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What is Marital Misconduct and How Can it Impact a Texas Divorce?

 Posted on May 09, 2024 in Divorce

Hurst, TX divorce lawyerTexas is a no-fault divorce state. This means that a couple who wants to get divorced does not need to provide grounds for why the spouses want to end the marriage.

That does not mean, however, that a party cannot be blamed for the divorce. If a spouse can prove in court that the marriage broke down because of the other spouse’s marital misconduct, or actionable misbehavior, it can affect how the judge rules on certain issues such as:

  • Alimony

  • Child support

  • Division of assets

If you feel your spouse is guilty of marital misconduct, contact a qualified Texas divorce attorney who can assess if and how this can be used to your advantage in court.

What Is Marital Misconduct?

Marital misconduct means that a spouse behaves in a way that endangers the marriage and/or the spouse. It is behavior that is contrary to the basic obligations and expectations in a marriage.

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How Do I Pursue a Contested Adoption in Texas?

 Posted on April 19, 2024 in Family Law

Hurst, TX contested adoption lawyerIf someone wants to adopt a child but is challenged by either of the child’s parents, it is called a “contested adoption.” Contested adoptions can be difficult to fight in court. This is because, in addition to filing for adoption, you also need to convince a court to terminate the parental rights of the child’s parent.

Adoption is often contested when:

  • The birth mother puts the child up for adoption without the father’s consent.

  • The father only finds out about the child when he or she is put up for adoption.

  • The parent putting the child up for adoption changes his or her mind.

  • A parent is an unfit parent but still loves the child and wants to care for the child.

  • The child is being used as a tool of control over the child’s other parent.

If you are facing a contested adoption in Texas, the best course of action is to contact a skilled adoption attorney who can guide you through the legal process.

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What Are My Responsibilities as a Guardian in Texas?

 Posted on April 09, 2024 in Family Law

Hurst, TX guardianship lawyerWhen people are incapable of caring for themselves, Texas law allows them to be placed under the care of a guardian who is responsible for protecting them and their interests. A court may, for example, appoint a guardian for:

  • Someone who is incapacitated due to old age

  • A person with a severe physical or mental disability

  • A minor whose parents are dead, or unfit or unwilling to provide care

In many cases, a court will require evidence that shows the person, or ”ward,” is incapable of caring for himself or herself. In the case of a minor, the child’s age alone may be enough for a judge to place him or her under a guardianship. 

Once appointed, the guardian is granted either limited authority or full authority over the ward, both of which carry legal responsibilities that should be discussed with an experienced family lawyer.

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What is Actionable Misbehavior in a Divorce in Texas?

 Posted on March 26, 2024 in Divorce

Hurst, TX divorce lawyerMarriage is a sacred bond between two people, but sometimes, misbehavior within the marriage can lead to legal consequences. In Texas, certain actions or behaviors by a spouse may be considered actionable misbehavior, giving rise to legal remedies such as divorce. Understanding what constitutes actionable misbehavior in Texas is important for those wondering whether certain types of behavior will affect the outcome of a divorce. Discuss with a trained attorney to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities as you move through the process of ending your marriage.

At Daniel R. Bacalis, P.C., Attorney Bacalis has a proven track record of successfully guiding clients through all types of divorce cases, whether complex or straightforward. As a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, clients can trust that when they hire Attorney Bacalis, they will receive the most client-oriented legal representation available from a highly skilled attorney.

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The Power of Hiring a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist in Texas

 Posted on March 11, 2024 in Family Law

Tarrant County, TX board certified family lawyerWhen it comes to navigating the intricate and emotionally charged landscape of family law in Texas, having a skilled and experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Whether it be for a Texas divorce or another matter, hiring a family law attorney who is board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, such as Daniel R. Bacalis, P.C., can give clients a significant edge during legal proceedings. Board certification signifies a lawyer's knowledge and skill in family law, providing clients with confidence and assurance in their legal representation.

Enhanced Knowledge of the Family Law Process in Texas

Board certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requires attorneys to undergo a rigorous evaluation process, including peer review, continuing legal education, and a comprehensive examination focused on family law. This process ensures that board-certified family law attorneys deeply understand the complexities and nuances of family law matters, giving them a unique advantage when representing clients in court. Their specialized knowledge allows them to navigate family law's complexities precisely. 

