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January 2014 Archives

Texas professor evaluates factors that affect divorce rates

There are many reasons why two people may decide to end a marriage. Financial disagreements, communication issues and infidelity, for example, are commonly stated causes of marital separations. A recent study evaluated alternate influences that can affect marital stability and the probability of getting a divorce.

Texas man criticizes jail sentence related to child support

One of the most prevalent concerns of parents that choose to separate is the financial security of their children. To ensure proper care of a child, a court will sometimes review both parents’ income to determine if and how child support payments are to be made. If a parent fails to honor a child support arrangement initially, the payments can be enforced.

Family law discrepancies claimed in $130M adoption lawsuit

When two parents decide to separate from one another, they are often faced with difficult decisions regarding the future care of their children. It is not uncommon for individuals to dispute important matters like custody, parental rights, adoption wishes or other similar factors. The final living arrangements are sometimes determined by state laws, which can vary — as with Texas and Utah, for example — and can sometimes lead to family law issues.

Texas woman seeks child custody modifications

When two people decide to divorce one another, often the most critical focus of their legal concerns is the future living situation of their children. In some cases, custody is denied to a parent that is perceived by the court as unfit to properly care for the child because of violence, adultery, relocation or other factors. However, sometimes personal or familial circumstances change after child custody arrangements have already been set, in which case modifications may be made.

Considering student loans during property division can be complex

In Texas, property that was obtained during a marriage is considered to be jointly owned by both spouses. Since Texas is a community property state, all marital assets are evenly split during a divorce. However, property that was acquired prior to the marriage, received as a gift or inherited by one spouse is considered separate property and will be retained by the owner.