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Using expert witnesses in a Texas divorce

The circumstances surrounding divorce are as unique as the individuals involved. While one couple may approach it as the end of a business partnership, others end up in court because the two sides cannot agree on one or several important issues. If there are disagreements, it may be necessary to use an expert witness to either provide knowledgeable information to a judge or strengthen a case during the discovery process.

These experts have specialized knowledge, which they use to analyze an issue and offer an informed opinion. These professionals can be expensive, depending upon the work, but their testimony or findings can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the case.

Preparing well for divorce can help you avoid complications

It is not easy to make the choice to move forward with divorce. This decision will impact your children, where you live, your financial situation and much more. It will affect virtually every area of your life, and it is important to think ahead about ways you can protect your interests.

If you are planning to divorce in the near future, one of the smartest things you can do is to prepare for it. Planning and preparation can help you avoid complications down the road, and it can help you move forward in a way that will allow you to intentionally pursue a strong future. Preparation is also a smart way to reduce stress and possibly lower the likelihood of conflict during the divorce process.

What if your teen wants to live with your ex?

Living with a teenager is never dull. While it may seem like your child is flitting from one thing to the next, including emotions, he or she is likely searching for a unique identity. You may be seeing your son or daughter exploring interests that are vastly different from yours and developing strong opinions.

Your child may have recently expressed a new desire - the wish to live with your ex-spouse. Depending how long you and your spouse have been divorced, you may have fallen into a comfortable custody arrangement with you maintaining the majority of the parenting time and your spouse receiving visitation rights. Suddenly, however, this arrangement does not work for your teen. This is a common occurrence for Texas families.

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One of the most common areas of dispute when parents divorce involves the parenting plan or custody agreement. Whether the divorce is a collaborative one or litigation is involved, it is generally believed that children are best served when both parents are active in the raising of the kids. Ideally, this means (depending on the plan) that both parents are involved on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.

Sometimes, however, one parent may seek sole custody of the children because they believe (right or wrong) that the other parent is incapable of raising the children. The parent seeking custody believes they are the best parent for the job, which means that they claim that they are the only parent acting in the best interests of the children.

Johnny Depp files $50 million lawsuit against ex-wife

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce was one of the ugliest high-profile divorces in recent memory. There was celebrity bad behavior involving Depp’s hard partying-lifestyle, but most damaging were Heard’s allegations of physical and emotional abuse, which led to a restraining order against Depp in 2016 and subsequent divorce in 2017.

More than just making accusations, Heard also appeared on the cover of People magazine with a face that was bruised. The Aquaman co-star subsequently also published a recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post detailing the backlash she experienced as a woman making accusations of abuse (in this case, Depp was not named, but the context was clear).

Preparing to get a fair division of marital property

Facing divorce means dealing with uncertainty. Even if you are the one who initiated the breakup, you may be unsure of what your future holds, particularly where your finances are concerned. The longer your marriage, the more entangled your finances may be, and even couples who have substantial wealth may have to deal with the unexpected issues in dividing their assets and income.

While Texas law presumes an equal division of marital property between spouses upon divorce, the challenge may be in gaining a complete and thorough picture of which assets are joint and which are separate. In order to obtain your fair share of assets, it would be wise to take steps to prepare for your divorce before the process begins.

Getting a signature during mediation

There are many advantages to using mediation to handle family law matters such as divorce or custody issues. Advocates point to benefits, such as it is less expensive and much quicker than litigation. It also gives the couple much more control over how matters are resolved rather than leaving such matters to a stranger (the judge) to make important decisions that will affect the lives of family members.

There are, however, some disadvantages to utilizing this approach. Along with sidestepping courtroom procedures and legal tools designed to get to the truth for a fair and balanced ruling, some are concerned about such benefits as confidentiality.

Will your spouse's high-conflict personality affect your divorce?

As your divorce proceedings approach, you may have mixed feelings about the process. You may look forward to ending a marriage that has been filled with conflict, but you may also feel dread knowing that the conflict will likely fill the divorce as well.

One positive aspect that you may want to consider is that since you know you will face conflict during your legal proceedings, you may have a better chance of preparing for it. Though your preparations may not prevent conflict, they may help you feel less stress and feel more in control as you go through this period of your life.

Divorce means it is time to change your passwords

There are a million details that need to be ironed out when one gets divorced. While determining a parenting plan and dividing the assets are at the top of the list, it is a mistake to put the task of changing your passwords at the bottom of the list. We have recently talked about being aware of one's digital footprint during the divorce process, but digital security experts believe it is also a smart idea to change passwords for any digital account that your ex-spouse no longer needs access to.

Digital privacy is an increasingly important issue these days with the advent of smart houses and paying bills online as well as more traditional password uses for bank accounts and credit cards. Regardless of whether the split was amicable or contentious, an ex-spouse may still track whom you call on your phone or where you are making reservations with your Open Table app without you even knowing it.

Is your spouse hiding assets?

Spouses can get quite creative when it comes to stashing money away that would otherwise be a marital asset. Typical examples include opening offshore bank accounts, using hidden retirement accounts or deferring compensation. One CPA even tried to overpay the IRS with the idea that he would later file for a refund.

It is generally recommended that Texans work with a knowledgeable Board-certified Family Law expert attorney in Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County or elsewhere throughout Texas when filing for divorce, even in cases where the split is amicable. While these attorneys have experience recognizing different strategies used to hide money in a divorce, the most common strategies for recognizing there is a problem include:

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