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August 2012 Archives

Divorce's impact reaches beyond spouses, author suggests

The celebration of marriage trumpets a public message of happiness, love and hope for a long, wedded future. However, the end of a marriage can be a stressful, painful experience that most Texas couples tend to keep low-key and out of the public light.

Salvaging a small business during divorce

The livelihood of a Texas small business owner can be at stake during a divorce. A business is not like a car or a home, non-income producing marital assets which can often be sold readily or transferred to satisfy court-ordered property division.

Prenuptial agreements: unromantic, but practical

Attitudes are changing about financial contracts signed by Texas couples entering into marriage. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported a 73 percent rise in popularity for prenuptial agreements among engaged couples in the last seven years.

Turning to trusts for asset protection during divorce

Flexibility has made trusts an indispensable item in many Texas estate plans. Trusts can help individuals achieve financial goals during life and beyond it and shelter assets from excessive taxes and creditors. Trusts may also be a smart way to shield separate assets during divorce.

Dallas parents question court drug tester's qualifications

Parents who fail court-ordered drug tests risk the chance to be with their children. Texas family court judges rely on specialists to conduct drug tests and translate results. But at least one Dallas County father believes the expert whose testimony caused him to lose visitation rights is not a qualified authority.