We talked recently about the anticipation by Texas same-sex couples of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the national legalization of same-sex marriage. That decision is expected before the end of June.
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.
Preparation can be key to getting a divorce settlement that will provide you with the financial resources you need to begin a new chapter of your life. It will also help prevent an estranged spouse from hiding or taking resources that the two of you should have split.
You and your spouse have worked hard for many years and saved money in 401(k)s, pension plans or other types of retirement accounts. You're on your way to living out your golden years in comfort. Then the marriage ends.
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.
For many Texans, their relationships with their companion animals is very special. They are part of the family. In fact, many people in abusive relationships don't leave for fear that their abuser will harm the family pet.
When a couple seeks to end a marriage, divorce is generally the chosen method. However, in some cases, they are able to get an annulment. The requirements for a court to grant an annulment are much more narrow than for a divorce. If you do choose to go that route, there are important tax considerations that you should keep in mind. To the Internal Revenue Service, it makes a big difference whether a couple gets a divorce or annulment.
When you're going through a divorce, insurance may not be uppermost in your mind. However, it's important to ensure that you are still protected after you and your spouse go your separate ways.
The decision by one or both spouses to end their marriage rarely happens suddenly. One family law attorney notes that there are many "red flags" that a marriage could be in trouble. However, too many people ignore or don't recognize them until they become serious issues that leave the relationship irretrievably damaged.