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December 2016 Archives

The difference between standard and expanded standard possession

As a parent, the most important thing in your life is protecting the time you have with your children. In order to protect your parental rights and establish a parenting plan that protects the best interests of your children, it is useful to understand standard possession and expanded standard possession in Texas.

Sherri Shepherd asked to pay more child support

Texas residents may have heard about the legal disputes surrounding television personality Sherri Shepherd's 2-year-old son. When Shepherd was married to her ex-husband Lamar Sally, the couple hired a surrogate to conceive a child with Sally's sperm and a donated egg. The surrogate was pregnant when Shepherd and Sally separated, and Shepherd had tried to get her name removed from the child's birth certificate.

How divorce affects Social Security benefits

Texas couples who are getting a divorce might wonder whether it will affect their Social Security benefits. These benefits are calculated using a complex formula, and what constitutes "full retirement age" depends upon the year of birth. For those born after 1960, normal retirement age is at 67 years old. People have to accumulate the equivalent of 10 years in the workforce in order to qualify for Social Security benefits.

How to deal with custody and visitation after a move

Texas divorced couples who have young children and who expect conflicts with each other to end along with the marriage may still face disputes over co-parenting. One issue that may arise is a parent relocating to be closer to a new partner. Such parents may try to compromise by picking a place that is still not too far away from their children, but they may underestimate how much more time the commute will take.

Divorce court can only do so much - the rest is up to you

Years ago, divorces were frowned upon and not nearly as prevalent as now. However, times have changed, and you likely know several people who are divorced -- your parents may even be divorced. Furthermore, the media, TV and internet are full of celebrity divorce news. However, even with so many people going through divorces, every case is different because the dynamics of every family are unique. If you are considering a divorce, it may help to know what a divorce can do for you, and what it cannot do.

Credit card debt and the divorce process

Texas residents who are going through a divorce may have credit card debt that was incurred during their marriage. In a divorce, credit card debt must be divided just like marital assets are divided. Because Texas is a community property state, credit card debt that was taken on while the couple was married is generally split equally by the court between divorcing spouses regardless of which spouse's name is on the credit card statement.

What happens to your debt during divorce?

Divorce will bring significant economic challenges for both parties, and it is critical to consider all of the factors that may affect one's financial health in the future. While many people have concerns regarding the division of marital property and financial support, it is also beneficial to consider the distribution of marital debt.

What custody rights does a father have in Texas?

In an ideal world, every divorce would be amicable and would go smoothly and without issue. However, many divorce cases are less than ideal. It is not uncommon for one of the parties involved with the divorce to feel as though the ruling was not in their favor or that they have to deal with additional hardship.