Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans as well as LGBT couples throughout the country are awaiting a potentially-historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the legalization of same-sex marriage. A number of legal experts and scholars are predicting that the high court will hand down a ruling that effectively legalizes same-sex marriages throughout the country. That ruling is expected to be announced by the end of this month.
To many Texans, the thought of Islamic Koranic law (also known as "Sharia Law") or any other law based upon a specific religion or the laws of another country taking over the state's courts seems far-fetched. To others, however, it seems to be a real concern.
Many Texas residents facing divorce don't really know what to expect, particularly if they don't have friends or family who have been through it. They've only seen divorces on TV or read about celebrity break-ups. Both of these tend to have more drama than the real thing.
Unless you have no child custody or spousal/child support agreements as part of your divorce and you and your spouse divide up your things and go your separate ways, you will likely need some additional legal assistance down the road regarding the terms of your divorce. Our firm can help clients enforce those terms as well as modify them if necessary.
The mother of a child who has been missing since Dec. 26, 2009, has been released from prison. She was convicted of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference and sentenced to prison in December 2012. She was also charged with kidnapping. However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on that count.
Many of our readers here in Texas have no doubt heard the story of the man who was sentenced to six months behind bars for failing to pay child support simply due to a clerical error. As has been widely reported, he not only paid the overdue support once he learned what had happened, but paid additional money. According to a June 23 report by KTRK-TV, the Houston man paid $1,000 beyond what he owed for the support of his 12-year-old son.
A couple of months ago, we discussed how an estranged couple's pets can become a source of dispute and even be used as a bargaining chip as they hash out their divorce. One couple's dispute over their 11-year-old dog went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Texas has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. However, not everyone in our state is of the same mind regarding the issue. It continues to be the subject of strong legal and political debate -- even when it comes to couples who were married in parts of the country where it is legal.
Divorce can be complicated, and when a couple has children, those complications can extend far into the future. Even couples who attempt to communicate and make the best of any situation may deal with difficult problems such as child support and custody. When communication falls by the wayside, it can result in situations that are not in anyone's best interest.
A new documentary being released entitled "Romeo Misses A Payment" takes a close look at some of the problems faced by non-custodial parents caught up in the court system over difficulties concerning child support and related issues. The filmmaker, who is also a father, took his camera to a variety of locations to conduct interviews with parents facing difficult problems with family law, including parents involved in court cases in Dallas, Texas.