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Are you getting what you pay for with a cheap divorce in Texas? Fort Worth uncontested divorce lawyer discusses

There are a lot of lawyers and non-lawyers offering services with uncontested divorces in Tarrant County and Dallas County. Many of these entities offering low cost uncontested divorces offer prices far below what most divorce attorneys charge. Not all uncontested divorce services in north Texas may provide the right services, even if they offer the right prices. You may be able to get away with using a low cost option; although down the road you may regret the decision when you find out low cost also came with low value. In other situations low cost uncontested divorce services turned into...

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Shared Interest vs. Separate Interest in a Texas QDRO

One issue dividing retirement accounts in a Texas divorce is whether the division is on shared interest or separate interest. This issue is technical and can be a confusing aspect of dividing retirement plans in a divorce. Often this issue arises when the parties are determining the final language of the divorce decree and the qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) that will go to the retirement plan administrator to execute the retirement plan division based on the property division in the divorce decree. This issue can create problems in a Fort Worth divorce. If you have retirement plans among the...

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The Kielich Law Firm Podcast Episode #2: Uncontested Divorce in Texas

So this is episode two of my podcast. I didn't realize until posting episode #1 that it sounds robotic. (I left the warp function active in Ableton, if that means anything to you.) This episode is the first to discuss a legal topic and I chose uncontested divorces in Bedford for this episode. I've written about uncontested divorces multiple times on this blog and it is a service I am happy to provide to many clients to help them achieve a low cost divorce in Texas. In this episode I discuss what an uncontested divorce is, the process to obtain an uncontested...

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The importance of a well constructed 50/50 custody arrangement in a divorce in Texas

Many people exit a divorce with children with the desire to balance the custody relationship so the parents split time with the children in a 50/50 custody arrangement. I have written several times about the risks involved in 50/50 child custody arrangements. As great as they are when they work, they are terrible for everybody when they go wrong. The risks are so great that many Texas family judges are hesitant to approve 50/50 custody in a divorce. The reason for the refusal is that the judge believes the standard possession order (the typical 1-3-5 weekend schedule) is a good default...

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What is the difference between alimony, spousal maintenance and spousal support in Texas?

There is no guarantee of alimony or spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce. Texas, like many states, changed its family relations laws (our Texas Family Code) in recent decades to curb the power of family court judges in Fort Worth, Bedford, Dallas, and around other part of Texas, to grant any type of spousal support following a Texas divorce. Along with changes to the Texas Family Code, the legislature adopted specific terms to refer to types of spousal support. Outside of divorce lawyers and family courts, these terms are often used interchangeably. As a result there is confusion about what...

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The Kielich Law Firm Podcast for Texas law and lawyers

In addition to my frequent law blog postings about employment law, family law and wrongful termination litigation on this site I decided to branch out with my free legal content into the world of podcasting. I am not convinced the podcast is a better delivery method for legal analysis and discussion; but for now it's something that I plan on exploring and see where it takes me. My intention is to use the podcast to discuss the same legal topics but in a more fluid way. Some people are not great visual learners so for those auditory learners out there it's a nice...

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Halloween in the workplace? Keep yourself out of trouble. Dallas sexual harassment lawyer

It's that time of year where employers throw Halloween parties and accept employees wearing Halloween costumes in the workplace. Halloween is a fun way to play dress up and pretend; but it's also a really good way to create lasting problems in the workplace. Attorney Robin Shea writes about Halloween-related employment problems from the employer's perspective in her excellent Employment & Labor Insider blog. I thought it might be a good idea to write on the same subject from the employee's perspective. The obvious issue for Halloween is the costume selection of employees who choose to wear costumes and that will...

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Creative Custody and Possession Schedules in a Fort Worth Divorce

A few months ago I wrote a post about problems with 50/50 custody arrangements. Generally, the problems I discussed are relevant to any kind of custom or creative custody arrangement deviating from the standard possession order or extended standard possession order schedule found in the Texas Family Code. 50/50 custody arrangements are not the only type of non-standard custody arrangements in a Texas divorce. You can create almost any kind of custody arrangement that you like. Some custody arrangements are extremely unusual but work for the family. Your unique schedule may do as little as tweak the times in the standard possession...

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When uncontested divorce in Texas goes wrong. Really wrong–Fort Worth uncontested divorce lawyers

I have written numerous times about uncontested divorce in Texas and uncontested divorce services I offer from my Bedford office. It is possible to obtain an uncontested divorce without an attorney if there is no significant property and no children. When the spouses have complex child custody issues or there is significant property it is rarely a good idea to use your divorce to start learning legal drafting. The more complex the issues, the greater the risk that your divorce decree will result in future problems. I believe people are better off obtaining legal advice for a divorce; but simple divorces often work without attorneys....

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Can you be fired for playing fantasy football at work in Texas? Fort Worth employment lawyer explains

You may remember a few years ago there was a big kerfuffle about a Fidelity Investments employee in the North Texas who was fired for allegedly discussing fantasy football at work under an anti-gambling policy. Arguments were had whether fantasy football is gambling and whether it was fair that the employee was fired. It went nationwide and the employee received a lot of positive press in the sports media. Eventually he found employment elsewhere in the financial services industry. Employers continue to find themselves at odds with employees who play fantasy football at work and fantasy football seems to hold growing...

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