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EXPERTS DISH DIVORCE ADVICE AND NUMBERS

A couple of days ago, Slate.com ran an article titled “In Honor of Kim Kardashian.” The idea was to give readers tips on how, when and where to divorce, in honor of the reality TV star. Last week, her 536 days of divorce proceedings came to an end following her 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.

The writer talked to a handful of family law attorneys from around the nation and got some ideas on the dos and don’ts of divorce.

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TEXAS FAMILY LAW JUDGE: ONLINE DIVORCE RARELY A GOOD IDEA

Almost everything that can be purchased these days can be purchased online,including the papers with which you can file for a Fort Worth divorce.

You can’t actually buy the divorce online, but you can buy the forms, fill them out yourself and file them with a Tarrant County court. Anyone tempted to take this theoretically cheap and easy way out of a marriage should be cautioned, however: unless you understand Texas family law, you could be buying years of trouble in critical matters such as child custody, property division and spousal support.

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IMPORTANT, POSITIVE ROLE OF GRANDPARENTS IN A DIVORCE

The biggest and most immediate impact on divorcing Fort Worth parents is on the couple and their children. But others can feel tension and anguish, too, often including friends, co-workers and grandparents.

A recent article on divorce involving grandchildren offers advice on how grandparents can be there for the kids and for their adult children going through the divorce, too.

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A TEXAS-SIZED CHILD CUSTODY AND PROPERTY DIVISION DISPUTE

Media outlets in Fort Worth were all over the recent Deion Sanders divorce proceedings decisions, including the court’s decision to grant custody of the couple’s two sons to the former football star and shared custody of the couple’s daughter to Deion and his estranged wife, Pilar Sanders.

In a separate proceeding, it was also decided that the couple’s prenuptial agreement would stand, meaning that Pilar will not get half of Deion’s wealth, estimated by some to be as much as $250 million (a figure he disputes).

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: MAN SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT

About 400 miles east of Fort Worth is Scott County, Mississippi, where a family court recently issued an unusual punishment for a man who failed to pay child support.

The man must wear a sign for three hours a day, three days each week, until he pays off the more than $13,000 he owes in back support.

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EXPERT: DIY DIVORCE CAN MEAN LONG-LASTING REGRETS

Many people prefer a home-cooked meal to the best fare offered by good Fort Worth restaurants. Many likewise prefer to save money by fixing their own cars or doing home repairs themselves. But as anyone who has ventured into the DIY (do it yourself) world can tell you: if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can cause more harm than good and often wind up spending a lot more than a lot less by doing it yourself.

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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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