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May 2017 Archives

Supreme Court clarifies family law for divorced military couples

A question of how pension and disability benefits are distributed between divorcing military couples has recently been answered by the Supreme Court. Many military couples in Texas and all across the nation had been facing this issue, with varied responses from the states. However, a May ruling put the question to rest for good and provided a consistent guideline to be applied by family law practitioners. 

Low credit score and divorce; Study compares credit, trust

There are many elements that come into play when considering a life partner. One unexpected factor in lifelong happiness and the possibility of a future divorce is the credit scores of the spouses. Several recent studies, including one undertaken at the University of Texas, take a look at the impacts of credit scores on marriage and divorce. 

More states embrace child support leniency for inmates

For the most part, local, state and federal agencies all come together on one thing, When it comes to vulnerable children, they all want what is in the best interest of the child. Sometimes, the best interest of the child may take an unexpected route, such as allowing incarcerated parents the ability to waive or reduce their child support payments while they are in jail. Many states, including Texas, have some type of provision for this exact circumstance. One southern state recently proposed a bill that waives child support payments while a parent is incarcerated in hopes that released convicts will resume child support payments sooner upon release. 

Texas: Marriage dissolution and Social Security

Some Texas couples may be wondering how divorce can affect their financial future. Many people are familiar with financial concerns of marriage dissolution such as property and debt, but may forget about how divorce factors into the distribution of their Social Security. Divorce impacts Social Security benefits in a few ways. 

Property division an important consideration for Texas couples

Prenuptial agreements can be an important tool for couples considering marriage. Texas couples may wish to learn the ins and outs of the prenup, especially if the marriage is later in life or if one of the spouses owns significantly more assets than the other. A prenuptial agreement can help with property division, alimony and financial protection.