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.
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?
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.
Some who go through divorce litigation may feel that some errors or mistakes led to an unsatisfactory ruling by the judge. Generally, it is a long and complicated process to appeal a verdict because it is difficult to prove that a judge made an error, and even winning the appeal may not change the outcome of the trial. However, it is the right of the appellant to appeal in appellate court. If he or she chooses to do so, they must appeal within 30 days of the initial final order being signed.
There are many reasons why couples divorce, but money and finances are a common theme for divorces in every tax bracket. As they navigate the divorce process, there are many essential details to consider. None are more important than parents drafting a fair and equitable parenting plan that outlines scheduling for the average week as well as decision-making power for various aspects of parenting affecting a child.
Most of us are familiar with a prenuptial agreement, but a growing number of couples are turning to postnuptial agreements. The concept is the same, except that the couple waits until after the wedding day. Some plan it that way, while others see a need for one later.