Abandonment as a fault ground in Texas divorce

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 7:28 pm    

There are several reasons that a divorce in Texas law can be considered under a fault ground, though such a process can be unappealing if there is a waiting period. One of them is abandonment.

To begin, a court will not consider abandonment as such a reason if your spouse has not been gone for a year with the intent to leave, which you must prove. Many people, especially in the cases that the spouse’s money supplemented their own income, this can feel like an extraordinarily long time. Many of these people have children that they cannot support without their spouse and, in such cases, a suit can be filed for an affected Parent-Child relationship, granting custody and support.

In the case that marital misconduct occurred, which judges will not always grant, the normal equal division of property may be adjusted. In a case that involves abandonment, the abandoning spouse is not allowed to ask for support, while the filing spouse does have that option if they had been married for 10 years. Often, this support will last for less than three years and will not exceed a fifth of the spouse’s income.

Divorces tend to be messy and confusing and it’s always a good idea to hire an attorney to represent your needs and wants in the face of your dissolving marriage. Contact one of our attorneys at BB Law Group PLLC by calling (832) 534-2589 today.


The Steps of Filing Divorce in Texas

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 7:33 pm    

If a couple is considering filing for a divorce in Texas, the residency requirement of at least six months in-state and 90 days in-county must be satisfied by at least one spouse. Texas is one of the states that can be described as “mixed” in terms of divorce—both fault-based and no-fault divorces are allowed. Generally, fault-based divorces tend to be the less common of the two and are used in cases of domestic violence, infidelity, conviction of a felony, among others.

In Preparation: Though Texas boasts a universal form available to all counties, some places will generally prefer their own forms. You can contact the courts in those counties to find out which. In all cases, however, the forms used are an Original Petition for Divorce (includes Summons), Citation (or waiver), Notice of Service of Process, and Decree of Divorce.

For Filing: After the forms are completely filled out, you can file them at your specific county. In conjunction with this, a temporary restraining order can be requested from the court, preventing either spouse from undercutting the other in regards to finances and assets.

In Serving: Serving the documents to your spouse, also known as Service of Process, is required by the state of Texas. You can do this by a number of means, including via waiver, a sheriff or constable service, process server, or service by publication.

Divorce can be a messy and extensive process, which is why many people choose to have some sort of representation when going through the dissolution of a marriage. Contact one of our divorce attorneys at BB Law Group PLLC by calling (832) 534-2589 and we’d be happy to discuss your options in regards to your divorce.


Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain divorcing his wife

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 10:08 pm    

Although news of a celebrity split is not new or surprising, it’s always sad to see a once-happy couple untie the knot. Traveling celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is separating amicably after nine years of marriage to his most recent partner, MMA fighter Ottavia Busia.

The couple had been separated for some time now due to their non-traditional marriage, brought about by Bourdain’s strict schedule. Busia claims that they are both very happy with the decision and there are no bad feelings between the two. The 60-year-old chef, on the other hand, has yet to make a statement. He has said in the past that the demands of his job, which involve traveling 250 days out of the year, have led to a “dysfunctional” family life.

When he is home, most of his attention goes to their nine-year-old daughter, Ariane, and Busia has claimed to understand and respect these decisions.

If you or someone you know is considering divorce or needs assistance with any other issue relating to family law, the divorce lawyers at the BB Law Group PLLC are ready to help you better understand your legal options. Do not hesitate to contact us today at (832) 534-2589.


How to have a less toxic divorce

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 10:35 pm    

Divorce is always going to be hard, especially for those who don’t have a clue what they should do to protect their rights. However, there are some essential steps to make the process less devastating.

  • First, hire a good legal counsel, i.e. an expert on family law and divorce.
  • Be smart about financial matters. Make copies of necessary financial documents and create a separate bank account with savings in it if all finances are shared.
  • Find support during and after the divorce, such as friends, fellow church members, or divorce support groups.
  • “Conscious uncoupling,” which can also be described as “sensible” or “constructive” divorce can help couples to split up in ways that heal pain and diminish bitterness.
  • Finally, rebuild your life by letting go of negative emotions.

If you or someone you know is considering divorce or needs assistance with any other issue relating to family law, the legal team at the BB Law Group PLLC is ready to help you. Do not hesitate to contact us today at (832) 534-2589 to discuss your situation.


Billionaire Cohen’s former spouse may appeal divorce settlement lawsuit

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 8:39 pm    

The former spouse of American hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, according to a legal counsel, may appeal her case after a Manhattan federal court judge noted that her evidence in accusing Steven of fraud was insufficient, a May 19 report from CNBC said.

Patricia, in a 2009 lawsuit, is pursuing to receive 50 percent of $5.5 million worth of assets from Steven, 59, after their divorce in 1990. However, Chief Judge Loretta Preska stated her legal team failed to support her allegations of fraud due to a lack of evidence. The judge also stated Patricia filed the lawsuit too late as she had suspected Steven of concealing assets from her in 1991 and in 2006. Patricia’s legal counsel told reports that his client may choose to appeal the case, arguing that a jury might side with Patricia after reviewing the evidence.

