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November 2016 Archives

Preservation of grandparents' rights

Difficult circumstances can wreak havoc in the lives of Texas families, and grandparents may find that they have little or no voice in decisions involving their grandchildren. Divorce, death, and adoption can significantly alter family dynamics, in some cases completely severing the relationship between children and grandparents. However, there are some cases in which grandparents' interests are given serious consideration by the court system.

Student debt could affect a divorce settlement

Student debt may be a common concern among today's college graduates, especially when it weighs on the financial health of a married couple. Financial issues are some of the most serious matters contributing to a divorce, and hefty student loans could come into play as a couple decides to call it quits. Leaving the marriage, however, does not necessarily imply leaving the student loan payments behind. Because Texas is a community property state, both marital debts and marital assets are in general subject to equal division by a divorce court.

The costliest divorce settlements

Texas residents might remember some expensive celebrity divorces, but many of th most expensive ones have occurred among lesser-known couples. The wife of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev was originally awarded $4.5 billion, but it was reduced to $604 million. When the marriage of Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi to his wife Soraya ended in 1982, she was awarded the equivalent of $874 million.

Custody schedules for parents with non-traditional work schedules

There are many complex factors that must be considered in order to make a child custody plan work for both the parents and the children. These arrangements can be particularly complex for professionals and parents who do not work jobs with traditional schedules. In these situations, it is important to have the assistance of an attorney who knows how to protect parental rights and interests.

Visitation after divorce

Divorce can have a huge impact on Texas families. Even in situations where it was clearly the best possible way of managing family conflict, emotions run high. One area that is often a cause of conflict is parental visitation rights.