• Is it Possible to Adopt an Adult?

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    • The Rights & Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents Versus Guardians

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    • Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers Celebrated National Adoption Awareness Month

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    • The Truth About Alimony in Texas: The “No Alimony” Rule

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    • Consequences of Repealing the Alimony Tax Deduction

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    • Have Questions About the 2019 Alimony Tax Changes? Find the Answers Here

      As we’ve discussed on our blog in the past several months, updates to the U.S. tax code were implemented on the first of the year. Those changes, which include reworking of rules governing tax ...

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    • Annulment Versus Divorce

      What is an annulment? How does it differ from divorce? The state of Texas defines annulment as the legal invalidation of a marriage. In other words, there was no lawful basis for the marriage at the ...

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    • Texas Requirements for an Annulment

      We’ve already gone over the differences between a divorce and an annulment , and now we will venture into what the state of Texas requires to grant an annulment. As mentioned before, it takes more ...

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    • What is the Difference Between an Annulment and a Divorce?

      A divorce legally terminates a legally valid marriage. An annulment dissolves a marriage by declaring it legally invalid. As a result, an annulment makes the marriage as if it never existed. An ...

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    • Tracing Assets to a Community or Separate Property Source

      The Importance of Characterizing Property Why does establishing the character of an asset as community or separate property matter in a divorce? When you get a divorce, the court will only make a just ...

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    • Challenges of Dividing Retirement Assets during Divorce

      Not too many people know that retirement accounts are usually the biggest liquid assets in a divorce . And because retirement plans are already tricky enough on their own, distributing them between ...

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    • Common Places Spouses Try Hiding Assets During Divorce

      You would hope once you and your partner decide to file for divorce , the lies and deceit would end. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. According to a study conducted by the National ...

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    • How Does Filing Bankruptcy Affect Divorce Obligations?

      Bankruptcy Stay and Discharge The federal government established bankruptcy proceedings as a program to help people deal with mounting debts. Most private individuals can take advantage of two ...

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    • What Are the Consequences of Violating Custody Orders?

      In Texas, there are various family law cases that concern a parent’s rights and responsibilities regarding the care, custody, and control of a child. Throughout the United States, the concept of child ...

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    • Health Considerations for Divorced Fathers

      June not only marks the advent of the summer season but contains a week specifically designated as Men’s Health Awareness Week. In recognition of Men’s Health Awareness Week, June 15-21, 2020, this ...

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    • The Rights & Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents Versus Guardians

      The Legal Implications of Adoption Adoptions let persons who do not naturally have a parent-child relationship with a child to obtain the legal rights and responsibilities stemming from that ...

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    • Child Endangerment in Moments of Crisis

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    • How to get an up-to-date record of your Texas Child Support Account

      Child support payments in Texas are paid through the Texas State Disbursement Unit (SDU) located in San Antonio. The Texas Attorney General keeps records of every child support obligation and payment ...

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    • Legal Separation in Texas?

      We receive questions at our office on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis about Legal Separation in Texas. Most people have talked with friends and family in other states, or have heard in the media ...

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    • About Texas Child Support; Part 3 of 4

      When does child support end in Texas??? That’s a question we hear often around our office. In this part of our 4 part child support posts, we’ll discuss when and how child support payments end in ...

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    • School Calendars And Child Custody Schedules

      With the start of the school year quickly approaching, parents with children who are too young for school often don't realize that the school calendar plays a big role in their possession schedule. ...

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    • How Do School Days Affect My Standard Possession Schedule in Texas?

      After a divorce with children, the Texas divorce decree will include a possession order that states the dates and times the non-custodial parent (parent who does not have custody of the children) will ...

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    • Virtual Visitation; New Rising Trend in Divorced Families

      A typical divorce decree in Texas has stipulations about custody and visitation in case one of the parents moves more than 100 miles away from the other. There are numerous reasons why one parent ...

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    • How Do Texas Courts Calculate Child Support?

      All parents are legally obligated to provide support for their children. This duty arises out of their role as a parent for their child. Separation does not terminate a parent’s duty to financially ...

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    • Child Support Modifications as COVID-19 Economic Relief

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    • Parental Duties for the Support of Children’s Health

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    • Should You Date During Divorce?

      Dating your way through a divorce can be tempting, especially if you’re coming to the end of an unhappy marriage and hoping to find something better on the other side. Before you jump back into the ...

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    • Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid

      One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is the way it will affect your children, particularly as it pertains to the custody and support orders that are ultimately established. If you’re ...

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    • Does Primary Custody Exist in Texas?

