Last month, entertainer Randy Travis pleaded not guilty to assault after an August altercation in a Dallas-area church parking lot with his fiancé's estranged spouse and brother. Now, Travis has filed a lawsuit against the men, claiming the two schemed with others to physically injure him, his fiancé and her 17-year-old daughter in order to gain leverage in a pending divorce case as well as to harass and humiliate Travis. Attorneys for Travis filed the nine-page complaint last week seeking damages for bodily injury and civil conspiracy. The brawl occurred after Travis, his fiancé and her daughter drove to the church to pick up the fiancé's 15-year-old son following his return from summer camp. The lawsuit alleges the fiancé's spouse and brother were there waiting and proceeded to accost the fiancé and her daughter. The suit further alleges that after Travis went to the women's aid, her brother pinned him to the ground while the spouse called a police officer he had pre-arranged to be available. When the officer arrived, Travis was arrested and issued a citation for assault.
January typically is a big month for divorce filings. In fact, more divorce proceedings are initiated in the early days of the year than any other time. This may not be a surprise as the start of a new year is viewed by many as a good time to make a fresh start. If you are one of the women considering filing for divorce in 2013, these tips will help you be prepared for what lies ahead.Before you file for divorce, the first step is to collect all of your financial documents. As you receive year-end statements from your bank, credit card company and other financial institutions, review them for discrepancies. They may provide clues that your husband is hiding assets that should be part of the marital property or that he's been spending money on another woman. Then make copies of all of your records and secure them in a safe place your husband can't access.
A Texas child support dispute will now play itself out in the courts of North Carolina. A Houston woman has petitioned a North Carolina court to enforce a Texas child support order against Carolina Panther Brandon LaFell. The woman claims the NFL player owes her thousands in delinquent child support payments for their son, who turns two in January. LaFell's agent says the Texas court issued a child support modification order reducing LaFell's obligation from $4,000 to $1,500, which is the maximum allowed under the Texas child support guidelines for one child. The woman's attorney says the modification order never was signed by the judge, who ordered the $4,000 due to extenuating circumstances relating to the child's health issues. The amount in dispute is at least $23,000. The case is scheduled for trial in February.
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.
After spending eight years in seclusion after he was abducted, a Texas boy who was found in March will remain under foster home care as his parents struggle to regain child custody. The 8-year-old boy will have to undergo rehabilitation sessions with his parents before the courts give a directive on the fate of the boy's legal custody. The boy's former babysitter and the babysitter's mother are behind bars; they are charged with kidnapping him.A federal court judge ruled that the youngster would continue living in a foster home while attending therapy together with his parents, for an undisclosed period. However, the child custody proceedings will be deliberated further, following the judge's directive to have another hearing set for January.