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.
The stress, uncertainty and financial losses are bad enough, but divorce can also lead to a higher tax bill. Some things may be done to help lower this tax burden.
Armando Montelongo and his former wife Veronica gained publicity for their A&E reality show "Flip this House." Their marriage, however, was not successful and divorce became final in 2012 in a San Antonio court with a settlement agreement that remained secret. Its unusual terms became public after recent court filings concerning charges of unpaid alimony.
For couples undergoing divorce in Texas, there are many legal and personal issues that must be addressed even before filing. Taxes, as it does with most everything else, plays a role.
Wives in Texas have long-adopted their spouse's last name after marriage. More recently, both spouses have adopted hyphenated names and some husbands have even taken on their wives' names. Reverting to a pre-marriage last name after divorce, however, has many complications that should be considered.
Spouses ending their marriage in Texas must make many decisions on property division. However, a spouse may keep a remnant of their marriage even after the divorce is complete in the form of their ex-spouse's debt if certain precautions are not taken.
Like most life-altering events in Texas, getting a divorce has tax consequences. Tax planning should play an important part in preparing for the divorce and negotiating property division, spousal support and other legal matters.
Almost by definition, the end of a marriage may be difficult under the best of circumstances. Some Texas residents may even find that the complexity of their divorce multiplies when they are dealing with a high-conflict spouse. However, there are ways to lower the aggression in a divorce and protect one's rights in Texas.
It is the policy of the State of Texas that children should be supported by the contributions of both of their parents. This means that even if the parents choose not to reside together with the children, they will each still be legally responsible for the financial support of their children. To this end, like most other states, Texas has established guidelines that use the incomes of each parent to determine what each"s share of the child support should be. Generally speaking, the parent with whom the child lives, known as the "custodial parent" (or sometimes, depending on the circumstances the "sole conservator" or "primary joint conservator,") will receive child support payments from the "noncustodial parent."
The divorce process can be challenging as emotions can run high and important concerns must be addressed. Important divorce-related issues include property division, child custody, child support and alimony which all may need to be resolved. While couples are strongly encouraged to reach agreements regarding these concerns themselves, they may face challenges doing so and the family law process can help.