You would think that grandparents have an automatic right to see their grandchildren if the parents get divorced even if one or both parents object to that visitation, but that is not the way it is. In 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held that the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment “protects the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, … [Read more...] about Grandparents Rights in Texas
Many people file for divorce, or receive their partner’s petition for divorce, and are totally unprepared. If they can plan ahead, it will make the divorce process easier and may level the playing field between the parties if the divorce becomes contentious. Get All Your Paperwork in Order You need to be sure you locate all the following and make copies … [Read more...] about Considering a Divorce: What Do I Need to Think About?
The holidays are often stressful for those going through a divorce, particularly if the divorce is still in progress or it is the first holiday season after the divorce. When children are involved, parents may dread the upcoming season as we face Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays. Parents need to focus on what is best for their … [Read more...] about Divorce and the Holidays
When spouses begin the divorce process, they are under the stress of a relationship that no longer works but often they are afraid about what the future will hold when they become single. They know they have important decisions to make but may not know how the court system works. They usually have a lot of questions. Major Questions that Cause Fear during the Divorce … [Read more...] about Fear in Divorce
Many divorcing parents believe that after a divorce, they will never have to speak to their spouse again. On the contrary, when children are involved in a divorce, communication is essential to successful co-parenting which can help ease the process for the children during and after the divorce. At the Whittemore Law Firm, we believe a solid parenting plan featuring co-parenting can help … [Read more...] about What is Co-Parenting?
Child support is money one parent pays to the other parent to help pay for costs involved in raising the children. These costs include money for basic needs such as food, housing, clothes, and medical care. It also includes payments for school supplies and extracurricular activities. For younger children, it includes the cost of day care. The party who pays child support is … [Read more...] about What is Child Support?
One of the major tasks divorcing couples face is how to divide their assets and debts. Under Texas law, all property accumulated during the marriage is presumed to be community property which is owned equally by both parties. The same principle applies to accumulated debt. The first step a divorcing person needs to take is to make an inventory of all their assets and debts. The … [Read more...] about Divorce: How Do Assets and Debts Get Divided?
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Texas’s Family Law Attorney Nancy Whittemore as 2019 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are … [Read more...] about Nancy Whittemore Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2019 AIOFLA’s 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction
For many people, filing for a divorce is not easy. They weigh their options and consider many factors. The big question they ask themselves is, “Should I stay or should I go?” If you are asking yourself this, there are two main topics that will need to be determined should you file for divorce: 1) The children; and 2) The money. What About the Children? Many spouses argue about … [Read more...] about Should I Stay or Should I Go
At Whittemore Law Firm, we help our clients understand every step of the divorce process. We work to resolve their issues in the least acrimonious way possible, particularly when children are involved. The Petitioner and the Respondent The process begins when one party, known as the petitioner, files a petition with the court requesting a divorce. The petition states the grounds … [Read more...] about How Does the Divorce Process Work?