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Can unpaid spousal support affect Social Security?

After a divorce, some people may struggle with various responsibilities, but spousal support payments can be particularly challenging for people who are experiencing financial problems. Unfortunately, falling behind on spousal support payments can create even more financial hardships for both parties. As a result, it is pivotal to understand the importance of staying current on alimony obligations and some of the consequences associated with becoming delinquent. Many people are surprised to find that missing spousal support payments can affect their lives in other ways, such as their ability to receive Social Security benefits.

Understanding that every child support case is unique

Legal issues that involve children can be particularly challenging for parents to work through. However, it is essential to make sure that children are provided with the care they need and make every effort to pursue a healthy outcome. Child support can be especially difficult for certain families, from the perspectives of custodial and non-custodial parents alike. If you are facing any child support matter, or expect that child support will be a contentious issue during your divorce, it is vital to recognize that every case is different.

Methods spouses use to conceal property

If you reside in Texas and have reason to believe that your marriage may be nearing its end, it may be due, at least on some level, to a breakdown of trust between you and your partner. If you are already questioning your partner’s actions and motives, you may, too, have concerns about him or her attempting to hide assets from you to obtain a more favorable position in an upcoming divorce. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we are well-versed in the methods spouses sometimes use to stockpile assets and conceal them from one another, and we have helped many people navigating divorces pursue their fair shares in a settlement.

Do you need a family law attorney?

You may need an expert in family law if you are a Texas resident who is adopting a child, finalizing a divorce, deciding on child custody arrangements or dividing real estate after a breakup. Since state laws have a strong say in matters of marriage and dissolutions of marriages, an experienced attorney can help you wade through the legal processes whether you are tying or loosening the knot.

Minimizing the impact of divorce on your career

People frequently think of many challenges when divorce comes up, such as how the custody of children will be arranged, who will receive certain types of marital property, and the amount of child support or spousal support that will need to be paid. However, it is important to bear in mind that ending a marriage can affect couples in other ways. For example, you may find that splitting up with your spouse has affected your career. It is essential to do what you can to prevent your divorce from creating other challenges in life and be prepared for various issues you may face.

Helping your child deal with divorce

A married couple who brings their marriage to an end might have to work through any number of complicated issues, from those which are financial in nature (property division, spousal support, etc.) to emotional challenges such as depression or anxiety. However, it is very important for couples who have kids to carefully approach those which involve children, such as child custody. By taking steps to reduce the impact that their divorce may have on their children, parents could be able to not only help kids process the divorce better, but minimize some of the negative consequences that may come with a child's parents splitting up, such as poorer school performance and anger.

What are some examples of separate property?

Family law can bring up a number of stressors for couples who are in various situations. From same-sex marriages to high-asset divorce and those who have many children together, every case is different. For some, the way in which marital property is split up can be particularly challenging. Some people lose sleep over concerns about how the property will be divided, while others struggle with a court's decision after the fact. If you are unsure of how your property may be split up, or have questions related to the division of property during a divorce, it may be helpful to go over various facets of this issue. For example, you may want to review various examples of separate property.

What will joint custody look like for your family?

If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse made the decision to work together to reach a custody agreement and devise a parenting plan, you are probably looking at sharing joint legal and physical custody of your children. Each of you wants to get as much time with the children as possible, which means that you need to find a way to keep the time as equal as possible.

Making alimony payments more affordable

All sorts of legal issues can arise following a couple's divorce, from the impact of a custody ruling to child support and relocation. However, spousal support can be especially difficult for some people, especially those who may have experienced financial changes recently. For example, someone who was fired or is suffering from a health problem that they never saw coming may have a very hard time paying alimony. Unfortunately, falling behind on spousal support can create additional problems, so it is vital for those who are having a hard time with alimony payments to look into ways to address their spousal support obligations properly.

Working through a same-sex divorce

In recent years, many same-sex couples were excited to find out that they could finally tie the knot. As with all relationships, however, there may come a time when things are no longer working out. If you live in Houston or another Texas city and have found yourself in this position, it is vital to know your rights and work through your divorce appropriately.

Are you concerned that your ex may take your child?

Not every divorce can fit into the latest celebrity model of remaining friends and taking the children on vacations together. Some Texas parents may come close by agreeing to co-parent and cooperate with each other. Then there are parents who struggle just to be in the same room together, if that's even possible depending on the situation.

How many people divorce each year?

From allegations of infidelity to a couple's relationship simply not working anymore, there are many reasons people file for divorce. In Houston, and other parts of Texas, many people continue to find themselves in this position. If you are preparing for divorce, or are going through the process right now, knowing how many other people are in the same situation as you may make you feel as if you are not alone. Moreover, each divorce case has unique details and the end of a marriage can be especially challenging for certain people, such as those who have a high net worth.

Adopting a child from abroad? Understand the Hague Convention

The Hague Convention, which was meant to prevent children under 16 from being taken from their "habitual" country of residence, entered into force in the U.S. in 1988; subsequently, the tenets of the convention become part of the international adoption process for American adoptive parents.

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