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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.

Automated services may help Texas county family law courts

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.

Understanding the complexities of international divorce

As international travel has become easier and expanding technologies have made interacting with different cultures more accessible, there has been an increase in dual-citizenship marriages. When Texas couples with parties from different countries decide to get divorced, their dual-citizenship can cause a variety of legal complications. A recent source explained that international divorce comes with a myriad of issues to consider. Some countries have vastly different laws and views on women's rights and property division. In some cases, money is the least of the divorcing couple's concerns. International divorce can also become extremely contentious and volatile when children are added to the equation. 

Gender identity issue complicates Arizona divorce case

An unusual divorce case in Arizona has gained the attention of many people across the United States and is of interest not only to advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage, but also to those who are interested in family law issues in general.One of the partners in the marriage was born female but underwent medical procedures to become male. However, he retained his female reproductive organs and bore three children after his sex change. His wife was not able to conceive, so the man became pregnant with donated semen. The judge presiding over the case has delayed making any decisions. Granting a divorce to the couple involved would mean recognizing the marriage as a valid marriage, and Arizona currently does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Economic conditions increase divorce rate in Texas town

The small city of Borger, Texas, has the 37th highest divorce rate in the United States. Its divorced population has nearly doubled by increasing to by 15 percent in recent years. The increase is attributed to changing economic conditions. Some people in Borger have suffered economically because of drought. Farmers and ranchers have seen decreases in income as the drought has reduced the productivity of agribusiness. Meanwhile, those who work in Borger's vast oil complexes have seen increases in income. Changes in a family's income - either positive or negative - can put stress on the relationship between spouses. The prospect of losing a farm or ranch can cause spouses to consider striking out on their own. Sudden increases in income can also be destructive as individuals may find themselves with enough money to purchase liquor or illegal drugs that may lead to other actions that their spouse of which their spouse doesn't improve.

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