Texas Divorce Proceedings
An experienced family lawyer, Felix Rippy is pursuing a doctorate in public and environmental affairs at Indiana University. During his time as an attorney in Mason, Texas, Felix Rippy had more family law filings than any practitioner in the history of Williamson County.
Residents should make themselves aware of several things of before initiating divorce proceedings in the State of Texas. To start, individuals must know that divorce is a timed process. A minimum of two months must pass between filing a petition and receiving an actual divorce from the court, though most proceedings last from six months to one year, if not longer.
Texas does not recognize legal separation as a marital status, which means all assets and debts remain communal regardless of whether or not a couple has ceased living together. Texas does, however, allow for no-fault divorce, meaning a divorce can be granted without either party having to prove some fault as a grounds for the separation. To better prepare for divorce proceedings in Texas, or any state, individuals should contact a trusted family law professional. Felix Rippy will point out that “no fault” does not mean, as is often misunderstood, that grounds for the divorce, like adultery, are irrelevant, but rather that these grounds are not a necessity for granting a divorce.
Florida SIPA School
For more than two decades, Felix Rippy led a Texas-based law firm focused on family, civil, criminal, and business law. Currently, he attends Florida International University (FIU) in pursuit of a PhD in public management. Felix Rippy also serves as a teaching fellow in the Department of Public Administration at FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
In a recently released statement, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs announced that it has received a $160,000 grant as part of The Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Project, a multiyear study to improve efficiency and transparency at all levels of government. A dozen other academic institutions are working with FIU on the study, which is backed by the Volcker Alliance.
FIU’s work on the project is led by two professors and two graduate students from the Green School’s Department of Public Administration. The team has been collecting data on the state governments of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Delaware, and West Virginia. With the recent grant funding, the FIU team will continue with the second phase of the project, which is focused on state government budgeting and reporting performance.
Among other schools participating in The Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Project are Georgia State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Utah. The study has already led to several key findings related to governmental accounting and budgeting.
Felix Rippy spent more than two decades as the founder and leader of a Mason, Texas, law firm that provided family law services to clients throughout Williamson County. Felix Rippy engages with a variety of community organizations, including a 10-year run as president of the Round Rock, Texas, chapter of Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club in Round Rock, Texas, has maintained a variety of philanthropic services and fundraising projects throughout the local community for more than 60 years. A number of these services are directed towards helping in-need Texas youths, such as the Kiwanis Educated Youth (Key) Club program.
High school students engaged in Key Club activities are provided with numerous opportunities to perform services that benefit the local community, as well as their own character and educational development. Club programs are particularly valued in regards to developing strong leadership qualities, as services are, for the most part, run by the student members.
The Round Rock of the Kiwanis Club chapter oversees Key Club activities at several area high schools, including Pflugerville High School, McNeil High School, and Stony Point High School. To learn more about specific club activities and opportunities, please visit www.roundrockkiwanis.portalbuzz.com, or visit the Key Club International website,
www.keyclub.org. The Round Rock Morning Sunrisers Kiwanis Club was led by Felix Rippy for more than a decade in these endeavors, and now that Felix Rippy has moved to Indiana these important programs have been taken over by the Round Rock Noon Kiwanis Club.
From 1994 to 2015, Felix Rippy served as the founding attorney for the Rippy Law Firm, based in Mason, Texas. There, his law firm saw the most family law cases in Williamson County history. Currently based in Miami, Florida, Felix Rippy has previously lived in London, England.
Moving from the United States to London can be a difficult task full of surprises, even setting aside visas and the legal process for moving to the United Kingdom. These three tips will help you better adjust to your new city, making London feel more like a real home:
1. Language – Yes, both the United States and England speak the English language, but there are still plenty of differences between the two variations of the language to warrant confusion for the ill-informed. Before your move, familiarize yourself with the differences in United States and United Kingdom English. It will also help to learn common slang to help you keep up in conversation. Felix Rippy also recommends Spanish and Latin Americans, notably Venezuelans, are moving to London in droves.
2. Transport – For new Londoners looking for the best method of public transportation, consider taking busses over the city’s subway system, known as the Underground. While the Underground may be quicker, a bus gives you greater opportunity to take in the city and begin to learn your way around at street-level. Felix Rippy recommends simply not owning a car. It is unnecessary.
3. Timing – Consider moving in January or February. While these early months usually offer poor weather for London, it also means fewer tourists and crowding, making it that much easier to adjust to the city’s widely-used public transportation. Felix Rippy compares the London climate to New York City.
An attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Felix Rippy also has training in public management from the Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Management. Felix Rippy is pursuing a PhD in public management at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he will be teaching in FIU’s public administration department as part of a fellowship. Outside of his work and academic pursuits, Felix Rippy enjoys traveling internationally and has lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which offers a number of unique places to visit. The following are just a few:
–Teopanzolco’s archaeological zone: With ancient settlement from pre-Hispanic times, Teopanzolco features a temple where the Tlahuicas lived in the 13th century.
–The Palace of Cortes: Built by Hernan Cortes, this medieval-style palace is similar to a fortress. Since 1974, the palace has been home to a museum showcasing pre-Hispanic pieces.
–Zocalo: Located on the first block of Cuernavaca, the Zocalo features the famous Jardín Juarez (Juarez garden) and a kiosk imported from England in 1890. The Zocalo serves as a central place to relax and enjoy local foods and treats.
Round Rock Kiwanis
Attorney Felix Rippy started his own law firm in 1994 where he practiced for over 20 years. Currently, he is enrolled in Indiana University Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Additionally, from 1998 to 2008, Felix Rippy served as the president of the Round Rock, Texas, Morning Sunrisers Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club is a worldwide organization that strives to meet the needs of children by means of service projects and fundraising. On September 30, 2017, the Round Rock Noon Kiwanis Club will be hosting its 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the City of Round Rock Allen R. Baca Center for Senior and Community. At five dollars per ticket, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat full breakfast with proceeds going to helping children in the community.
After the breakfast, guests will participate in Public Safety Day to learn about Round Rock’s safety operations, which will include exploring fire engines and SWAT units. The Morning Sunrisers’ Kiwanis Club and its past President Felix Rippy congratulates the Noon Club for 26 years of success in this endeavor.