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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.