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Wife of celebrity chef files for divorce after domestic abuse

Even when one looks at a marriage that has withstood the test of time, lasting over 50 years, there is truly no perfect relationship or marriage. And, some married couples in Texas and elsewhere, marriages can last much less than expected. No one can prepare for the events a marriage will bring, making it important to consider what a couple can do to address any marital problems that may arise, even filing for divorce.

According to recent reports, the wife of celebrity chef, Grady Spears, filed for divorce. This occurred just a day after their third wedding anniversary after Wendy Hutchinson Mann-Spears claimed that she was assaulted by her husband in their home. Reports indicated that she filed for a temporary protective order just days before filing for divorce.

What happens when a spouse hides assets during dissolution?

It isn't uncommon to want to protect your things. This is why people put money in banks, items in safes and even take measures to ensure security at a household. It is no difference if a divorce. Spouses want to protect what they believe is his or hers; however, spouses may also be compelled to give up what isn't essentially theirs. In some cases, spouses might take steps to hide assets to avoid having them divided in the divorce process.

What happens when a spouse hides assets during dissolution? Although the Patriot Act going into effect in 2001 made it more difficult to hide assets in offshore accounts; however, this was designed to prevent individuals from evading taxes. Nonetheless, when a spouse is caught hiding assets in an offshore account, he or she could face serious criminal penalties that could land them in prison for several years.

Four issues to consider during property division

When couples decide to get married, they join their lives, combining most of their assets and property. While it is common to think what is mine in yours when the marriage is going great; however, when a marriage fails, divorcing couples often think otherwise. Whether it is separate property or marital property, it is important to understand what issues might come up and what mechanisms you can use to resolve these problems.

While there are many important factors to consider, this can be broken into four issues. This first is the need to identify marital assets that are owned by both spouses. This means locating all accounts, investments and property that is jointly owned or considered marital property. Next, once all property involved in assessed, property will need to be categorized as marital and non-marital property.

Parenting plans for special needs children can last a lifetime

Child custody is often one of the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. Both parents usually have preferences about the outcome, as well as opinions about what will be best for the children. Kids do have different needs during a divorce, such as the need for reassurance and a sense of stability even as their living situation changes.

Those needs can be more complex and pressing for children with special needs. The average couple will create a parenting plan or custody agreement that sets rules in place for the near future or perhaps creates a framework that could last until the child reaches adulthood.

Helping resolve family law matters

When parents part ways, this is an emotional and challenging time. It is not only a process to move on from the failed relationship, but also a process to address the needs of the child. This can look vastly different from one family to the next in Texas and other states. However, what matters is that any issues that arise are resolved with the best interests of the child or children in mind.

It can be a lot to handle. Even when one knows what they want, it can be difficult to further these issues. At the Law office of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., our skilled legal team has helped client with a wide variety of family law matters. Our goal is to fully understand what our clients wants so we can make it a reality for them.

Responding to an alcohol abuse accusation in child custody courts

A large percentage of the population consumes alcohol on a regular basis. Alcohol consumption in small and moderate amounts is widely accepted in our society, and when it is consumed in a responsible way, it is not seen as something that inhibits our ability to be good and loving parents.

While this is true, it is also common for divorcing spouses or ex partners to accuse the other parent of abusing alcohol. They often do this in order to provide an argument of why the other parent may not be a good parent worthy of child custody. While their intentions may be good, the entire situation must be weighed up by the child custody courts in order for a fair decision to be made.

What is full custody?

Divorcing parents in Texas and elsewhere may be facing many challenging issues. But, they likely have certain expectations when it comes to the divorce process. Because the growing trend is for parents to co-parent and reach a joint custody agreement, divorcing parents believe that they are entitled to 50 percent or nearly 50 percent of the time with his or her child. While this is often the case, there are matters where one parent might be able to obtain full custody of the child or children.

A custody battle may mean one parent taking action to seek full custody of a child as opposed to joint custody. What is fully custody? In simple terms, it is when there is a parent granted both legal and physical custody of the child. There are many reasons to pursue full custody. Though, one should not take this step to punish an ex. On the other hand, it is frequently sought after in situations where one parents views the other as unfit to share custody of the child.

Navigating a later in life divorce

Whether the relationship was doomed from the beginning or a Texas couple simply grew apart, there are many reasons to get a divorce. And, while this process is never easy, no matter the length of the marriage or the cause of dissolution, many would agree that those getting a divorce later in life experience additional obstacles. The divorce process is generally emotional and difficult, as it often means having a vastly different post-divorce life. But, for those near retirement age, divorce can significantly impact how he or she imagined their retirement to look like.

No one can choose when or if his or her marriage will end through divorce. Thus, it is important to consider how the effects of the process. For those divorcing later in life, there are certain factors to consider when compared to those divorcing earlier in life.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorced after 3 years

Divorce is a tough time for any couple deciding to go through this process. While the end result is the same, there is no right way to divorce. Ending a marriage for one couple can take much longer to complete when compared to another. And, for those going through a high asset divorce, it may take longer. A high profile couple in Texas and elsewhere may face added challenges because they are in the public eye as well.

According to recent reports, actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are officially divorced. It has been three years since the couple separated and over a year since Garner filed for divorce in April 2017. Details available about the final divorce decree include settlements reached regarding their property and assets as well as joint custody of the couple's three children.

Navigating child custody when your child has ADHD

When you are going through the process of settling a child custody dispute in the state of Texas, you will likely be aware that an agreement is sought to be made that is in the best interests of the child in question. When a child has special needs because of a condition such as ADHD, there may be additional considerations that need to be taken into account to understand what would be in his or her best interests.

In the state of Texas, it is becoming increasingly common for joint custody agreements to be put into place. This essentially means that both parents will have equal amounts of time with the child, usually in a week by week set up. In many situations, this can be highly beneficial for the emotional development of a child. However, many parents with children who suffer from ADHD may have concerns about how joint custody agreements might affect their child.