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Jeffrey Owen Anderson Lawyer
Jeffrey Owen Anderson
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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support

Professional, yet approachable. Confident, yet easygoing. I will tenaciously represent you with honesty, integrity and empathy. I come from a family o... (more)

Charles H. Robertson Lawyer

Charles H. Robertson

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support

Charles Robertson earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University, is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specializat... (more)

Mark Stephen Cochran Lawyer

Mark Stephen Cochran

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law

Mark S. Cochran exclusively practices Family Law, which includes divorce, visitation establishment and enforcement, child support establishment and en... (more)

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Lauren Powell

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Family Law, Bankruptcy
National Board Certification In Consumer Bankruptcy

At Powell Law Offices, P.C. we are client-focused and results-driven! We care about, listen to, and fight for our clients. Call us for your free consu... (more)

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Matthew Towson

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Elder Law, Family Law, Mediation

Attorney Matthew Towson is an associate attorney with the firm. Matthew concentrates his practice in family law and enjoys advocating for our clients ... (more)

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Andrew J. Anderson
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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Divorce, Family Law, Wills
Providing prompt, aggressive legal advice for clients in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

After practicing for almost a decade at well-respected Dallas law firms, Andrew J. Anderson decided to form Anderson Legal Group, P.C. The focus of t... (more)

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Shelly  Terrill Lawyer

Shelly Terrill

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Family Law, Bankruptcy

Attorney Shelly Terrill is the former Staff Attorney for the Plano Chapter 13 Trustee, and has over 25 years of experience representing individuals an... (more)

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Elizabeth  Nielsen Lawyer

Elizabeth Nielsen

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Child Support

Elizabeth Nielsen first knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in fifth grade and watched a family member run for a judicial position in Dallas. ... (more)

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Christine  Clary Lawyer

Christine Clary

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, Custody & Visitation

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George Bienfang

Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, Custody & Visitation

George Bienfang was born on an Air Force base in Vermont and grew up in Texas and Louisiana, finishing high School at Dallas Jesuit. George graduated ... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE

The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even... (more...)
The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

COLLUSION

Secret cooperation between two people in order to fool another. Collusion was often practiced by couples before no-fault divorce in order to make up a grounds f... (more...)
Secret cooperation between two people in order to fool another. Collusion was often practiced by couples before no-fault divorce in order to make up a grounds for divorce (such as adultery). By fabricating a permitted reason for divorce, colluding couples hoped to trick a judge into granting their freedom from the marriage. But a spouse accused of wrongdoing who later changed his or her mind about the divorce could expose the collusion to prevent the divorce from going through.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM

A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. Fo... (more...)
A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. For example, a guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed to represent the interests of a child whose parents are locked in a contentious battle for custody, or to protect a child's interests in a lawsuit where there are allegations of child abuse. The GAL may conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions. Sometimes called court-appointed special advocates (CASAs).

STIRPES

A term used in wills that refers to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family.

PHYSICAL INCAPACITY

The inability of a spouse to engage in sexual intercourse with the other spouse. In some states, physical incapacity is a ground for an annulment or fault divor... (more...)
The inability of a spouse to engage in sexual intercourse with the other spouse. In some states, physical incapacity is a ground for an annulment or fault divorce, assuming the incapacity was not disclosed to the other spouse before the marriage.

GIFT TAXES

Federal taxes assessed on any gift, or combination of gifts, from one person to another that exceeds $12,000 in one year. Several kinds of gifts are exempt form... (more...)
Federal taxes assessed on any gift, or combination of gifts, from one person to another that exceeds $12,000 in one year. Several kinds of gifts are exempt form this tax: gifts to tax-exempt charities, gifts to your spouse (limited to $120,000 annually if the recipient isn't a U.S. citizen) and gifts made for tuition or medical bills. In addition to the annual gift tax exclusion, there is a $1 million cumulative tax exemption for gifts. In other words, you can give away a total of $1 million during your lifetime -- over and above the gifts you give using the annual exclusion -- without paying gift taxes.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

An order from a judge that directs a party to come to court and convince the judge why she shouldn't grant an action proposed by the other side or by the judge ... (more...)
An order from a judge that directs a party to come to court and convince the judge why she shouldn't grant an action proposed by the other side or by the judge on her own (sua sponte). For example, in a divorce, at the request of one parent a judge might issue an order directing the other parent to appear in court on a particular date and time to show cause why the first parent should not be given sole physical custody of the children. Although it would seem that the person receiving an order to show cause is at a procedural disadvantage--she, after all, is the one who is told to come up with a convincing reason why the judge shouldn't order something--both sides normally have an equal chance to convince the judge to rule in their favor.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT

See alimony.

MISREPRESENTATION

A lie by one spouse before marriage that provides grounds for an annulment. For example, if a spouse failed to mention that he was still married or was incapabl... (more...)
A lie by one spouse before marriage that provides grounds for an annulment. For example, if a spouse failed to mention that he was still married or was incapable of having children, he has misrepresented himself.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re ABP

... STANDARD OF REVIEW. Most appealable issues in a family law case, including the issues in this case, are evaluated under an abuse-of-discretion standard. ... I have practiced in the community, in this community for approximately 15 years in the area of family law. ...

IN RE DEPT. OF FAMILY & PROTECTIVE SERVICES

... We review a trial court's interpretation of the law de novo. State v. Shumake, 199 SW3d 279, 284 (Tex.2006). A trial court has no discretion in determining what the law is or properly applying the law. In re Tex. Dep't of Family & Protective Servs., 210 SW3d 609, 612 (Tex.2006). ...

Lumpkin v. DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROT. SERV.

... 263.405(i); see Pool v. Texas Dep't of Family & Protective ... that, if a trial court determines that an appeal is frivolous, the court has necessarily determined that each of the issues identified in the statement of points is frivolous; that is, that they lack a substantial basis in law or fact ...

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