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Houston Family Law Attorney | Articles

Nancy Rommelmann has been sought out by local media for her opinion about a variety of family law matters.

Love and Divorce - Like oil and vinegar? It doesn’t have to be...

January 2018

How can you love during a divorce? Love your child – Do put your child’s best interest before yourself Do be courteous to the other parent in the presence ...Read More

Divorce Planning – Should I stay or should I go?

December 2017

Should I stay... I encourage parties to pursue reconciliation, if at all possible, with a good marriage counselor. A counselor that ... Read More

Muses for the Holiday Season 2017

November 2017

On Hurricane Harvey . . . Showed the world how the people of Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, the most diverse city in Texas and most ... Read More

Divorce, Discovery and Lessons from the 1996 hit movie Jerry Maguire

October 2017

If you recall the now timeless dialogue that took place between Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) and Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in the movie ... Read More

Back to school and what to do... Top Ten Tips

September 2017

Separated and divorced families frequently experience communications problems regarding homework, test and school events for their children... Read More

Divorce Planning – Should I stay or should I go?

August 2017

Should I stay... I encourage parties to pursue reconciliation, if at all possible, with a good marriage counselor. A counselor that "fits" both parties' needs is ideal... Read More

FAQ's regarding: What is "family" law and who needs a family law attorney?

July 2017

Individuals who might require the services of an attorney that practices family law include husbands, wives, children, grandparents, guardians, and domestic partners. "Family" law is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters and... Read More

Division of Property Upon Divorce aka How to get a bigger piece of the pie

June 2017

Parties often assume that upon divorce the estate will be dividing equally. Section 7.001 of the Texas Family Code (TFC) provides that "the court shall order a division of the estate of the parties in a manner that the court deems just and... Read More

Co-Parenting With a Narcissist: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

May 2017

The Ugly "High conflict divorce/couple" – There is a myth among divorce professionals that couples involved in high conflict family law cases are both at the same deviation of the spectrum of irrational or crazy. Common parlance among family law... Read More

Power and Control: The Anatomy of Domestic Abuse

April 2017

Domestic violence has been identified as one of the major causes of emergency room visits by women in recent times. The following behaviors are symptomatic of the anatomy of an abuser/victim relationship. If you see yourself in the following behaviors, seek... Read More

Top 10 Tips for Divorcing/Blended Families During Spring Break and Other Periods of Extended Possession

March 2017

1. Make a genuine effort to exercise Spring Break with your child. A child can feel unimportant to you if you are supposed to exercise Spring Break with them and you don’t make the effort to do so. 2. Advise the other parent well in advance what the plans... Read More

Love and Marriage ...and Love During Divorce?

February 2017

You've heard the phrase, "Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage," but can love be shown during a divorce? Consider the following ways to love while going through a divorce: 1. Love yourself: Take care of yourself. Do healthy activities... Read More

Why the spike of divorce filings in January?

January 2017

Statistics show that filing for divorce is significantly higher in the month of January. Reasons for this include not disrupting the “family” holidays during November and December. It is common for people to reflect on their lives at the end of a year... Read More

Muses for the Holiday Season

December 2016

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings... Read More

The Power of Words and Actions in Relationships

November 2016

There would be less divorces and better relationships between spouses and parents and their child if more effort was made to communicate and act in a way that is supportive of the... Read More

FAQ’s Regarding the Texas Divorce Process and Procedures

October 2016

What are grounds for divorce?
The court may grant a divorce without regard to... Read More

Back to School and What to Do: Top Ten Tips

September 2016

Separated and divorced families frequently experience communication problems regarding homework, tests and school events for their children... Read More

Tips for Building a Successful Blended Family

August 2016

Successfully merging a blended family is a challenge. The following are some tips to help you get... Read More

Child Abuse Tip Sheet: What It Is and What to Do if You Suspect Child Abuse

July 2016

Child abuse is defined in the Texas Family Code as an act or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical, mental or... Read More

Top 10 List: Do’s and Don’ts for Divorcing/Blended Families During the Summer Vacation

June 2016

Summer should be a wonderful time for a child – a time when memories are made that last a lifetime. Play your part to insure this happens... Read More

Getting Divorced? Courses That Can Be Ordered by the Court During the Process

May 2016

If you are considering getting a divorce or are getting divorced, you should know that a court can order you and/or your spouse to take a course for a variety of reasons... Read More

"Gray" Divorces

April 2016

Some statistics show that since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans over 50 years old has doubled and more than doubled for those... Read More

Spring Break Checklist for Travel Involving a Child of Separated/Divorced Conservators

March 2016

The following information should be exchanged between conservators for a child who will be traveling. Provide or give... Read More

Love and Marriage… and Love During Divorce?

