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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.

What is parental alienation and how does it affect child custody?

When people hear the phrase "parental alienation", many aren't sure what to make of it. However, this is a term commonly referred to in child custody hearings, and it is used to describe an effect that a parent's actions toward the other parent have on a child. it is certainly not something a parent wants to be accused of promoting, as a parent who is exhibiting behavior that is characterized as parental alienation could face repercussions in child custody decisions.

Parental alienation occurs when a parent exhibits behaviors that negatively impact the way a child interacts with and thinks about his or her other parent. Behaviors constituting parental alienation can manifest in either verbal or non-verbal ways and will mentally and emotionally affect a child's relationship with his or her parent. Children can feel fear or hate toward the victimized parent and will disrespect or avoid the parent in an extreme way. The types of behaviors related to parental alienation are often seen in high conflict divorces.

Need help establishing fair asset value? Allow us to help

For some couples, divorce is an amicable situation between two adults who may not be able to live together anymore, but can agree on how divorce should proceed. For others, it is not this simple. When it comes to a divorcing party who cannot see whether it is more lucrative to settle or litigate, allow the legal professionals at the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton to help. We have experience of over 30 years specializing in family law and can help guide you through this difficult time.

People in a situation of a high asset divorce often have more to lose financially than those without a lot of assets. This situation can create an "all or none" type of disagreement between divorcing couples because one or both parties can feel that it is difficult to compromise in this situation. This is because one or both parties may feel that they either are retaining assets or they are losing them. However, we are confident that middle ground can and will be found and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you, our client, are satisfied.

Transferring assets in a Texas divorce, a taxable event?

High asset divorces are certainly subject to many questions concerning how much property from a divorcing couple's financial portfolio will be divided. Assets can range from pensions, stock options, real estate and even art. You can bet that these are all considered into the equation when totaling marital property. But what asset transfers during property division decisions can be subject to taxes? This is an important question to ask when you are interested in protecting your assets in a divorce.

As you consider your finances during the divorce process, at first, you need to get a handle on the total value of all assets making sure not to leave anything out. Normally, the transfer of assets between spouses during the divorce is not considered a taxable event. But of course, there are exceptions.

Texas State Health Services reports 62,196 kids in 2012 divorce

With divorce splashed across the news nationwide, many aren't sure what this means for marriage and families. Are more marriages beginning, ending or never formed in the first place? Are high divorce rates any kind of a deterrent for couples thinking of entering into a legal union? A recent report has compiled a list of divorce facts directly from Texas' Department of State Health Services.

State Health Services recorded a breakdown of the counties with the highest and lowest divorce rates. This is for counties with 10,000 residents or more. Bell County, Texas had the highest divorce rate among any of the counties recording 12.89 divorces per 1,000 residents. However, both marriage and divorce rates are down from the all time high set in Texas in 1981 which recorded 101,856 divorces that year. In 2012, only 80,030 couples decided to part ways.

Can parents in Texas create a parenting plan out-of-court?

When it comes to determining conservatorship of a child (i.e. child custody) and possession of the child (i.e. visitation rights), it is often in the best interests of all involved to try to reach an amicable settlement out of court. This could lead to less stress for both parents. Also, having more of a say in the final parenting plan may make it easier for each party to stick to it. In addition, going through the process of creating a parenting plan could provide a solid basis for future cooperation on the part of each parent. In fact, Texas law recognizes the benefits of an agreed parenting plan and addresses the parents' right to create one.

Federal law protects service members' rights in a divorce

Military families in Texas are often under a lot of stress because the time the service member must spend away from his or her family and because of frequent moves. This stress, combined with other factors, could lead military spouses to decide that getting a divorce is in their best interests. In such situations, it is important for the divorce process to run smoothly and fairly for both spouses. When one spouse is actively deployed, this can complicate matters. Fortunately, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act addresses this situation and helps protect the rights of those in the armed forces and other service members who are on active duty.

Facing a child custody dispute? We may be of assistance

One of our recent blogs discussed how you can help create a positive environment for children as they journey with you through the divorce process. These tips are an extremely helpful way for you to ensure the relationship with your child remains as strong as possible during a time of what could be animosity. However, though much of your attention may be on the well-being of your child in the present, legal disputes over child custody should be a top priority, as the outcome could have life-long effects.

Many times when individuals go through a divorce they have trouble seeing the big picture. Part of the reason is because the law can be complicated and even confusing. Another reason is that parting couples become embroiled in the emotionality of the situation. For these reasons, it is important that if you are considering divorce, then you think about consulting a compassionate, diligent and experienced Sugar Land family law attorney.

If getting divorced, be sure to modify estate plans

Readers of this blog know that there are many legal issues that must be considered before getting a divorce. Regardless of whether one's divorce is disputed or collaborative in nature, matters like child custody, child support, alimony and property division must be taken into account. Though that only sounds like four issues, each one of these actually carries very detailed, often overlooked matters.

One of these areas is estate planning. When an individual gets a divorce, he or she should be sure to make appropriate changes to his or her estate plans. Failing to do so could result in serious, unintended consequences, primarily that an ex-spouse could receive extremely valuable assets that the deceased individual intended to pass to his or her family. The matter can be even more disastrous if the parties are going through a high-asset divorce and changes are not made.