About half of all American marriages end in divorce. The same is true here in Texas, where the divorce rate is 48 percent.
One Texas couple has been waiting almost two years to divorce. Why did it take so long? The reason is that they are both women, and their 2010 New Hampshire marriage was not recognized in Texas until recently. Now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country, they were finally able to obtain a divorce.
It's one thing to get a child support order that tells your ex to send money to you every month; it's entirely another thing to make sure it actually happens. Some people skip payments on purpose, not wanting to pay at all, while others just have lapses when they forget or run into tough financial times. What can you do to make sure you actually get paid on time so that you can stick to your budget?
After you've made it through your divorce, you'll likely look back and see things that you should have done differently. That's only natural. You're making decisions that will impact you and your children for a long time to come at a time when your emotions are likely impairing your judgment.
When Texas couples divorce, they may choose to sell the family home and split any profits. In some cases, one spouse buys out the other's share of the family home and stays in it him/herself. Whatever the case, one or both spouses often find themselves looking for another property to purchase not long after the divorce.
The break-up of a marriage is never easy. However, when one spouse suddenly tells the other that he or she wants a divorce, it can be devastating. Family law attorneys have all had clients who came to them in a state of shock because the person they thought they'd be spending the rest of their life with walked out.
Divorce generally has financial implications for both spouses. One economist even contends that it "generally results in a significant financial setback for all those involved."
With summer vacation around the corner, many newly-divorced Texans are planning their first trips alone with their children. Traveling with kids always includes some level of stress. However, doing it on your own can be significantly more difficult -- at least the first time. Here are some tips to make the getaway go more smoothly for everyone.
Major League Baseball player Josh Hamilton, who spent five seasons playing for the Texas Rangers, has filed for divorce from his wife Katie. The outfielder, who is about to turn 34, had been playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim until shoulder surgery and a reported substance abuse relapse sidelined him. However, he filed the divorce petition this February in Tarrant County, Texas.
Despite changing gender roles, a number of wives still let their husbands handle most of the family finances, including taxes. This means that many newly-divorced women are facing the tax season alone for the first time, or at least for the first time in many years. Couple that with the fact that the last year has probably been one of the life changes that will need to be reported on your state and federal taxes, and it's perfectly reasonable to feel confused and overwhelmed as April 15 grows closer.