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November 2015 Archives

4 Ways Texas Co-Parents Can Minimize Stress During the Holidays

With this year's Thanksgiving recently behind us, the holiday season is nearly in full swing. This time of year in Texas is filled with good tidings and cheer, but for co-parents who no longer live together, the holidays can be a trying time, even with a comprehensive parenting plan already in place.

International child abductions and Texas parents

In Texas and around the country, international child abductions usually fall under the applicable Hague Convention. This is an international agreement that says if a child is illegally taken from their home country, then they must be returned to their country of residence, unless the parent left behind poses a risk of danger.

Retirement accounts and divorce

Texas couples who are divorcing must divide financial assets such as retirement accounts. How these accounts get divided depends upon a number of factors including what type of accounts they are. Individuals must fill out paperwork to avoid tax penalties, and an individual IRA requires a transfer incident. For 401(k)s and employer-sponsored funds, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order is necessary.

Determining when alimony may be ordered

In many Texas divorces, the issue of alimony will need to be addressed. In determining whether to order alimony, courts consider a number of factors. If the court does order it, the paying spouse will be required to pay the amount for the entire duration of the ordered period.

Black Ink Crew star in trouble for child support evasion

Texas residents who are fans of the VH1 reality show 'Black Ink Crew" may be interested to learn that Ceaser Emanuel, who stars on the show, was taken into police custody for child support delinquencies. A report from TMZ claims that Emanuel was finishing work on a client's tattoo when police officers placed him in handcuffs and led him out the door of his tattoo shop for nonpayment of child support.

Custody battles and the best interest of the child

Texas parents who are getting divorced and have young children might not be aware of how their offspring are affected by being involved in a custody battle. Though parents want to do what is best for their children, and they might think fighting it out in court is the way they can show that, the way custody battles affect children tells a different story.

Spouse of Tori Spelling behind on alimony payments

Divorce and remarriage can wreak havoc on the budget of a Texas resident. Even those who live in affluence at the time of divorce can eventually encounter difficulties in managing their finances. A lack of work, a personal crisis or starting a new family can each be a factor that might cause an individual to fall behind on alimony or child support payments. Actress Tori Spelling and her husband are facing such challenges in connection with his former marriage.

When Can a Child Support Order Be Changed in Texas?

The amount of child support to be paid is generally based on the paying parent's income and his or her ability to pay. There are factors, however, that may require modification of a Texas child support order.

Is It Always Necessary to Divide the Retirement Plan in a Texas Divorce?

When a couple with high-value assets decides to divorce, each spouse has a lot to lose. Often one of the primary considerations is how the end of the marriage will affect retirement plans.

Discovering hidden assets during property division

Property division is a key component of divorce in Texas. While dividing property in a divorce is usually a complicated process, it can become even more complicated when one spouse is not being honest about their finances. If there are suspicions of one spouse hiding assets, a there may be a need to investigate the financial records involved.