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The O’Connell Law Firm, P.C. – Learn More About Us

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Hi, I’m Jill O’Connell. This is One on Wednesday. Thanks for joining me.
I am the owner and attorney at O’Connell Law Firm in Lake Dallas. I wanted to take a few minutes today to reintroduce myself for those of you who are just finding our videos or have maybe seen a few others and let you know a little bit about me and my office.

As I said earlier, we’re in Lake Dallas, which is almost the middle of Denton County and so we are conveniently located right off of, excuse me, I35 and it is an easy drive from almost anywhere in Denton County.

We are also exclusively family law. So family law includes divorce and the issues that go with divorce, any post-divorce issues, things having to do with child support, child custody and anything that relates to the family.

In that, we also only focus in Denton County at this time. We are exclusively Denton County because of the way that I believe that it serves our clients right now.

We can be reached by phone, email, we’re on social media, and the phone number to make an appointment is (940) 497-5454. If you’ve got a question specific to your case, if you find yourself in a divorce, either one that’s expected or unexpectedly, I am happy to visit with you more specifically about what’s going on in your life and we do that through a consultation.

Again, you can reach us at (940) 497-5454.

Starting A Divorce in North Texas (Denton)

Denton Divorce And Family Law Attorney – O’Connell Law Firm, P.C.

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Jill O’Connell:

Hi, I’m Jill O’Connell with the O’Connell Law Firm. It is 1:00 on Wednesday, and I am bringing you one topic, general information, for about one minute today. What I want to talk to you about is how a divorce gets started. Very often the question is how do we start all of the process once I’ve got somebody that I’m visiting with in the office? The way that a divorce gets started in the state of Texas is the filing of an Original Petition for Divorce. In Denton County that Original Petition for Divorce is going to also include, or have attached, the Denton County Standing Orders. The Standing Orders apply from the beginning of the case until the conclusion, unless there are orders entered that say something different. If you’ve got more questions about how a divorce gets started, about the Denton County Standing Orders, and/or about your situation, your case, I’m happy to visit with you and give you some more specific advice. This is just general information today. You can reach us at (940) 497-5454, and I am happy to visit with you in a consultation. Thanks so much.

Back To School Tips (Dealing With Divorce and Custody)

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Jill O’Connell: Hi, Jill O’Connell with the O’Connell Law Firm and our One on Wednesday for you. Today I’m going to talk to you a little bit about back to school tips. If you’ve got kids and have a standard possession in a Texas divorce these are some things that are specific to you, although they’re tips, general tips for everybody and not specific to anybody’s case. If you’ve got a question about your case, call us and we’ll get you in so we can visit with you about that. (940) 497-5454.

Jill O’Connell: Here’s the information I’d like to give you. One is, as the summer’s winding down, go ahead, get ahead of the game and get onboard to the website and check out your school’s calendar. What’s the first day of school? How does that affect your possession? When does the child have to be exchanged from current parent to another parent? How is all that going to play out in the next four weeks?

Jill O’Connell: The other thing to remember is Thursday nights come back into play when school starts. Then we need to start looking at fall holidays. Do you have any special provisions for Halloween? What’s going to happen on Halloween? What day of the week is Halloween? Is that going to affect your possession? Then look at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Start to plan ahead because those things, as we all know as parents, are going to hit you really fast after school starts.

Jill O’Connell: Again, some general tips, information only. If you’ve got questions, I’m happy to visit with you more about your specifics in your case. Call us today. (940)497-5454. Thanks.

Dealing With Divorce And Custody Issues Around The Holidays

Denton Divorce And Family Law Attorney – O’Connell Law Firm, P.C.

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Hi, I’m Jill O’Connell, this is One on Wednesday. Thanks for joining me. Today’s tips are about strategizing and planning to have the best holiday that you can if you’re going through a divorce or family law case.

The best way to make sure that you have a good holiday is to plan. So, begin to read whatever orders you have now and if you have questions, contact your lawyer now. Don’t wait until the last minute because everybody is going to be stressed during the actual holiday, and if you get your answers now you can begin to plan.

The other thing is communicate as well as you can. There are tools to let you communicate better, and if you need some of those this is also a great time to talk to your attorney about those.

