Can I Date While I’m Going Through a Divorce?

Choosing to date before your divorce is finalized can be a tricky call, especially because you aren’t necessarily right or wrong one way or another. Everyone moves on in different ways and at different speeds, and some people take longer to “get back out there” than others. However, it is important to be mindful of how quickly you do decide to move on because dating during the divorce or separation process can bring about additional problems and challenges.

Child Support Rules for Military Families

All parents are financially responsible for their children in some regard, but military parents have a specific obligation to provide for their families. There are several laws in place designed to protect children and ensure that they receive the support they need so that they enjoy a healthy, prosperous childhood. Military service members are held to an even higher standard and are subject to punishment from their commanding officer if they fail to provide for their families. This applies to military parents who have divorced, separated, and those who were never married to their child’s other parent.

Who Has Child Custody When Parents Are Unmarried?

Ending a relationship is always challenging, especially when you and your significant other share children together. Unfortunately, figuring out how to divide parenting time isn’t nearly as easy as it is to determine who gets to keep the silverware or the furniture. If you are dealing with a child custody issue after a break-up, you have to consider each parent’s parental rights, their relationship with your child, and several other factors.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement

A wedding is supposed to be a happy time for couples and their families. No one wants to think about legal details such as property and assets. However, to ensure that you are protected, it may be best to consider the creation of a prenuptial agreement. At the law office of James L. Nowlin, our San Antonio attorneys utilize our extensive knowledge of family law issues in order to effectively represent our clients’ rights throughout the course of creating, negotiating, and finalizing any marital agreements.


The legal matters surrounding the establishment of paternity and the issues of child custody and child support often result in high levels of stress for all parties involved. As one side works to establish paternity of a child, the other side may be fighting to deny legal responsibility.


A divorce settlement isn’t written in stone. Although a settlement or judgment is meant to take the immediate and long-range future into account, things change in people’s lives after divorce. The loss of a job, the failure of a key investment, or even a major health problem can result in the need to request a modification to an original settlement or judgment. Depending upon your specific circumstances, you may have a legitimate reason to change your custody arrangement, child support obligation, spousal support, or marital property settlement.

Military Divorce

Family law issues can be difficult enough without additional complicating factors. However, for members of the military, additional complicating factors are common in military family law cases. They often require the attention of a San Antonio military divorce lawyer who has a wealth of experience representing the rights of military servicemen and women and their families.


Step-parent adoption is far-and-away the most typical kind of adoption in Texas. As custodial parents remarry, the step-parent often adopts the child to assume full legal and financial responsibility, particularly in cases when the non-custodial parent has lost touch with the child or no longer supports the child financially.

Complex Property Division

In Texas, the family law courts generally consider property acquired during a marriage to be community property. Some property acquired by one of the spouses may remain separate property if acquired by family inheritance. In most cases, dividing marital property for a fair divorce settlement may not entail more than determining the value of a house and other financial assets. In cases involving real estate holdings, ranches, closely held businesses, and pension plans, however, resolving property settlements can become complicated and require experienced legal representation.