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Finalizing a divorce in Texas

When a divorce in Texas is finalized, a judge will enter a divorce decree. The items in the decree may have been determined by the judge overseeing the case or the couple may have come to their own divorce agreement. If the couple comes to an agreement on their own, the judge will ask them some basic questions before entering the decree into the court's records.

Money mistakes to avoid during a Texas divorce

Although a divorce may be an emotional time in an individual's life, nothing should be overlooked from a financial standpoint. Making mistakes such as underestimating cash flow needs or the impact of joint liabilities can stunt a person's efforts to live a financially secure life after the marriage has ended. It is also important to look over prior tax returns to determine if any tax assets need to be considered in a divorce settlement.

Prenuptial agreement challenged in high-asset divorce

Married or soon-to-be married couples in Texas can take heed from this example of a divorcing spouse challenging an 11-year-old prenuptial agreement. The agreement stipulated that the wife would receive a one-time payment of one percent of the husband's assets in the event of divorce. The wife has filed to overturn the agreement and proceed with routine property division under Illinois state law. At the same time, she filed for sole custody of their three children and relocation rights. Her specific charges against the prenuptial agreement's validity may be worth the attention of Texas couples.

The benefits of prenuptial agreements

When two people decide to get married in Texas, they may not be considering a prenuptial agreement. However, according to a recent article, the documents are apparently gaining in popularity, suggesting that many individuals wish to protect their rights and their separate property.

Texans benefit from careful asset protection in a divorce

A recent divorce dispute involved a husband who wanted half of an inheritance his wife had received from her grandfather's estate two years before. This type of situation is not uncommon in a divorce, and different circumstances may apply from one divorce case to another. An important distinction is legally made between separate property, which is not divided, and marital property, which is divided.

What constitutes grounds for divorce in Texas?

Many couples may benefit from understanding more about what constitutes as grounds for divorce in their state. Texas Family Code cites seven specific scenarios that may justify the court in granting a divorce. The scenarios that qualify as grounds for divorce include insupportability, cruelty, adultery, felony convictions, abandonment, living apart or confinement in a mental hospital.

Understanding alimony laws in Texas

In the state of Texas, there are two different types of alimony payments. The first is contractual alimony and is a private agreement made between the parties. With this type of payment, there is no limit to the duration or amount of payments. With the contract being made between consenting adults and agreed to ahead of time by both parties, there also are not any stipulations regarding eligibility requirements.

Removing financial liability for property after divorce

Many citizens of Texas have had to undergo the divorce process, but the financial repercussions of the marriage do not necessarily end at the same time as the marriage. Even after the divorce decree is years old, it can be possible for an ex-spouse to be the target of collection efforts and subject to damage to their credit rating due to possible financial inaction or irresponsibility on the part of the other former partner.

Anthony and Lopez finalize divorce

Texas residents that enjoy the music of Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez might have heard that their divorce was finalized in a California family law court on June 19, 2014 after three years of marriage. The judge awarded joint legal custody to both parents regarding their six-year-old twins. The entertainers came to an amicable agreement regarding visitation and agreed that no child support or spousal support was necessary.

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