      Usually a misnomer due to its frequency in popular culture, “primary custody” is not an actual legal term recognized in Texas. Texas courts will typically appoint both parents as “joint managing ...

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    • Toya Brown Reaches 5 Year Milestone

      Toya Brown , a paralegal in our Denton office, is celebrating her 5th anniversary with Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers this year! Without a doubt, her dedication along with her infectious smile ...

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    • Duane L. Coker Named to Super Lawyers® for 5th Consecutive Year

      Attorney Duane L. Coker has been named to the list of Super Lawyers® for the fifth consecutive year. With a detailed and multiphase selection process, only 5% of all attorneys are ultimately chosen ...

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    • Jacqueline D. Cannon Named 2015 Rising Star by Thomson Reuters

      We’d like to congratulate Jackie Cannon, who was recently selected as a 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for both Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers magazine . Rising Star is a ...

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    • Financial Differences Between Litigation and Collaborative Law

      Lawyers who practice Collaborative Law are the first to say that Collaborative Divorces are not only more amicable, in some cases, they can also save considerable time and money in comparison to a ...

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    • 3 Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

      It’s no secret or mind-bending revelation that divorces can be painfully emotional experiences. While the end result may be what is best for you and your family, the process to get there is rarely a ...

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    • Collaborative Divorce in the News

      As many of you know, our attorneys and staff at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers are trained in the use of Collaborative Law in family law and divorce cases. We have assisted many clients in using ...

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    • Common Places Spouses Try Hiding Assets During Divorce

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    • Do you have to share your (big) lottery winnings in a divorce?

      First off, congratulations on your lottery win! Secondly, when did you win the lottery? Was it before or after you separated? When did you buy the ticket? Before or after you separated? Before you ...

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    • Prenuptial Agreement Myths

      Most people have notions about prenuptial agreements from what they’ve seen on the news, seen in movies or soap operas, or heard from general gossip. However, most of these preconceived notions are ...

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    • Will the Divorce Rate Spike Post-Coronavirus?

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    • Child Support Modifications as COVID-19 Economic Relief

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    • Child Endangerment in Moments of Crisis

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    • 4 Finance Tips for Divorcing Men

      At Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, we work with many men across the entire financial spectrum. Our Denton County and Collin County divorce lawyers understand the worries and fears you and other ...

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    • Divorce and Mortgages...did you know?

      Over my career in lending, I have seen several customers that have gone through a divorce and did not fully understand the ins and outs of what happens to the existing home mortgage. Too many times, ...

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    • Find out information about your Denton County case

      For many people, the first they know about a divorce , child custody , child support , or other family law case, which involves them, is when a, hopefully polite, process server hands them a packet of ...

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    • How Do Texas Courts Divide Certain Assets Upon Divorce?

      The Community Property System When a couple gets divorced , one of the most significant issues involves dividing their marital assets. Texas courts divide marital property in accordance with the ...

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    • How Are Marital Debts Treated Upon Divorce?

      In many marriages, both spouses share ownership rights over the things they purchased while married. For example, when a married couple lives together in a house they purchased, furniture typically ...

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    • Will the Divorce Rate Spike Post-Coronavirus?

      In just months, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe by storm. The US, which currently leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, has felt the impact of the coronavirus more keenly ...

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    • 5 Important Questions to Ask When Hiring a Divorce Attorney

      Divorce is not a light decision, nor is it an inconsequential endeavor. As a legal process that addresses numerous issues which become entwined between two spouses and which produces an outcome that ...

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    • Helpful Tips When Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer

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    • Reducing the Cost of a Divorce Case

      Besides having an incredible emotional toll, divorce can be financially draining for both parties involved. Countless fees, including but not limited to lawyers’ bills, court fees, real estate costs, ...

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    • New Year's Resolutions for Divorced or Separated People

      If you’re newly divorced or separated, your life has likely been turned upside down. January is a time when many people reflect on the past year and make resolutions or lists of how they plan to ...

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    • Holidays & Divorce: When You're Alone

      Sharing holidays can be hard, especially if you are facing the holiday season without your child. As family law attorneys, we at Coker,Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers understand what you are going ...

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    • Privacy Concerns in Family Law Cases

      A significant concern for many families going through a divorce or custody litigation involves the public’s accessibility to the details of their private lives. When a case is fully litigated in court ...

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    • Family Immigration & State Family Law

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    • The Rights & Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents Versus Guardians

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    • Reducing the Cost of a Divorce Case

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    • Tips to Organize Your Finances during Divorce

      It’s no secret that a divorce can be particularly damaging on either spouse’s finances. Unfortunately, many divorcing couples often go through the experience without so much as a safety or a basic ...

