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October 2019 Archives

Alimony and how the court decides if it is required

There are many issues to consider when a Houston couple chooses to get a divorce. One of the most common to arise is the possibility that one former spouse will be ordered to pay support to the other. The question is whether the recipient is entitled to it.

Handling issues related to child custody and visitation rights

In Houston, when a couple has ended a marriage and is dealing with children, there will be extensive concerns as to how to make the process as smooth as possible. Part of that is addressing the child having visitation with the non-custodial parent. When the court orders visitation, factors can spark worry for the custodial parent. Understanding how to confront them effectively is key.

Preparing for the financial change divorce can bring

Is divorce on your horizon? Perhaps you and your spouse have not actually said the words, but you may sense the marriage is already over. Whether you are planning on visiting a counselor or you have already gone that route without success, your next step is to learn all you can about your rights and the process of divorce under Texas law.

Factors to remember for a parent who has child custody

When there is a divorce in Houston, one of the common issues in dispute will be child custody. The best interests of the child are key. There are foundational factors to remember whether there is physical or legal custody ordered by the court or the couple has come to an informal agreement.

A new tax strategy for alimony in a high-asset divorce

The overhaul of the U.S. tax code brought a radical change for many Americans, especially those who filed for divorce after Jan. 1. One of the most significant changes is how alimony is taxed. The new law no longer allows the paying spouse to deduct the payments, while the receiving spouse does not have to claim it as income.

Is all property eligible for division in a divorce?

Texas is a community property state, meaning all marital property is divided equally in half between spouses. Marital property, sometimes referred to as community property, includes items, property and assets that are accumulated throughout the marriage. In addition to the family home and vehicles, other property, such as artwork, antiques, retirement plans, country club memberships, frequent flier miles, lottery winnings and term life insurance policies are also eligible for division in a divorce settlement. 

How does same-sex divorce compare to heterosexual divorce?

With same-sex marriage now being legal across the country, it is easy for people, no matter their sexual orientation, to assume that marital problems and divorce rates are similar among heterosexual people and the LGBTQ community. You and other Texas residents may be interested in learning how same-sex marriage and divorce rates compare, as well as the unique challenges same-sex people can experience in their marriages.

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