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November 2017 Archives

Divorce planning may include review of estate documents

During any major life transition, and especially at the end of a marriage, one will need to review those carefully drafted estate documents. Whether it is a trust or a will, neglecting these documents during the divorce planning can certainly cause issues down the road. Two recent court cases illustrate problems that have arisen for individuals who neglected to specify and/or update the documents. These issues can potentially extend to individuals in Texas, although the two cases did occur in other U.S. states. 

Even divorce has hidden blessings

Life is all in what one makes of it. One's attitude can determine whether an event is a blessing or a curse, and when people choose to see the positive side of any change, they can set themselves up for a happier life. Even divorce has its upside, as a recent news article shows. Individuals in Texas may find some helpful hints from the article for shaping an attitude of gratitude for divorce. 

Child custody tips from a divorce expert

A recent article written by an experienced family advisor shares some tips on co-parenting. The woman gives basic guidelines that some individuals in Texas may wish to ponder and apply if they match their needs when considering child custody. The tips are designed to help individuals begin to plan and implement a workable co-parenting plan. 

Tax reform could change alimony

A federal tax reform bill is currently in the works that will make significant changes to existing tax policy. One of those changes is the elimination of the alimony tax deduction. If that change passes into law, experts say that it will drastically affect how divorce agreements are settled. Individuals in Texas who may be facing a divorce could potentially be affected if the divorce is finalized after 2017. 

Kendu Isaacs claims he's owed more alimony

Spousal support is a point of contention in many Texas divorces. While there are state guidelines for determining an appropriate amount of alimony, judges do have the ability to deviate when necessary. This might sometimes be done at the judge's own discretion or because of one spouse's request. Such is apparently the case with Kendu Isaacs, music producer and Mary J. Blige's ex-husband.