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The prospect of seeking a separation from your spouse can seem a little overwhelming and scary. However, if you want the divorce to run as smoothly as possible, there are a few things that you should do before you ever make any filings. Get your financial documents together Financial documents including bank and credit card statements, mortgage agreements, and tax returns will help to determine your net worth. It is important to gather this information before you file, in case your spouse makes any attempt to move money or destroy evidence after you have announced your intentions. Create an emergency fund Your divorce proceedings...

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is talking with your kids. Chances are you're worried about how they'll handle things, so you feel nervous about discussing the divorce with your children. It's understandable. After all, divorce brings many changes and not all of them are good. All these changes should, however, be discussed with your children. Whether your kids are five or 15, it's important to sit them down and talk with them openly and honestly. If you aren't sure where to start, don't worry. Here's what you need to know. First off, try to tell your kids about...

A personal injury lawyer offers legal services to whoever wants to claim injury benefits. These injuries may include physical or psychological aspect because of the negligence of other entities, which can be a person, government agency, or the company where the person is working. These injury claims contain injuries from slip or fall, traffic incidents resulting from collisions, or the unsafe working environment. Personal injury lawyers have skills that are worthy of the fees they charge. Sometimes insurance companies feel threatened by them because they are persistent in their pursuit of compensation, presenting documents showing that you indeed have suffered as...

How to Talk to Preschoolers About Divorce: Examples of What to Say If you are divorced or separated and you are a parent, you know how hard it is to talk about divorce with your own children. Half of the time, you get flustered and your words come out all wrong, even when you are talking to your toddler or preschooler. Well, here are some examples of what you can say when talking to your young child about divorce. Being prepared for difficult questions makes your life easier, and your answers will sound more reassuring to your child. So, try to put...

You and your spouse likely accumulated a lot of property together while you were married. Now that you have decided to divorce, there may be disagreement about who takes ownership of joint assets. Forty-one states are equitable distributions states when it comes to marital property and nine follow community property laws. However, deciding on what is equitable is often open to individual interpretation. Also, what is legally equitable is usually not equal. An experienced family law attorney can assist you with navigating this common legal issue so you and your future ex-spouse can get on with your lives. Determining Marital and...

Many people going through a divorce or child custody situation in which child support is involved think that the support amount is determined by the courts through a formula, and that both parties have no choice but to accept the outcome. However, this is only half true.   Depending on your state, there likely is a specific worksheet that the courts use to determine the initial child support obligation. Influencing factors include: how much both parents have been making, including any bonuses or overtime pay; health insurance costs, out-of-pocket medical expenses, any childcare expenses; and who gets the federal tax exemption. Once...

Going through a divorce is hard, and the myths swirling around the process make it even harder. Misconceptions are often spread by well-meaning friends and family that are trying to help but end up doing just the opposite. If you're considering divorce, it's important to separate fact from fiction so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Here are five common misconceptions about divorce. 1. Half of All Marriages End in Divorce Half of all marriages end in divorce is a statistic that hasn't been true for decades. Divorce rates hit their peak in the 1970s and 1980s and...

Heather Tessmer, attorney and owner of Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC, San Antonio, Texas, has been selected for the fourth consecutive year as a Texas Super Lawyer. This is a prestigious and highly sought-after honor. According to SuperLawyers.com, attorneys cannot nominate themselves or campaign for this award. The Super Lawyers organization seeks peer surveys and nominations, third party feedback, and do their own research, among other research criteria. The top 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas are selected. Congratulations, Heather!   Your Tessmer Law Firm family is very proud of your accomplishment!...

If you're facing a divorce, you already know you'll have to speak with a lawyer to determine your custody arrangements and alimony payments, but what about dividing your assets? While you might think that division of assets is a fairly simple process, the truth is that things can quickly become complicated if you live in a communal property state. This is because in a communal property state, everything you and your spouse own is considered joint property. If you have a boat, a car, or even a business, this may be considered to be shared property. If you're new to...

This year the San Antonio Paralegal Association (SAPA) participated in the "Adopt a Family" program organized by the Family Service Association of San Antonio.  Our very own Tessmer Law Firm certified paralegal, Heidi Helstrom, along with other SAPA members, Brenda Key, Susi Boss, Stacy Foushee and Rodney Magee, are seen here getting ready to deliver the generous donations received from SAPA membership....