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November 2014 Archives

When an employment setback causes a parent's income to drop

Sadly, individuals sometimes experience a major setback when it comes to their employment. Sometimes, this setback takes the form of a pay cut or being moved to a job with a lower pay rate. Sometimes, this setback is the outright loss of one's job, through things such as layoffs. Employment setbacks can be particularly common in times of economic uncertainty/turmoil.

Legal representation for complex property division

When two people with significant assets are going through a divorce in Texas, the matter of property division can become extraordinarily complicated. Although the rules governing the division of marital property and separate property might appear straightforward, the actual implementation of these rules involves any number of variables. If one or both of the spouses hold multiple high-value assets, the process is especially difficult.

Should states be promoting shared parenting more?

Traditionally, here in the U.S., the standard practice of child custody courts was to grant one parent sole custody rather than split custody between the two parents. There has been some shift away from this in recent times, but some argue that the shift has not yet gone far enough. They argue that 50-50 shared parenting is generally the best custody setup and that state child custody laws should be reformed to ensure that they properly promote shared parenting.

Joint custody in Texas

There are many different ways that child custody can be allocated between two divorcing parents here in Texas. Sometimes, custody ends up being shared between the two parents. This type of child custody arrangement is commonly referred to as joint custody. Today, we will go over a couple of things to note when it comes to joint custody arrangements here in Texas.

Spousal maintenance in Texas

Although alimony, or maintenance as it is called in Texas, is difficult to obtain, it is allowable and ordered if the spouse requesting it meets certain statutory requirements. When family violence has not been involved, the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years in most cases.

Enforcing Texas child support orders

Many times, even after a parent has obtained a court order as part of a divorce decree mandating that the non-custodial parent pay child support, the non-custodial parent fails to make the required payments. Some Texas parents are unaware of what they can do in order to enforce a previously issued child support order against the non-paying parent.

Navigating a high-net-worth divorce

The process of dividing property in a high-net-worth divorce can be both complex and emotional. In addition to disputes over property and financial assets, it is possible to overlook assets such as retirement funds. Another potential complication in a high-net-worth divorce is the possibility that a spouse may try to hide assets.