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Same-sex marriage not recognized in Texas, impossible to divorce

Same-sex marriage is an evolving issue across the United States. Just a decade ago, same-sex marriage wasn't recognized in any state. Now, same-sex marriages are recognized in a handful of states, and growing. While couples have flocked to these states to legally wed, once they return to their home states where their marriage isn't recognized, there have been discrepancies that they may not have foreseen. Such is the case for a woman who wants a divorce from her same-sex marriage legalized in Washington in 2010.

Collaborative divorce available in Texas

Divorce causes serious financial, emotional and family strain. When two people divorce, the lives of the couple divorcing, and anyone connected to the couple, are uprooted. When there are high assets involved in the divorce, it can be in the best interests of everyone, if a collaborative divorce approach is utilized. Such divorce filing is possible in Texas.

Spousal maintenance, now easier to get in Texas divorce

Divorce is a sad, stressful and common occurrence across Texas these days. There are many aspects to consider when filing for divorce. A person's financial well-being may be at the top of that list. This can become even more complicated when a couple has to divide shared marital property in a high asset divorce. Just because there are many assets to be divided doesn't guarantee spousal maintenance or alimony will be paid to the less financially-endowed spouse. However, a change in Texas legislation back in 2011 may make it easier for a spouse to receive spousal maintenance.

Community property applies to debt in Texas divorces

When going through a divorce people often wonder what is next in their personal lives. Before beginning a new life, however, divorcing spouses must conclude the old one. This includes the division of marital property. When going through a divorce that has a high net worth, it is especially important to understand financial issues and how assets and debts could be divided between the parties.

Rape victim could share child custody in Texas

According to The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, or RAINN, 237,868 people are raped every year, with 60 percent of the rapes going unreported, and 97 percent of rapists spending no time in jail. Some of these instances of rape result in pregnancy. The mother has two options in the case of pregnancy after rape, either to abort the child or continue with the pregnancy. In Texas, a woman may be unaware that under Texas law, her attacker could sue for parental rights.

Texas fathers denied legal parenthood of biological twins

As gay marriage continues to evolve around the U.S. there are legal situations related to the subject other than if the marriage is legally recognized. There are questions of paternity, divorce, and asset dispersion just to name a few. In the state of Texas gay marriage is not yet recognized by the state. This leaves two gay men, married in Washington D.C., in paternity limbo while their biological twins are not listed as their children on the birth certificates.

Jewel announces divorce from Ty Murray on her blog

When most people think of the divorce of a high-profile couple, they think stress and months of bashing each other in the press. This often happens since famous couple's typically have a high net worth divorce to reckon with. The amount of money and assets to be divided can bring out the worst in people. Such doesn't seem to be the case for singer Jewel and her husband of 16 years, Ty Murray. The couple has resided on a Texas ranch for the past several years with their son and recently announced their plans to divorce.

Texas law sends dad to jail for failing to pay child support

After a divorce is finalized and the details of child custody are decided, many fathers think that the dispute is over. But that is not necessarily the case. Take, a Texas man whose rights as a father and, indeed, his right to freedom may be in jeopardy due to a new law in Texas.

How involved should dads be in their kids' lives?

When Texas couples divorce and often proceed to live in different households, questions about which parent a child lives with may arise. Many people associate mothers with being the nurturing parent, starting before the birth and continuing through adolescence. However, one science writer who did a survey on fatherhood, based on scientific research, may reveal just how important father involvement is in a child's life.