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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Getting life back on track when faced with child custody problems

Parents in Texas and beyond typically want what is best for their children. When a divorce occurs, former spouses may disagree on how to interpret their children's best interests. Such disagreements often lead to drawn out debates and contentious courtroom battles, with strong emotions evoked on both sides. Settling child custody issues may prove difficult unless outside intervention is sought.

Division of property unsettled for exonerated prisoner

Typically, when a person thinks of a married couple building a life together in Texas, one may imagine the two spending years raising a family, sharing interests and making plans. If that couple should divorce, the division of property would include those things they accumulated over the years they lived together. For one couple, however, the life they had as husband and wife was anything but typical, and the asset causing the most contention is $20 million.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act postpones civil proceedings

When a person in Texas enlists in the military, he or she often makes many sacrifices in the line of duty. In addition to the obvious risk of life and safety, a servicemember's obligations may place a strain on his or her family or jeopardize his or her financial situation. To protect the men and women who serve this country, Congress enacted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Unwed fathers must often fight for child custody

According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of births in Texas and elsewhere in 2014 were to unwed mothers. That accounts for over a million children. When children are born to married couples, the state assumes that both parents equally share the rights and responsibilities of raising the child. However, when parents are not married, fathers typically must have their child custody rights established by court decisions, especially if the parents are no longer a couple.