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Fran Brochstein
Fran Brochstein -- Mediator & Texas Family Law Attorney
Fran Brochstein -- Mediator & Texas Family Law Attorney
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Legislature made many changes in Texas laws in 2017
The Texas legislature met in spring of 2017 and have made any changes in all aspects of Texas laws. So you probably need to talk to an attorney about the law now in effect in Texas. Many laws go into effect as of September 1, 2017, but the legislature is al...

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No one under 18 can marry in Texas after 9/1/2017
I just heard that a new law goes into effect in Texas on September 1, 2017. From now on, no one under 18 can marry. That includes even if a parent is giving permission. The only way to marry is to first emancipate which costs a lot of money. Then once emanc...

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New Texas law on application of foreign laws
Here is another great article written by Michelle O'Neil - she has given me permission to published her outstanding articles on my blog. Effective in 9/1/2017, New Texas law bans application of foreign laws By Michelle O'Neil on June 20, 2017 Posted in Alim...

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A big thank you to Laura - who answers my phones!
The lovely and talented (and a disabled vet) that answers my business phone (713-847-6000) is Laura. I hired her because my son-in-law is former military. I wanted to support a former military member that currently has some challenging health issues. So wor...

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Mediations with no attorneys
I am one of the few Houston mediators that will do family law (divorce, custody, child support, visitation, etc.) mediations without attorneys. Why? Because I've been mediating full-time and I've learned how to carefully screen people that want a mediation....

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What is "community debt" in Texas?
Here is another excellent blog post done by Michelle O'Neil (Dallas, Texas) a few years ago on how Texas handles debts in the divorce process. Debt in Divorce By  Michelle O'Neil  on  October 10, 2011 Posted in  Debts in Divorce     An excerpt from my book,...

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I married in another country so can I divorce in Texas?
If you have lived in Texas at least 6 months and lived in the same county for at least 90 days then Texas has jurisdiction over you to grant you a divorce. It does not matter where you married. In some parts of the world, they don't do "marriage licenses". ...

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How can an illegal alien get a divorce in Texas?
I get asked this question a lot - how can an illegal alien get a divorce in Texas? 1. They must have lived in Texas at least 6 months and in the same county for at least 90 days.  Once this happens you are considered a resident of Texas. It does not matter ...

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5 websites to learn about Texas laws
Texas Young Lawyers http://tyla.org/tyla State Bar of Texas https://www.texasbar.com Houston Bar Association https://www.hba.org Texas Law Help http://texaslawhelp.org Texas Probate http://texasprobate.com

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I'm a teenage and I want to leave home - what can I do
I get this question all the time. The moment you turn 18 on your birthday you are free to leave. You leave with the clothes on your back. You can only take things that belong to you - gifts, things you paid for (have the receipt) and things that your parent...
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