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What is the Montgomery County Standing Order Regarding Children?

The Montgomery County District Court and County Courts at Law issues a standing order for all divorce lawsuits and family law cases.  As a matter of law, parties and lawyers must obey the standing order even if they did not ask for the order or are unaware of it.  It is assumed as a matter Read More

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Planning Your Divorce

Emotions build, and many people tell their spouses in the heat of the moment that they want a divorce.  Afterward they seek legal counsel to gain a more rational view of their situation.  However, whenever possible, the best time to consult a Texas divorce lawyer is when a spouse first starts considering divorce.  Divorce is Read More

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Decisions About the Family Home During Divorce

The family home is many people’s largest asset.  Deciding whether to sell the house and divide the proceeds, or keep it and have the primary residential custodian live in the house with the children are often the main considerations.  No one answer fits every situation. Various factors come into play when deciding about family homes: Read More

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Conduct that Courts Regard as Unacceptable During Divorce

Short of studying individual case rulings or relying on a divorce lawyer’s extensive experience, where a court draws the line on unacceptable behavior in divorce cases seems rather subjective.  Most people have common sense about actions that may be unacceptable.  However, when addressing sensitive issues in divorce, people’s emotions get the best of them. The Read More

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When Can a Support or Maintenance Obligation be Modified?

A child support obligation usually continues until the child in question reaches the age of majority—18 in Texas.  A maintenance obligation continues for the duration of the court order—up to ten years for marriages of 30 years or more.  For maintenance obligations, the paying spouse may petition a court to terminate the obligation once the Read More

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No-fault Divorce in Texas

There are many grounds for divorce under the Texas Family Code.  These include adultery, imprisonment, cruelty, abandonment, and living separate and apart.  All of these are fault grounds, which the party seeking the divorce must offer evidence to prove before a court can issue a divorce decree.  This can complicate the process, especially if the Read More

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The Best Interests of the Child

In Texas and most other states, the best interests of the child is the deciding standard in child custody, visitation, and support matters as well as placement of children in the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services.  But the words themselves provide little insight into their practical application. In fact, this standard Read More

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Paternity Tests: When Do You Need One?

Like many states, Texas has adopted the Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) to govern jurisdiction and procedures in paternity and child support suits.  Under the UPA, a court may order genetic testing upon the request of a party in a paternity suit.  Genetic testing, however, may not always be necessary to establish paternity. The UPA provides Read More

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What Can We Do For You?

Family law disputes are emotionally charged and deeply subjective.  These can include divorce, property division, alimony, support, child custody, and visitation.  Parents and couples have many options when dealing with these issues, but they can only take advantage of these options if they are well informed.  An experienced Texas family law attorney can provide valuable Read More

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When Can a Child Custody Arrangement be Modified?

In most family law disputes relating to children, courts in Texas place primary importance on the well-being of the child involved.  In making its initial child custody determination, a Texas court constructs a child custody and visitation plan that appears to be in the best interests of the child.  In order to establish stability and Read More

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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