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October 2016 Archives

Investigation in Jolie-Pitt custody case continues

Texas movie fans who have followed the careers of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have likely heard that they are getting a divorce. Jolie asked for and received sole physical custody of the couple's six children after an allegedly violent incident occurred on a private jet involving Pitt. Pitt has denied the charges although the incident was reported by law enforcement to the FBI. The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services is also looking into the report.

When is a spouse eligible to receive alimony in Texas?

While the divorce process includes dividing property, and making decisions on child custody, one component that can cause much disagreement is whether a spouse should receive alimony or spousal support from the other spouse. Texas law outlines under what circumstances a spouse is eligible to receive alimony payments, how much the payments can be and how long they would receive the payments.

Will divorce derail your retirement plans?

If you are 50 or older and moving toward a divorce, it is likely that you have asked yourself this question. Divorce at any age will have a significant financial impact, but it is particularly complicated for those close to retirement. Since the financial matters at stake in what is known as a "gray divorce" could have an impact in the immediate future, you need an experienced, aggressive Texas attorney by your side.

How alimony may affect taxes

Spousal maintenance is often a part of a Texas divorce decree. Couples may not realize that alimony may affect their taxes depending on how it is referred to in the order. Alimony may be considered taxable income for the recipient, and it may be tax deductible by the payer.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake may divorce

Texas residents who are fans of actress Jessica Biel or singer Justin Timberlake may be interested to learn that the couple may file for divorce soon. Timberlake and Biel have been married for four years, and the couple has one son together. There have been many reports about Timberlake and Biel's marriage problems and an impending divorce.

Tips for divorced parents with co-parenting conflicts

Ideally, divorced parents in Texas who have a conflict about issues such as a child's activities would be able to talk to one another and resolve the conflict in that manner. However, this is not always the case. As a result, a parent might be tempted to take a relatively minor issue to court. This is not the best solution because judges prefer to not get involved in these types of parenting disputes.

The importance of financial honesty before marriage

One of the biggest factors that contribute to Texas divorces is arguments about money. It is important for people to have honest discussions with each other about finances and debt before they decide to marry. Doing so may help to minimize the risk of divorce later on.

Why divorced parents should start planning for the holidays now

Holidays can be a great time of stress, even when everyone gets along. There are a lot of pressures, expectations and obligations that can make it seem like anything but the "most wonderful time of the year." Add a recent divorce into the mix and the holiday season can be downright miserable.

Who gets the house in a divorce?

Ending a marriage can involve a lot of stress, and before it the divorce is finalized, Texas couples sometimes have to prepare for possible battles over the division of their marital assets, such as retirement and bank accounts, artwork, furnishings and automobiles. In most cases, however, the piece of marital property that is worth the most is the family home.

Pitt and Jolie likely had prenup

Texas residents who are following the divorce of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have heard that it is likely that they signed a prenuptial agreement. If they did not, their property will be divided under California community property law. The couple married in 2014 after a decade together. Since they first met, they have earned about $555 million, and $117.5 million of that is since the two married. However, their prenup may state that any earnings belong to the individual who earned them instead of being considered joint marital property.

How domestic violence can affect possession orders

It is an unfortunate fact that many Texas parents are the victims of domestic violence. Physical and emotional abuse can affect both the parent as well as the young children who are exposed to it. In many cases, it can lead not only to confusion but to a child's development of post-traumatic stress syndrome.