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August 2016 Archives

Getting military divorce right

Military couples in Texas face the dual complexities of state and federal laws governing military divorce. A legal misstep can lead to severe consequences for a spouse on matters, such as pensions, meeting legal deadlines and gaining access to other military benefits, like health care.

Preparing for the day after divorce

The issuance of a final divorce decree resolving issues, such as property division and child support, does not put an end to all of the matters that have to be decided at the end of a marriage. Many financial and legal issues may remain unresolved or develop unless there is preparation for post-divorce life. Failure to address these issues can cause unwanneted consequences under Texas law.

Congress may revise military retirement pay

For military members in Texas and other states, it is clear that he or she will likely have to undergo additional steps during a military divorce. But they may now have to change their courts in order to divide military retirement pay during divorce. Congress is considering legislation that would amendmend the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, which could radically change this process.

Avoiding divorce court

The divorce process is a thriving enterprise in Texas and throughout the United States that may be associated with heavy burdens for spouses. Resolving these matters outside court through Alternative Dispute Resolution can address the toll of divorce.

Establishing a Texas Child Custody Agreement Outside of Court

In the event of a divorce, parents are strongly encouraged to come up with a reasonable agreement about child custody and visitation outside of a courtroom setting. Not only is this the most inexpensive option, eliminating court costs, but even most courts agree that parents are better in deciding what is best for their child and family. As it is such a fragile affair, parents must take extra care in making these decisions for their child.

Prenups and remarriage

Second marriages could have more financial complications because some couples enter their new marriage with children and they likely attained more assets and resources as they got older. Four out of 10 new marriages had at least one spouse that was married earlier, according to a 2013 Pew Research study. Drafting a prenuptial agreement is even more important to protect assets and for estate planning when couples remarry.