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.
Continue reading IMPORTANT, POSITIVE ROLE OF GRANDPARENTS IN A DIVORCE
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).
Continue reading A TEXAS-SIZED CHILD CUSTODY AND PROPERTY DIVISION DISPUTE
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.
Continue reading SIGN OF THE TIMES: MAN SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT
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.
Continue reading EXPERT: DIY DIVORCE CAN MEAN LONG-LASTING REGRETS
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.
Continue reading EXPERTS: BOOMERS WHO DON’T PLAN MIGHT SEE RETIREMENT BLOW UP IN DIVORCE
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.
Continue reading LIFETIME ALIMONY TO END IN MILITARY DIVORCES?
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.
Continue reading UNTOLD SIDE OF TRAGEDY SURFACES IN DIVORCE CASE
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.
Continue reading BREAKING WITH TRADITION IN TEXAS CUSTODY AND VISITATION MATTERS
An Army drill sergeant doesn’t easily accept “no” for an answer; especially if the matter involves him getting custody of his baby daughter.
Though the diligent dad in question recently won his long-fought child custody battle far from us in Fort Worth, his story has won hearts across the nation.
Continue reading MILITARY DAD FIGHTS FOR AND WINS CUSTODY OF DAUGHTER
For most people in Texas and elsewhere, ending a marriage is hard. We hope that this blog can serve as a great resource for people who have already filed or are considering filing for divorce. It is not a decision to be made lightly, and there are many factors, both financial and emotional, to consider when deciding to press ahead with a divorce. But it’s also important to remember that divorce may not be the right decision for everyone.
Continue reading KOBE AND WIFE RECONCILE AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR APART