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Why petition for parental relocation in Texas?

Although a divorce and child custody dispute may be settled, there can be future issues that come up due to the previous arrangement. Following a divorce and child custody agreement, a court order might require the parents to live in a certain geographic area. If a parent wants to move to a new area, that parent may need to go back to court to petition for parental relocation. This situation can arise where the parents have a joint managing conservatorship.

Texas family courts typically assign one parent to be the custodial parent in joint managing conservatorships of minor children. This arrangement has the child living in both residences and gives each parent equal power to make decisions in the child's life. There is usually one stipulation that accompanies this type of arrangement. Typically, the parents agree that each other's homes must remain in a certain geographic area. This could cause conflict if one parent needs to re-locate outside of the agreed upon geographic area.

Iggy Azalea sued in Texas divorce court; never been married

Pop star Iggy Azalea has recently been served divorce papers in Texas -- yet she claims she has never been married. There is an interesting piece of Texas law that could require that Azalea divide her assets in what would be a high asset divorce.

According to reports, Azalea has been served papers from an old boyfriend who claims that he wishes to dissolve their common-law marriage. According to the old flame, the two lived together from September 2008 until last year. He also claims that they "agreed to be married, holding themselves out as man and wife."

The common legal reasons for a Texas divorce

Anyone going through a divorce is going to have many questions about the process. If there are children involved there are usually triple the amount of questions a couple with no children has. If you are contemplating divorce there are seven reasons that will function as legal reasoning behind your divorce. Most of these reasons would affect the parents and any children involved in the marriage.

Of the seven reasons, or grounds, for a divorce only one assigns no blame to either spouse. This is the first reason called insupportability. This reason claims that due to disagreements or differences the marriage cannot be upheld. This is the grounds for divorce for most couples.

Divorce: finances and asset division at a glance in Texas

So you and your spouse have finally agreed on one thing: a divorce. Now that you have agreed to have as amicable a divorce as possible, it is important that you understand some basics about your combined finances that are about to be separated. In order to pay as few taxes and fees as possible on any capital gains or financial accounts the two may have, it is important to investigate your finances. In order to protect your assets, certain financial decisions can be agreed on in order to maximize the return on investments.

Since both you and your spouse agree, first look to your cash flow as individuals. One may have more incoming cash flow, so the other may need to sell assets in order to match assets of the other spouse. Think of the opportune time to sell these type of assets since you could be taxed after the fact if you do it after the divorce instead of while you are still married. This way you can avoid paying additional fees on the sale of asset accounts.

What is the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act?

Military divorce has many factors and laws at play that differ greatly from civilian divorce. Both the military member and their family will have many questions as to how their divorce affects certain benefits given to them due to the military member's service. Texas residents who serve or have served in the military are afforded certain benefits. Most of those benefits continue despite the complex divorce, but some military benefits are subject to division.

For example, the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act can come into effect after a divorce. This act allows state divorce courts to split a portion of a veteran's pay between him or her and his or her spouse if the Texas court deems doing so to be appropriate. Sometimes, ex-husbands or ex-wives, can receive some of a veteran's pension in the form of a cash payment. Others may be entitled to benefits like military medical. Ex-spouses may also be eligible for benefits under the Survivor Benefit Plan. If the ex is a victim of spousal or child abuse, there could be additional benefits.

Why fathers should pursue sole-managing conservatorships

When it comes to divorce, most parents' first thoughts turn to their children. Child custody can be a battleground for a divorcing couple. If you believe the issue of child custody is a none-sum game, it may be best to pursue one specific type of custody. Fathers interested in majority custody should consider pursuing a sole-managing conservatorship, and the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton PC can help with this endeavor.

When pursing primary custody, it is first best to determine if this is in fact, in the best interests of the child. If the mother of the child is unsuited to being a large part of the child's life, pursing a sole-managing conservatorship may be best. This is essentially sole custody, and it means you as the father and main parent make the main decisions determining the child's well-being including primary residence, medical treatments, receiving child support and much more.

Same-sex divorce request denied by Texas judge

Recently we discussed how the Defense of Marriage Act has affected Texas legislation and rulings. A recent ruling by a lower Texas court has confirmed the way gay divorce has most recently been perceived and decided in Texas. The same-sex couple requesting a divorce were originally married in New Hampshire in 2010 where the marriage was deemed legal. The couple now lives in Texas and requested a divorce through the Texas courts.

The judge assigned to their case ultimately struck down their couple's request for a divorce. However, the judge did give much testimony as to his decision. According to the judge, his "hands are tied" due to the restrictions laid out in the Texas Family Code that was voted on in 2005. The Texas Family Code governs how divorce proceedings are handled including everything from child custody to asset division. According to the Texas Family Code, same-sex couple's marriages are not recognized as a legal union; therefore, a divorce cannot be granted to a marriage that was never recognized to begin with.

How do I divide art in a Texas divorce?

Divorces can be complicated and can cause confusion. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It's simply a matter of how you approach the division of assets during the divorce. For couple's with a high net worth, art can be an investment that is heavily sought after by either party. There are a few things to keep in mind when dividing art as part of the divorce proceedings.

Experts have noted that dividing art during a divorce can be as big of a dispute as custody arrangements. That is because art can have a stronger emotional connection to the owner. Serious art collectors may never marry because they are so concerned about what may happen to their prized collection. There are a few ways for divorcing couples to avoid taxes and have a peaceful negotiation about their art collection.

Defense of Marriage Act and it's affect on Texas

Recently, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA has been struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Many have questions about what this means for same-sex couples as related to their marriages or sometimes their divorces. Marriage and divorce for same-sex couples have been tricky; currently marriage and divorce are legal in some states -- and in others not allowed. Some states are split on the issue.

Section 3 of DOMA prohibited the federal government from recognizing any marriages between gay and lesbian couples. This is true even if the couple's home state recognized their marriage. This applies to federal programs that can have an effect on same-sex couples. Section 3 was struck down because it did not allow "equal protection" to same-sex couples as laid out in the constitution.

What to do if experiencing parental alienation

It is always recommended that divorcing parents try to amicably discuss their custody arrangement with the best interests of the child in mind. The demeanor in which the parents handle the custody decisions can have positive or negative effects on the child. Sometimes, one parent can use tactics to push the other parent away from the child. This is called parental alienation.

Parental alienation is characterized by one parent using negativity toward the child to push the other parent away from the child. It is recognized by several characteristics including:

  1. One parent continuously degrades the other parent
  2. One parent is the scapegoat for everything
  3. The child feels guilty whenever he or she expresses love toward the alienated parent