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When a parent wants to relocate

In Texas it is common for one ex-spouse after a divorce to wish to relocate to a new city or state in a quest for better job prospects or an improved quality of life. However, in cases where the custody of a child is involved, the situation becomes more complex.

Challenging a child support order by denying paternity

In order for a Texas court to terminate the child support requirements assessed against a man who has subsequently denied paternity, the man must file the claim personally. If he signed an acknowledgement of paternity at the time of the child's birth or the court established his paternity, he would need to state in his petition that he believed that he was the child's biological father at the time.

Financial matters not to overlook in divorce

Most divorcing couples in Texas become much more aware of their finances at some point during the proceedings, but there are a few things that people are likely to overlook. It is important, for example, during property division discussions, to keep an eye on joint liabilities, to examine cash flow needs and to be aware of past and future taxes. Each joint liability should be addressed individually prior to the finalization of the divorce. Joint credit cards should be cancelled, with balances transferred to individual cards if necessary. Mortgages should be refinanced. Creditors are not obligated to honor the terms of the property settlement and so any joint liability should be paid off or transferred to one or the other spouse.

Considering prenuptial agreements in Texas

Texas residents may benefit from leaning about why the popularity of prenuptial agreements has been increasing over the past several years. More people are recognizing marriage as an economic partnership with attendant responsibilities and rights, so some are taking measures to protect separate property and maintain its independence. Separate property can be described as assets owned before a spouse entered the marriage. In contrast, anything accrued after that, such as income or real estate, may be considered marital property.

Basic facts regarding grounds for divorce in Texas

The understanding of the institution of marriage in Texas has changed over time. Gone are the days when one spouse could doggedly hold onto the marriage by steadfastly refusing to grant his or her consent to a divorce. Since 1997, Texas has been what is known as a "no-fault" state. This essentially means that either party can petition the court for a dissolution of marriage on several grounds. The overall concept of no-fault divorce is that the state of Texas does not want to be in the position of forcing couples to remain married against their will. The following is a short list of suitable grounds for divorce:

Knowing Texas alimony laws prior to divorce is important

People headed towards divorce are probably experiencing some of the worst times in their lives. There are so many changes to deal with and so many uncertainties involved that the entire process can be overwhelming. Despite those difficulties, it is still wise to take some time and gain some knowledge. Laws change over time and what may have been common practice just a few years ago may no longer be a typical scenario. A new book about the subject titled, "Guide to Good Divorce" written by Trey Yates offers up some helpful tips on the matter.

Houston-area constables crackdown on child support debtors

On June 28, the Harris County’s Precinct One Constable’s Office initiated a sweep targeting people accused of failure to pay court-ordered child support. A spokesperson for the constable’s office says that so far, more than 40 people have been arrested in what that agency is calling Operation Take Care. The roundup officially got underway at 5:00 a.m. and is expected to last for several weeks. According to the constable, there are approximately 575 active warrants still outstanding.

Social media prenuptial agreements may enter realm of divorce

When most people think about divorce, they consider what will happen with their children. Some people worry about their assets and division of property. Others are concerned about child support payments and visitation rights. Now, there is another item to consider and that is how your ex reports the details of your divorce while using social media.

Plano, Texas, center for women offers oasis in midst of divorce

For most people, going through a divorce is an emotionally difficult time. Now imagine that you're going through a divorce while you're all alone in a strange country, with no close friends or other family nearby. That is the plight of many Muslim women throughout Texas who are attempting to end their marriages.

Durant's high praise of mom highlights importance of divorce

Perhaps you missed it, but Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant gave a stirring acceptance speech at his presentation for the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player of the year award that put all Mother's Day cards to shame. Durant tearfully recalled the sacrifices his mother made for him as she raised him and his brother as a single parent after his father deserted his wife and his kids. Durant's mother was only 21 years old when his father decided to leave him; Durant was only 1. Durant's father would later give his reason for leaving to reporters as a combination of being young, selfish and immature.

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