More Texas parents than ever before are falling behind on child support. As of 2011, the U.S. Administration for Children and Families estimated that Texas parents owed nearly $11 billion in back child support payments. Delinquency rates in the Dallas metropolitan area are between 40 and 50 percent. As a result, the Texas Attorney General's child support division says its caseload has increased by more than 60 percent over the last decade.To deal with the rising rate of delinquencies, the child support division has modified its approach. While maintaining the threat of possible criminal charges and jail time for parents who do not meet their court-ordered obligations, the state has added an incentive. The Texas Workforce Commission now operates a program called Choices that helps delinquent parents obtain occupational skills and find jobs. Since the inception of the program in 2009, participants have found employment at a rate of around 80 percent.
Reality TV star Pilar Sanders has taken her husband, former football and baseball star Deion Sanders, back to court to ask for increased child support. This move was apparently precipitated by the utilities being cut off in her home and her claim that she has no money for living expenses. An emergency request to the Supreme Court of Texas pleads for Deion to be forced to make his child support payments. Deion Sanders has opposed the motion. The family law issues raised by this case are echoed in many divorce cases currently on court dockets.According to court documents, Deion earns more than $160,000 per month and has a net worth of $250 million. Attorneys for Sanders claim that his court-ordered monthly child support payments of $10,500 are six times the average for the state of Texas.
T. Boone Pickens, the 84-year-old Texas oil tycoon, and his wife of seven years have filed for divorce. While they both profess that the split is mutual, questions are yet unanswered as to what exactly will happen with Pickens' $1.2 billion fortune, including two mansions and a private jet. The couple lived in the exclusive Dallas neighborhood of Preston Hollow, alongside such Texas notables as former president George W. Bush and many of the Dallas Cowboys. However, recently, Pickens has been handling business affairs in Texas while his wife oversees various charity projects in Nevada and California.One of the reasons why divorce can be so complicated is trying to figure out who gets what. This is often not as simple as one might think because, for example, not all of the property used and enjoyed by the couple, including the home they lived in, can always be considered marital property. Determining how the Pickenses' estate might be split up to account for the divorce will depend on a variety of factors, including how the state of Texas defines community property and whether or not the couple entered into any kind of agreement prior to or during the marriage.
The mayor of Irving, Texas, recently filed for divorce to end her 17-year marriage. She filed using only her and her spouse's initials. She did this in an attempt to maintain her privacy. The records state that the marriage is ending due to a conflict of personalities.When a marriage ends in divorce, it can go one of two ways. A battle can ensue in regard to property and assets or a couple can choose to end it amicably, reaching agreements on child custody, child support and asset splits. In the case of Irving's mayor, it was the latter.
According to a recent study, many married couples are choosing a long-term separation rather than divorce simply because they believe that divorce is too expensive and they would not be able to afford paying for it. Religious background does not appear to affect that choice. The survey included more than 7,000 people across the United States who had been married.