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Pets: an invaluable sense of stability for children of divorce

The issue of pet custody following a divorce was a topic of discussion last week. We mentioned that innocent animals can often get caught as pawns of revenge in divorce when an angry ex will attempt to win custody of a pet in an expensive war of attrition. In Texas, pets are considered property and awarded as such in a courtroom. Many are hoping for changes to these laws. However, it is not just divorcing couples without children that can develop a close attachment to pets.

Statute of limitations spares Texas bigamist

Last fall, we blogged about a Texas pilot that for almost three years was splitting his time between two wives and two homes -- each unaware of the other. The Fort Worth man's second wife became suspicious when she realized that her husband was still paying bills for the woman she thought he already divorced. It turns out that the husband filed for divorce from his first wife, but then decided that he wanted to rectify the marital discord and never finalized the divorce. However, he did still proceed with a marriage to the second woman.

Jackpot winnings impact father's child support obligations

A recent winner of the $338 million New Jersey Powerball jackpot could be facing arrest. The man is not accused of fraudulently winning his millions, but rather he has $29,000 in unpaid child support to answer for. The man has five children, but appears to have a significant amount of missed payments dating back to 2009. A local Sheriff reports that before winnings are released, the state Lottery Division generally seeks to rectify issues of this matter.

Dallas family law court rules that the Sanders prenup will stand

We have discussed the divorce unfolding in Texas between Deion Sanders and his wife of 14 years in various capacities across this blog. There have been allegations of domestic violence, disputes over custody and claims by Deion that all of the media attention surrounding his split is negatively impacting his career and endorsement deals. The couple's divorce trial began this month, and in the latest development, an arbitrator has ruled that the prenuptial agreement the couple signed will be upheld.

Can residents of Texas obtain a modification of a divorce decree?

It is no easy feat obtaining a divorce modification following a divorce decree in Texas. However, with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, there are certain circumstances in which an individual in Houston or elsewhere across the state may be able to obtain a modification of a divorce decree. The most common modifications individuals seek relate to the children exes had together.

Fertility clinic impregnates woman with ex's sperm

Across this blog we have detailed disputes involving donor sperm and eggs that arise from a variety of circumstances. There have been disputes in Texas and elsewhere across the country involving surrogates, parents trying to collect child support from donors, parents trying to claim they did not have parental obligations for children conceived via donor sperm and so much more.

Divorcing seniors get retirement ready in Texas

We have previously touched on the fact that "gray divorce" is on the rise across the nation, including here in Texas. This phenomenon of a marked increase in couples that are 50 or older ending their marriage has doubled since 1990. In 2010, it is estimated that a quarter of all divorces were gray divorces.

Online dating profile can mean courtroom trouble in Texas divorce

It is not unusual for an individual to begin seeking a significant romantic connection with someone new in the wake of a divorce. However, doing so prematurely can serve to hurt individuals going through a divorce in Houston.

Financially providing for children not optional after divorce

The use of donor sperm and donor eggs has allowed scores of couples in Texas and nationally that otherwise would have been unable to conceive to have children. While this has opened wonderful doors for many couples, it has also raised complex family law issues surrounding child custody, child support and parental obligations.

Facebook may out father trying to dodge child support

In Texas, the terms of a divorce can be modified under certain circumstances. If a spouse remarries, if a parent relocates, if a child turns 18 or there is a significant change in a spouse's income there can be grounds for modification of alimony or child support payments that are court ordered.

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