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.
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.
Divorce can be a complicated process. However, when the spouses who are calling it quits are in business together, the number of difficult problems and the people impacted by the break-up are multiplied. According to the most recent U.S. Census, some 3.7 million businesses are owned by spouses. Given the divorce rate in this country, that means a lot of spouses will be determining how to move forward with a business as well as their own lives following a break-up.
Some people may scoff at the idea of divorcing couples having custody battles over pets. However, many Texans cherish their four-legged family members and can't imagine not having them in their lives. We can fully understand how couples who go their separate ways may find the decision of where their animals will live a wrenching one.
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.
A Lubbock, Texas, couple seeking to end their marriage requested a jury trial. Although somewhat unusual, Texas state law does allow for a jury trial in divorce cases upon request. The case, which was high profile because the husband's father is a city attorney, and was previously accused by the wife of sexually molesting her at the couples' home, has ended, for now, in a mistrial declared by the judge.
Family law issues such as child and spousal support are not limited to married couples. Unmarried couples may have children together over which difficult problems arise, and in some cases, the dispute is over having children to begin with. In a case involving a professional football player, one woman is alleging he took actions to encourage her to abort their child. She is now filing a lawsuit for damages and expenses.