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Tyrese may handle his custody case without legal counsel

Entertainment news sources report that Tyrese's lawyer has filed for a substitution of attorney in connection with the artist's continuing custody battle with his ex-wife, and fans in Texas and other states may want to know more. Sources suggest that Tyrese will likely represent himself in the custody case unless he retains another lawyer before his next scheduled court date. He was expected to return to court for a hearing on Nov. 14.

Claiming child abuse, the man's wife had filed for a permanent restraining order against her ex-spouse, saying that he beat their 10-year-old daughter. The case was dropped following an investigation. However, some of Tyrese's followers raised concerns regarding the star's mental health following a number of posts that he made online while the matter was pending.

How to properly manage finances in a divorce

Texas residents and others who are going through a divorce may find that it is an expensive process. Among the most common costs are hiring a lawyer and losing potentially valuable assets when marital property is divided. Furthermore, it may be more difficult for someone to live on a single income after leaving a relationship. While hiring an attorney may be expensive, doing so may help protect an individual's rights and stop a spouse from possibly releasing personal information.

It also may be a good idea to close joint accounts as well as for an individual to order a copy of his or her credit report. This may prevent one spouse from opening a new account in the other's name. Another way to protect assets is to gather all relevant information about them. A person should note the type of account, where it is held and how much it is worth.

The perils of a DIY divorce settlement

When couples in Texas divorce, finances are often a significant concern. Even if the split is amicable, dividing assets such as real estate, savings, investments and retirement accounts, can be a daunting task.

In some cases, a couple may opt to handle asset division on their own, splitting accounts and debts down the middle or according to a percentage that seems fair. Often, the decision to take a DIY approach is based on a genuine concern for the emotional well-being of both spouses and their children. The couple may fear that bringing third parties into negotiations will only heighten tensions and escalate conflict.

Type of marital abuse may impact co-parenting after divorce

In Texas, many couples have marital relationships that have been marked by domestic violence. When these couples have children and later divorce, the type of relationships that they had during their marriages may impact their ability to co-parent.

Researchers from the University of Illinois were interested in determining whether or not the patterns of domestic violence that were experienced by women during their marriages would affect the ability of the estranged couple to engage in co-parenting relationships following their divorces. The researchers studied 135 cases involving parents who had previously had domestic violence in their relationships in order to determine whether or not there was a difference in their ability to form co-parenting relationships during the first year after their divorces.

Tax policy can have an impact on spousal support

People considering divorce in Texas and across the country may be concerned about the impact of potential tax reform on spousal support and alimony. Alimony payments made to an ex-spouse following a divorce are currently tax-deductible by the payer and taxable income to the recipient.

If the law changes, the size of the awards of alimony by the courts may be lower than at present, because the amount of money coming from the paying ex-spouse's income will remain the same. However, a larger portion will go to taxes and thus a smaller portion to the ex-spouse. If the change does take place, it would automatically be considered in support orders that took place after 2017.

Will my service in the military affect my divorce?

Divorce is difficult no matter what you do for a living, but it can be especially complex for Texas individuals who serve in the military. Several factors can make the end of a marriage difficult for military members and their spouses. If you are facing a military divorce, you would be wise to know what is ahead and how you can protect your interests. 

Military divorces are very similar to civilian divorces in most ways. However, when it comes to certain retirement accounts and pensions, there are factors that parties must address in order to complete the divorce process. Knowing your rights is the first step in protecting the assets you are entitled to and securing a strong post-divorce future.

Felon who went viral is in trouble with divorce case

For many single parents in Texas, raising a child goes along with worrying about everyday expenses and other financial financial needs. Child support disputes are often stressful and unpleasant affairs, but they are necessary when making legal determinations about the best interests of the child. Celebrity parents are not exempt from child support obligations and disputes; this much is made clear with a case involving a male model who rose to fame after his mugshot went viral on social media.

The man was a member of a California street gang that is known to deal in drug trafficking and car theft. He was arrested on a weapons violation and sentenced to serve two years in federal prison. He was able to take advantage of the sensation caused by his mugshot, which earned him the nickname of "hot felon;" he secured a modeling contract upon early release from custody and started living a jet-setting life.

Agreeing to create a parenting plan together is the easy part

You and your estranged spouse may have reached a point where you can sit down together and discuss the terms of your divorce. You may have gotten there by agreeing that you need to work out an amicable solution for the sake of your children. You don't want to put them through a contentious court battle and you want them to know that you are both committed to raising them together regardless of whether you remain married.

That may have been the easy part. Now, you have to come up with a schedule that works for the children and for the two of you as well. How do you fit all of your commitments to the children, your work and your personal life into one schedule?

Tips for negotiating coparenting after divorce

Some Texas fathers who are getting a divorce might be familiar with the stereotype that divorced fathers are uninterested in spending time with their children. The truth is that for many divorced fathers, time with their children is very important. Fathers may want to think about what kind of options will be acceptable to them regarding custody and visitation. Options they might consider include shared or joint physical custody or even sole custody.

When making custody and visitation arrangements and creating the parenting plan, the best interests of the children should be the first priority. The parenting plan is a document that addresses a number of topics including how they will communicate about the children, who will get the children on important holidays and who will be in charge of which extracurricular activities.

Family courts and the "primary caretaker" standard

Child custody can be one of the thorniest and most emotional issues to handle when Texas couples decide to divorce. Both parents have an equal right to seek and obtain physical custody of their child, and most family law courts prefer agreements developed by the parents themselves with their lawyers. However, in more contentious cases, a family court judge makes a decision about who will get primary physical custody. In these situations, the parent that is determined to have been the child's "primary caretaker" may be awarded custody.

Most states' family law courts permit this preference for the parent that cared more frequently for the child prior to the custody case whether the parents are married or unmarried. Child psychologists and other experts have emphasized the importance of the development of stable bonds between children and caretakers to preserve kids' feelings of safety despite an ongoing divorce.