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Divorced parents must work harder for children to get advanced degrees

According to a new study in the Journal of Family Studies, the children of parents who divorce are less likely to get baccalaureate or professional degrees than children whose parents are married. This is bad news for the 1.5 million kids whose parents divorce each year. It is also bad news for the U.S. economy, which increasingly needs employees with at least a college degree.

The study's authors found the differences to surprisingly dramatic

Can I modify a custody order if my ex is an addict?

If your ex-spouse's drug or alcohol use contributed to the conflict in your marriage, you likely have concerns about his or her ability to care for the kids when when you are not present. Perhaps this wasn't an issue when you were married because you were always on hand. Now, however, there may be days at a time when your spouse has responsibility for the children.

Seeing evidence that your spouse's substance abuse is getting worse may raise your anxiety. You have a court-issued custody order that requires you to leave the children with your former spouse or face a contempt charge. Do you have another option?

How do I know if my marriage is over?

Nearly every married couple goes through difficult times, and more than likely, few spouses have never spent a sleepless night trying to decide if the marriage was worth saving. For some couples, it takes very little to bring the marriage to an end. Other spouses seem to be able to weather a lifetime of storms and remain strong together.

If you are struggling with the monumental decision about whether to remain married or file for divorce emancipation, you certainly have many factors to consider. You may base your decision more on what the future holds than on your past, but it may help to think about some of the common situations that couples find hard to overcome.

Study says women still not making long-term financial decisions

There are men and women who are not good with money and others who just do not want to think about it. Yet the gender pool involving investing and financial matters is far from balanced. According to a new study, men are still much more likely to handle an asset portfolio even when women handle the checkbook and the day-to-day payment of bills and expenses.

This is bad news for women in general because about half of marriages end in divorce (more two-thirds of them initiated by women) and wives traditionally live longer than their husbands do. Considering these two key factors, women could best serve themselves if they learned how to handle finances better because it's likely that they will need to at some point in their lives.

Divorce found to be bad for your health in studies of smokers

Much has been said and written about the stresses of getting divorced. There is the emotional duress one suffers as well as the financial hardships that may be part of the new reality. However, studies now find that those who divorce, particularly women, have more health issues than those who are still married.

According to an article in Marketwatch, divorced people have a greater likelihood of smoking and a lower level of exercise. This University of Arizona study is based on more than 5,700 adults over the age of 50 in the United Kingdom. There were seven sets of data beginning in 2002 and collected every two years. About 900 of the participants were separated or divorced and had not remarried. The remaining participants were married.

Custody disputes over embryos

The ability to have children has caused a lot of stress to marriages over the years, sometimes even tearing the couple apart. Since the first test tube baby in 1978, medical advances involving in vitro fertilization (IVF) have enabled thousands to overcome obstacles to start families. The process involves using sperm to fertilize the egg and then freeze the conceived embryos.

The fate of these embryos can be a custody issue if the couple chooses to file for divorce. Even if they originally signed a contract saying what would happen to the embryos, there may be a change of heart. This can lead to a custody fight over the fate of the frozen embryos, such as the high profile one between "Modern Family" star Sophia Vergara and her former boyfriend Nick Loeb.

Divorcing a narcissistic spouse

Living with a narcissist is challenging enough, but the process of divorcing one can be overwhelming. Narcissistic behavior may be obvious only to you, and the lengths to which your spouse may go to preserve his or her influence over you can complicate your efforts to escape the marital misery of living with a narcissistic spouse.

The nature of this personality disorder can breed uncertainty and confusion. You thought you knew your spouse, but little by little, his or her true personality began to come through. As confusing as it may be to deal with a narcissist, there are some techniques you can use to improve your chances of reaching a divorce settlement with a positive outcome.

Why are more millennials saying "yes" to prenups?

A generation ago, if your fiancé broached the subject of a prenuptial agreement, it was tantamount to a slap in the face. There was a commonly held notion that people used such agreements as a way of securing their assets if they didn't expect the marriage to last forever or if they didn't entirely trust their fiancé's motives for marriage.

Today, however, the tides have turned considerably on that front. Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular--especially among the millennial generation. In today's post, we examine some of the reasons behind this trend:

Study Says Flashy Weddings May Signal To Divorce

Many people like a good party. But according to new study, flashy weddings may be a tip that the relationship isn't built for the long haul. The marketing firm Splendid Insights, which focuses on the wedding industry, claims that their recent study indicates that couples who spend more than $30,000 were more worried about impressing their guests than a couple with under a $10,000 budget.

This is not the first study to come to this conclusion. An academic study from Mialon, professors in the Department of Economics at Emory University in Atlanta came to the same conclusion. This study found that those who spend $20,000 or more on a wedding were 3.5 times more likely to divorce than those who spent less than $10,000.  Of course, those couples also had $20,000.00 less to spend on their upcoming divorce!

What happens if my child's other parent won't pay child support?

If you are the custodial parent, you know how important it is to have financial support in order to properly care for your children. The intent of child support is to ensure you can take care of your kids and meet their basic needs. When the other parent refuses to cooperate with the terms of a support order, you may find yourself facing significant financial need.

Texas readers may know it is possible to seek an enforcement of your child support order. Both biological parents have the obligation to financially support their kids until they are 18 years old, and you have the right to make sure the other parent meets his or her obligations. If you have child support concerns, you have the right to seek help and an understanding of your legal options.

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