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Pet custody addressed in the first state law of its kind in U.S.

With divorce now common, family laws in most states have managed to adapt in ways that maximize the wellbeing of children. An increasing number of states, for instance, are encouraging some form of shared custody. The reasoning behind this is that it is generally in the best interests of children to maintain strong ties to both parents, when possible.

Financial considerations during and after the divorce process

There is no doubt that divorce impacts all affected parties emotionally, physically and financially. Unfortunately, because no two divorces are exactly alike, there is no "rule book" that spouses can follow in the wake of a decision to divorce in order to guarantee that they will emerge from the process emotionally, physically with financially stability.

The benefits of prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements have many different benefits, including the protection of assets but they have many other helpful advantages as well. In general, prenuptial agreements outline property rights before marriage. There are many misunderstandings associated with prenuptial agreements and their benefits so it is helpful to have a good idea of the ways they can help couples in a variety of different situations.

Your divorce doesn't have to get ugly

If you are getting divorced or thinking about filing for divorce, you may think that you need to start arming yourself for battle. After all, most divorces we read about in the news or on social media seem to depict a painful, expensive and combative process.

Top reasons why your prenup could be contested

When two people divorce in Texas, one of the most contentious processes they go through is the division of assets. To make this process a little easier, many people choose to have a prenuptial agreement in place before they get married. This document allows soon-to-be spouses to set rules for distribution, spousal maintenance and other financial matters that can cause great turmoil in the event of a divorce.

New bill challenges no-fault grounds for divorce

When a Houston couple decides to end its marriage the parties to the union may do so either based on fault grounds or through a no-fault divorce. Fault grounds, which include but are not limited to adultery, cruelty, conviction of a felony and abandonment, demonstrate that the actions of one of the parties led to the deterioration of the marital relationship. No-fault grounds, on the other hand, simply suggest that the couple wants to end its relationship without placing blame on either of the parties.

Child support delinquency punishable by stopping car registration

In Texas, when a couple that has ended a marriage or relationship shares a child, in general there will be an order of child support from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. This is not done as a way of punishment, but to ensure that the child is cared for properly with all of his or her needs provided for. Unfortunately, there are times when the payments are not made on time or in full. In fact, some parents do not make the necessary payments at all. The state has certain steps it will take to try and make certain that the payments are made. A new method is preventing the renewal of vehicle registrations.

Who pays for the children's college education?

When a family is going through a divorce, there are many things that need to be worked out. Property division is one of the main issues surrounding divorce, but if children are part of the family, child support and visitation can also be contentious. Children have many expenses that are associated with their care and upbringing, with college expenses being one of the largest expenses. But who pays for college when there is a divorce and mediation?

Understanding the requirements for collaborative law negotiations

Texans who are having marital difficulties, but are not interested nor willing to engage in a protracted conflict, might want to consider a collaborative process to iron out their differences and move forward. There are many reasons why a couple would want to take this course. There might be children as part of the marriage, so the parents may want to work together for the good of their offspring. It could be that the marriage is ending without rancor and they simply need assistance to settle it. Or they are trying to peacefully resolve disputes they have.

Helping you navigate the collaborative divorce process

The end of a marriage is a tough reality to take in. Whether it is for the best or is something you do not agree with, Texas couples going through a divorce often face many challenges and difficulties during this often lengthy and complex process. For many, going the traditional litigation route seems appropriate and the method most commonly used; however, divorcing couples should note that there are divorce alternatives that could better meet the needs of the couple, helping them reach a timely and amicable divorce settlement.

How divorce can affect a man's health

Anybody who has gone through a divorce or separation can attest to the fact that it is a stressful situation, to say the least. It can be emotionally trying, physically draining and mentally exhausting to endure these conditions. According to the Huffington Post, research has revealed, however, that men may bear the brunt of it when it comes to a divorce's impact on health. Here are a few of the ways it can have an effect on men's lives.

Understanding UIFSA for child support in Texas

When a Texas couple divorces, there are times when one former spouse will move to another state. If this is the case and there is child support that must be paid, some people may be confused as to how this is handled under the law. This is where the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) comes in. UIFSA was enacted for child support to be collected across state lines. Knowing how this works can help to settle disputes and address other divorce legal issues.

Texas lawmaker wants to end no-fault divorce

Those who have gone through dissolution in Texas know how emotional and stressful the whole process can be. When a couple is going through the end of a marriage, they can choose to list why the it is necessary or have it be listed as a no-fault divorce. A Fort Worth lawmaker is seeking to end the no-fault divorce option for Texas couples.

Points to remember in protecting assets in a Texas divorce

Texas couples who are in the process of ending a marriage or have already completed the divorce process need to be vigilant about their finances. Factors to consider are property division, bank accounts, assets, how property obtained during the marriage is allocated and more. Whether the planning for the divorce is underway, if it is in progress, or after it is completed, the spouses must make certain to take various steps to protect themselves.

Finances are critical during a divorce

Houston couples that are going through dissolution know how emotional and stressful this time can be. There are many decisions that need to be made and many of them are financial in nature. In order for a person to wind up in a good spot financially after the divorce is finalized, there are some tips they should keep in mind.

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