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Dividing assets that hold sentimental value

Whether dividing assets of a high-net worth Texas couple, or a family of more modest means, there will always be items, which may hold little monetary value, but great sentimental value to one or both spouses. In instances where an asset holds sentimental value due to some tragic event, sentimentality is easily understood. It represents someone that one loved and lost. These items are usually worth fighting.

However, does one ever really considered the cost of fighting over that $10 piece of street art they bought on their honeymoon? Divorce is costly to begin with, but emotions and unwillingness to settle can drive those costs up by thousands of dollars.

5 things to do when you have a meeting with an attorney

The first time you see an attorney, you may not know what to expect. However, there is usually a similar process for all first-time meetings. Attorneys have to get to know you and your situation to represent your best interests, so clients need to be prepared for this interview.

Before your first meeting with an attorney, you will need to do a few things to prepare. Having the right documents with you can help the meeting go more smoothly and give your attorney the best idea about what to expect with your case. Here are five things to do before and during the meeting.

Enforcement of child support in Texas

Raising a child can be a costly task. A child from newborn to majority requires much, and for single parents here and other states, it can be difficult to provide these needs on his or her own. Thus, in these predicaments, it is often necessary to seek child support from the other parent. This financial support ensures the needs of the child are met by providing monthly, weekly or yearly payments.

When child support is established, the parents involved often think that is it. However, it is very likely that parents will need to revisit this order. In some cases, this is because circumstances have changed. This would require modification, which helps address the increasing or decreasing income of the parents. A child support order may also be revisited if the parent with this financial obligation refuses to pay or is behind on their payments.

Reasons to request modification of child support

Divorcing with children can be a challenging time for parents in Texas and elsewhere. Nonetheless, parents will eventually reach an agreement with regards to parenting time and financial support of the child. When child support is involved in a divorce settlement, the amount paid can vary greatly. In some cases, parents split most costs and child support is enough to set aside income differences between the parents. However, other parents have larger expenses to address, especially if a custodial parent is caring for a child primarily on his or her own or a child has high expenses due to certain factors.

Even though a set amount was reached in an agreement, it is still possible to modify a child support agreement. Modification cannot simply be for any reason, such as a parent not wanting to pay. Modification is necessary when there is a substantial change in circumstances. This could be related to the income of each parent, such as one losing.

Special needs parents should explore unusual custody strategies

Raising a special needs child has a profound impact on how you parent. Whether your child has autism, ADHD or Down syndrome, you will have to adjust your approach to parenting, as well as your expectations for your child to fit with their unique needs.

Going through a divorce when you have a special needs child is particularly trying. It may mean that you will have to share custody for the rest of your child's life. If they do not achieve independence, you and your spouse may have to share parenting duties forever.

Alimony and new tax laws for 2019

With the close of the year quickly approaching, residents in Texas and elsewhere are concerned how ending a marriage may affect them. This is not only focused on the holidays occurring in the winter months, but also tax implications that may hit them this coming tax year. Divorcing is never easy. However, it is important to understand where it is more beneficial to reach a divorce settlement before or after the end of the year.

It comes as no surprise that the divorce process is expensive. In fact, few households are able to live off of less than half of their income, which means splitting it in two is almost the result in every marriage, no matter their lifestyle or income. But, based on recent reports, for families with a primary breadwinner, divorce is about to get even more expensive for them.

What are the child custody laws in Texas?

Divorcing with children can be a very trying and emotional time. Much like spouses do not see eye-to-eye on divorce issues they are working through, divorcing parents too face problems and issues of not agreeing with on another. Although both parents may have the best interests of the child in mind, this does not always translate into a workable agreement. Because of this, child custody can look different from one family to the next in Texas and elsewhere.

In our state, child custody is referred to as conservatorship and each parent is called a custodian. In court, a child's custodian is called a conservator. Unless parents can agree to a custody plan, conservatorship is decided by the court, which is based on the best interests of the child.

Tips for co-parenting after divorce

Parents in Texas and other states across the nation have an idea of what parenting will look like from childbirth until the age of majority. Unfortunately, these ideas do not always play out. Certain life events, like divorce, can interrupt the intentions parents have. However, it is possible for divorce parents to still work together to meet these goals as much as possible.

While no divorce is without issue, it is possible to make child custody matters workable and even amicable. Co-parenting, when right for the divorcing parents, can be a very beneficial experience for both the children and the parents. This arrangement can look vastly different from one set of divorced parents to the next; however, there are some tips to make co-parenting a more successful experience.

Guiding you through the divorce legal process

Whether a couple has been married five decades or five months, the truth of the matter is that any time a couple gets married, they should consider the idea that their marriage may not last forever. Thinking about divorce is not easy to do, especially when one is in the planning phase of getting married. Nonetheless, it is important to consider this possibility because it is vital to protect oneself.

Divorce looks vastly different from one couple to the next. However, the reality is that divorce is an emotional process that requires a person to make many decisions, some of them very challenging. At the Law office of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., our skilled law firm understands the ins and outs of the divorce process. Thus, our law firm is here to guide spouses in the Sugar Land area through these trying times.

Navigating child custody battles as a Texas father

Fathers can have a hard time getting the ruling that they deserve during a child custody battle. This is not to say that the Texas state laws are stacked against them, because they are not. Child custody courts in Texas seek to make a ruling in the best interests of the child. This is generally viewed to be a situation in which the child has a strong relationship with both parents.

However, fathers can face several obstacles to gaining custody. These must be addressed by the father during the child custody process. If you are a father in the state of Texas and you want to be successful in your custody pursuits, it is important that you take action on some of the most obvious obstacles.

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