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August 2014 Archives

Marital property issues and their impact on Texas residents

Preserving one's ownership of an inheritance or a gift can be a challenge when trying to handle a divorce, especially in a state like Texas. Texas is a community property state, meaning that all marital property is subject to equal division. Certain assets are exempted from this rule and are considered separate property.

Grandparents seeking custody or visitation face an uphill battle

In recent years, more and more grandparents are taking an active role in their grandchildren's lives. U.S. Census Bureau records show that, in 2011, one out of every 10 children lived with at least one grandparent. Over half of those grandparents - roughly 3 million - provided primary care for their grandchild.

Staying married is a serious issue for many professional athletes

Texas residents may be interested in some of the issues that professional athletes run into when it comes to marriage and divorce. Due to the particular aspects of an athlete's lifestyle, many find out too late that marriage is not for them.

How cooperating with your ex can affect child custody

Marriages often fall apart because it becomes too hard for spouses to communicate and cooperate with one another. Once the divorce gets underway, these problems tend to grow worse as they are compounded by the complex negotiations and intense emotions that often come with the territory. However, especially for parents, it can be a very good idea to focus on cooperation and communication during divorce.

Child support crucial to getting some children back to school

The ubiquitous school supply list is a staple of childhood, but one that has gotten increasingly lengthy, and expensive in recent years. Whereas children of decades past could get by with a few "Number 2" pencils, a notebook and a folder or two, today's child needs markers, crayons, folders, paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, classroom snacks, dry erase markers, colored pencils and more, not to mention clothes and shoes. As supply demands have increased in recent years, it has become more important than ever for custodial parents struggling to make ends meet to receive timely child support before their children head back to school.

Communication is key for going back to school after divorce

Although it may feel like summer just began, many kids in Texas are heading back to school this month. For newly divorced parents and their children, the end of summer can be a stressful and disorienting time as they navigate changing schedules and child custody plans.

Terrence Howard argues spousal support arrangement

Texas fans of Terrence Howard might expect that his various roles in major productions have left him with a sizable disposable income. This is not the case, however, according to the "Hustle & Flow" star. Howard recently suggested that he was unable to afford the $325,000 alimony payments to his former wife to whom he was married for only one year.