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Texas military divorce and child support

When a parent is going through a divorce with a military service member, the manner in which child support is determined and collected is an important consideration. While the Texas child support guidelines will generally be used by the courts to determine the amount of child support, people should make certain the judge understands how the pay may change with deployments as well as additional benefits the service member receives.

Prior to obtaining a child support order from a Texas family law court, the parent may collect child support from their spouse based on their military service. All military members are required to support their children, and each branch has its own guidelines regarding the amount that should be paid. The parent may contact the legal assistance division of the branch or speak with the military service member's commanding officer in order to start collecting child support.

Fathers fight for custody rights at Texas state capitol

On April 15, a group of Texas fathers went to the state capitol in support of a bill that would give judges the option of granting equal physical child custody in a divorce. One of the fathers supporting the bill says he has been fighting for more access to his young son for 10 years and that in the previous month, he saw him for only 48 hours.

Opponents of the bill say that an equal split will introduce too much disruption into a child's life. According to them, a child's best interests may be in conflict with the best interests of the child as they believe it is difficult for a child to go back and forth between both parents' homes. Furthermore, they say that it will introduce the opportunity for more litigation.

A look at changing beneficiaries after a divorce

Sugar Land residents who are looking for a divorce may be interested in some information about changing the beneficiary on accounts. The process is straightforward as long as the timing and method of changing the beneficiary is appropriate.

One of the main things that people often do after a divorce is to remove their former spouse's name as beneficiary on various assets, including insurance policies and retirement accounts. Because you generally cannot make this type of change to an account once the divorce process has begun, it is usually appropriate to wait until the divorce is finalized. While the change can be made before the divorce is filed, this may result in the former-beneficiary spouse being alerted to the change. This may bring up unwanted questions about the reasoning behind the change.

Accuracy of paternity testing methods

Paternity testing is an important part of many fathers' rights cases in Texas. If there is a dispute over who is the father of a child, one party may seek to establish paternity through a DNA test. Although most paternity tests are almost 100 percent accurate, there are some testing methods that are more accurate than others.

The two main types of paternity tests are the exclusion test and the inclusion test. The exclusion paternity test rules out the possibility that a particular man is a child's father, and this test is considered to be 100 percent accurate. The inclusion paternity test will determine how likely it is that a certain man is a child's father. The best inclusion paternity testing methods are considered to be 99.99 percent accurate.

Can you seek child support modifications after case is settled?

After a divorce has been settled -- this includes financial division and child custody arrangements -- some parents wonder, can these decisions ever be modified? Certainly the Texas family law court understands that life and living situations change and this may lead to a desire in the change in child support arrangements. The short answer is yes, the child support agreement can be modified. However, if one parent wishes for it to stay the same, it can be difficult.

You breathe a sigh of relief, you have made it through divorce proceedings and you couldn't be happier! However, this state of contentment is short-lived when your life changes in a few months and your child custody arrangement is no longer feasible. This could be due to loss of a job or serious injury which in turn can affect income. If income changes this could make it difficult to make child support payments in full and on time.

What are the most common types of military allowance?

When you or a family member is involved in the military, things are different. Typically your family has endured some hardship such as prolonged time away from loved ones or moving from base to base with short term notice. However, there are perks to being involved in the military. One of those perks are financial and benefit incentives. However, calculating or dividing these financial aspects can be difficult when going through a divorce.

This is especially true for military members who receive military allowance. What is military allowance? Military allowance is essentially military pay or benefits that are non-taxable and are included as part of military salary or bonuses. They can be administered for things like housing or hazard pay. The most common military allowances are Basic Allowance for Subsistence and Basic Allowance for Housing.

Answers to frequently asked questions about high asset divorce

Going through a divorce is undoubtedly a stressful experience that can be complex and confusing. Many questions involving numerous elements of the process are commonplace, including the question of property division between spouses. The particulars of this process can differ by state, and Texas has its own set of rules and guidelines for such situations.

Firstly, Texas is considered a "community property state." This means that all property owned by married persons at the time of divorce belongs to both husband and wife. Therefore, any debts between the two are considered "community debts." This means that debt is owed equally but both husband and wife. Naturally, this can cause some debate if the actual asset or debt was acquired by one spouse more so than the other.

Protecting your business during a divorce

A divorce has a way of turning one's life upside down. For many people, this is more a matter of personal circumstances and personal finances, but for those who own a business, this very personal matter can greatly complicate work, as well. In many cases, the value of the business is one of the assets that must go into the pot during the property division phase of a divorce.

It is not only small business and family owned business owners that need to be aware of their assets when going through a divorce. Any type of entrepreneur needs to be aware of all of their income and other assets so that proper value can be placed on them and so that the proper steps can be taken to protect them during the divorce.

Rights of unmarried fathers before the birth of their child

Unmarried men usually have a more difficult time making decisions for their child before and after they are born. This is because the woman carrying the child has certain rights to her body and her privacy. Sometimes this can make it difficult for unmarried fathers, or soon to be fathers, to feel like they are a part of the child's life and are able to make decisions for that child. However, all is not lost; there are a few options for fathers' seeking rights of their unborn child.

The first step in the process is to understand what rights are inherent to the expecting mother and what rights you have as a father in this situation. When it comes to medical decisions for mom and baby, the father has little say. This is due to the fact that the child is unborn and the woman is given all decision making power about healthcare, medical testing and even adoption. It is best to try and communicate with the expecting mother instead of trying to fight with her on every point. This will likely and hopefully get you further to your goals, in that respect.

Eva Mendes claims to know the real reason for divorce in America

Couples everywhere have heard the jarring news reports related to divorce rates across the country. Some are even in the midst of their own divorce, or contemplating one in their near future. There are many reasons couples today choose to divorce. Sometimes, financial decisions and money have a lot to do with the arguments between two people. However, Eva Mendes claims to know the real reason for divorce in America.

In a recent interview, actress Eva Mendes states what she believes is the real reason for divorce. Eva states in the interview, "Ladies, the number one cause of divorce in America -- sweatpants." Yes, she is being quoted accurately. Despite all of the commonly quoted reasons for divorce, such as financial strain or irreconcilable differences, Mendes chalks it up to wearing sweatpants.