April 15 is quickly approaching, which means you need to start thinking about filing your taxes. But what if you are recently divorced? How will your divorce affect your federal income tax filing? Two of the biggest differences you will face are your filing status and how to treat alimony or maintenance. If you have kids, then you must also know how to handle child support and dependency
In a post-divorce hearing held in early May, as reported by the Dallas News, a Collin County judge enforced the morality clause in the 2011 divorce papers that the wife and husband signed. He ruled that the wife could no longer live together with her lesbian partner. Specifically, the judge ordered that within 30 days the wife's partner must move out of the home they share with the divorced
The end of a relationship can be a very traumatic event, and for some couples, it can be difficult to maintain focus on all the issues that need to be addressed. The stress of constantly disagreeing with a spouse or partner can lead to poor decisions, which can have a major impact once the relationship ends. For couples who have children, there is even more pressure, as the parents will need to
When Texas couples decide to divorce, they may be surprised to learn that there are several different options for moving forward with the divorce process, including a number of alternatives to the traditional divorce litigation process. One such option is a method of alternative dispute resolution known as mediation. Although divorce mediation is not right for everyone, it can offer a wide range
A study, soon to be published in Population Research and Policy Review-an online journal that offers data on population research-indicates that the number of U.S. divorces directly correlate to the prosperity of the U.S. economy. It seems couples refrain from seeking a divorce during bad economic times. Specifics of the study Researchers analyzed data from 2008 to 2011-the main timeframe of the
Texas laws of child custody and visitation are complex, but the child’s best interest is the foremost concern. Divorce alone is bad enough, but when minor children are involved, the stakes are as high as they come. The stress for a parent of facing the unknown future of the parent-child relationship after divorce, along with concern for children's well being, can be excruciating. The major
The recent Father's Day weekend served as a reminder of the important role father's have to play in the lives of their children. Yet, for many years, fathers tended to be treated less favorably in child custody decisions. That is changing, however, and as parenting roles are increasingly becoming equal, custody arrangements are following suit. Today, fathers who are seeking more time with their
Couples should consider whether they want to sign a prenuptial agreement after they get engaged. You got up the nerve. You popped the question and your partner said "yes." You are both excited for the upcoming wedding, but there are many issues you must agree upon before walking down the aisle. In the midst of enjoyable decisions for the ceremony and reception - What flowers should you use?
It is not always easy for non-custodial parents to pay child support. Many can’t afford to pay but try to make up for it in other ways. After a divorce, parenting time is usually either split 50/50, or one parent - officially considered the custodial parent - has more time with the children than the other. In rarer cases, the custodial parent has sole custody, while the other parent is limited
While parents who are divorcing in McKinney, TX, often focus on custody arrangements, spouses who are over the age of 50 when filing for divorce typically have other concerns, and many of them involve money. The Chicago Tribune reports that, according to research performed at Bowling Green State University, the past two decades have seen an increase in gray divorces by approximately 50 percent.