Divorce Rates Highest in the South

South Leads Country in Rate of DivorceAccording to U.S. Census Bureau reports, states in the Deep South tend to have higher rates of divorce than the national average, for both men and women. An official with the Census Bureau attributes the higher divorce rate to two factors: higher marriage rates in the same area, and more marriages involving younger persons. In the northeast, where divorce … [Read more...]

Flight Diverted Due to Child Custody Issue

Officials Divert Flight Due to Child Custody IssueIn September, a flight from Dulles International Airport to Beijing was diverted back to its point of departure when FBI officials determined that a child kidnapper was apparently on board, with the child. According to reports, a United Airlines flight containing 180 passengers made it to Canadian airspace before FBI officials issued an order … [Read more...]

Child Custody in Texas

Texas Child Custody Factors—An Overview When your marriage has ended and you have minor children, one of the most difficult decisions involves where your children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. In Texas, child custody (now referred to as “managing conservatorship”) agreements or orders must consider the best interests of the minor child. The courts typically … [Read more...]

Texas Military Divorce Laws

Understanding Military Divorce in Texas If you are an active duty soldier in Texas or are married to someone in the armed forces, and you want to get a divorce, there are some special issues you must address. Protecting the Rights of Military Personnel A federal law, known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, allows a Texas court, at its discretion, to postpone a divorce proceeding for … [Read more...]

Making Your Divorce Less Difficult for Your Children

Steps You Can Take to Minimize the Impact of a Divorce on Your Children Divorce is hard on kids, no matter what you do. Their sense of stability and security can be greatly reduced. While you wouldn’t do things to intentionally cause them additional suffering, there are some basic things you can do to make life easier for them during and after the transition. Avoid Potential Conflict Whenever your … [Read more...]

Can Documents Produced in Mediation Be Used in Litigation?

The Mediation Confidentiality Privilege: How Broad Is It? When you seek to resolve a dispute through mediation, one of the reassurances you will often receive from counsel is that “all mediation communications and documents are privileged.” On its face, this seems to indicate that any documents produced for purposes of the mediation may not be subject to disclosure in subsequent litigation. But … [Read more...]

Getting Temporary Support before Your Divorce is Final

Getting Child Support while Your Divorce is Pending Divorce proceedings, like any other type of legal action, can take months or years to make it through the process. If you are a custodial parent, you can’t wait that long for a judge to order your ex to pay child support. Fortunately, in Texas, as in other states, you can petition the court for an order of temporary support while custody, … [Read more...]

The Financial Cost of Venting to Your Divorce Attorney

Keeping Your Focus in a Divorce—Don’t Spend Needless Dollars Venting As a general rule, divorce lawyers only get paid one way—for the time they spend to complete your divorce. Some attorneys may charge a flat fee, but even those lawyers will draw the line if you continue to take up their time. When you are in the middle of a divorce, you can feel angry about a lot of things, and your attorney can … [Read more...]

Important Questions to Ask about Whether You Want the House in a Divorce

Knowing Why You Want the House in a Divorce Though divorce can sometimes feel like war, it’s not supposed to be a competition, with a winner and a loser. Unfortunately, many parties treat it that way, particularly with respect to property. The perception is often that the party who takes home the most property is the winner, and that award customarily goes to the person who keeps the marital … [Read more...]

Managing Your Emotions During a Divorce Proceeding

Keeping Your Emotions from Derailing You during a Divorce Divorce has been called “the living death.” You have many of the consequences you would have had, had your spouse passed away. But they’re not gone. In fact, for many, you have regular contact with them, as you shuttle minor children back and forth between custodial and non-custodial parents. The emotions that you experience during a … [Read more...]

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