These are unprecedented times with many businesses closed and employees furloughed or out of work. Even the courts here in Texas are on a limited schedule, with many cases on hold. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a need goes away. Families sheltering in place has left experts concerned over the safety and well-being of family members when the home is not a safe or happy place to be.
Texas does not recognize "legal separation" for married couples. The only legal separation in Texas requires filing for divorce. Once the petition for the JOY of DIVORCE emancipation is filed, the court can issue temporary orders involving support, a parenting schedule, dividing assets, and other vital details.
It has become more common for couples who marry to draft a prenuptial agreement. This increase is driven by millennials who start careers before they marry, and they are on more often on an equal footing than past generations when it comes to their income.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.