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November 2014 Archives

Texas lawyers petition federal court in favor of gay marriage

This blog has previously discussed and examined the recent petitions by some in favor of gay marriage and divorce in Texas. Most recently, the case of a same-sex couple petitioning for a divorce was struck down by a U.S. District Court judge. There has now been a response from lawyers petitioning the federal court. This petition seeks the legality of same-sex marriage in Texas.

How to approach child custody for special needs children

As if divorcing your spouse is not confusing enough, you have a special needs child who is in the middle of the divorce proceedings. How child custody is negotiated is different for a special needs child than for children without special needs. This can affect the financial negotiations. At the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton, we have over thirty years of experience in child custody and would like to speak with you personally about your child custody proceedings.

Duties of a parent according to Texas Family Code

A father of a child may instinctively know to love and protect his child. But what about legal obligations? According to the Texas Family Code, a parent is obligated to do certain duties; these duties accompany their parental rights. These duties offer a certain guarantee to the child that the parent in obligated to meet certain criteria.

How do I manage my child's emotional well-being during a divorce?

While two consenting adults can agree that their marriage has come to an end, it can sometimes be difficult for the children involved in that marriage. While there may be some debate as to how to handle child custody between the divorcing parents, there will hopefully be some agreement on how to manage the emotional well being of children involved in a divorce.

Southern oil tycoon awarded majority of business in divorce

Recently, we discussed a high-profile couple in the middle of divorce proceedings for what by any account would be a high asset divorce. This was not just any high-profile couple. Harold Hamm, the owner of a multi-million dollar oil company, Continental Resources, was battling for himself and his company in a bitter divorce from his wife of 26 years. The financial portion of these proceedings have now been decided, and Hamm is likely pleased with the outcome of the high net worth divorce.

An overview of several types of child custody

Going through the process of a divorce is clearly a very stressful experience. With all of the details that need to be attended to in addition to the emotional issues involved, it can be a difficult situation to handle. This stress can be compounded when children are involved. While child custody is a complex process, there are some general elements that one can keep in mind to more clearly understand it.

The federal Uniformed Child Custody Act in Texas

Usually, family law is handled and regulated at the state level. Occasionally, legislation comes down from above. "Above" means legislation mandated by the federal government. One act in particular has been adopted by most states. It is the Uniform Child Custody Act or UCCA, and Texas has adopted the legislation.

Why to draft a prenuptial agreement with a lawyer

Before getting hitched to your one true love, it's important to remember that marriage means sharing. Everything. This includes your finances. What if it's important to keep a separation between love and money? For some couples, this is an ideal arrangement.

Could a more expensive wedding mean a more likely divorce?

As divorce rates continue to climb, many have been studying what could possibly cause the once happy marriages to dissolve. A recent study polled thousands of Americans married in 2008 or later. What the researchers discovered could be particularly worrisome for couples who spent a large amount of money on their wedding and marriage expenses. The study showed that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding.