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June 2017 Archives

The financial aspects of blended families

Texas family structures are adjusting to new lifestyles and socioeconomic trends. The concept of the nuclear family is giving way to blended families formed by new dynamics of marriage, divorce and remarriage. Blended families feature stepparents, stepchildren and step-siblings due to circumstances such as divorce and custody agreements.

Reasons both parents should share custody of their children

Texas parents who are ending their marriage may not be aware that multiple research studies show that children who have both parents in their lives following a divorce have, on average, better lives than those who only have one parent who has sole custody. Even so, census data reveals that U.S. courts award primary physical custody to the mother in approximately 80 percent of the cases. As such, fathers should continue to fight for joint custody.

Seeking custody of a younger sibling

If Texas parents cannot provide proper care for their children, a family member, such as an older sibling, may attempt to seek custody to keep the children from going into foster care. However, getting custody can be tricky if the children's parents do not want to relinquish custody or if the older sibling is too close in age to the minor child.

Meeting the deductibility requirements for alimony payments

The outcome of a U.S. Tax Court case may impact the way Texas residents approach alimony payments. In order to qualify for an alimony deduction, said the court, money transferred to the ex-spouse must have been due under a legally-enforceable separation or divorce agreement. It is not enough simply to turn over the money.

Make sure important documents are in the suitcase when you travel

When you divorced your spouse in Texas, you didn't divorce your children. Parenting continues, albeit, you might face several challenges regarding lifestyle changes as time goes on. One of the most common areas where problems seem to arise after divorce has to do with travel. Are you allowed to travel with your children? Yes. Can you simply pickup whenever you like and head to another state or country with your children in tow? It isn't likely.

Methods for resolving conflicts over child support

Texas parents who are getting a divorce do not necessarily have to rely on a judge to make decisions about child support. They may negotiate an agreement with the help of their attorneys in an informal process. They might also go through a more formal process that uses a type of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, collaborative divorce or arbitration.

Temporary orders and what they mean for your Texas divorce

A divorce is a permanent, final way to settle issues between a couple when a marriage is over, but what happens in the interim? The period between the initial separation date and the signing of the final divorce papers can be lengthy, and temporary orders help Texas families deal with vital matters for this period of transition and waiting. 

Retrial set in Texas divorce case

An appeals court in Texas has ordered a retrial for the owner of World Environmental and partly reversed the decision of a lower court in a case involving payments the owner owes to his ex-wife. Originally, his former spouse was awarded $361,040 in damages, $25,000 in attorney's fees, and $2,500 related to the abuse of the evidentiary discovery process. The court found that he had failed in his fiduciary duties toward his ex-wife and that he was in breach of contract.

Divorce does not have to ruin finances

As many Texas residents have found, one of the major conflicts that can arise in a divorce negotiation is the fight over a couple's assets. It can become so complicated that it can lead to the destruction of the financial health of both parties since it can be drawn-out and costly. However, it does not have to be this way.

Using nesting as a shared parenting arrangement

Texas parents who decide to get divorced may need to contend with child custody issues. Traditionally, courts have given mothers primary physical custody of their children while fathers are granted weekend visitation. Courts have since moved on to favor shared parenting arrangements in which the children move between the parents' houses and spend nearly equal amounts of time with both.