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January 2014 Archives

Intact and happy families can lose child custody rights

When the topic of child custody comes up, it is almost universally connected to a case in which a mother and father cannot agree on the care and custody of a shared child after a divorce. However, Texas parents should be aware that it is possible for an intact and functioning family to lose their child custody rights, leading to the traumatic removal of a child from his or her home and the need to launch a legal battle to bring their beloved child back into the family's care. As farfetched as this scenario may seem, it has become the reality for numerous families across the nation.

Mediation can provide a positive means of settling a divorce

Couples who are on the path towards divorce must first decide how to process the end of their marriage. Divorce is never a one-size-fits-all proposition, and there are multiple ways that spouses can make the transition from married to single. In decades past, litigation was the primary path to divorce, but today's couples can benefit from a more flexible approach. Collaboration and mediation are both options that allow spouses to work together to reach a divorce settlement that is acceptable to all parties, and is a great option for many Texas families.

Inheritance raises difficult property division questions

Receiving an inheritance can make a world of difference in one's financial outlook. Deciding how to spend, save or invest those funds is a serious matter, and deserves careful attention. When an inheritance is received by a person who is married, the assets are considered to be that individual's separate property. However, without the proper care, inheritance funds can be converted into marital property, and subject to property division in the event of a Texas divorce.

Divorce can come with many silver linings

The end of a marriage marks a significant life event, and the transition from married to single deserves acknowledgement. However, many spouses choose to focus exclusively on the negative aspects of divorce, and fail to recognize the more positive side of this time of transition. The following ideas are shared in the hopes of shining some light on the silver linings that come along with a Texas divorce.

In some cases, divorce is not the answer

It is the rare Texas spouse who has not entertained even a fleeting thought of what their life might be like had they never married. Thinking of divorce is also common during times of marital strife. When the road is rough, many spouses consider whether divorce is the best path forward. Sometimes ending a marriage is the right choice for all involved, but there are other cases in which the relationship can be saved. Knowing how to discriminate between the two is an important but difficult task.