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April 2018 Archives

Possibilities for flexible child visitation schedules

Parents in Texas can create a number of different arrangements for child custody and visitation depending on their schedules. While a traditional arrangement in which the noncustodial parent has the child every other weekend might work for situations in which parents work regular 9-to-5 jobs Monday through Friday, this is not the case for every parent.

Custody arrangement offers unique alternative for parents

When Texas parents decide to divorce, some of the most challenging aspects to deal with can include handling the division of property, including the marital home, as well as child custody issues. Many divorcing parents want to do everything they can to help reduce the emotional burden on their children. Not only is the marital home often one of the largest assets handled in the divorce, but it can also be one of the most emotionally meaningful items for the family, especially children.

Lack of financial knowledge may complicate a divorce

People over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced than they were in the 1990s, and this could lead to financial problems for people in Texas who have not been active participants in the household finances. According to a report published by UBS Global Wealth Management, 56 percent of married women allow their spouses to make major financial and investment decisions.

Financial steps to take before filing for divorce

When Texas residents are considering a divorce, there are steps they can take even before the process begins to protect themselves financially, particularly if they anticipate an acrimonious split. One of those steps is getting copies of all important financial documents and keeping them in a safe place such as with a friend or relative or in a safe deposit box.

Usher and ex-wife in custody dispute

The Texas-born musician Usher has had a number of legal problems both because of sexual battery charges filed by three people against him who claim he gave them herpes and in relation to a child custody agreement with his ex-wife. She and Usher divorced in 2009 and have a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old.

Protecting a child against an abusive parent in a divorce

Many people in Texas might assume that if a parent leaves an abusive relationship, that person and his or her child will be protected from further contact with the abuser. However, according to the American Psychological Association, since family courts are focused on the importance of the child having contact with both parents, they may dismiss abuse reports. Furthermore, in 2012, the American Judges Association released a report that revealed that in about 70 percent of custody cases that were challenged, the abusive parents successfully convinced a court that the victims were unfit or should not have sole custody.

Tips to gaining leverage in a divorce case

Those who are contemplating a divorce will need to protect their financial interests as the marriage ends. Texas residents can do this by learning as much as possible about their household finances. This will make it easier to negotiate a fair settlement with a spouse. If necessary, be prepared to take possession of any valuables that may be broken or otherwise damaged by a vindictive spouse. However, it is important to note that the other spouse could still be entitled to half of an item's appraised value.