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Supreme Court case will affect same-sex couples

While many cases have come forth from all U.S. states, the Supreme Court has finally agreed to rule once-and-for-all on gay marriage. It will hear two-and-a-half hour arguments from each side both in favor and opposed to gay marriage. This may help clear up not only the gay marriage question in Texas, but also questions of divorce. In previous blogs we have discussed how Texas' inability to recognize the legality of gay marriage had therefore made it impossible for some same-sex couples to divorce.

The root of the debate comes from four cases brought out of different states. If gay marriage is ruled in favor of, this will be a landmark case for those in favor of gay marriage. The judges will come to a decision this summer. This case will address the biggest questions surrounding the settlement issue.

What are Texas veteran benefits to think about during a divorce?

Texas military veterans are awarded certain benefits that regular civilians are not. These benefits do affect the divorce proceedings when dividing assets of the couple. For instance, there is no Texas military retirement income tax. However, this is one of the simpler aspects of veteran benefits. While the benefits may seem complicated in marriage, they can be even more confusing in divorce.

If a Texas veteran has children, certain medical benefits are likely afforded to them as well. These could come in the form of healthcare, spending accounts or even simply access to unconditional healthcare. Typically in divorce, the children are still allotted these medical benefits even if sole custody does not reside with the ex-military member. However, it likely will no longer apply to the ex-spouse of the military member after the divorce.

Why and how to enforce a child custody related court order

While most couples are able to come to a child custody arrangement and stick to it, some divorcing parties have difficulties meeting the terms of the agreement. This could happen in several different ways. Most often it occurs as failing to pay child support as outlined or failing to meet or allow certain visitation times. These specifications are likely laid out in the divorce decree.

The divorce decree is a document that was ordered by the court at the time of the custody hearing and pertains to all the specifics of the custody arrangement, among other things. It is really important that both parties attempt to hold up their end of the agreement. This is because the custody agreement was designated with the goal of keeping the best interests of the child in mind. Even though two parties may disagree, the child in the middle of the divorce should be the focal point of discussions and arrangements.

What is child custody and visitation and how does they work?

Visitation is something many Texans going through a divorce wonder about. How does it work? Will I be able to see my child? These are just a few of the questions running through the brain of the parent who was not granted child custody.

Visitation is referred to in the courtroom as possession and access. Possession refers to who gets custody of the child; access refers to whether the non-custodial parent will get to have a visitation schedule and, if so, how much.

Hamm contends drop in oil prices means less alimony owed

There has been extensive media coverage of oil tycoon Harold Hamm and his now ex-wife and their divorce proceedings. This includes the publicized details of their personal and business finances. Harold Hamm is the owner and CEO of his oil-based company, Continental Resources, Inc. The original divorce decree stated that Hamm owed his ex-wife a significant portion of alimony after 25 years of marriage.

The details of the divorce proceedings can be seen in our previous blog. In short, many were focused on what would become of Hamm's reported billionaire status after his business owner divorce. The Hamm's signed no prenuptial agreement. This would entitle the former Mrs. Hamm to half of the marital property.

What to expect during a child custody court appearance

If you are a parent going through a divorce your first thought, naturally, is for your child or children. How will this divorce affect them, you wonder? Each case of child custody is different, as are the parents choosing to divorce. This is why special attention must be given to each family, this ensures the best child custody arrangement possible for your family.

While you begin to delve into some of the many questions you likely have about divorce and child custody, it is good to get some of the basics about the process out of the way. For example, it is great to have an understanding of courtroom procedure. This is because it is likely that you will stand before a judge at some point during the child custody process. Here are some pointers on what to expect when you enter the courtroom.

Why current and past military members need help with divorce

Current and past military members are afforded certain benefits not allotted to regular citizens. These benefits are well earned due to their current or past sacrifices made for our country. However, if a military member is going through dissolution of their marriage there are certain things about the process that the person should be aware of. With over 30 years experience in family law, our Sugar Land area law firm is ready to explain the unknowns and advocate of behalf of you and your family.

The reality of military divorce is that the benefits allotted to service members and their family are divided and counted in a certain way that is different from civilian divorce. This could include benefits such as pensions or health insurance. Each case of divorce is different and should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What are some things I can include in a prenuptial agreement?

While most people in the Sugar Land area have heard of prenuptial agreements, not everyone is aware of the type of provisions that a prenuptial agreement can include. When many people think of prenuptial agreements they think of one spouse trying to hold on to their money or assets in case of a divorce. However, many different types of provisions can be set forth in a prenuptial agreement. Many would be surprised to know that some of these provisions can apply whether the couples is concerned about a high asset divorce or even certain aspects of the marriage.

A few aspects that a prenuptial agreement can regulate are financial areas of a marriage. For example, it can separate marital property. It can also protect one spouse from the other spouse's debts in case of a divorce. Family property can also be marked and delegated to the appropriate parties. It can also aid in distributing an estate plan.

Comedian Chris Rock announces divorce from his wife

Most people know Chris Rock from his stand-up comedy days in the early 2000's. Many people in the Sugar Land area have probably enjoyed both his stand-up work and his movies. Recently, however, Rock has been making headlines for other reasons.

Many were shocked when the comedian and his wife recently announced their plans to divorce after 19 years of marriage. Due to Rock's high profile career as a comedian, there has been some speculation as to what will come of this high net worth divorce. So far, both Rock and his estranged wife have kept quiet and pleaded with the media to respect their privacy throughout the divorce process.

Why unmarried fathers should seek child custody in Texas

In our last post, we discussed the rights that unmarried fathers' are entitled to under the law. However, under Texas law, if a father does not have, at a minimum, joint custody, he is unable to make any real decisions for the child. This is why unmarried fathers should consider seeking child custody. If a father wants to make decisions and influence the child's life in a stronger way, the only way to legally do this is by achieving sole or joint custody.

To have custody is to have the legal ability to make decisions for a child. Sole-managing conservatorships enable one parent to make all decisions about the child, including primary residence, medical treatments, receiving child support and much more. Joint-managing conservatorships allow both parents to make the decisions about a child except for the living situation. Typically, one parent lives with the child the majority of the time.