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The decisions you make leading up to and during a divorce will not only affect you, but members of your family- especially your children. As obvious as that statement is, it is extremely difficult to make objective decisions while going through an emotional event like divorce. This is one of the most important reasons to contact a compassionate family law specialist like Mark L. Scroggins....

Spousal Maintenance in Texas Divorce The Texas family code defines “maintenance” as an award in a suit for dissolution of marriage of periodic payments from one spouse for the support of the other spouse. When the spouse seeking maintenance is first determined eligible to receive maintenance, the court next reviews a set of factors in determining the nature, amount, duration and manner of payments. Maintenance should not be...

Pro Se Perils when Parties Insist on Self-Representation in Their Case The case against self-representation relies on the idea that one’s own judgment can be compromised by their emotion and investment in the underlying issue. Parties in divorce and family law actions should not represent themselves in the case without a lawyer, which is referred to as being a “pro se” party. “Pro se” is a Latin...

Enjoy family law tips in our annual Divorce and Christmas Podcast It’s the week before Christmas and this is the Scroggins Law Group family law podcast with Mark Scroggins. Mark is the principal and founding attorney at Scroggins Law Group. He is Board-Certified in Family Law and today he shares his insight on navigating the holidays. [audio mp3="https://www.scrogginslawgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Divorce-and-Christmas-Podcast-2018.mp3"][/audio] Preparing for Christmas and New Years in a troubled marriage requires...

If you are planning to file for divorce or have recently started a divorce suit, your divorce strategy estate planning lists cover periods before, during and after divorce. Why do so many of us wait until we are taking an overseas family vacation to update our estate planning documents? Statistically we are all at greater risk of injuries and death within a few miles of home...

With so many events and activities in North Texas it is easy to spend some quality Christmas time with children. Especially after divorce the one on one time spent among children and their biological parents is important. When families blend and there are step parents and siblings, new traditions are a great way to grow as a family. During the Christmas season in Dallas–Fort Worth there...

Foreign Travel Restrictions During Divorce to Prevent Abduction During and after divorce parents often fear the other may attempt taking the child out of the country and remaining abroad to prevent visitation. While this form of abduction does not happen frequently, there are plenty of television movies portraying the story of a parent fighting to get their child back from a foreign country. Increasingly there are international...

Divorce and Depression Counseling and Prevention Divorce and depression sometimes go hand in hand. It is not the divorce itself that causes depression, but it can be a significant factor when there are other life changes going on. The end of a long-term marriage can cause a broken heart. One of the saddest things is that in many cases the divorce really isn’t anyone’s fault. People simply...

Top Five Ways Financial Problems Lead to Divorce Money might not buy happiness, but it can reduce anxiety and there are several ways that financial problems lead to divorce. When young couples marry, they plan for the future of financial gain. As middle-aged and older couples decide to walk down the aisle, they may be concerned about preserving accumulated wealth. Money is a common factor in divorce,...

People Who Get Divorced Still Get Married Again, With More Wisdom Almost like clockwork, several men and women who married right out of high school end up filing for a divorce from the wrong person, and they wan to get married again and do things right. Marriages, divorces and the birth of new children seem to happen to people in waves and as their peers take big...