Time and time again, this blog has detailed how child custody often proves to be the most contentious aspect of a divorce not only in Texas, but any state. Litigation surrounding this issue can keep a divorcing couple in the court room for extended periods of time.
The division of property is a very significant aspect of any divorce. In fact, the outcome greatly affects the financial well being of each party. In Texas, courts seek an equitable distribution of property rather than a 50/50 split. Any separate property, meaning anything not acquired throughout the course of the marriage is off limits for division. Community property, all property earned and acquired through the course of the marriage, could be subject to division but a court will look at factors like age, education, financial need and others, to determine how much each party should receive in the division.
While never entirely easy, divorce can be a straight forward, quick and relatively-amicable process. However, it can also be incredibly messy. One out-of-state divorce definitely falls into the incredibly messy category, as the litigation surrounding the settlement has persisted for the last 12 years.
Last month, we blogged about the custody dispute ensuing between Bristol Palin and her ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, over their son, Tripp. Reportedly, the reality show detailing the life of Bristol and her son caught the toddler using profanity. As a result, Levi filed for a child custody modification, seeking full custody of the little boy.
Anxious, confused, guilty, depressed -- these feelings are well known to many divorcing parties in Texas. While some individuals are struggling to work out such internal feelings of angst, they forget that their children may be struggling with similar feelings.
Houston readers likely heard about the domestic dispute that took place a month ago between newlywed football player Chad Jonson, and his reality star wife Evelyn Lozada. Reportedly, the couple got into a heated argument stemming for the question of Johnson's fidelity that culminated in Johnson head butting his wife.
In previous posts, we have documented occurrences of pet custody disputes when a couple decides to part ways for good. In most courts, pets are looked at as property and it is up to mediation to decide how best to arrange a pet custody agreement.
The first of this month marked a deadline that aimed to aid Texas men paying child support to children that they are not the father of. Reportedly, there are 128,000 men in the state that are paying support for children that are not theirs. This may seem strange, but under Texas law in years past, if a man learned that he was paying child support for children that were not his, he was not entitled to end support payments because that would be contrary to the best interest of the child.