February 2016

You’ve heard the phrase, “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage,” but can love be shown during a divorce... Read More

January Is Divorce Season: Restore the Past to Build a Better Future or Start Anew?

January 2016

Divorce filings jump by one-third in January by some statistics. Unhappy couples don’t want to break up the marriage during the holidays, so they wait until January... Read More

Muses for the Holiday Season 2015

December 2015

On Hope…

When the world says give up, hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.... Read More

Reimbursement: What Is It? Who Might Be Entitled to It?

November 2015

Reimbursement claims have a specific meaning in the Texas Family Code (TFC). Reimbursement claims are equitable in nature and fact intensive but can be difficult to prove and put a monetary value on the claim... Read More

Yours, Mine or Ours? The Enigma of Property in a Family Law Case

October 2015

The following is a brief overview of characterization of property in Texas.

Property is characterized as separate or community at the time of the inception of title to the property... Read More

Texas Law: Where Should I File for Divorce?

September 2015

General residency rule: A person can file for divorce in Texas and in a specific county if either the wife or the husband have been a domiciliary of the state of Texas for six months and a resident of the county for the 90 days prior to filing... Read More

Abused or the Abuser? Maybe?

August 2015

With bruising (physical abuse) or without bruising (emotional abuse), it’s still abuse. The theory of the Cycle of Violence was developed by Dr. Lenore Walker in 2002. It describes a pattern of domestic abuse... Read More

Making Memories With Your Child This Summer Starts With Effective Communication

July 2015

Summer is such a good time to create special memories with your child. It’s a good time to slow the hectic pace of the school year and really observe and listen to your child. You might think you know, but ... Read More

Electronic Communication: Tips for Divorced Parents and a Child

June 2015

Summer possession and access can be a challenge for a child of divorced parents due to the amount of time a child is away from the other parent. It’s important that parents allow a child the freedom to communicate with the other parent during... Read More

Credit Score? Debts? What Can Be Transferred After a Divorce or Breakup?

May 2015

When parties marry or live together, they frequently will use the credit of the party who has a higher credit score. This might make sense at the time, because perhaps a lower interest rate can be obtained or... Read More

Emotional Abuse Coupled with a Lack of Knowledge of Marital Assets: Could This Be You?

April 2015

It’s not uncommon for a person seeking a divorce to have a history of emotional abuse and a lack of knowledge of the assets of the marriage. Sometimes, the abused spouse has a small allowance to live on and little to no knowledge of the assets... Read More

Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts During a Non-Custodial Parent’s Period of Possession with Their Child

March 2015

Now is a good time for parents to plan ahead for Spring Break, Easter holidays and summer vacation. Consider if you were your child... Read More

Top Ten Tips for Post Divorce Survival: How to Create the Life You’ve Imagined

February 2015

Divorce is a significant milestone in a person’s life, and that is no doubt an understatement. How does one navigate through the uncharted waters of life after divorce? Read More

Divorce Planning: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January 2015

I encourage parties to pursue reconciliation, if at all possible, with a good marriage counselor. A counselor who “fits” both parties’ needs is ideal. Sometimes it requires going to several different counselors... Read More

Muses for the Holiday Season

December 2014

On Love…

Love people who treat you right, and pray for the ones who don’t. Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you. Spend your time and energy loving the people who love you. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa Read More

What Assets/Debts Does Your Estate Have, and How Can They Be Located During a Divorce?

November 2014

FAQ:

“I am embarrassed to say I don’t know what assets and debts our estate has, because my spouse always handled these matters. I never thought it would be a problem until now, when I’m going through a divorce! What should I do?” Read More

Mediation: What Is It, and When Do You Mediate in a Family Law Case?

October 2014

Mediation is a commonly used method to settle family law cases and is an alternative to the formal process of going to trial. The Texas Family Code... Read More

Ten Tips Regarding Healthy and Unhealthy Behavior That Affect Your Child and/or Your Marriage

September 2014

If a child lives with:

1. Praise – They learn to appreciate.
2. Criticism – They learn to ...Read More

Checklist for Parents of Elementary and Middle School Students for the New School Year

August 2014

1. Call your child’s school to determine when the open house is scheduled and ask if there are events that are not on the school’s website. Many schools have “meet the teacher” day, which frequently is not on the school’s website...Read More

Guide to Relationships 101 and Some Lagniappe for Summer Travel

July 2014

1. Actively listen to your child/spouse. Give them your undivided attention as much as possible when they speak to you. Give them eye contact.
2. Minimize conversations on your cell phone/use of your iPad while with them.
3...Read More

