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Husband's job status major factor in divorce

The dissolution of marriage is sometimes unavoidable in Texas due to irreconcilable differences. Other times, job- and money-related issues lead to divorce. Specifically, according to new research, the biggest cause of divorce is the job status of the husband.

Researches from Harvard University found that men who lacked jobs had a much higher chance statistically of going through marital split-ups compared to men with stable jobs. In fact, men with no jobs increased their chances of divorce by about 30 percent. The same findings were found for men who had not worked for extended periods of time.

Starting over financially may be tricky following divorce

Taking care of finances both during and after a divorce can be overwhelming and emotional. Even the most well-thought-out financial plans might seem complex during the period of transition following divorce. However, a few tips may help with achieving financial security in the years following a marital split-up in Texas.

First, adjusting an existing budget is necessary to make it match one's new lifestyle following divorce. This is possible by first calculating the new household monthly income, including child and spousal support if necessary. Then, the income expected to be earned over the course of the following year can be estimated.

How to enforce child support payments with spouse in the military

If you have gone through divorce and your ex-husband in the military is not fulfilling child support obligations, you might be worried and frustrated. While child support is generally governed by Texas state law, the Military Service Relief Act contains specific rules for military members involved in divorce cases.

Learn more about how to enforcing child support obligations from your military ex-spouse.

License suspensions in Texas for failure to pay child support


Texans who are obligated to pay child support must make those payments on time and in full. If they do not, the state has various enforcement tactics to penalize parents who are not doing so. A recent post discussed one relatively new strategy in which those behind on their child support payments will not be allowed to register their cars. It has proven to be an effective tactic. However, there are other methods that the state can use to punish parents. One is the suspension of a license. This encompasses many licenses and is not limited to driver's licenses.

If a noncustodial parent has a state license of any kind and is behind by more than three months of child support and is not complying with a court order or voluntary repayment schedule, he or she will have a license suspended. The kinds of licenses that can be suspended are multiple. They can be driver's licenses, hunting licenses, finishing licenses, medical licenses, dental licenses and any professional license.

Family business can complicate divorce

If a business is created during a marriage in Texas, it is considered community property. This is true even if just one of the spouses erected the business and has his or her name on the title. Like all other community property, a business created during the marriage must be divided during divorce.

For a closely held business that is deemed community property, achieving a settlement is usually based on both parties' goals concerning their post-divorce lives. Perhaps both spouses are actually ready to retire and thus are okay with selling the business. In some cases, the spouses may have been business partners, and one of them plans to keep running the business without the other's help. Still, in other cases, one spouse may have focused on the business while the other heavily supported it.

Is your spouse hiding assets?

Property division often ranks among the top contentious issues in a divorce. Some people, afraid that they will lose assets they feel entitled to, begin hiding them. In other cases, spouses are shocked to discover their soon-to-be-ex has been keeping financial secrets for years before the divorce.

Hiding assets often comes with several warning signs. Being on the lookout for red flags can help you preserve your interest in marital assets. A qualified divorce attorney can help you pursue legal recourse to get your fair share in the divorce.

What you should know about divorce mediation in Texas

If you are about to embark upon the divorce process, you may hear suggestions of mediation. In most cases, mediation happens upon the parties' request. Sometimes, the court may order you to participate in mediation. Many courts encourage mediation and provide services to deal with a variety of matters.

Mediation can be a valuable tool for divorcing spouses to work out disputes about key issues such as finances, spousal support, custody and visitation. In addition, the parties may negotiate any other issue they feel holds importance for them.

Jail is a possibility for failing to pay child support


There is no doubt that a child support dispute is problematic. A common concern among supporting parents in Texas is whether their failure to pay child support will send them to jail. The state has several penalties that it will assess for parents who fail to pay child support and jail is one of them. While it is preferable for parents to pay for their child support or to settle these important family law issues another way, jail is a possibility if the circumstances warrant it.


Both the custodial and the supporting parent must understand the reality of incarceration and take steps to avoid it if possible since it does no one - especially the child - any good. A person who has not paid his or her child support can be jailed for as long as six months. The incarceration will be based on contempt of court meaning that the person is not adhering to a court order. In addition, there can be a fine of as much as $500 for every violation and the court costs and attorney's fees will have to be paid by the parent.

Postnuptial agreements can be helpful during divorce

When it comes to being cheated on in a marriage, an increasing number of spouses in the state of Texas and elsewhere are not taking any chances. They are using postnuptial agreements to protect their best interests. For instance, in these legal agreements, two spouses can agree that if one cheats on the other and they end up getting a divorce, the one who was cheated on has the right to get the marital home, the family car and a large percentage of their additional assets.

The postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement in that it spells out how assets will be divided in the event of divorce. What makes it different from a prenuptial agreement is that it is signed after a couple have gotten married, not before. Postnuptial agreements are also known as postnups or postmarital agreements.

Legal help is essential in international child custody situations


During a child custody dispute, Texans need to be aware of their rights. These situations can be made more complex when the case goes beyond Texas and U.S. borders and evolves into an international child custody dispute. Since there are many people who become involved in a relationship or marry a person from another country, it is an unfortunate reality that international custody disputes and family legal issues are becoming more common. The laws of Texas and the laws of the country from which the other parent is from will be essential to settling the matter.

With international child custody, it is important to have a grasp of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This is a protective device for children to be returned to where they are supposed to live under the law. When two parents from different countries are embroiled in a dispute over custody and a parent decides to abscond, knowing how to use the Hague Convention can help to get the child back. It is also a possibility that a parent from another country is accusing the Texas resident of taking the child illegally. In either circumstance, legal help is a must.

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