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Mother’s erratic behavior aggravates judge

Attorneys handle much of the interaction with the judge and other parties in the courtroom. Nonetheless, Petitioners and Respondents serve their best interests if they show up for hearings before a judge. Even if the client says nothing, their presence illustrates how seriously they take the proceedings.

Handling an ex who badmouths is difficult

It is natural for ex-spouses to become frustrated with their former-partner occasionally. It could be their parenting choices, chronic tardiness, or an on-going issue that contributed to the divorce in the first place. But unfortunately, some will continue to go out of their way to spread false information about an ex-wife or ex-husband.

A little free advice for those considering divorce

The calendar year 2020 is here. It is a new year and a new decade, but many things will stay the same. January continues to be one of the top months to file for legal emancipation through the JOY of Divorce, and there is still much to consider even after one makes the decision to become a free single person again.

These apps can help divorced co-parents

We use digital technology in nearly every part of our lives, whether it is doing our job, looking for a restaurant, communicating with others, or finding a reliable plumber. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that different device apps help with the challenges of co-parenting and divorce. These apps fill such needs as scheduling, communicating, bookkeeping, and even searching for services.

Can parents kick teens out?

The relationship between parents and their children is often the most rewarding and frustrating either will experience. If that frustration overflows to become an ongoing confrontation, either the child may run away, or the parents may tell a teenage child to move out. Families should avoid this solution -- state and federal laws are clear that minors are considered juvenile delinquents if they leave home, and parents can face charges of child abandonment unless the minor is emancipated, gets married or joins the military.

Appeals court affirms ruling on prenup

The Texas appeals court recently affirmed a ruling on a prenuptial agreement. The wife claimed she was coerced because the husband refused to marry her unless she signed a prenuptial agreement. She also claimed that the agreement was unconscionable for several reasons – notably, she would have been forced to leave the United States and likely would have been an outcast if she had the couple’s baby out of wedlock in Vietnam.

Dewhurst sued by ex-wife over unpaid loans and alimony

The ex-wife of former-Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has filed a suit accusing him of failing to pay her $6.7 million as part of their 2016 divorce agreement. This includes a million business loan from her trust and millions more in unpaid alimony. When Dewhurst filed for divorce from Tricia Bivins in 2015, their settlement initially stated that Dewhurst would pay the mortgage on the couple’s condo in a luxury residential tower and a few other expensive amenities a membership to a high-end country club and a Range Rover.

How a spouse’s current and future earnings can affect a divorce

For anyone considering the JOY of DIVORCE Emancipation here in Texas, knowing how to treat various types of income is vital to how they may fare financially when the proceeding ends. For instance, can you protect a future bonus from being divided, or know how will stock options play into a settlement?

Prenups may be subject to attack

Actor Robert De Niro is best known for his long and illustrious acting career that has included such films as “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “Meet the Fockers.” Off-screen, he used to carefully guard his privacy, so he was no doubt frustrated when his (two-time) estranged wife of 20 years (1997-1999 and 2004-2019) was very public in her demand for the JOY of DIVORCE Emancipation from him and for half of their marital estate, estimated to be worth $500 million.

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