Legislative efforts to give judges in Plano and other parts of Texas the ability to enforce support orders with six-month jail sentences might have caught the father of an 11-year-old boy in a clerical nightmare. The dad was paying his court-ordered child support by having it deducted directly from his paycheck through an automated system administered by the state. When he was informed that the deductions were short $3,000, the man paid what was owed plus another $1,000 and thought the matter was resolved.
A new year often means new beginnings, new resolutions and starting things anew. For some couples, it also means saying goodbye to their marriages. Divorce is often sought during this time of year for several reasons.
A 33-year-old woman was taken into custody in December 2013 on charges of allegedly kidnapping her two children, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. On Jan. 14, the woman received a trial date of April 7. Her bond was set at $20,000. The father of the two children, who is a resident of Texas, was awarded custody of the children during the couple's divorce proceedings. The woman was taken into custody in New York after allegedly fleeing with the two children from Livingston County, Michigan, where the couple's divorce was finalized.
Some residents of Texas may be interested to learn of a recent article discussing the advantages of preparing some aspects of a divorce ahead of time. More than 800,000 divorces are started every year in the United States, and one of the most difficult issues to decide is almost always asset division. Complex divorce cases often involve a prolonged series of asset valuations and reviews of property interests, in which one or both parties may find themselves being marginalized. In order to facilitate such procedures and perhaps prevent such animosity, the author presents five recommendations for possible courses of action to take before a divorce begins.
When handling shared custody issues, families in Texas and other states should consider how children are affected if one parent ignores an established arrangement. On Dec. 28, two California fathers were finally reunited with their abducted sons more than 18 months after the mother refused to return home from a court-authorized visit to Europe. After filing child concealment claims, the fathers were granted sole child custody by a U.S. court, and FBI officials secured an international warrant for the mother's arrest.