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September 2016 Archives

Frozen embryo dispute could set men's rights legal precedent

July 25, 1978 marks a big moment in medical history. The first test-tube baby was born that day. In the nearly 40 years since then, reproductive technology has advanced on many fronts. What has failed to keep pace, as many legal scholars in Texas and elsewhere observe, is the law concerning this area. Of particular sensitivity is the question of frozen embryos.

Tax implications of Texas divorce worth tending to

If you are in a marriage relationship that has run its course you probably are motivated to get things over and done with as quickly as possible. The desire to escape the emotional pressure is surely high. But to address all the factors of a Texas divorce, you need to view things through a wide-angle lens.

Broadening how 'parent' is defined

What is a parent? The dictionary can give you different definitions depending on the context in which the word is used. However, general language use of the word may differ from the legal definition. That difference can have a major impact on how courts in Texas consider and resolve child custody disputes. This may be particularly true in cases involving same-sex couples.

QDRO: minimizing tax hits on retirement fund splits in divorce

Ask a person in Texas under the age of 40 about their pension plans and you might get a quizzical look. Pensions are something their parents or grandparents have. For those in younger generations, retirement planning usually means socking something away in an Individual Retirement Account or a 401(k).

What complications are possible with '2nd time around' couples?

Love is lovelier the second time around. So Frank Sinatra sang. Many in Texas would likely agree with the sentiment. Considering how much longer we all are living these days it also serves as a particularly hopeful statement about the chances of enjoying happiness with a significant other, no matter how old we are.

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