Couples in Dallas seeking to end their marriage often face disputes over child custody, property division and spousal support. Lately, however, a couple's love affair over the family pet has entered divorce cases.
Many divorce disputes can be solved in advance with properly-drafted prenuptial agreements. Their benefits are not limited to the wealthy. Starting business owners with limited resources, couples who married and moved and divorced spouses with children who remarried have the greatest need for a prenup.
Following the issuance of a divorce decree, a spouse still has an important task. Telling friends, family and co-workers about a divorce may be difficult and cause problems if it is not handled correctly.
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.
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.
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.
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.