A Texas jury awarded former NFL Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders custody of his two sons with estranged wife. The jury decided that Deion Sanders should have full child custody of his 13- and 11-year-old sons and joint custody of his 9-year-old daughter. Deion Sanders had received temporary custody of the children in May 2012 after he filed for divorce in September 2011. The jury vote was an 11-1 decision, and the jury also voted that the couple should share physical as well as legal custody of the couple's daughter. Each parent was trying to get full custody of all three children.
Our population is aging and there's an increase in what is known as gray divorce. There are special issues that must be considered when a long-term marriage ends and the parties are over 50 years old. Two important aspects of gray divorces are 401K and pension plans of the spouses. It is much harder to rebuild these types of assets as retirement draws closer. This is especially important to consider in a community-property state like Texas. Generally, assets obtained during the marriage are equally divided in a divorce.
The Domestic Relations Office for El Paso county has formed a strategic partnership with Texas Attorney General Child Support Division. Implementation of Integrated Child Support Services, which will automate the resource-intensive manual system in place since 2000, is a primary goal for the DRO. Automation is expected to provide a number of benefits related to the county's family law services, including faster enforcement of withholding orders, automatic enforcement actions following 90 days of non-payment and additional resources for parents. The new system does not provide any additional services compared to the older model. Services remain the same, but one interested attorney believes they will be provided faster and more efficiently than in the past. The manual system of the past sometimes resulted in seriously delinquent accounts due to delays in both enforcement of court orders and processing of employment information. Adoption of the system brings El Paso into line with other major counties in Texas already using the service.
Two East Texas women were recently convicted of kidnapping. This complicated case involved the two women apparently kidnapping an 8-month-old baby and hiding him until he was 8 years old. The case took an interesting turn when the two women claimed that they bought the baby from his mother for $200 and therefore had obtained child custody of the boy.While the defense attorney argued that the child's birth mother did not show any concern for the child, the prosecution determined that the two women kept the boy out of the public eye because they knew they did not have any legal rights to him. The women did not get the child the appropriate vaccinations, enroll him in school or take him to the dentist. The jury considered these actions a contradiction to the women's claims that they cared for the child properly.