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November 2014 Archives

How is property divided in Texas?

As a community property state, all property deemed to be marital property is split evenly between divorcing spouses in Texas. Not all property owned by one spouse or the other will be considered to be marital property, however. Some types of property are considered separate and are thus excluded from the property division order.

How is spousal maintenance determined?

Texas residents that are preparing to divorce may be curious about whether they will be required to pay, or entitled to receive, spousal support. Spousal support is determined by the judge on a case-by-case basis based on guidance provided by the Texas family code.

Ex-wife of oil tycoon appealing $1 billion divorce settlement

Texans may be interested in the outcome of a divorce case between a man who made his fortune in the oil industry and his wife of 26 years. The wife, who filed for divorce in 2012, is appealing a court's judgment awarding her nearly $1 billion in the divorce settlement of her case.

International child abduction and Texas custody cases

Child custody disputes are difficult for most parents, but when one parent takes a child from Texas and relocates to another country or fails to return the child from a foreign country following a visit, the situation can be devastating. In order to combat this type of problem, the U.S. along with many other countries has ratified a treaty known as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

On the best interests of the child

Texas family code holds the maintenance of best interests of the child to be the primary goal of all decisions made by the court. They will consider all factors placed before them and attempt make a decision that places the child in the most stable, secure and nurturing environment available to them.

An overview of grandparents' rights in Texas

Although there may be a blood relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren, it is important to understand that the rights of grandparents are limited with regard to visitation. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that parents' rights are protected in making decisions about their children. However, this does not extend to other interested family members who may want to be involved in the life of a child.

Understanding custody arrangements in Texas

For many families, the most important aspect of the parenting plan may be the custody agreement. The typical custody arrangement most parents are familiar with is called standard possession. These agreements are usually ideal for parents who do not live in close enough proximity to the child's school.

Modifying Texas maintenance orders

Financial changes or changes in other circumstances lead some people in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area who are subject to a spousal maintenance order to seek a termination or modification of the prior order. Until and unless a court grants a requested modification, however, the payer must continue making his or her payments as ordered under the existing order.