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January 2018 Archives

Homework for divorce settlements

Entering mediation or taking other steps to settle a divorce in Texas, instead of going to court, can lower rancor and costs. Preparation can increase the odds of a successful mediation, settlement or collaborative divorce.

Same-Sex rights and divorce in Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court validated and recognized same-sex marriage across the country in 2015. However, this also posed complications for same-sex couples in Texas seeking a divorce or asserting other rights when they lived together for years without a marriage license but who held themselves out and acted as married couples.

Two financial areas to address during divorce proceedings

Divorce is already stressful enough without adding unnecessary financial complications to the mix. Even at the best of times, money can be a touchy subject, and when you take into account the emotional upheaval that many divorcing couples go through, even amicable splits can get nasty.

Locating hidden divorce assets

A divorce often reveals unethical behavior, even among the affluent spouses who engage in complex maneuvers to hold onto assets. Spouses may consider unusual options to hide assets to lower alimony and child support payments.

Foreign divorces questioned

Texas recognizes a divorce granted in another state or country under the principle of comity which allows courtesy and consideration among states and nations. However, a new law may shed doubt on divorce decrees granted in foreign countries that violate due process or lack recognition of the constitutional rights of any person involved.

Surrogate baby center of legal dispute

Changing law and technology and different laws can further complicate child custody matters. A baby born in Dallas earlier this month was the focus of a custody battle between the biological parents, the surrogate who carried the child, Dallas County and the Texas Office of Attorney General.