How many Fort Bend fiancés wanted to cancel a wedding but didn't have the courage to disappoint relatives and lose a reception hall deposit? An alternate question from a Texas family law judge: How many fiancés agree to prenuptial agreements to avoid backing out of marriage plans?
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering two related cases that could change nationwide laws affecting legal relationships. Justices recently heard arguments over the abolition of the Defense of Marriage Act and states' rights to ban same-gender marriages.
The day a couple gets married, a husband and wife unite, but the rings become individual personal property. Property division disputes over engagement and wedding rings seem almost petty next to other big-ticket marital assets, but they have worth that other items may not- sentimental value.
Texas matrimonial lawyers learn through experience what makes marriages crumble. Couples who separate and divorce often have financial issues that include widely divergent views on how to save or spend money. Some divorce litigators suggest prenuptial agreements prevent rude awakenings about finances after marriage.
Texas voters overwhelmingly backed a statewide ban on same-gender civil unions and marriages eight years ago. Some state lawmakers are willing to bet that voters have had a change of heart about family law since the 2005 decision.
Premarital financial agreements were once considered forerunners of doom. How could a couple planning a lifetime marriage even think about such dark subjects as property division, divorce or death?
Fort Bend County dads may not get the short end of the stick when it comes to paychecks but can suffer discrimination for taking active roles in their children's lives. Salaries for men are often higher than women. The trade off in some workplaces can be rigid schedules that allow men no time for parenting duties.
A baby whose unmarried parents died in a well-publicized murder-suicide is at the center of a dispute between the child's grandparents. Child custody litigation is active in Texas and Missouri over the infant, whose father -- professional football player Jovan Belcher -- killed the child's mother and later turned the gun on himself.
An unusual court battle pits the father of twins against a woman who claims she shares parental rights. The unique Harris County case involves a 47-year-old woman who thought she became a mother last summer, only to have the sperm donor get child custody.
Domestic violence and child neglect cases have soared in Texas since 2008. Some experts say the sluggish economy has contributed to the emotional and financial instability of families. Texas child welfare services are working on frozen or downsized budgets to tend to family law cases of child custody.