When a couple divorces, spousal maintenance–also called spousal support or alimony–may very well be part of the divorce settlement. If you are seeking the dissolution of your marriage, here are a few things that you need to know about spousal maintenance in Texas. When Spousal Maintenance Is Considered The first…

Whether you are getting divorced or separating from your spouse, or have recently learned that you are a parent and would like to have time with your child as such, knowing how to file for child custody in Texas is important. Filing for child custody can be one of the…

If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you probably have been advised to retain legal counsel immediately. But before you hire a lawyer, you may want to know exactly what it is a defense attorney does. Consider the following overview regarding a criminal defense attorney’s responsibilities when…

When a loved one passes away, family members are left to sort out their estate. This can include having the deceased’s “last will and testament” read, and then undergoing the probate process. Probate is where the court will determine the validity of the deceased person’s will. Many people naturally wonder,…

Depending on the country your passport is from, you may need a visa when coming to the United States, even if it’s just a vacation. For non-immigrants, there are four main types of visas available: Tourists Business travelers Students Future spouses United States Visa Process When looking into a United…

Assault is a crime that can result in severe penalties in Texas. If you’ve been accused of assault, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to represent you. In this post, we summarize Texas assault laws to prepare you if you face a legal situation involving assault. Texas Laws: Assault…

Probation and parole are similar though ultimately distinct. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you may be asking yourself: what is the difference between probation and parole? Probation in Texas Probation is an alternative to jail or prison for people who have been convicted…

Bankruptcy allows indebted consumers and businesses to make a fresh start. However, this start will come at a price. At Simer & Tetens, we receive many calls from the public, and one common question is, “How much does it cost to file for bankruptcy?” Below we will run down the…

You cannot get a quick divorce in Texas. Texas does not divorce people who have just moved to the state, even if they intend to make Texas their new home. Instead, you must meet certain requirements. We will detail the Texas divorce waiting period in this post below. Texas Residency…

Texas is one of a number of states that enforces a stand your ground law. This law essentially allows someone to defend themselves if they feel their life is in danger. However, there is a very fine line on what constitutes self-defense and what is unnecessary force. If you face…