And the third thing is remember that, uh, if you have children this is a great time to have a special time with your kids. Forget about the divorce, forget about the issues that are going on with the other person, with your soon-to-be ex spouse, and don’t focus on whatever problems there might be there. Focus on the holidays, make some new traditions, enjoy your time with family and friends and enjoy the holidays, uh, on your own in this new normal for you.

What is Going to Happen To Your House During & After The Divorce

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Jill O’Connell:

Hi, I’m Jill O’Connell with the O’Connell Law Firm, bringing you 1 on Wednesday today, and we can be reached at 940-497-5454. We’re going to give you some general divorce information today. One of the questions I get asked frequently is, “What’s going to happen to my house?” The very short answer is I don’t know, but here’s some things to look at to help you and your lawyer get a streamlined plan for what you want to do with your house.

Jill O’Connell:

Look at when the house was purchased, what the purchase price was, who is on the purchasing documents and the financing documents? How much is it valued now and what is your budget now? What is your budget post-divorce? And ultimately, look at some longterm goals. Where do you want to live? What type of place do you want to live in? And use all of that information, work with your divorce attorney to come up with a plan to determine what will happen with you and your house.

Jill O’Connell:

Again, general information for you, if you’d like more advice about what is going to happen to your house in your divorce, call our office. I’m happy to meet with you. 940-497-5454. Thanks so much.

Review Your Holiday Orders (Temporary Orders / Final Orders)

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Hi, this is One on Wednesday. I’m Jill O’Connell with the O’Connell Law Firm in Lake Dallas, Texas.

Today’s edition of One on Wednesday is going to be a little different. I want to check in with you guys and see if you have reviewed your orders as we move into this holiday season. I was going to say progress but that… As we move into this holiday season. We are already approaching Halloween and Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then we’ve got Christmas. So a couple of things that I want to touch base on. Review your orders, whether they’re temporary orders or your final orders, decree of divorce. When are you going to have possession of your kids and when are you not going to have possession of your kids? You probably need to make sure you know when school is out this year for Thanksgiving holidays and for Christmas holidays.

One other big pointer, big tip this time is that Halloween is on a Thursday night. Make sure that you are touching base with the other parent about Halloween. If your kids have an idea about what their Halloween is going to look like, you and the other parent need to be talking about what that’s going to look like for them. Start that conversation now. You don’t want to be having that conversation on October 30th. This is the time when conflicts unexpectedly come up. To avoid that, take a look, start managing your schedule and your kids’ needs right now.

If you’ve got questions about your case, some unexpected things have come up in this holiday season, I’m happy to talk to you about those. We do that in a consultation in our office, so I can give you some tips specific to you and legal advice specifically for you. You can reach us at (940) 497-5454.

Contact An Experienced Denton Family Law And Divorce Attorney

Divorce And Family Law Common Abbreviations

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Hi. I’m Jill O’Connell. This is One on Wednesday. I am the owner and attorney at O’Connell Law Firm in Lake Dallas, Texas. Thanks for joining me today.

Today my topic on One on Wednesday is just for general information. I’m going to talk to you a little bit about abbreviations that are commonly used in emails or other correspondence in divorce cases, and other types of cases, that sometimes leave people feeling like the legalese that’s being spoken, they don’t understand, and I’m going to just explain a few of them.

One of them that you might see is the abbreviation OPD. Generally in our office that stands for, “original petition for divorce.” And sometimes that is easier to use than writing that all out every time.

Another one is ITIO, all caps. And if there is a modification case that’s going on, or another kind of case that deals with strictly children after a divorce, that could mean, “in the interest of.”
The other type of one that’s similar to that could be ITMO or ITMOMO. Both of those are used in the legal field to mean, “in the matter of the marriage of [blank].”

So if you’re referencing a divorce case in our world, we talk about it the way that the court would look at it on a pleading, “in the matter of the marriage of.”

One other one is, all caps, QDRO means, “qualified domestic relations order.”

And another one you might often see, sometimes in relation to a divorce decree or child support, is, all caps, SDU, “support disbursement unit.” And that is generally used when talking about child support disbursement.

These are a few of the abbreviations that we give information to our clients about. And if you’ve got more questions about your case, divorce, or post divorce issues, call our office (940) 497-5454. We are conveniently located right smack dab in the middle of Denton County.