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March 2014 Archives

Divorce petitions highlight the status of same-sex marriage

A couple of weeks ago this blog noted a dispute over same-sex divorce in another state, in an effort to show the importance of the same-sex marriage debate now under way here in Texas. But Texans don't have to look at how same-sex divorce is playing out in other states: Texas has two important tests of same-sex divorce law going on right now.

Dividing stock options and other complex assets in divorce

Divorce brings up a lot of uncomfortable emotions, but the truth is that by the time most couples have decided to end their marriage, a lot of the most painful emotional work has been done. As many Texas residents who have been through the process can attest, the divorce process itself is largely one of negotiating about monetary matters.

Prenuptial agreements and so-called lifestyle clauses

Prenuptial agreements have been popular for years among high-asset, high-profile couples, but it is reportedly increasingly common for these agreements to include provisions on personal matters such as infidelity. According to some reports, A-list celebrities have been making agreements that one will get hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars if the other cheats.

Judge rules married same-sex couple can't divorce in state

The legality of same-sex marriage is in a state of limbo in Texas after a federal judge struck down a state law prohibiting the practice. The state will apparently appeal that ruling, and it's still not clear when, if ever, same-sex marriages will begin to take place in Texas. Meanwhile, a judge's ruling in another state shows how important the legality of same-sex marriage can be when it comes to same-sex divorce.

Scientists apply advanced physics to child custody arrangements

Divorced Texas parents put a lot of work into crafting their child custody arrangements, and that's just the beginning. Once their agreement is in place, they must balance their own schedules, those of their children and those of their ex to make sure that someone is always there to pick up the kids from soccer games or school. And when divorced parents have children from more than one previous relationship or begin a new relationship with a person who has children from a previous relationship, handling all the competing schedules can feel like doing advanced physics.

Preparation and perspiration can help with a divorce

Texas residents who are contemplating divorce may expect the process to be all about heated emotions, but a lot of it is really about paperwork. In fact, some people find that concentrating on the financial paperwork that goes with a divorce is a good way to keep their minds off the more painful parts of the process.

Judge deflates what could have been a billion dollar divorce

In what could have been one of the largest divorce settlements in U.S. history, a judge has determined that oil man Harold Hamm’s 70 percent interest in Continental Resources is non-marital property.

Five things to ask yourself while going through divorce

If you are going through a divorce in Sugar Land, Texas, chances are that there are many questions, worries and concerns racing through your mind day and night. While you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much worrying, here are five things that are worth contemplating: