When to Fight for Full Custody

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This is a hard question to address. When clients come to me with this question, we work hard to dive deep into the reasons behind that…
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Minimizing the Impact of Divorce on Children with Disabilities

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Some call it a disability, others call it special needs, but all find that these children are family blessings despite the day-to-day…
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Increased Cap for Child Support in 2019

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By law, the Texas agency tasked with overseeing the child support collection process is required every six years to re-calculate, based on…
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Rhonda Cleaves Named to Best Lawyers® 2020 List

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Cleaves Family Law is pleased to announce that Rhonda Cleaves has been selected for the 5th year in a row for inclusion on the Best…
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401Ks and Divorce – Part 2

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In Part 1, we focused on “the basics” of 401Ks. In this installment, we look at options. 401Ks are an important asset to any family, and…
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401Ks and Divorce – Part 1

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Retirement assets (along with a home) are often the largest assets couples have to divide when divorcing. It’s important for a client…
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Collaborative Divorce: How Hiring More Professionals Can Save You Money (Part 3: Child Specialists)

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This is the final installment of my 3-part series on non-attorney professionals on the Collaborative Divorce team, and it’s for couples…
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Collaborative Divorce: How Hiring More Professionals Can Save You Money (Part 2: Neutral Mental Health Professionals)

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First, let’s clear up this name – Neutral Mental Health Professional (Neutral MHP). Whenever I tell clients that we typically hire a…
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Collaborative Divorce: How Hiring More Professionals Can Save You Money (Part 1: The Neutral Financial Professional)

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When learning about the Collaborative Divorce option, a common and understandable concern of clients is the cost of hiring multiple…
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A New School Year – During and After the Divorce

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The adjustment to post-divorce life is challenging to say the least. While you were married, you had one household with one set of bills to…
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5 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Divorce Attorney

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Divorce is almost always a scary time for people. It comes packed with much emotion and uncertainty. And while many people think they are…
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We’re in Agreement on Our Divorce – Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

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This is a question I am regularly asked, and it is often raised in two slightly different contexts. However, in both situations, the…
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What Will Your Children Say About Your Divorce?

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Give this question some deep thought. As you do, keep this in mind: apart from the science of DNA, children FEEL themselves as 50% of you…
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Recording Conversations, Reading E-mails, and Tracking Devices

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Divorce is a time of high emotion. That emotion is often, of course, sadness over an ending marriage. But many times I visit with divorce…
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The Quick, Painless, Fair, and Inexpensive Divorce

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If you’ve ever seen the movie Princess Bride, my belief is that the “Quick, Painless, Fair, and Inexpensive Divorce” is like the belief…
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What Happens When One of You Files for Divorce?

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Divorce is a many-layered process that involves a continuum of three major events – financial, legal, but mostly emotional pain and…
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Child Support in Texas – Part 2

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In my last post, I explained how monthly child support payments are calculated under the Texas Family Code. It is very much a cookie…
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Child Support in Texas – Part 1

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This week’s post is the first of two parts on child support in Texas. If you follow the “letter of the law” when determining child support…
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Myth Busting: What a Collaborative Divorce Is and Is Not

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The Collaborative Divorce process is still an unknown to many people. They have either never heard of it, or if they have, they hold many…
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March is Women’s History Month – Things About Women, Marriage, and Divorce in Texas You May Not Know

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In 1975, the UN formally recognized International Women’s Day which had its beginning as far back as 1911. From that recognized day was…
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Being Smart About the Cost of Divorce – Part 2

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In my last blog, I shared how to control the financial cost of a divorce. But for most, there is a far more important cost to consider…
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Being Smart About the Cost of Divorce – Part 1

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I wish I could tell you that divorce is cheap. Understandably, people want it to be. They want out of a marriage that has become…
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How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce?

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This is one of the most common questions asked when a client first comes to my office. How quickly can I get a divorce? Absent special…
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International Travel After Divorce (and even while married)

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There are many things that married parents may take for granted with regard to their children and the decisions they can make on a day to…
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Divorce in Collin County

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One of the most frightening aspects about divorce in Collin County (or anywhere else) is the unknown about the legal process. Knowing…
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The Gray Divorce and Social Security Retirement Benefits

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The term “gray divorce” became a more commonly used label following a study in the early 2000s by AARP showing an increase in the number…
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Rhonda Cleaves Receives Best Lawyers Recognition

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I am proud to share that for the fourth year in a row, I have been recognized as a recipient of the Best Lawyers® designation in…
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Finding the Right Divorce Attorney

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Divorce is by its very nature an emotionally draining process, and the emotional drain sometimes makes it hard to stay focused on things…
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Taking Care of YOU in a Divorce

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Many people do not focus on the reality that a divorce is what I would call a layered continuum. It involves three essential layers…
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His, Hers, and Ours – Texas Marital Property Law

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Understanding the basics of marital property law is a must when deciding how to divide your assets and liabilities upon divorce.
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No Alimony in Texas?

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Many people come to my office with the understanding that there is “no such thing” as alimony in Texas. That is sort of true. In Texas…
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Post-Divorce Parenting – How Does Scheduling Work?

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Coming to terms with the fact that you (and same for your spouse) will no longer have access to your children 100% of the time is a…
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Collaborative Divorce: Who are the Professionals and are They Necessary?

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The Texas legal community is the leader in the international collaborative divorce movement, helping couples find a more dignified way to...
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I Am a Collaborative Divorce Attorney

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Who am I? I used to answer that question with: I’m a Family Law Attorney. Most people at least thought they knew what that meant.
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Collaborative Divorce: The Solomon Decision or the Orange?

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It is sometimes difficult to explain the collaborative divorce process in a few succinct words. When you hear the word “litigation,” few...
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