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April 2017 Archives

Vacations and child custody disputes

Divorced Texas parents who share custody of their children may find that arranging vacations, such as spring break for school, can present complications. For those who agree on custody terms during vacation that are at odds with the terms of a custody order, they should make sure that they are able to verify the agreement if asked. If a child custody order does not specify how vacations should be handled and a dispute arises, it may be necessary to go to court to resolve the issue. Either way, estranged parents can benefit from learning how to avoid custody disputes regarding vacations.

What to do when a parent or court denies visitation

Divorced Texas parents who don't have primary custody might be denied visitation by either the other parent or a court. Generally, a court will only deny visitation in rare situations. For example, when there is concern for the child's safety due to issues such as abuse or addiction, visitation may be denied. Even in these cases, however, a court may order supervised visitations or require the parent to take an anger management class or another action before visitation right can be restored.

Assets can be complex, but life after divorce doesn't have to be

Many individuals work hard to obtain a vast amount of property and assets throughout the course of their lives. You might have invested a sizable portion of your wealth into a pension or trust, seeking to prepare for what the future may hold. However, perhaps you are currently in the middle of a divorce, and wish to know the potential impact this stressful event might have on your financial future.

Winning child custody disputes

Child custody disputes can be very worrying for parents, and the results can be unpredictable. However, parents in Texas who are engaged in a child custody battle can take certain steps to create an effective plan and increase the chances that they can obtain the outcome they prefer.

Child support after an emancipation in Texas

In Texas, the age of majority is 18. When a child reaches this age, they are considered to be emancipated, and their parents are no longer responsible for providing care or support for them. However, there are some circumstances in which a child may become emancipated before reaching the age of majority.

Actress agrees to increase child support

Texas television fans might remember actress Jodie Sweetin, who starred in the 1980s sitcom "Full House". After a long period of relatively little work, she landed a role in 2016 on the show's offshoot "Fuller House", and it gave her income a substantial increase. Jodie divorced her now 8-year-old daughter's father in 2010, and the original decree stated that she was to pay him $600 per month in child support.

Split retirement funds with qualified domestic relations order

One of the biggest reasons that people in the state of Texas work their entire lives is to make sure that they can retire comfortably. When two people are married, they often share this goal. However, their retirement dreams will change drastically if they decide to get a divorce. A qualified domestic relations order, also known as a QDRO, is an important part of the divorce process when a divorcing couple needs to divide retirement savings.

Dividing retirement accounts and the QDRO

Since Texas is a community property state, a retirement account might be divided 50/50 during a divorce. However, a qualified domestic relations order may be a necessary document for this division. While a QDRO and the division of retirement accounts can be complex and costly, a QDRO may also help facilitate the speedy transfer of funds. People might want to work with a certified divorce financial analyst in order to make sure that they understand the terms of the QDRO and that they can use the division of funds to their best advantage.

Divorce between business owners could threaten company

When married couples own a Texas business, the property division phase of a divorce could create undesirable consequences for the company. In the case of TransPerfect, a translation software business, when the couple who founded the company ended their romance, the man and woman had no agreement in place that outlined how to unravel their business holdings. Because they could not come to terms independently, a court ordered the sale of the company, which could impact the jobs of 3,500 people.