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August 2013 Archives

Texas Supreme Court to hear arguments for same-sex divorce

Texas voters have approved a ban on same-sex marriage, but what about same-sex divorce? The state Supreme Court is set to hear two cases, one from Austin and one from Dallas, that seek divorces for two same-sex couples whose legal unions were established in Massachusetts.

Collin County court says father should have child custody

International child custody disputes are some of the most difficult for parents because of all the jurisdictional obstacles that may arise. These cases can last for months and even years, and Texas parents who want to see their children again will need experienced legal support.

Pressing 'send' can change the way your divorce is negotiated

Maybe this has happened to you. You've just completed an email or a text message, sent it to the recipient, and you immediately have a bad feeling that you've made a mistake. Communication technology is great, but once a message is out there, it may be impossible to retract.

After son's near-fatal accident, Usher keeps child custody

In some cases, it may be necessary for a noncustodial parent to request an emergency modification of a child custody order. This could happen if the noncustodial parent believes the current custody arrangement puts the child's safety at risk. Recently, the ex-wife of R&B singer Usher sought an emergency custody change after one their children fell into a pool and nearly drowned.

Stocks, bonds and business assets in a Texas divorce

Last week we wrote about the unfortunate possibility that some spouses might try to hide assets from a divorce settlement. The best thing to do, as we said, is to be aware of how assets are categorized and which assets you are entitled to. So let's discuss other types of assets (or debts) that should be accounted for in the division of marital property in Texas.

Paternity test shows lawmaker not woman's biological father

When biological parentage is denied or otherwise in doubt, emotions can run high. These situations may involve a mother who is seeking support from a man who denies that he is the father of a child. Or, in other cases, a man wants to exercise his parental rights but isn't being allowed to do so. And sometimes neither parent knows what the true situation is.

Don't let your divorcing spouse hide assets from you

When the time comes to divide property in a divorce, it may not be such a good idea to trust wholly what your soon-to-be ex tells you. Unfortunately, some spouses try to hide assets from divorce negotiations. While this is illegal, you can't necessarily count on the hidden assets coming to light unless you know about them. To help protect yourself financially, it is best to meet with an attorney with experience in complex property division.

NBA star's child support dispute goes back to trial judge

Houston residents who follow the lives of NBA stars on and off the court may have seen headlines about the ongoing child support dispute involving Steve Nash and his ex-wife Alejandra. The Laker point guard and his former spouse have three children together, and Alejandra is seeking a child support modification that Steve says may end up spoiling his kids.

Being prepared for a Texas divorce: What to do?

In many cases, the decision to divorce is a culmination of past events, but there is still much to consider after spouses decide to end a marriage. If there is significant marital property, which in Texas we call community property, then the divorce may involve the complex division of assets.

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