Houston native Brandon LaFell, a wide receiver for the National Football League's Carolina Panthers, was recently the subject of a dispute over the financial welfare of a toddler. A Texas woman brought a child support enforcement claim against LaFell for the former couple's biological son.
The announcement of a breakup is often suspended during the holidays. Houston spouses spare the news to one another, children and relatives to avoid awkwardness or embarrassment. No one wants to associate a family-centered holiday season with separation or divorce.
One-third of the justices on the Texas Supreme Court disagreed with a decision that would allow spouses to use standardized forms to end a marriage. The state high court split 6-to-3 in favor of do-it-yourself Texas divorces, a move that some lawyers say will hurt couples the state is trying to help.
Texas spouses who have separated and divorced understand how a division of households impacts personal finances. Two homes, separate vehicles and individual insurances are added expenses paid by a single income. Now, research suggests that divorce has a negative economic influence on the entire nation.
Reports about the collection efforts of the Child Support Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General are probably better known than some of the other services the agency provides. Modification of support agreements is also available for noncustodial parents with overdue child support payments.
A two-day sweep in the Rio Grande Valley resulted in the arrest of more than a dozen men. Fifteen people were charged with failure to pay child support. Authorities from the Texas attorney general's office said the men owed more than $391,000 in support payments.
The oddest requests are beginning to show up in agreements that couples sign before and after they marry. Texas family law attorneys say couples have added financial punishments and benefits to prenuptial agreements over provisions like weight, infidelity, hair color and sex.
States and courts have rules that vary when it comes to prenuptial agreements. The private contracts are signed before marriage to divide marital assets, according to a couple's wishes in the event of divorce.
Imagine how difficult it would be for an adult to adjust to a new boss, job expectations and work environment every year. Children make the change annually, each time they advance to another grade. Kids seem to transition naturally from one big milestone to the next, a feat that can be much harder for adults.
The celebration of marriage trumpets a public message of happiness, love and hope for a long, wedded future. However, the end of a marriage can be a stressful, painful experience that most Texas couples tend to keep low-key and out of the public light.