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December 2011 Archives

Kobe Bryant divorce may cost NBA star half his fortune

Wealth and fame do not guarantee that a spouse's divorce settlement is favorable or fair. Sometimes the mistakes of the very rich can teach those with fewer resources valuable lessons about settling property division during a divorce.

Use resources wisely for child and spousal support collection

A study recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that less than half of custodial parents get the complete amount of child support they are due. About 25 percent receives no child support, despite having formal or informal agreements with noncustodial parents.

Advisers say courts give child custody to parents who earn it

Mothers and fathers were not always viewed as equals by courts in the matter of child custody. At one time, a divorcing mother could be nearly certain that she would receive custody because of the primary caregiver role she played in a child's life.

Poverty linked to increase in Texas child abuse cases

Domestic violence and child neglect cases have soared in Texas since 2008. Some experts say the sluggish economy has contributed to the emotional and financial instability of families. Texas child welfare services are working on frozen or downsized budgets to tend to family law cases of child custody.

Former Houston man sues ex for stealing sperm to get pregnant

A former Texas resident has accused his children's mother with becoming pregnant by way of deception and theft. He currently has joint child custody and is paying more than $800 a month in child support. The biological father of the 4-year-old twin boys is fighting for full legal custody.