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January 2019 Archives

What to know about filing taxes after divorce

If you count yourself among the many people across Texas making their way through a divorce, you may be experiencing considerable change in your life. You may, too, need to take a new and different approach to filing your taxes this year in the wake of your divorce, because such a significant life change can have substantial tax implications. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C. we recognize that divorce brings with it many changes, and we have helped many people facing similar circumstances navigate these changes and make informed decisions along the way.

How Texas determines the “best interests of the child”

When you find yourself involved in a Texas child custody case, you will likely hear the term, “best interests of the child” thrown around quite a bit. Ultimately, “the best interests of the child” is what a judge will consider before making any determinations about who should have custodial rights, but there are many different areas that come into play when assessing a child’s best interests. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we are well-versed in the many factors a judge will typically consider when making custody-related decisions, and we have helped many people embroiled in child custody cases pursue solutions that meet their needs.

Resolving complicated international child custody matters

Child custody can be one of the most complex issues in a divorce. Both parents probably have strong opinions about where the child should live, who should get to make decisions for the child and how much parenting time he or she should get. Custody and visitation matters are often emotionally charged and difficult to navigate, particularly when one parent moved or intends to move out of the country.

When might a forensic accountant help in a divorce?

When you make your way through a Texas divorce, chances are, you want to do everything you can to make sure you wind up with your fair share in the split. Regrettably, however, some spouses will do everything in their power to shield assets from their former partners, and others simply have no idea how to assess the value of certain assets. For these reasons, many Texas residents involved in divorces are turning to forensic accountants for help.

What’s the difference between community and equitable property?

You share almost everything when you’re married. Therefore, when you are about to get divorced, it can come as no surprise that you might not know which of the items you acquired during your marriage you or your spouse will get. Who is going to live in the house you bought, who gets the vacation cabin you inherited from your grandparents, and who keeps the minivan? Property division can be confusing for Texas residents.

Pre-wedding surprises: Prenuptial agreements and peace of mind

If you're getting married, you already have a prenuptial agreement of sorts, whether you like it or not. Based on Texas law, a family court could decide how you and your spouse will divide your marital assets if you should ever get divorced. A prenuptial agreement can offer important protections to you.

What can I spend my child support money on?

As a Texas parent who receives child support money from your child’s other parent, you may have heard all kinds of rumors about what you can and cannot spend that money on. Unfortunately, many parents like you labor under the misconception that they must spend child support money only on their child’s basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. As FindLaw points out, however, such is not the case. In fact, you will be happy to know that you have enormous flexibility in the kinds of things you can legitimately spend this money on.

Is mediation a good idea in a same-sex divorce?

If you and your same-sex spouse decide to seek a Texas divorce, you may well find that obtaining a mediated divorce serves your interests better than obtaining a traditional litigated divorce. This is because while Texas recognizes same-sex marriages, our divorce laws generally were passed with heterosexual couples in mind, not same-sex couples. Consequently, you may find mediation the perfect workaround to your having to precisely fit within all the various aspects of Texas divorce law.

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