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Is a spousal support order modifiable?

If, during your marriage, you have been dependent on your spouse financially, getting a divorce and having to figure out how to provide for yourself can be a scary thing. Thankfully, Texas laws allow the awarding of spousal support under the right circumstances. This is a great benefit for those who need financial assistance as they transition from married to single life.

Spousal support, also called alimony or spousal maintenance, is something you can request as part of your divorce settlement. If awarded, it is usually only paid out for a certain period of time. The spousal support order notes the duration of payments and the amount ordered. What happens, though, if you have a change in circumstances and need either more support or an extension on the duration schedule? Can you modify an alimony order?

I've been injured in a motor vehicle accident: What now?

After you've been in a wreck in the state of Texas and have suffered injuries, seeking medical attention may naturally be your primary focus. However, taking a few other steps is essential following the motor vehicle accident. Failure to take these steps may unfortunately end up costing you in the long run.

Steps to take

Why you should think twice about using online legal document services

Technology and the internet are "disrupting" so many areas of the economy, and the legal profession is no exception. Clients, or prospective clients, want to know what they have to lose by just creating legal documents themselves, using LegalZoom or a similar service. It's cheaper, faster, and maybe easier. What's not to like?

Are you unable to pay child support? You have options.

Child support is often one of the most contentious issues between two parents who are divorcing or two biological parents who are unmarried. In most cases, the non-custodial parent bears the burden of making payments to the primary custodian in order to assist with the care of his or her children. Biological parents have the obligation to financially support their kids until they reach adulthood, but what happens if a parent is unable to adequately meet this demand?

If you cannot pay the full amount of child support, you have the right to seek a modification to the final support order. Texas parents who have experienced a significant and material change in circumstances may be eligible to secure a modification to a child support plan.

Estate planning is about more than money

Despite the fact that even a simple will can provide much-needed financial protection and security for loved ones, many people fail to take the appropriate steps to ensure that they have the right documents in place. Estate planning is not something reserved only for the wealthy, but is a smart step for any individual at any income level. Besides providing financial security, it can also provide peace of mind.

Real estate forecast for 2017

Like many people in Texas, you may have set some goals for the New Year. This year, instead of losing weight or breaking a bad habit, you and your spouse have decided to take the plunge and buy a home.

This is not a decision you are taking lightly. In fact, many people your age seem to have put off buying a home for just the right time. You may be excited and a little uncertain, but financial advisors say you should be alert for some trends in the real estate world in the coming year.

Did distracted driving cause your car accident?

Distracted driving is not only a serious problem in Texas, it is an epidemic that is plaguing drivers and passengers across the country. Distraction can involve many different types of negligent or reckless behaviors, and even one moment of distraction can lead to serious or deadly consequences. If you believe that distracted driving played a role in your accident, you would be wise to take steps to protect your rights.

There is no excuse for distracted driving, and it is possible for you to hold the responsible parties accountable for any damage done to you or a loved one. As soon as possible after an accident, reach out to determine what legal options may be available to you.

Key facts about drowsy driving

You have likely heard about drunk driving, and you are probably aware of distracted driving. After all, it is common to see people chatting on their cellphones after they get behind the wheel. "Drowsy driving" is a much more unfamiliar term, but the consequences of operating a vehicle while sleepy can be just as severe, if not more so, as driving while intoxicated or distracted.

Texas Civil Litigation And Construction Defect Laws

Emily Thomas and Amir Khalil are first-time homebuyers. They were drawn to a specific community in South Lamar, and this decision led to the purchase of a home that needed remodeling.

Unfortunately for this couple, they chose a nightmare of a general contractor to complete the job. By his own admission, the contractor mismanaged the work and the funds. He spent the money that Thomas and Khalil paid him, but failed to buy the necessary materials, and he didn't pay his subcontractors. The couple is left holding the bag.

Further complicating the situation is their realization that there is no governing agency to turn to. If you have issues with contractors and the work they did or didn't complete, do you know the laws governing these defects?