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Retirement accounts require proper valuation during divorce

Older married couples are divorcing at an ever increasing rate. And while it is often the wisest choice to end a relationship that is no longer working, those who are approaching retirement age face some very serious settlement decisions. The fact is, once you are in your 50's or 60's you will need to retain every possible financial benefit that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse acquired over the years.

Pride event features fun for LGBT families and friends

One of the most positive developments in American society has been the increased acceptance of those who are part of the LGBT community. Of course, we still have a ways to go before reaching full enlightenment and there may always be resistance in certain quarters. But still, we have good reason to believe that as time moves on things will continue to improve.

In fact, even in the traditionally conservative Lone Star State, there can be found signs of positive change. Take, for example, an event known as North Texas Pride. This annual event, recently scheduled to take place in McKinney, was started in 2011 and has experienced steady growth.

Employment opportunities limited for military spouses

Anyone who goes through a divorce will be faced with many challenges. The divorce process can be emotionally taxing as well as complicated. And if you are divorcing a military spouse, your challenges can be especially daunting. For one thing, you have spent the better part of your marriage supporting your spouse's efforts while certain aspects of your life have been set aside. And this could include sacrificing your career aspirations by following your spouse to his or her various locations of duty.

Consistent relationship with child affects custody case outcomes

In many ways, the issues faced by divorcing same-sex couples are no different from those faced by their different-sex counterparts. But child custody can present unique challenges. This is because even if both parties share in the parenting duties, it is possible that only one party is biologically related to the child.

And if you are the non-biological parent, you may feel you are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to gaining custody. However, being the non-biological parent does not mean you can't get the custody terms you desire.

Changes in expenses can call for changes in child support

The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus once said, "there is nothing permanent except change." This idiom can be applied to virtually every aspect of life. And if you have children, you can track their changes simply by looking at the markings you make in the door jam to measure their height. They grow so fast, and their needs can also change greatly over time. Where once diapers and baby food signified the greatest expenses involved in raising your child, you may now be facing new costs that are higher than expected.

The costs of childcare and education have constantly risen over the years and now typically eat up a healthy chunk of a parent's household budget. Couple these changes with ever rising costs of rent, food, and other necessities, and it's easy to see why many parents struggle just to make ends meet. 

Protecting children from divorce conflicts is vital

If you are a parent who is on the verge of divorce, your relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse is likely quite contentious at present. And if there are serious disputes as you proceed through the divorce process, it is possible that your animosity could increase.

Fathers help sons stand on their own two feet

Sometimes, fathers are not aware of their influence on their sons. If you are a father, your guidance can have a profound effect on many aspects of your son's life. In fact, your relationship with your son could alter the course of his growth into manhood.

Surprise divorce papers may be culmination of long-term plan

Being served divorce papers without warning can leave anyone reeling. But as hard as it may be to accept, it is very possible that your soon-to-be ex-spouse has been planning the split for some time. And if this is the case, it would not be surprising if he or she has also been hiding assets in an effort to keep them from being divided in the settlement.

Preparation can help you get through a military divorce

Perhaps you have come to the realization that your marriage to a service member is in serious trouble. There could be any number of signs that serve as indicators. Maybe he or she is distant or non-responsive to your needs when at home. Or worse, you have a strong suspicion that there is another person in his or her life. And while you may have let time go by hoping that things would improve, you have now reached the conclusion that your relationship is irreparably damaged.

How can a child's best interests impact your custody decisions?

As you may know, when a judge in a family court is making decisions about how the divide parenting time between divorcing parents, he or she is bound to consider the best interests of the child. But typically a judge is not tasked with having to make such rulings if the parents are able to create an amenable agreement between them. In such a case, the judge will likely approve the agreed upon terms.