Restricted Appeals in Texas

The availability of relief by restricted appeal is primarily governed by Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 30, which states: “A party who did not participate—either in person or through counsel—in the hearing that resulted

Lozano v. Alvarez

On December 11, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held oral arguments in Lozano v. Alvarez. The facts of the case are as follows: “Diana Alvarez and Manuel Lozano, two native Columbians, met while

Informal Marriage

Informal Marriage – Generally Chapter 2, Subchapter E, of the Texas Family Code addresses the existence of a marriage relationship.  Specifically, Tex. Fam. Code §2.401 states, in relevant part, as follows: (a)               In a