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How Alimony is Awarded in Texas

 Posted on February 28, 2024 in Divorce

Hurst, TX alimony lawyerAlimony, or “spousal maintenance,” is less commonly awarded in the state of Texas now than it has been in previous decades. Texas offers only two types of spousal maintenance – court-ordered and contractual – both of which can be difficult to have approved by a judge if the paying spouse does not agree. It is important to understand both types of spousal maintenance, the factors that go into determining it, and how payments are calculated. An experienced attorney can go over the finer details of spousal maintenance and what you can expect during divorce proceedings.

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is the court-ordered version of Texas alimony. A judge must consider many factors before determining whether or not it is appropriate after a divorce. Some of the factors a judge may consider include:

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How To Establish Paternity in Texas

 Posted on February 07, 2024 in Family Law

Blog ImagePaternity is an incredibly important issue that must be addressed if an alleged father legally wants to have anything to do with his offspring. However, not everyone knows what is required to determine paternity. In some cases, paternity is already assumed, whereas in others it will take a little bit more work to establish paternity. Discuss your options with an attorney to figure out what you will need to do to move forward with establishing paternity.

Paternity For Married and Unmarried Parents

When parents are married, the father is presumed to be the legal father of the child. This is considered paternity presumption and does not require anything further from either parent in establishing paternity. Unwed fathers are not automatically recognized as biological fathers. Legal steps must be taken to establish paternity, which can be done in a few ways.

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Reasons To Change a Texas Court Order

 Posted on January 31, 2024 in Family Law

Hurst ,TX divorce modification lawyerDivorce cases concern multiple matters that are all finalized with court orders, regardless if done through mediation or litigation. These matters can include spousal maintenance, child conservatorship and placement, and property division. Sometimes things happen after a court order is entered that may warrant a modification to one of these orders. Modifications to court order decrees in Texas require ex-spouses to mutually agree on changes, a substantial change to a child or parent’s circumstances, or, regarding child support, a substantial change in child support guidelines. For help with the divorce process, be sure to speak to an experienced attorney.

Mutual Agreement

Relationships that remain amicable after a divorce can make it easier to modify court orders. Maintaining good communication, an open mind, and the willingness to compromise can allow both parties to come to a better understanding of each other’s needs long after the divorce is finalized. If both parties agree on modifying a court order, they can do so by filing a petition with the court. The court will confirm or deny the modification request depending on the circumstances surrounding the change.

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How Texas Divides Marital Assets in a Divorce

 Posted on January 12, 2024 in Divorce

Blog ImageDivorcing couples have multiple issues to deal with throughout the divorce process. Chief among them are child custody, alimony, and asset division. Texas is a community property state and divides assets accordingly. Only community property is divisible in a Texas asset division and distribution trial. So what exactly is community property? An experienced divorce attorney can answer any questions regarding divorce issues and provide guidance on what steps to take throughout the entire process.

Community Property vs Equitable Distribution vs Separate Property

As stated, Texas is a community property state. Community property is all property acquired during a marriage that is subject to division in the event of a divorce. The marital estate is divided 50/50 down the line unless a premarital agreement has been established or a judge feels a different split is deemed more “just and right,” which can address both property and debt.

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The Steps To Legally Adopt A Stepchild in Texas

 Posted on December 28, 2023 in Family Law

Tarrant County, TX stepchild adoption attorneyAdopting a stepchild is a major decision and a big step toward an incredibly rewarding future. Taking on a child who is not of your own blood is one of the most selfless things a person can do. You are proving your love for not only the biological parent, but of their child as well. The legal process for adoption is not as straightforward as you might hope, however. For what to expect on this journey, it would be wise to consult an attorney who has some experience in Texas adoption cases.

The Most Important Elements of Stepchild Adoption

There are many criteria for adopting a stepchild but the most important ones fall under marriage, residency, and consent. These criteria must be met to achieve your dream of stepchild adoption.

You must be married to the stepchild's legal parent. You must also reside with the child for at least six months before you can file for adoption. This is Texas law and doing so will show that you are capable of providing care and support for the child. It also serves to establish a bond between you and the child.

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