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Easing the way through a Texas contested divorce

Dissolving a marriage is never exactly easy, but some divorces can be more difficult than others are. A contested divorce is one example of a particularly challenging breakup through the legal system. The reason for the difficulty is the sometimes-unexpected inability of two divorcing spouses to agree on some or all elements of the divorce.

Facebook and social media provide evidence in divorce cases

The personal information about whereabouts, relationships and activities shared on social media plays an increasing role in marital disputes and divorce cases, according to two polls. Some couples in Texas may well be aware of how arguments arise when an old lover's friend request is accepted or evidence of an affair pops up on Facebook because one survey found these disputes to be pervasive.

Garnishment options to collect child support

Texas parents who are not receiving their court-ordered child support payments may be interested in some of the options that may be available to them. Since child support is mandatory once ordered, enforcement is available through several sources, including garnishment of some Social Security benefits and income tax refunds.

Factors for determining spousal maintenance

In Texas, when a couple decides to get a divorce, one person may no longer be able to provide for themselves as they either never worked during the marriage or earned significantly less than the other spouse. In these cases, that person may be able to request spousal support from the court in order to support themselves following the dissolution of the marriage.

How divorce affects taxes

Texas residents who are in the process of divorcing may be interested in how the divorce will impact their tax situation. A divorce can change a person's income, assets, debts and even name, so it is little surprise that it can significantly affect one's taxes. Individuals who have recently finalized a divorce are advised to carefully review their situation and account for all necessary changes.

Cleese paying millions in alimony

Texas audiences who enjoyed John Cleese's "The Alimony Tour" may not be too surprised that the title of the show was based on real circumstances from his life. After he and his psychotherapist wife entered into a divorce settlement, the comedian of the one-man show has had to tour to make enough money to pay his hefty alimony payments.

More alimony for ex-husbands

An evolving dynamic in society may be affecting divorces of Texas couples. Lawyers practicing family law have noticed a recent increase in the number of men asking for alimony in divorce hearings. Women earning more than their male spouses is becoming a more prominent trend throughout the entire country. he most recent data from the Census Bureau indicates that of those people receiving alimony payments in 2010, men only accounted for three percent of this total. This could be changing. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2012, 47 percent of the respondents indicated that they had noticed among their own clients an increase in how many women now pay spousal support. This trend is likely to continue as women earn more in the workplace. The CEO of a financial planning firm for divorcees recalls waiting three years in at the start of his career to see a woman making alimony payments. His financial planning firm has now had seven cases with women paying spousal support in 2013. Many people are still resistant to accept this new dynamic because it clashes with conventional attitudes developed throughout society. Some judges remain skeptical of men asking for alimony, and men are generally less committed to these claims than women are. Some lawyers have been successful helping men without children receive alimony payments as well. Spousal support is often a key issue during a divorce proceeding, and it can sometimes be a contentious one as well. While the Supreme Court has ruled that the determination of an alimony award has to be made on a gender-neutral basis, it may take some time before men are comfortable in requesting it.

Study reveals divorce trends

Texas residents may be interested in some trends that emerged when Brown University researchers analyzed data accumulated from a study conducted for the past several decades. Although the study began in order to determine risk factors associated with heart disease, researchers acquired a great deal of additional data that uncovered some social trends.

Advice on financial planning during and after a divorce

Texas residents may be interested in some advice regarding the economic situation after divorce. A financial planner gives some sensible guidance to those who weren't in control of the finances during the marriage. These tips may help to alleviate any fears that such a spouse has about their financial situation post-divorce.

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