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Missed alimony payments lead to discovery of fraud.

As the largest state in the nation, Texas is home to nearly 30 million residents. A beautiful backdrop of  scenic landscapes coupled with a unique culture makes Texas one of the most popular states in the nation to live, work and raise a family. While some people are able to maintain their 'American Dream,' not everyone is so fortunate. Sometimes, for myriad reasons, couples and families can find themselves in the midst of a divorce, and alimony is often a sticking point in the proceedings. 

Couples may choose to separate under many circumstances, and some divorces are amicable. Parties are able to utilize the legal process peacefully and go their separate ways. Unfortunately, even in these situations, disaster can strike, especially where alimony payments are concerned. Alimony is a court-ordered payment made from one spouse to the other as a means of support, during and following divorce proceedings.

Recently, a former NFL player was accused of missing alimony and child support payments. The man was confused, attesting that he had hired a third party to handle his finances. Despite the fact that his claims were legitimate, he was forced to borrow money from family and friends to meet his obligations, to escape legal ramifications put into place by the courts to avoid nonpayment. An investigation later showed that the third party, a Texas woman, had been stealing the man's money for personal use, rather than paying his legal obligations. Charges were filed against the woman.

After a divorce, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that alimony and child support payments are made in a timely fashion. Even when a person employs someone to handle their finances, they are legally responsible to assure that the payments are kept current. In many cases, it can be helpful to choose an attorney that focuses his or her practice on family law issues, and may be able to assist a client in understanding and obeying court orders. 

Source: khou.com, "Feds: Houston woman stole more than $1 million from ex-NFL player", May 2, 2018

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