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.
Many people 50 and older may not appreciate the term "gray divorce." However, it's widely used since the finding that the divorce rate doubled for people in that age group between 1990 and 2010.
The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the pending gay marriage cases in six federal appeals courts throughout the country has literally changed the map when it comes to the legality of same-sex marriage in this country. According to the organization Freedom to Marry, as of Oct. 10, in 29 states and Washington, D.C., same-sex couples can legally tie the knot. Six other states have a "pro-marriage ruling at the appellate level" that clears the way for legal same-sex marriage.
Many people in Texas who marry a person who already has children want to adopt those children at some point. This can be particularly beneficial for the children's sense of a security if their biological father has little or no role in their lives. If the stepparent has taken on the role of mother or father, adoption can further solidify the family.
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.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is in the running to succeed Gov. Perry when his term is over, is working to overhaul our state's child support system. Last year, Texas collected $3.6 billion in child support payments -- more than any other state. Abbott boasted that under his tenure, which began in 2003, Texas has developed the "most efficient and effective child support system in the country."
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.