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Attaining justice or happiness in a divorce

Spouses in Texas who want to get a divorce might be interested to hear that letting the fight go and compromising might help them move on sooner than dragging out a divorce with battles. Sometimes exes may let their personal resentment and perceptions of what is fair get in the way of just settling their divorces and moving on. A divorce expert for the Huffington Post states that sometimes people get so wrapped up in what they believe to be justice that they don't step back and determine what's really right for them.

Importance of getting finances together before and during divorce

Many Texas couples experience money issues during and after divorces, but they can takes steps to minimize the costs, divide up their assets and make long-term financial plans. In a divorce, it is important for couples to work together as much as possible, taking their emotions out of the equation. They should seek legal assistance from attorneys to ensure that they fill out the right paperwork and go through the right steps, but they can save money during divorces by going through mediation.

Texas woman sent to jail for failing to pay child support

When a court is contemplating which parent can best serve the interests of the children from the relationship, it considers many factors. The court may consider the relationship between each child and each parent and the relationship of the parents. It may also consider the ability of each parent to support education, religious beliefs and morality. The court can also look to which parent may best be able to provide for the financial needs of a child when deciding child custody matters. Regarding this last factor, a Texas woman may have impaired her ability to win a child custody case. The 39 year old woman from Corpus Christi pleaded guilty to failing to make her child support payments for her two children who reside in Mississippi. The two counts that she pleaded guilty to were for felony non-support of the woman's children. She received a suspended jail sentence for five years for each count that runs concurrently.

Lottery winners may find child support obligations waiting

Texas and many other states participate in Powerball lotteries, giant pools that pay off millions of dollars to a single winner. While winning a pot this large may be everyone's dream, those who owe unpaid child support may find that winning this kind of money brings attention from family law advocates and child support enforcement agencies. This is what happened to one New Jersey man who recently won the Powerball jackpot for more than $300 million.The $338 million jackpot, which will pay the winner $221 million in a lump sum payment, would seem to be every lottery player's dream come true. However, the man quickly discovered that New Jersey law enforcement agencies were paying attention when they announced that they intended to seek $29,000 in unpaid child support immediately. It remains to be seen if the man will be forced to pay out more of his winnings if the custodial parent decides to take action.

Service members cheating themselves out of military benefits

Too many newly-divorced service members trying to reassemble their lives are leaving Uncle Sam's gifts on the table. Take the Air Force, for example. Too many airmen wait too long to secure benefits for their dependents, including dependents who were born out of wedlock or are children of divorce. Dependent children are entitled to benefits even if they live with a non-military parent, and in some cases the former spouse is also eligible for military benefits.

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