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February 2012 Archives

Texting, Facebook playing a greater role in divorce

Technology has transformed the way we communicate. Our conversations are now recorded on Facebook, in emails and in text messages. While most of us do not take heed of our social footprint, it is important to remember that electronic communications can have a significant effect on the lives of Texans outside the digital realm.

International custody dispute settled by child's age

A child growing up as the focus of an international custody dispute between his parents was recently resolved after a 10-year battle that eventually reached the United States' highest court. The case highlights the complexities around international custody disputes, and shows the need for parents to work together for the best interests of children.

Practicality makes prenuptial contracts popular

The signing of prenuptial agreements is often associated with the protection of individual assets in case a marriage falters and ends in divorce. Attorneys agree that prenuptial agreements reduce time in court, but add that the agreements serve a larger purpose. Provisions within a prenuptial agreement address how marital assets are divided during a divorce settlement. The measures also may apply if one spouse dies.

Use of divorce forms argued among Texas attorneys

Texans who want to divorce but cannot afford an attorney may soon be given the chance to do it themselves with the use of standard divorce forms. Whether or when those divorce litigation forms will be used depends on the agreement of attorneys and lawmakers, who are currently battling over the issue.

Texas officer accused of saying "I do" after he already did

A veteran of the Houston Police Department is out of a job and under investigation after being accused of bigamy. The 34-year-old homicide detective may have married his third wife before a divorce from his second marriage was finalized.