When a divorce is over and done with and everything from alimony payments to child support has been sorted out, some individuals might feel as if the difficult part is out of the way. After all, other than ensuring that the correct parent claims the children on his or her taxes that year, that is pretty much it, right? Not so, if a Texas couple pursuing a divorce has children who are heading off to college.
With the cost of a college education soaring — roughly $14,300 at its cheapest and over $40,000 at its most expensive — paying for a highereducation can be a tremendous undertaking. Most college students and their families turn toward the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, in order to help with the overwhelming cost. However, the FAFSA must also be completed by a parent in the case of a dependent student. In the case of a student of divorced parents, the custodial parent must fill out the FAFSA.
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For various reasons, some individuals might feel compelled to stay in a marriage that has become exceptionally stressful. New research indicates that this may not be the best route for Texas couples. While a divorce might mean the end of a marriage, it can also be the start of renewed health.
It is a common thought that marriage can positively impact health. However, researchers set out to discern whether or not that common knowledge always holds true. After the conclusion of an 11-year study involving married couples, they found that stress in a marriage can cause individuals to be particularly susceptible to depression.
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Divorce is no funny business for two big-name comedians that have been separated for over a year-and-a-half now. Comedian Will Arnett finally filed for divorce from his funny-woman wife, Amy Poehler, who has appeared on “SNL” and “Parks and Recreation.” He is apparently seeking joint custody of their two sons, a similar request that many divorcing individuals in Texas make.
Only recently did 43-year-old Arnett — star of the wildly popular “Arrested Development” TV show — actually file for the divorce from his second wife, 42-year-old Amy Poehler. The comedic actor wants not only joint legal custody of the couple’s two sons, but join physical custody as well. Visitation rights were also included in the papers.
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While it may often appear as though the divorce rate for military members is somewhat higher than their civilian counterparts, the reasons behind their divorces might not be as clear. As the overall rate for domestic violence has decreased in America, military families are at an elevated risk for domestic violence. In Texas, this may play a role in military divorce.
Twenty-one percent of incidents of domestic violence in the United States can be contributed to veterans who have been involved in combat. There has been a demonstrated link between post-traumatic stress disorder in a veteran returning from a deployment, and the high incidence of military members embroiled in domestic violence disputes. The link between PTSD and domestic violence was supported by recent research. It demonstrated that veterans who experienced PTSD were far more likely to behave violently toward a partner.
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For some children, child support doesn’t just provide “extras,” such as the ability to participate in school sport teams or extracurricular activities. It provides the financial means to keep a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. In the absence of this support, life can become difficult and unpredictable for both the child and the custodial parent. Texas police recently arrested 15 individuals who reportedly failed to make timely child support payments.
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Due to the stress of the job and constant separation, military members may seem to have a higher rate of divorce than civilians do. Female military members, in particular, tend to divorce at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. In fact, those in Texas might be shocked to learn that military divorce is three times higher for women than it is for men.
For the most part, local military spouses groups can be a tremendous help to new or incoming spouses to a base. However, it has been pointed out that these groups are generally intended for women. This can potentially ostracize male spouses who are married to female service members, which only adds on to the load that most military marriages already struggle with.
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The history of divorce is generally seen as a combative ordeal. Some may think of divorce in Texas as a wife and husband pitted against each other, embroiled in a fight over who gets the house or the dog. Recently, a movement inside of the state has enacted a shift to change that image. Instead, more and more Texas divorcees are being encouraged to engage in what some call a collaborative divorce.
There are multiple reasons that collaborative divorces may benefit divorcing couples. In particular, if children are involved in the dissolving marriage, excessive fighting over aspects can tear time and attention away from their well-being. One counselor points out that it is highly beneficial if two divorcing parents can still speak to each other for the benefit of their children.
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Following up on a story that was posted on this blog on Feb. 17, 2014, those who have experienced interference with child custody agreements may finally be getting the help they need. On that post, we discussed how some Texas parents were having difficulty getting authorities to take action when the other parent ignored the rules outlined in a custody agreement. Those child custody dispute s may finally be dealt with.
Continue reading Child Custody Disputes Finally Receive Court Time in Texas
While child support is often an integral building block for a child’s life, payments also hinge upon the parent’s financial ability. If payments are higher than a Texas parent can afford, that doesn’t generally benefit eitherparty. In some instances, going back to court for a reduction in child support payments may be the best course of action for some parents.
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Increasingly, fathers are spending much more time with their children than they have in the past. While this is generally viewed to be a positive movement, some fathers are still treated as secondary parents when it comes to child custody. Fathers’ rights in Texas and elsewhere across the United States seem to be at the forefront of many child custody disputes during a divorce.
Recent research has indicated that children tend to perform better in a myriad of situations when they are able to see both of their parents regularly. This research does not reflect real-life custody agreements in which physical custody is normally awarded to the mother, with the father receiving mostly minimal time. There are some who believe that, by automatically granting sole custody to the mother, courts are actually harming the children involved.
Continue reading Fathers’ Rights on the Rise when it Comes to Child Custody