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In Texas, hiding assets during a divorce has severe consequences

Texas is a community property state. This means that most assets either spouse acquired during the marriage are considered the parties' community estate. A Texas court will divide community property between the spouses to achieve a result the court deems fair. This does not necessarily mean a completely equal split. Assets either spouse owned before the marriage, or acquired as gifts or through inheritance, remain the separate property of that spouse.

What are the residency requirements for divorce in Texas?

Once the difficult decision is made to get a divorce, there are a number of legal issues that must be addressed. One of the first is to make sure you meet the minimum requirements for residency in Texas. Fortunately, for most people this is not a problem.

$400 million Texas divorce is on, then off

There is little doubt that many of our Dallas family law blog readers have driven south to enjoy the vacation pleasures available in Galveston, Texas. The coastal city offers to visitors the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, great food, spectacular sightseeing and much more.It is also the spot where a divorce nightmare has unfolded, according to reports. Two years ago, a legal notice was published in the daily newspaper. It was part of a chain of events that resulted first in a $400 million divorce and then an unraveling of that decree. 

Dividing books, dividing interests in divorce

It is almost always difficult to pull apart the woven strands of life spent together. Divorce is not an easy process, but it is an important one that can lead to a better life. A writer and English professor who used to live here in Texas recently put down the feelings she struggled with as her marriage of 15 years was ending in separation and then divorce. Being a writer and lover of words, one of her greatest struggles was deciding on which books to keep and which to give up to either her ex or to a charity.

Married on Valentine's Day? Prepare for divorce

There are special days recognized by almost everyone: July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Day and so on. Sometimes people take those special days and get married on those dates, making their specialness even more special. What is more romantic than marrying on Valentine's Day?

Is your spouse hiding IP assets? Find out before you divorce

If you are facing divorce, it is likely that you already have at least a surface-level understanding of property division. You may already know that you and your ex will have to figure out what to do with your house, determine how to split up your vehicles, and fairly divide bank and other accounts.

Challenges faced by older divorcing couples

Divorce can be emotionally difficult, especially when it comes later in life. Because older couples have had more time to settle into their careers and accumulate wealth, it can make resolution of property division disputes more problematic than it often is with young couples.

Long-term commitments: Marriage and mortgage

We start off our long-term relationships with the best of intentions. Marriages are meant to last forever and mortgages are designed to end in full home ownership after 30 years. Both of these commitments can end prematurely, of course.You can sell your house, for instance, and relieve yourself of a mortgage that way. Some unfortunate people wind up losing their homes because of financial difficulties, and some even pay off their 30-year loans early. With marriage, the early end is typically in divorce, of course. A recent Forbes article described how those two kinds of long-term commitments - marriage and mortgage - can be linked.

Stakes high in gray divorce

As frequent readers of our Dallas family law blog know, we have more than once outlined issues involving so-called gray divorce. Because the Baby Boom generation — this nation's largest generation ever — is edging into retirement, it is confronting high-stakes items as its graying members increasingly opt for divorce.