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December 2018 Archives

Child support is the leading reason for wage garnishment in U.S.

When noncustodial parents in Texas are unable to meet child support obligations, one possible method of collection is wage garnishment. Roughly 7 percent of Americans have money automatically subtracted from their paychecks for garnishment purposes, according to data collected by a leading research institute. It's a process that's sometimes a source of stress for both employees and employers. However, garnishment is not the same across all job sectors and geographic locations.

Business valuation critical prior to divorce settlement

The owners of private companies in Texas generally need to disclose their business assets when negotiating divorce settlements. Because the business likely represents a significant asset, its value could play a large role in the division of the marital estate. The ex-spouse who owns the business may need to provide a cash settlement to the other party based on the business's value. The valuation could also influence the calculation of child or spousal support.

Determining the need for DNA paternity testing

It's fairly common for DNA testing to be involved in family law cases in Texas when there are questions about parentage. Sometimes during divorce, people question whether they are actually their children's biological parent. Paternity can also become an issue if couples were unmarried when a child was conceived. In situations like this, a father is not automatically considered a child's legal father. In fact, an "alleged father" does not have to be listed on a birth certificate as a father unless he has been legally determined to be so.

The importance of DNA tests with child support disputes

As some Texas families find out when they begin a child support case, a DNA test might be required to settle the case. A DNA paternity or maternity test often means the difference between a parent and child receiving support from the non-custodial parent or not.

Understanding child support cases

Not all Texas residents who pay or receive child support have the same type of child support case. In fact, there are four types of support cases created by Title IV of the Social Security Act of 1975. Title IV established the grants to fund aid and services to families and children in need. To understand how individual child support cases work, it is important to learn the differences between these four types.

Tips on how to financially plan for healthy marriage

With the divorce rate between 40 and 50 percent in the United States, Texas couples often wonder what they can do to prevent their marriage ending in divorce. While there are many reasons why couples go their separate ways, one of the major stressors in marriage can be the couple's finances. There are ways that couples can work toward counteracting the negative effects that finances might have on their marriage.

Making co-parenting work during the holiday season

For children in Texas, the holidays can be a time of great excitement and anticipation. If divorce is part of the equation, however, seasonal happenings can also be a source of stress and potential conflict. This is especially true when children have to go back and forth from one parent's home to the other. Whether the end of a marriage is new or not, having a solid co-parenting plan in place during the holidays may effectively ease stress for children and prevent serious disagreements from affecting everyone emotionally.

Dividing retirement accounts in divorce

Division of assets is one of the most critical steps in many Texas divorces. The marital home, vehicles and business interests might be points of contention as they can be worth a lot of money. Retirement accounts, too, can be among the most valuable assets that a couple has developed, and dividing them between the parties can be contentious.

Substance abuse adds new concerns for children in divorce

Being married to someone with a substance abuse problem in Texas can lead to a number of difficulties, including financial troubles, frequent disagreements and physical altercations. As a result, marriages that involve substance abuse are at a higher risk for divorce. This process is further complicated when children are involved and child safety concerns are raised.