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New Rules Sneak Up on Lawyers

Here at O'Neil & Attorneys (Dallas Texas Family Lawyers), we try to keep our blog readers as well as those from Facebook and Twitter abreast of new laws that are going on. Did you know some BIG new rules snuck up on us effective January 1st? The Texas Supreme Court released new amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure effective January 1st . These rules will greatly impact civil and family lawyers alike.… Continue Reading

Modern Marital Monogamy

A new book argues that if the institution of marriage is to endure, it must evolve with the times. With infidelity now seeming less like a deadly plague and more like a relatively mild form of cancer--we all know someone who has suffered from it, even if we haven't experienced it ourselves--does it still make sense for monogamy to constitute the basis for marriage? Or should couples figure out creative ways to expand the boundaries of their relationships, acknowledging that they might want to continue to be life partners even if one or both needs the occasional night off?… Continue Reading

Sexting is Considered Being Unfaithful, But Not Grounds for Divorce, Say Legal Experts

New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's scandalous online dalliances with a string of women - including a porn star he coached to lie - not only places him in hot water with his congressional colleagues, but his history of sexting and phone sex could at least be a contributing factor in a divorce proceeding, if not the primary reason itself, legal experts say.… Continue Reading

Is Facebook Fueling Divorces?

Facebook is providing extra evidence that litigants cant use in their Texas divorce lawsuits. Here in Dallas Texas divorce lawyer are using facebook and other forms of social media as evidence every day. See the interview by Doug Currin with KCENTV in Waco of me about this issue:… Continue Reading

Valentines Day After Divorce

What's just around the corner, sticky sweet and has Hallmark written all over it? If you guessed Valentine's Day, you are correct. Even for those of us who don't buy into the massive consumerism of this holiday can be guilty of getting caught up in the hype. After all, what girl doesn't love hearts and flowers? Can we get a shout out for milk chocolates in a red satin box? We wouldn't be human if these symbols of 'amore' didn't pull at our heartstrings even a little bit.… Continue Reading

Think Before You Snoop: Michigan Man Faces 5 Years in Prison for Reading Wife’s E-mail

A Michigan man, Leon Walker, 33, faces up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's e-mail on a shared computer in their home. Walker, who discovered his wife was having an affair by accessing her e-mail, now faces a felony for misuse of the computer under a Michigan state statute typically used to prosecute crimes like identity theft or stealing trade secrets.… Continue Reading

Divorce, There’s Now an App For That!

Our DivorceApp -- Divorce Cost & Prep -- for the iPhone was featured on CBS 11 news last night. In an article entitled Divorce, There's Now An App For That, Carol Cavazos points out that there's over 100,000 iPhone apps and our's is the first for divorce. Here's the full article from their website and the video link:… Continue Reading

No Alienation of Affection Claims In Texas

Recently there has been quite a bit of media exposure over alienation of affection claims arising out of a North Carolina Court. Under the case in North Carolina, the mistress who was allegedly responsible for breaking up a 30 year marriage was sued by her lover's ex-wife and awarded $9M in damages! North Carolina is one of seven states to recognize alienation of affection claims, in which spouses can sue third parties that they allege interfered in their marriages. Texas, however, does not recognize alienation of affection claims in divorce cases.… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Tips from Dallas Divorce Lawyer

How not to get divorced -- that type of advice is strange coming from a Dallas Divorce Lawyer. But, really I'd love nothing more than to be out of business and into some other line of work, all because people stayed married. Marriage is a great thing if you are with the right person. Unfortunately, divorce is necessary in many circumstances. But, I seriously doubt that anyone enters marriage with the idea that they want to get divorced. So, for those out there trying to hold it together, here's some advice:… Continue Reading

Facebook and Google Get Judge in Trouble

A North Carolina judge has been reprimanded for "friending" a lawyer in a pending case, posting and reading messages about the litigation, and accessing the website of the opposing party. Judge B. Carlton Terry Jr. and lawyer Charles Shieck both posted messages about the child custody and support case heard last September, the Lexington Dispatch reports. Terry also accessed the website of the opposing litigant and cited a poem she had posted there, according to the April 1 public reprimand (PDF) by the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission.… Continue Reading