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Tessmer Tips / 15.06.2015

“Get your motor runnin’…. Head out on the highway…“ It’s summertime in the Texas Hill Country and that means time to gas up the bike and hit the road.  This week, Tessmer Tips will focus on motorcycle laws and safety tips – “Biker 101”.  We will start with the obvious:  BE ALERT for motorcycles!  They are not always easy to see, especially in an age where distractions inside our vehicles are numerous.  So pay extra attention this time of year.   Biker 101: As a motorcyclist, make sure you can see the drivers of the cars around you when riding; if you can...

Tessmer Tips / 05.06.2015

Final tips for Dads going through divorce:   Divorcing Dad Tip #9:  Understand the custody arrangements and laws available. Each state has different rules and laws, but there are some common types of custody arrangements such as joint custody or partial custody. Understand the language as far as what each type of custody arrangement means.   Divorcing Dad Tip #10:  Do not agree to anything you don’t think is fair unless the court mandates you do so.  While you may want to just end the custody battle, especially if it drags on for a long time, don't give up custody of your child without a...

Tessmer Tips / 04.06.2015

Protect your rights as a father!  You are important in the lives of your children.   Divorcing Dad Tip #6:  Comply with court orders and don’t break any laws.  You may not be pleased to be initially granted limited visitation, but make sure you comply with all court rules. Don't take your child from the state without permission or do anything else that might be illegal, as this can land you in jail and can make it hard for you to get custody.   Divorcing Dad Tip #7:  Hire an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Your divorce attorney should have experience in custody fights...

Tessmer Tips, Uncategorized / 02.06.2015

Experiencing divorce as a father is very painful - for you AND your kids.  We know this and we are here to help!  Here are more tips on being a Divorcing Dad:   Divorcing Dad Tip #3:  Collect evidence of paternity as soon as possible. If you think paternity is going to be questioned, get a copy of your child's birth certificate and/or gather any evidence you have that shows you are the child's father.   Divorcing Dad Tip #4:  Request a DNA test if necessary. This does not come up much in divorce, but paternity can be disputed at times during custody cases. You may...

Tessmer Tips / 29.05.2015

Today, we conclude our series of articles on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) with this final tip:   If you receive orders that require you to move from your home state to another state, your state of legal residence for tax purposes does not change. SCRA prevents you from having to pay state taxes on your military income or personal property – such as a car – to any state other than your state of legal residency.  If you or your spouse earn non-military income, you may have to pay income taxes to the state where you are stationed, if that...