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March 2014 Archives

Unusual divorce bill arises in another state

Divorce is a very rules-filled area of law. Some examples of things states often put regulations on when it comes to divorce include: when a divorce filing can be made, what the timetable is for a divorce and what parties can/cannot do during a divorce. Given the many rules regarding divorce, getting a divorce can sometimes seem like a very intimidating and confusing process. Guidance when it comes to the divorce process is one of the things that experienced family law attorneys can provide to individuals here in Texas.

Trace Adkins' wife seeks primary residential custody of the kids

There are many issues that need to be addressed when a couple with minor children gets divorced. One of these issues is what will happen regarding the physical and legal custody of the children. Sometimes, parents share custody of a child after a divorce, while other times, physical and/or legal custody of a child is primarily held by one parent. Many different factors can contribute to what the best custody situation is for a given family. Family law attorneys can help divorcing parents who have questions about things like what sort of child custody arrangement to pursue and what to do if a dispute arises over child custody.

Major U.S. city starting new domestic violence pilot program

Recently, in a major city in another state, a new pilot program regarding domestic violence was announced. The city in question is Chicago. The pilot program will be conducted in one of the city's police districts and it is a joint effort of the city's police department, the city's mayor's office, the Department of Family and Support Services and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Visitation bill being considered in another state

Sometimes, in child custody matters, one of the parents will be granted primary physical custody of the child. When this occurs, the other parent is generally granted a certain amount of visitation time. Different states have different rules regarding how to determine how much visitation time a given non-custodial parent will be granted.

HHS issues guidelines regarding health plans and same-sex couples

Same-sex couples who got married in a state in which same-sex marriages are legal but who live in a state that does not recognize such marriages as valid generally don't have access to the same sorts of things that heterosexual married couples do.

Study: no connection between pre-marital cohabitation and divorce

There is plenty of conventional wisdom out there about divorce. One such commonly held belief is that a couple will have a greater likelihood of eventually getting divorced if they live together before they get married. A recent study brings into question the accuracy of this piece of conventional wisdom.

TX domestic abuse services facing staffing and funding shortages

When a domestic violence victim takes the courageous action of taking steps to get away from the perpetrator of the abuse, there are many forms of protection, help and assistance that they may wish to seek out. One thing they may wish to pursue is a restraining order against the perpetrator so that they have some legal protection against this individual. Family law attorneys can provide guidance to victims of domestic violence when it comes to the steps for requesting a restraining order.

122 million shares ruled to be separate property in Hamm divorce

In divorces, marital assets are subject to division while separate property is not. Thus, which of these two categories a given piece of property is found to be in can be very impactful. One thing that can play a role in whether an asset is considered a marital asset or separate property is the timing of its acquisition. Generally, if a person obtained a piece of property prior to getting married, the property is considered separate property.

Kids' college expenses and divorce negotiations

When parents of young children divorce, one of the major issues that comes up is how the costs associated with the upbringing and care of their children will be divided between them. There are a great many immediate costs to consider when it comes to this issue, such as child care costs, activity costs and medical expenses. With so many immediate costs to consider, divorcing parents may be tempted to not address the issue of who will contribute what to their children's future college expenses in their divorce negotiations and instead put it off until a later date.

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