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Episode 9 - Preparing for Divorce (Stages of Divorce Series - Part 1/5)

Episode 9 - Preparing for Divorce (Stages of Divorce Series - Part 1/5)

February 22, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the steps one should take when they consider entering into divorce proceedings, including identifying personal goals, creating and facilitating a plan to meet those goals, when and how to tell your spouse/partner about your intentions to file, preparing for an initial consultation with your attorney, the importance of gathering information and allies prior to announcing your intentions to file, contemplating and protecting your finances with respect to how contested you expect the proceedings to be, and preparing yourself for every eventuality with the understanding that things may or may not go as planned. 

This episode is part one of a five-part series exploring the phases of divorce.  

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 8 - Divorce and Social Media

Episode 8 - Divorce and Social Media

February 11, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the growing impact social media has on divorce and child-custody proceedings, including the lasting impact social media activity can have on rulings, the importance of keeping a level head and not being rash, maintaining one's integrity during contentious proceeding, personal safety considerations, advice against both oversharing and wiping your accounts, being mindful of your children's time and activity on social media, as well as positive ways to use social media to present yourself to a court.  Celebrity insights highlight examples of how social media can be a thorn in anyone's side, including the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split and leaked images of Jeff Bezos.  

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 7 - Domestic Violence

Episode 7 - Domestic Violence

January 12, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the complex issue of domestic and family violence in Texas, including the proper steps to take if you or your child is the victim of family violence, i.e., documenting the abuse, exiting the situation safely, involving a third-party, such as the police, and getting a protective order in place if necessary, as well as the importance of doing one's due diligence when dating, before cohabiting with a partner/spouse, and the importance of understanding the impact a domestic/family violence charge can have on one's life, including things ranging from employment to division of property to even being able to stay involved in aspects of your child's education.  High profile domestic violence cases are mentioned, including the rift between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and listeners are advised that in situations full of emotion and conflict, always opt for the high road.

Episode 6 - Possession Orders for Children Under Age Three

Episode 6 - Possession Orders for Children Under Age Three

December 26, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss possession orders for young children in Texas, and take a peak at Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's divorce and custody battle in Celebrity Divorces in the News.  Due to the special needs of newborns and young children and judge's top priority of always putting children's needs first, possession orders typically award mothers a preponderance of the possession early on, with the mind to stair-stepping the time fathers have up to a standard possession order by the time the child reaches age three.  This isn't always the case, however, judges have a great deal of freedom to be creative when the circumstances support it.  Bryan and Sam discuss strategies for how to manage this critical time in the child's development, including the importance of having a working relationship with the other parent, setting proper expectations for yourself and the other parent, health and safety concerns, leaning on your (and the other parent's) family for support, the importance of being engaged, responsible, and taking the high road and, when warranted, how vital is to make changes to one's lifestyle to accommodate the needs of your child.  

Episode 5 - Possession Scheduling During the Holidays

Episode 5 - Possession Scheduling During the Holidays

November 20, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss holiday possession scheduling in Texas, including codified required minimum possession under standard custody orders, the fundamental rights of both custodial and non-custodial parents during the holiday season, the timeframe of holiday exchange schedules, the specifics governing odd-year, even-year alternating exchanges, the vital role communication plays in ensuring a smooth holiday experience for everyone, the importance of both parties clearly understanding their possession order and addressing questions or concerns in advance of the holidays, and the general craziness of the "silly season" - and a $2.8 million pair of socks that were worn by Michael Jackson during his original, immortal moonwalk during a performance of Billie Jean on May 16, 1983.

Episode 4 - Firearm Laws in Texas

Episode 4 - Firearm Laws in Texas

October 18, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss firearm laws in Texas, including their possession, safeguarding, transportation and sale, their restriction in the case of temporary protective or restraining orders pertinent to family law cases, important considerations of gun ownership with respect to child custody or the fostering or adoption of children, the impact that mental illness or domestic violence can have on gun ownership, and recent changes to firearm laws in Texas. 

Episode 3 - Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

Episode 3 - Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

September 26, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the importance of wills, the recent passing of notable celebrities Eddie Money, Gloria Vanderbilt, Ric Ocasek (The Cars), and Luke Perry, how crucial careful estate planning is for preserving wealth from generation to generation, and the steps one needs to make to help ensure that one's hard-earned assets are bequeathed to the proper beneficiaries, whether it be in the event of one's expected or untimely passing.

Episode 2 - Community Property Division

Episode 2 - Community Property Division

September 18, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss changes in Texas family law, details from Larry King's recent divorce (that makes seven for the perennial powerhouse), and community property division in Texas, a no-fault divorce state, and the impact that special considerations, e.g. infidelity, financial mismanagement, or inheritance, have on the standard "just and right" division, which in Texas is typically 50/50.

Episode 1 - Changes in Texas Child Support

Episode 1 - Changes in Texas Child Support

August 30, 2019

Bryan and Sam will discuss the recent changes in the child support law in Texas as well as provide you with a look at the history of child support and the various issues that can come up in child support cases.  They also talk divorce in the news and what is up with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.