Family Law Pro-Tips
Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity & Other Family Law & Case Lawyers in Austn, Texas
Helping Families Solve Complex Family Issues
5:13 - Jul 23, 2022
How can this simple phrase save you time, money & patience during your divorce? When you’re going through a divorce, it’s normal to want to try to uncover and PROOVE everything your soon to be ex has ever done to wrong you or hurt you. We get it. But at the end of the day, will it make a difference? Will it matter in mediation or court? Don’t exhaust yourself and your resources for the sake of vindication, vengeance, or spite. Try to let go of the things you can’t control and instead, focus on the present and your future. Consult with your lawyer before exhausting yourself and your resources trying to prove something that may not impact the final outcome of your divorce.
Family Law Pro-Tip: Say Less and Say It Slower
9:34 - Sep 4, 2020
One of the most practical important Pro-Tips I’ll ever share with you guys - Say Less and Say it Slower! Here’s the deal. When you’re married, you get pretty accustomed to instantaneous responses from your spouse. If they aren't answering a text in 10 min or less, you’re calling to figure out why not. When you’re going through a divorce, this same instant communication will be your default. You will feel the need to answer back right away. And (ladies we are the worst at this) to tell everything you know like you’ve done while married to this person. But DO NOT FALL INTO THAT TRAP. Be smarter. This is no longer your trusted companion. You need to say less and say it slower. Think more like 24-48 hour responses...
Family Law Pro-Tip: You Get More Flies with Honey
3:26 - Sep 2, 2020
Since we were kids, some well-meaning, wise adult warned us: “You get more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Though I’m not quite sure why anyone would want more flies, this concept has served me well in life and in the family law arena. It will do the same for you, if you let it. This is one that’s a lot easier to say than to do. You’re divorcing this person and often the urge to correct them, set the record straight, wound them as they’ve wounded you, etc. is overwhelming. But you’ve got to be smarter - play the long game. If you’re headed to mediation or trying to broker a deal, your ex-factor’s willingness to sign on the dotted line often depends on how mad they are at you at any given moment...
Family Law Pro-Tip: First Thing to Do When Getting Divorced
0:57 - August 26, 2020
What is the most important thing for you to do when getting divorced?
-Short answer but part of a long term strategy. Schedule a free case evaluation and we can help you take this important first step.
Family Law Pro -Tip: Do I Need A Lawyer?
8:48 - July 8, 2020
If there were one question we hear the most out there in the divorce world, it would definitely be: Do I really need a lawyer when I’m getting divorced? People who ask this question usually fall into one of two categories: 1) Smart professionals who think they've worked out all the terms on their own/how hard could it be anyway, or 2) People who literally cannot afford a lawyer. If you fall into either of these camps, take a gander at this video before you get too far down the road.Because listen, we 100% get the logic: Split up your stuff, allocate time with the kids, figure out the numbers—then write that down and ask the judge to sign it. Bada bing, bada boom, divorce granted!
Family Law Pro-Tip: You're Not A Four Corners Family Anymore
7:50 - May 13, 2020
Y’all—this Pro-Tip is thorny but also some of the most important advice we can give people going through a divorce. When you were married, you were what I call a “four corners family”. Your kids only knew one reality, one world, one point of view. But your divorce will shatter that glass house, and the kids will be exposed to options and choices and competing interests way too soon. This is the “cost of leaving” part I talked about before—the really messy part—the loss of their innocence. And, it’s hard. Keep you up at night hard. There’s no other way to say it. Today’s pro-tip walks you through how to navigate your loss of (perceived) control and the shifting perspectives of your children.
Family Law Pro-Tip: Win at Mother's Day
4:11 - May 8, 2020
Rushing around trying to buy the last decent flowers HEB has to offer? Googling the top 10 gifts for mom that can arrive within 48 hours? We can save you the hassle. Want to knock it out of the park this Mother’s Day? Try a new approach. Focus on the mom(s) in your life by praising not just what they do for everyone else (their selflessness) but who they are as a whole, complete person (their true self). Grab the kids and some construction paper or your phone’s video camera. Have everyone draw or talk about (both, ftw!) what you admire about Mom as a human being who chooses to love and serve your family. This isn’t “thanks for always doing the laundry mom”.
Pro Tip: Answers To Your Top 3 Family Law Questions: COVID Edition
34:02 - April 11, 2020
Y’all—with the ground shifting underneath our feet day-by-day (or minute-to-minute), clients are coming to us asking variations of mostly the same questions:
1) Can I get a divorce while social distancing and stay home/work safe orders are in effect?
2) Do I have to pay child support, even if I lost my job or was furloughed?
3) With stay home orders in place, do we still exchange the kids for parenting time?
Join Attorneys Hannah Hembree Bell (Austin/San Antonio) and Patric McCallum (Houston Metro) as they wade through answers to your FAQ.
Family Law Pro-Tip: Work from Home, Corona Edition
9:09 - March 27, 2020
What a wild ride the past couple weeks have been. “Well, that escalated quickly” about sums up our take on the whole thing. As we all struggle with navigating this new normal, Attorney Hannah Hembree Bell shares a few thoughts on how to make the most of your new work from home (“WFH”) status:
1) Keep a normal(ish) wake-up time; 2) Get dressed (more than pjs, less than business attire); 3) Establish a schedule with boundaries that works for your family; 4) Bookend your day.