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    • Challenges of Dividing Retirement Assets during Divorce

      Not too many people know that retirement accounts are usually the biggest liquid assets in a divorce . And because retirement plans are already tricky enough on their own, distributing them between ...

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    • Amidst COVID-19 Disorder, the Courts Weigh in to Clarify Possession Schedules for Spring Break and Beyond

      In our rapidly changing world with new information coming in every hour, one more thing that has been put on the plates of parents has been how school closures affect their possession schedule. We at ...

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    • Jacob Jeffries Becomes 5th Board Certified Family Lawyer at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers

      The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) announced that Jacob Jeffries received Board Certification in Family Law. Jacob currently practices Family Law in Denton and Collin counties from the ...

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    • Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers Selected as 2019 Impact Maker Annual Partner by Denton County Friends of the Family Partners

      The Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) is a trusted organization focused on helping victims escape dangerous domestic situations, and our firm Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers is honored ...

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    • Geographic Restrictions in Texas Child Custody

      The issue of geographic restrictions in Texas child custody and divorce cases continues to be one of the hottest issues our office deals with on a regular basis. Because of that, and because our ...

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    • Current Tax Developments Affecting Individuals and Businesses

      The Internal Revenue Service continues to be very concerned with unreported offshore banking and investment accounts. To this end, the Service announced yesterday a special voluntary disclosure ...

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    • Geographic Restrictions in Divorce and Child Custody Cases

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    • Grandparents' Rights in Texas, Updated

      Recently, one of our followers on the Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers Facebook page asked if we could repost one of our previous blog posts about Grandparents' rights in Texas when the ...

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    • The Rights & Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents Versus Guardians

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    • Considering a Jury Trial for Family Law Cases in Texas

      In most jurisdictions in the United States, a Judge decides matters in a divorce or other family law case. However, Texas is the only state that allows juries to decide issues of fact that arise in ...

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    • The Fundamental Right to Marry in the U.S.

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    • Prenuptial Agreements on the Rise: Here's Why

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    • 4 Finance Tips for Divorcing Men

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    • Early Mediations in Divorce and Child Custody Cases

      Being Board Certified in Family Law and trained in civil and family law mediations means that I do a fair number of divorce and custody mediations-sometimes as many as 10 to 12 in a month! I enjoy the ...

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    • Establishing Paternity in Texas

      In Texas, establishing paternity is required when a child born of unmarried parents. These laws were created so as to avoid issues in the future that may affect the child’s health, well-being, and ...

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    • What Provisions Can Prenuptial Agreements Contain Under Texas Law?

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    • Special Property Division Issues: Transmutation of Community Property into Separate Property

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    • Special Property Division Issues: How Are Stock Options Divided Upon Divorce?

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    • Monica’s Law: The Internet Registry for Protective Orders

      Recently, the Texas State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 629 —also known as Monica’s Law—to combat domestic violence . The law went into effect on September 1, 2019, creating an online public ...

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    • What Can Texas Protective Orders Provide?

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    • Adoption Numbers Rise after SCOTUS Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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    • U.S. Supreme Court Requires All States to Grant Same-Sex Marriages

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    • Same-Sex Marriage Laws Create Far-Reaching Legal Implications

      The legal landscape for same-sex marriages in the United States has significantly changed in the last few years. Currently, 36 states including the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages. ...

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    • Understanding Spousal Support in Texas

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    • Post-Divorce Modifications: Reasons to Change a Court Order

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    • How Will the New Tax Law Affect Spousal Support?

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    • How Are Child Support Payments Treated for Federal Income Tax Purposes?

      Tax law is one of the most significant legal areas that often crosses over into family law practice. Because many family law cases involve rights to property and payment obligations, understanding the ...

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    • Consequences of Repealing the Alimony Tax Deduction

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    • Child Support and Taxes

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    • Temporary Orders from the Court

      The court process for many Texas divorce cases begins with the Temporary Orders hearing. This is when you will ask the courts to issue orders that will need to be in place up until the agreements or ...

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    • Texas Child Support Guideline Increase: Coming Soon to a Court Near You!

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    • Can I Get Custody of a Child Who is Not My Own?

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    • Understanding Spousal Support in Texas

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    • Texas Child Custody: What is a Standard Possession Order?

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    • A Look Back at 2017 Divorce Statistics

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    • An Anatomy of a Divorce Decree; Part 2

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    • Reducing the Cost of a Divorce Case

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    • Effectively Communicating with Your Spouse during Divorce

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    • Financial Tips for Divorced Women

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