The process of a divorce can be a difficult one, but it can become even more complicated if you suspect your spouse of fraud. If you are considering fighting against your divorce settlement, working with a skilled legal team can be a strong asset when seeking to strengthen your claim. Please contact our legal team of the BB Law Group PLLC in The Woodlands today by calling (832) 534-2589 to speak to an experienced lawyer about your case.


Adriana Lima now divorced from Marko Jaric

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 9:43 pm    

According to the news reports by the Business Standard and the Huffington Post, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, 35, is now officially divorced from her former husband, Serbian NBA player Marko Jaric. The two announced their official separation back in May 2014 and have now been granted a divorce. They tied the knot on Valentine’s Day in 2009 and have two daughters together, who are now ages 6 and 3. Lima and Jaric were married for five years before they decided to separate.

The terms of the settlement, which was filed at the Supreme Court in Manhattan, remained confidential. However, there are speculations that Lima has been granted primary custody of the now ex-couple’s children – Valentina and Sienna. Her legal representation refused to make a statement after being asked to comment on the matter.

Divorce is a difficult time for families, especially when children are in the picture. In The Woodlands, our compassionate legal team at BB Law Group PLLC, understands how draining the divorce process can be on individuals. If you are going through a separation and are considering divorce, please consider reaching out to our lawyers at (832) 534-2589.


Katharine McPhee officially divorced from Nick Cokas

Posted on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at 4:39 pm    

A report by the New York Daily News revealed that actress-singer Katharine McPhee has officially been divorced from Nick Cokas as of February 8. The two were married in 2008. The 31-year-old Americal Idol runner-up filed for divorce in 2014, and her filed documents stated that the two had actually separated in 2013.

Their assets have already been divided. Cokas will keep their 2013 Jeep Wrangler, while McPhee is keeping the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SUV. Aside from a payment of just under $103,000 McPhee will owe her ex in the coming days, Cokas has also been granted spousal support. He is set to receive $400,000 from McPhee annually. Half of McPhee’s earnings from her deal with Columbia/Epic Records and songs she wrote during their marriage will be awarded to Cokas. McPhee will get to keep all her earnings from shows and tours that took place after her separation.

If you are in the middle of a marital crisis and are considering a divorce in The Woodlands, please consult with our lawyers at BB Law Group PLLC. Call our office now at (832) 534-2589 to begin exploring your legal options.


Jeremy Renner finalizes divorce

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 6:12 pm    

Famous Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner finalized his divorce on December 28. The actor was married for 10 months to 23-year-old model Sonni Pacheco before she filed for divorce back in December 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. The 44-year-old actor and Pacheco have a 2-year-old daughter named Ava.

According to the reports by People, Renner has been ordered to make monthly payments of $13,000 for child support. Additionally, five percent of the excess in his annual income will be provided for his daughter. Pacheco will not be receiving spousal support due to the prenuptial agreement that was signed in 2013. Renner will retain almost all of his properties, including his motorcycle collection.

According to some sources, Renner accused Pacheco of failing to adequately care for their daughter, claiming she would often choose to attend parties and consume alcohol instead of taking care of Ava.

The two were embroiled in a controversial custody battle before the announcement of the finalized divorce.

If you are considering a divorce in The Woodlands, you may want to consult with our compassionate divorce attorneys at BB Law Group PLLC to discuss your legal options as you move forward. Call our office at (832) 534-2589 today.


Country music singer Reba McEntire is now divorced

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 4:10 pm    

On December 19, People announced on its website that 60-year-old country music singer and actress Reba McEntire is finally divorced from Narvel Blackstock, 59. The couple tied the knot in 1989 and were married for 26 years before separating. Blackstock also served as McEntire’s manager in that time. Together, they have a 25-year-old son, Shelby Blackstock.

Recently, McEntire took to her Facebook account and announced that her divorce had actually been finalized back in October. The news of their impending separation was initially released in August. A joint statement released by McEntire and Blackstock’s representative stated that the now ex-couple will continue working with each other after 35 years in the business together.

It is always a difficult time for families when spouses make the decision to pursue a divorce. At the BB Law Group PLLC, our legal team has provided compassionate and effective representation to clients dealing with family law issues just like yours. To speak to a representative about how we can serve you, call our office in The Woodlands today at (832) 534-2589.


Fleetwood Mac drummer’s divorce finalized

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at 2:36 pm    

After nearly two decades of marriage, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood and his now ex-wife Lynn Frankel are divorced. The case was finalized by a judge on November 20, nearly two years after Fleetwood filed an initial petition for legal separation back in 2013, according to court documents. Fleetwood originally cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation.

The two tied the knot in 1995, and have two children together, Ruby and Tessa, who are twins.

Although it was confirmed that the arrangements for child and spousal support have already been settled, not many details were disclosed regarding the division of the ex-couple’s assets and the custody of their children.

Going through a divorce is a very trying situation for all involved. If you are considering a divorce or in the process of separating from your spouse, contact the BB Law Group PLLC to speak to our divorce and family law attorneys. We may be able to offer you valuable advice as you work through this difficult time. Call us today at (832) 534-2589.