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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.

Texas father seeks sole custody of child

Earlier this month, a Texas man headed to court in an attempt to gain sole child custody of his daughter. This action comes after the man's ex-wife disappeared with both of her daughters and attempted to flee to Mexico with them. One of the children is the ex-husband's biological daughter while the other is the ex-wife's child from another union. The ex-wife violated the terms of the existing child custody arrangement when she tried to take the children to Mexico. She was arrested when she tried to obtain passports for herself and two children. Her ex-husband suspects she planned to drive through Mexico to get to Belize, a trip that he said can be especially dangerous for a woman to make alone with children.

Reasons to add real estate appraisers to the legal team

Texas couples going through a divorce have many issues to negotiate in order to reach a settlement. One of the more complicated issues surrounding a divorce is how to divide the marital property, including real estate acquired during the marriage. This process can be especially complicated when the couple owns more than one piece of property,In order to eliminate some of the confusion and ensure that the process is handled fairly, it is common for divorcing couples to seek the services of professional real estate appraisers. Appraisers can pull the comparable properties that have sold in the same market to get a fair market value of the property. However, there are several factors that go into this process, such as uncommon additions to the property, and determining the actual value of a property involved in a divorce can be complex.

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.

Father has custody case heard by Supreme Court

The U. S. Supreme Court is not the normal venue for hearing cases involving custody battles, but a military family law attorney and client are appearing before the nation's highest court to request that a child be brought back from overseas and the venue of a custody case be changed to Alabama. The Army Sergeant First Class who initiated the case was married to a woman with United Kingdom citizenship. When their daughter was born in Germany several years ago, the child was granted dual citizenship with the United States and the United Kingdom. The father left to go to Afghanistan and the mother traveled home to Scotland. On the father's return from combat duty, the husband, wife and child moved to Alabama. However, the reunion was short-lived.

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