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April 2015 Archives

Post-divorce modifications and alimony payments

A court order for spousal support, as we've been discussing in recent posts here on our Dallas family law blog, is not a matter to be taken lightly. Non-payment may lead to a finding of civil contempt of court, with the possibility of jail time as a result.

Enforcing a court order for alimony

A Texas court has many options and leeway in determining the amount and the duration of spousal support payments. However, once a court order is established, it is the law. Former spouses who fail to meet their obligations related to court-ordered alimony may find themselves in contempt of court.

How do courts determine alimony in Dallas? (Part 2)

Alimony or spousal support, to briefly recap, is money that a court orders one divorcing spouse to pay to the other in order to mitigate any unfair economic effects of the split. Depending on the circumstances, it could be money that an ex-husband pays to the ex-wife (traditionally, the most common scenario), or vice versa (which has become increasingly common in recent years).

A brief look at alimony for Dallas residents (part 1)

Texas readers may have read about the recent discovery of papers from the divorce of film great Charlie Chaplin from his second wife. Filled with salacious details, the papers were apparently found in an abandoned bank property and have been put up for sale at auction. At the time of their divorce in 1927, a court delivered Chaplin's young wife the largest divorce settlement ever, perhaps recognizing in part the influence he apparently wielded over her future career prospects in the film industry.

Seeking legal advice in a Dallas military divorce

We'll conclude our discussion of military divorce for Dallas residents in this post with a simple reminder that you don't have to go it alone. There are complicated issues involving military laws and federal laws in a military divorce, as we've seen over the course of the past few weeks. A legal professional with experience in this area of the law is an important resource when proceeding with a military divorce.

How does one lose TRICARE eligibility after a military divorce?

TRICARE is the health plan under which military service members receive coverage. It also extends to their spouses and children, and continues to provide coverage during military retirement. It's also an important benefit to consider during a military divorce, as we have discussed in previous entries here on our Dallas family law blog.