Law Office of Don E. McClure January 2018

Settling on divorce is one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Such a decision cannot — and should not — be made without serious consideration for yourself, your children, and even your soon to be ex- spouse. Before filing for divorce, you should contemplate whether or not you have done everything possible to solve your marital problems. The first question you should ask yourself, which is often overlooked, is, “Do I really want a divorce or is there an alternative?” Marriage requires a lot of hard work, and it is a huge commitment. In today’s society where everything is made to be consumed and discarded, the value of marriage has lost some meaning. As a result, divorce continues to be a first resort for many individuals. Life is too short to live in a miserable relationship, but it is also too long to make a permanent decision based on potentially temporary circumstances. Ask yourself, have you tried talking to your spouse? Have you talked to a clergy member or a marriage counselor? Are your problems related to a situation that may change in the future? Have you done everything a reasonable person would do to avoid a divorce? When you are in the midst of a divorce, it’s hard to act like a reasonable person. Divorce can completely blind a person and blur the lines of what

it means to be rational. That’s why it is important to talk to people you trust about your feelings and the circumstances surrounding your potential divorce. But be cautious, you want your confidant to be someone who will help you reason through your mixed emotions, not someone who will stir them up.

In the midst of a quarrel, divorce may seem like the best way to get a fresh start, and it can be. But you should only move forward once you have asked yourself the hard questions. If you would like more information about all the aspects of divorce, I would encourage you to read my book, “Texas Divorce Survival Guide.” For a limited time, visit tx-divorce-survival-guide, provide your name and address, and I will mail you a free copy of my book! This offer is good until March 31, after which you can buy my book on Amazon for $19.95.



There’s nothing like curling up under a blanket with a warm mug and a novel that finally came out in paperback. Break out the slow cooker and let the sweet aroma waft through your living room as your start Chapter 1.


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1 cup white chocolate chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 2 cups heavy cream, divided 3 cups milk (any variety will do) 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup


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1. In a slow cooker, combine white chocolate chips, condensed milk, 1 cup cream, and milk. Cover and heat on low about 2 hours. 2. In a large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 3. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. 4. Serve mugs of hot chocolate with about 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur or syrup to taste and a dollop of whipped cream.


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