EXPERTS: BOOMERS WHO DON’T PLAN MIGHT SEE RETIREMENT BLOW UP IN DIVORCE

It’s America’s largest generation and it has been setting standards and breaking rules for decades. As its members start to hit retirement age, Baby Boomers are setting yet another precedent by divorcing at unheard of rates in Fort Worth and across the nation.

Since 1990, divorces among people age 50 and older have doubled. One out of every four divorces in the nation includes Boomers. The problem, experts say, is that in some cases the older Boomers are putting their retirement plans in danger when they divorce.

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LIFETIME ALIMONY TO END IN MILITARY DIVORCES?

Advocates of military-member rights are urging revision of a federal law that allows some ex-spouses of members of the military to collect up to half of retirement pay in the form of alimony — for life.

While a number of states have moved to restrict spousal maintenance (alimony) following a divorce, in 2011 Texas moved in the opposite direction, allowing ex-spouses to collect, in some cases, for decades. Spousal maintenance had previously been limited to three years in our state.

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UNTOLD SIDE OF TRAGEDY SURFACES IN DIVORCE CASE

Much of the Fort Worth media covered the tragic story of a young man’s death in a Florida car accident two years ago. What made the story notable was that the driver of the other car was not only drunk, but the multimillionaire founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

The tycoon’s trial made headlines, as did his conviction and sentencing. What didn’t make headlines was the long and contentious divorce the parents of the 23-year-old man killed in the accident were going through at the time. In fact, their disputes continue to this day and now include a legal clash over what to do with their son’s ashes.

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BREAKING WITH TRADITION IN TEXAS CUSTODY AND VISITATION MATTERS

When a traditional family breaks apart in a divorce, there are often difficult legal and emotional issues for parents to deal with, including complex child custody and visitation matters.

When a same-sex couple has children together, the break-up can be even more complicated because Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. That can mean a non-biological parent has to fight to even be recognized as someone with standing to ask for visitation rights.

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