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August 2019 Archives

Hiding financial information in a high-asset divorce

There are a lot of misconceptions about divorces involving wealthy couples in Texas and other states. One of the most common myths is the belief that only men hide assets to prevent their ex-spouses from getting their fair share. While hiding assets is a problem that happens in many divorces, it's not just men who do it. As the balance of earning power shifts in American households, more and more wive are trying to prevent their money from being distributed evenly.

Negotiating property division when pets are involved

When couples in Texas decide to divorce, they might struggle vigorously over sentimental items of property. For many pet owners, however, their animals are more than property, even if that is how they are understood in the law. "Pet custody" is increasingly becoming a part of divorce settlements as spouses determine how to negotiate their future arrangements for their dogs and cats. Animal custody is sometimes worked out to coincide with child custody schedules, but it can be handled on its own as part of the divorce agreement as well. Due to the important role that pets play in many people's lives, many spouses are thinking more about how to keep their bond with their animals even after a human romantic relationship ends.

Study finds mothers often at disadvantage in child custody cases

Divorced parents in Texas may assume that if they go to court and say their child is being abused by the other parent, that parent will lose custody. However, according to research by a professor at George Washington University Law School, even fathers who are abusive may get custody of their children.

The four types of child support cases

The child support system in Texas can be a source of confusion to parents because it is often more complex than they expect it to be. There are four different categories of child support cases, which are based on their status under the Social Security Act of 1975's Title IV. These categories are IV-D cases, non-IV-D cases, IV-A cases and IV-E cases.

Why a support order could be changed

Child support orders issued in Texas or any other state can be modified at a later date if necessary. A parent who seeks to modify an existing child support order will need to show that he or she has experienced a significant change in circumstances. For instance, a parent could claim that a decrease in income makes it difficult to comply with the existing order. Tax returns, pay stubs or other financial records may be used to verify that claim.

How a disability can impact child support payments

Parents in Texas and throughout the country who become disabled may not be able to make their child support payments in full. However, it doesn't mean that their obligation to support their children comes to an end. Those who receive disability benefits may be required to give a portion of that income to the child's other parent.

Deciding whether to keep the home in a divorce

Texas couples who decide to get a divorce may own a home that will need to be divided along with the rest of their property. Some couples may want to sell the home and split the profit, but in other cases, one person might want to keep the home. However, it is important to determine whether this is an affordable plan.

Gucci Mane agrees to pay more in child support

Noncustodial parents in Texas and throughout the country must generally provide for their children regardless of how well known they are. After a lengthy legal battle, Rapper Gucci Mane agreed to pay $10,000 a month in child support to the child's mother. He also agreed to back payments worth at least $100,000 to resolve the matter. The woman had asked that the rapper increase his monthly child support payments from $2,026.49 a month to $20,000 a month.