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Does your marriage qualify for annulment?

Marriages can end several ways, and not only through death or divorce. In some cases, it is possible and advantageous to have a marriage annulled instead of going through the divorce process. If annulled, a marriage is literally removed from legal history, completely canceling the marriage and legal effects of the marriage. However, this is only possible in a few specific circumstances.

Remedies if a spouse won't obey a divorce order

Different individuals handle divorce with varying degrees of success and dignity. Unfortunately, some former spouses seem to have great difficulty complying with some aspects of a divorce decree. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this behavior, it can be very frustrating. Fortunately, the law provides remedies for just this circumstance.

New law grants privileges to faith-based adoption agencies

Despite objections from non-faith-based adoption agencies and other non-faith-based organizations, Texas recently passed a law granting faith-based adoption organizations the right to follow their "sincerely held beliefs" in the policies that dictate how they conduct their services. While it is still unclear how far reaching the law will intimately be, the flexibility it allows faith-based adoption organizations is fairly broad.

Do you need a cohabitation agreement with your partner?

These days, it is very common for couples to live together for some time before deciding whether or not to marry. While many people see this time as a risk-free trial to decide if marriage is right for them or not, it is much less risk-free than they might think. If you and your partner are living together or talking about moving in, you need to understand some of the risks this can present and the ways that you can protect each other from them.

Controversial new adoption law may allow discrimination

Governor Greg Abbot recently signed into law a controversial piece of family law legislation that features a number of potentially tricky legal implications. The bill allows for faith-based organizations that work in conjunction with Texas's child welfare system to deny service to individuals or families "under circumstances that conflict with the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs."

What are protective orders?

Sometimes, when a person makes some dangerous choices and becomes a threat to his or her family or loved ones, it is necessary to use the strength of the law to protect vulnerable individuals. Often, this means one partner in a relationship must be kept away from the other partner, and possibly children who are a part of the relationship. To accomplish this protection, Texas offers a number of different protective orders to those in need.

Proposed bill would license detention centers for childcare

Texans often witness the complicated intersection of sovereign security, family rights and immigration issues in a way that few other states will ever know, due to the hundreds of miles of border it shares with Mexico. Just such a complex conflict is at the heart of a new bill recently proposed in the Texas Senate's Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committee.

Man faces kidnapping charges for taking child out of the country

Sharing custody of your child with a former spouse or partner can become complicated in many ways, often requiring the strength of the law to enforce your rights and protect the child that you love. It can be intimidating to face some family challenges, and many people feel as though it is somehow inappropriate to enlist the help of an attorney for a family matter. However, an experienced family law attorney can help you understand the scope of the law and how it may apply to your dilemma. Sometimes, you might be tempted to take a course of action that is illegal, and could use some professional advice before you derail your relationship with your child, and possibly other areas of your life.

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