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The Latest With Lewis – April 2023

On March 24th, 2023, Attorney, Andrew Kerns, and Paralegal, Stephane Carlson, were both recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Texas Supreme Court for attaining their respective Board Certification! Andrew and Stephane traveled to Austin, Texas for this event where almost 300 legal professionals, friends and family members attended the induction ceremony.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas. TBLS certifies lawyers and paralegals that have substantial, relevant experience in select areas of law, completed continuing legal education hours in the specialty area, and passed a rigorous exam. Consumers and organizations get the highest quality of legal services when working with Board Certified lawyers and paralegals. Out of 110,000 lawyers that are licensed to practice in Texas, only 7,000 are Board Certified.

Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguished accomplishment within the Texas legal community. Andrew and Stephane join Katie L. Lewis, Erica A. Eslinger, and Lisa Gray who are also Board Certified Lawyers and Paralegals here at Katie L. Lewis, P.C. Family Law. Congratulations Andrew and Stephane!

How To Use The Paternity Registry

The Paternity Registry allows fathers to assert their paternal rights. While it cannot grant legal rights to a child, it does make the intent to claim a child public.

The father may wish to file a Notice of Intent to Claim Paternity with the Paternity Registry if he has not had success claiming his rights to his child through other means.
– Who Can Use It: The registry is for any man who wants to claim the paternity of a child. You can file a notice that indicates you believe you are the biological father of the child.
– When to Use It: You may wish to file a notice with the registry if you have tried to claim paternity but the mother refuses to acknowledge your claim and will not sign a paternity form to acknowledge your rights. There are multiple men saying they are the father of the child.
– Why Use It: While the registry will not give you legal rights to your child, it does… Read More

Happy News

Recently, a study by Yale’s School of Public Health has revealed more insight to those suffering from memory loss. While there is no definitive way to cure cognitive impairment outright, their study shows that having a positive attitude about aging rather than a negative one may lead to a 30% more likely chance that one will recover their cognition.

This is one of the latest developments on the study of aging and gives great insight to the future of curing those suffering from many different mental diseases such as dementia!

Can Your Vindictive Spouse Delay Your Divorce?

If you are contemplating divorce, you probably have some genuine reasons for wanting out of your marriage. Your spouse, though, might not share your concerns. Even worse, he or she might want to stay in the marriage to continue to make your life miserable.

You do not need your spouse’s permission to file for divorce, of course. Regrettably, however, a vindictive or stubborn spouse can cause your divorce to take longer than it should to conclude. Here are some ways your husband or wife can try to delay the inevitable.
– Avoiding Service of Divorce Paperwork: To divorce your spouse, you essentially must file a lawsuit. According to the Texas State Law Library, service of process is the formal process by which you notify your spouse about the litigation. Unfortunately, your spouse might hide from the process server or otherwise make it difficult for you to complete service on him or her.
– Asking for Court Extensions: Fairness dictates that both spouses should have a reasonable opportunity to make their cases before a judge. If your husband or wife wants to delay your divorce, he or she can ask for extensions. Eventually, though, the judge in your case is likely to lose patience.
– Refusing to Negotiate: As you might suspect, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse probably can… Read More