Ten Tips to Tackle Summer Vacation in Divorced/Blended Families

June 2014

1. Allow a child to have input about summer plans.
2. Be considerate of the other parent’s plans.
3...Read More

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Child Custody Cases and a Child’s Preference as to Which Conservator They Want to Live or Primarily Reside

May 2014

For purposes of this article, “conservator” and “parent” are used interchangeably. Q: Does a child’s preference eliminate the court’s discretion? A: No. The decision remains solely in the court’s discretion. Q: How can a child’s preference be... Read More

Top Ten List: Do’s/Don’ts for Comportment While With Your Child During Periods of Possession

April 2014

DO: Make a sincere effort to personally care for your child. DON’T: Make your child feel like they aren’t important to you by not personally caring for them or having them cared for by a significant other (SO). Generally, don’t have the child... Read More

Acronyms in Texas Family Law

March 2014

There are commonly used acronyms that you want to familiarize yourself with if you are involved in a family law matter. Family law attorneys and judges use these acronyms in common parlance throughout the course of a family law case. Dialogue among and between... Read More

Love and Marriage… and Love During Divorce?

February 2014

You’ve heard the phrase, “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage,” but can love be shown during a divorce? Consider the following ways to love while going through a divorce: 1. Love yourself:  Take care of yourself. Do healthy... Read More

Seven Suggestions to Salvage and Restore your Marriage

January 2014

Most marriages have highs and lows, good times and times of boredom and frustration.  There are times in a marriage when love has left the marriage, and then what do you do? Commit to do the following together: 1. Fight for your marriage. At times it can... Read More

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Paternity

December 2013

How do parties that are not married but have a child together obtain child support and visitation rights? A: A Petition to Adjudicate Parentage needs to be brought in the county where the child resides. Q: Who has standing to bring this cause of action? A: The mother and... Read More

Top Ten “To-Do’s” as a Step Parent

November 2013

A step parent is not there to replace a parent, but to augment a child’s life experience. Step parents may be unclear as to what their roles and expectations are within the family. Don’t insist that your step child refer to you as Mom or Dad. It should be the child’s... Read More

Child Support

October 2013

There is a significant change regarding child support that became effective September 1, 2013. The Texas legislature amended the Texas Family Code to increase the monthly “cap” on net income... Read More

Back to School and What To Do...Top Ten Tips

September 2013

How to Nurture Trusting Dialogue with Your Child and Develop Your Child’s Ability to Make Sound Decisions Independently

August 2013

  • Promotes appropriate behavior
  • Is the basis of positive parent-child interactions and high self-esteem in children
  • Prevents problematic behavior
  • Helps children understand how to interact effectively with others
  • Begin to foster a child’s ability to make sound... Read More

How to Foster Healthy Communication with Your Child

July 2013

Active listening employs a verbal response containing no actual message from the parent but rather a mirroring back of the child’s previous communication. Parents take the time to:  Look at a child at their eye level. Don’t bend over to talk to a child. Do bend from your... Read More

Top Ten List: Do’s and Don’ts for Divorcing/Blended Families During the Summer Vacation

June 2013

Summer should be a wonderful time for a child … a time when memories are made that last a lifetime. Play your part to insure this happens! DO: • Ask what your child would like to do for the... Read More

What Terms in a Divorce Decree Can be Modified?

April 2013

A court can modify terms of a Divorce Decree for Conservatorship (custody), possession and access (visitation) and child support (including an order for health care coverage). Modification of Conservatorship or Possession and Access The court may modify an order if the... Read More

FAQ’S-The Texas Divorce Process

March 2013

General Residency Rule for Divorce Suit: A suit for divorce may not be maintained in this state unless at the time the suit is filed either the petitioner or the respondent has been: 1) A domiciliary of this state for the preceding six month period. 2) A resident of the county in... Read More

Top Ten List: Do’s and Don’ts Regarding Telling Your Child About Your Divorce and Helping Them Cope

February 2013

Divorce is both stressful and difficult for a child.  It is particularly harmful, however, for a child to be subject to conflict between his or her parents.  The following strategies can... Read More

New Year’s Resolutions

January 2012

Is Getting a Divorce on Your List? Plan for the worst and hope for the best… If getting divorced is among your New Year’s resolutions, consider the following to mitigate anxiety, fear and depression caused by uncertainty in that process. Sleepless nights... Read More

Top Ten List: Do’s and Don’ts for Divorced and Blended Families Through the Holidays

December 2012

Do: Get counseling - Put aside negative feelings regarding the other parent. Don’t play the victim to your child. Get professional counseling; your child is not your therapist!  Put your child first... Read More