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August 2016 Archives

Protecting the child's best interests in a divorce

In an effort to promote continuity between Texas parents who have gone through a divorce, it is a good idea for both of them to enforce a consistent set of rules. This means that a child has roughly the same bedtime or access to a phone, TV or internet regardless of whether that child is with mom or with dad. However, it can be a challenge trying to determine which rules a child should live by.

4 ways to protect yourself financially during a divorce

The emotional stress of a divorce often takes front seat in the minds of those going through it. Under these circumstances, it's easy to give thinking about finances and the financial implications a divorce a lower priority. But especially in a divorce with many shared assets, getting finances in order can help you be happier and less stressed in the long-run.

Divorce may require a need to place a value on a business

A Texas company owner about to start the divorce process will probably need to determine the value of the business. All assets acquired during a marriage must be divided when the union ends, either by the court, pursuant to an agreement between the estranged spouses or in mediation, and two approaches can be taken to assign a monetary value to a business. They are full valuation and calculation of value.

Judge denies child custody requests by Chris Brown's ex

Texas fans of singer Chris Brown may have read about the custody dispute that he has been having with the mother of his daughter Royalty. On Aug. 12, a judge ruled against Brown's ex, Nia Guzman, in her petition for full child custody. Guzman had also requested that Brown's mother be denied visitation and Brown only be allowed monitored visitation. Guzman also asked the judge to require Brown to take a drug test.

Co-parenting and back-to-school: How to navigate parenting disagreements

Back-to-school can be stressful for parents and kids in many ways. For divorced parents who are trying to co-parent their children with their ex, stress can be compounded. However, there are things that parents can do to keep the peace as they navigate back-to-school and their parenting experience together.

Can my spouse take my retirement savings in a divorce?

In a community property state, such as Texas, all marital assets are split 50/50 at the time of the divorce. While many people think they understand what this means, most don't consider some very important aspects of marital law that can affect their retirement in a potentially major way.

Divorce and making financial decisions

Texas couples who are ending their marriages might be concerned about many aspects of their finances and property division including whether to keep or sell the family home. An impending divorce might feel especially stressful from a financial standpoint for a person who has traditionally not dealt much with the family finances and who is approaching retirement.

Inherited assets and marriage

Texas residents who are considering a divorce may be interested to discover that inherited assets may be subject to distribution following the separation. The treatment of an inheritance that was acquired during the course of a marriage will depend on how the assets were handled upon receipt.

Tactics for establishing paternity

Determining custody of a child in Texas differs depending on whether the parents are married or unmarried. If a couple is married at the time a child is born, the husband is considered to be the legal father. The same is true if the parents are married at any point between conception and birth. However, this doesn't mean that an unmarried father can't obtain recognition of his legal parental rights.