate Plan After Divorce

If you are in the middle of a divorce or have just gotten out the other side, you know how profoundly it affects every part of your life. At Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, we have handled many family law cases, so we understand the emotions you are experiencing due to this major life event. At some point, when the dust begins to settle, you need to take another look at your estate plan.  It is frustrating to Read More

Family Law and COVID19

You may be wondering how the COVID19 Pandemic, Shelter in Place Orders, and Emergency Declarations closing schools affect your periods of possession with your children. In Texas, the Texas Supreme Court has issued an order addressing these concerns. You can read the order here. The Texas Supreme Court has directed parties to follow the school schedule as published prior to the pandemic. For example, possession Read More

Start Today! 4 Reasons Everyone Needs an Estate Plan

Contrary to popular belief, the people who actually don’t need an estate plan are very few and far between. The truth is that if you want any control over who takes care of you or your children in the event of your incapacity or death, or if you want any control over who gets your things when you die, you need an estate plan. Still not convinced? We have compiled four reasons why the average Texan would benefit from Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Your Name in Texas

You’ve heard the importance of “moving on” after your divorce so you can look forward to the positive parts of life that your future has in store for you. One important aspect of moving on may be having your name changed. You can ask for a name change in the divorce petition or response, and the order for the name change can then be included in the final Decree without any additional requirements. However, more Read More

Dealing With an Uncooperative Spouse? 4 Ways Texas Can Enforce a Court Order

In a perfect world, divorcing or divorced parents would fulfill their obligations to each other, realizing that disobeying court orders and trying to punish each other for the break up are fruitless endeavors. However, in the real world, disgruntled spouses and ex-spouses are everywhere. Whether they’re dodging your efforts to collect financial information or lagging behind on child support, there are several ways Read More