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Obergerfell v. Hodges

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In 2015 the US Supreme Court in Obergerfell v. Hodges held that same sex couples may exercise the right to marry in all states. As to Texas marital law there are several unanswered questions that the Courts and Legislature will need to resolve. When will the Courts presume the marriage began? Since same sex couples […]

Updates to the family law code

On October 10, 2013

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TFC 8.059 has changed to allow for a contempt action against a person who fails to pay agreed spousal maintenance in excess of what the Court could have ordered.  To use an example, if spouse X agreed to pay $5000 per month in spousal maintenance, but the Family Code only allowed a Court to order […]

Wrongful conviction

On October 10, 2013

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Interesting story about a case in Dallas. In short, a man was wrongfully convicted in a series of sex assaults and spent 24 years in prison before being released after DNA testing. He has received $2 million from the State of Texas plus $11,000 per month. At the time of conviction and for about half […]