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November 2013 Archives

Buddy system can speed divorce recovery

Couples in Texas generally wind up with about half of their marriages ending in divorce. Also, statistics show that January is the biggest month for filing for divorce - right after the holidays have concluded. Going through a divorce can be a traumatic and lonely experience, and making a new life for yourself can be a challenge. One method that can help is the Divorce Buddy system.

Divorce can impact Social Security benefits

For older people in Texas contemplating divorce, the impact of the end of a marriage on spousal Social Security benefits is an issue that requires careful consideration. First, it is good to know the general rules about qualifying for such benefits. Either a spouse or an ex-spouse can collect spousal Social Security benefits based on the work record and income of their ex-wife or ex-husband. The benefit can be up to one-half of the working spouse's retirement benefit, although it will be reduced if the benefits are taken before the current full retirement age of 66.

Prenuptial agreements must be carefully done

Prenuptial agreements can be very useful for a good number of couples getting married in Texas. It can help make sure, for example, that children from a prior marriage are adequately provided for in the event of death or divorce and help protect a business or professional practice begun before the marriage in the event of a breakup. But there are a number of cautions worth mentioning when obtaining prenuptial agreements.

Lawsuit challenges Texas ban on same-sex marriage

A lawsuit by two same-sex couples, one female and one male, challenges the current ban on gay and lesbian marriage in the Texas state Constitution. That constitutional provision, adopted by voters in 2005, defines marriage as limited to those between one man and one woman, and prohibits Texas and local officials from taking actions that would recognize same-sex marriages. This has rapidly become an intense family law issue across the country, with 14 states now recognizing same-sex marriage.