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June 2013 Archives

Divorcing spouses benefit from impartiality

Many Texas citizens will undergo a divorce at some point in their lives; 82,000 were registered statewide in 2010 alone. A great deal of confusion and uncertainty surrounds legal separation, and achieving a cordial resolution to the many facets of marital conflict is a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for many. A post-divorce coach detailed how she resolved these issues in her own divorce, which may prove insightful for anyone contemplating a divorce in the future.

Divorce rates for Boomers on the rise

New information from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) indicate that people over the age of 50 in Texas and around the country are ending their marriages at higher rates than ever before. However, boomers getting divorced tend to face greater financial challenges than their younger counterparts because retirement accounts, real estate, and other substantial aspects are more prevalent.

Head of the Alamo involved in divorce

Some Texas residents may be interested to learn that the Alamo's executive administrator is getting divorced. In September, the administrator's husband reportedly found private photographs on her cell phone and forwarded them to coworkers. She responded by filing for divorce. The case is set for a hearing on June 24.

NFL quarterback involved in child support dispute

When he left his Texas high school for college, quarterback John Skelton left behind a pregnant girlfriend. She now says he owes her back child support for their daughter. Court records confirm that Skelton, who recently was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals, owes more than $19,000 in back child support payments. The mother of the seven-year-old says Skelton acknowledged he was the girl's father and agreed to be financially responsible for her when he left college. However, after he began earning a salary from the Arizona Cardinals football team, Skelton apparently changed his tune. He challenged the girl's paternity, and a court-ordered paternity test confirmed he was indeed the father. Then, in 2010, the Texas attorney general issued a notice of child support lien ordering Skelton to make delinquent child support payments. The Arizona Cardinals were required to withhold $267 per month out of Skelton's paycheck. That amount later increased to $2,000 a month. The court also ordered Skelton to pay for health care insurance for the girl and to purchase a life insurance policy for himself naming his daughter as the beneficiary. It appears Skelton now may be ready to accept his responsibility to his daughter. According to the girl's mother, Skelton said earlier this year that he wants to be a better father and have a bigger role in his daughter's life. Disputes over child support are not uncommon. The Skelton case illustrates a necessary first step in many such disputes: to establish a parent-child relationship. If the child's parents were not married at the time the child was born and the father disputes paternity, the court will order a DNA test to establish legal fatherhood. Once paternity is established, the court then will set the amount of the father's continuing child support obligation. Wage garnishment is a common method to recover delinquent payments, but an attorney may help draft a support modification in order to prevent delinquent payments for parents having difficulty making payments.

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