Texas families may be aware that a recent legal power struggle has many people confused. Adoption is ordinarily a matter of family law, which could help explain why the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act. The act provided special circumstances regarding the adoption of American Indian and Alaskan native children.
Texas residents are probably aware that as a marriage ends and divorce proceedings begin, both parties will have to begin the process of separating what used to be one household into two. While it may not be as difficult to determine who gets certain physical property, such as furniture, personal clothing items, or vehicles, splitting things like existing debt may be a bit more tricky. Laws put in place to standardize divorce planning vary from state to state.
Some individuals finds checklists and written plans to be helpful when they face a complicated task. When one sets a plan down in writing, and spells out important details, the plan is more likely to go according to written expectations. At the end of a marriage, careful divorce planning can help a person review the most important details that should be attended to. In Texas, individuals often choose several items to add to a post-divorce checklist.
During and after a marital breakup, it is likely that at least one party will be searching for a new place to live. For the person in Texas relocating after divorce, there are a few options. Part of the divorce planning process may include weighing the pros and cons of each of the housing options.
January brings a wave of unhappy people looking to separate from their spouses. Whether it is the stress of the holiday season or the promise of renewal in the New Year, for some reason, divorce requests peak in January in the United States, and Texas is no different. Unfortunately, a breakup can leave a person in a financial pinch, but with divorce planning, a person may be better prepared to face a new life alone.
Spousal support payments may be undergoing a revision in the coming year. A federal tax bill can change the way individuals pay their support payments and how recipients claim the funds. The proposed changes will be felt in the courts of Texas family law as individuals negotiate settlements using the new terms.
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.
In an unusual news piece, a research study claims that the tendency to break up may be genetic. A study completed by two universities claims to have found a genetic link in families, making individuals from divorced families more likely to use family law services later in their own lives. The recent revelations may be of possible interest to people considering divorce in Texas.
When it comes to ending a marriage, a person does have options. Most of the time, individuals choose the usual divorce route, but for others, an annulment is what they need. Both types of marriage dissolution have their pros and cons, and certain circumstances that must be met before being finalized. Individuals in Texas may be interested to learn more about the similarities and differences between divorce and annulment.
The biggest tasks in life can usually be easily managed when broken down into smaller parts. From building a house, to getting an education, or even divorce, a person does not have to be overwhelmed by the complexity of the issue. In a recent news article, one person shares her tips for approaching marriage dissolution in a strategic way. Individuals in Texas grappling with this issue may find her advice helpful.