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September 2016 Archives

How do abuse allegations factor into divorce?

News broke this week that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and over a decade of being together. At first, an affair, drinking and drug use were publicized as the reason for the split. But then celebrity gossip site TMZ reported that Pitt was investigated for alleged child abuse.

Cohabiting couples should be careful when buying property

While splitting assets between married couples in Texas can be complicated, there is a legal framework in place to help determine how to divide assets. When an unmarried couple owns assets together, separating these assets after a breakup can be much more complex.

How to treat college savings accounts in a Texas divorce

When a couple gets divorced, marital property is generally divided according to state law or according to the terms of a prenuptial agreement. In general, funds placed into a college savings account are such assets. However, the type of account used to save for college expenses may determine how they can be used after a divorce. For instance a 529 account is considered a completed gift.

Reform in child custody laws happening in many states

Texas parents who are divorcing must also make decisions about child custody. In many states, laws are being changed to encourage more joint custody solutions. Some studies have shown that children benefit from these types of arrangements. The trend may also be partly due to increased awareness of parental alienation syndrome.

Charges could jeopardize Chris Brown's custody case

Texas fans of singer Chris Brown who have been following his custody battle with ex-partner Nia Guzman may be interested in knowing more about a chain of events that could possibly jeopardize his case. On Aug. 31, media sources reported that Chris Brown may be in danger of losing custody of his young daughter following what has been termed a "bizarre" standoff with police and subsequent arrest on felony assault charges. Earlier in August, Brown had been successful in opposing certain custody motions filed by the girl's mother.

3 successful tips for better co-parenting

Co-parenting after a divorce is largely a matter of negotiation and clear communication, which makes it sound simple. The fact is, when parenting across two households, and negotiating the needs and details of all the members of the family, that communication is often difficult to maintain.