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Focusing on the 'best interests of the child' in the courts

All parents love their children. And all parents only want what is best for their children. It is not uncommon though, that during the course of a divorce, opinions may vary on what is considered the best interests of the children. It is not uncommon for each parent to truly believe that they deserve child custody of their child or children, and that by caring for their children, they are protecting the best interests of the child or children.

Why a prenuptial agreement might be right for you

We all know the last thing a couple on the verge of marriage wants to talk about is the possibility of divorce. Yet for nearly half of all married couples throughout the United States, including those from Killeen, Texas and the surrounding area, the unfortunate reality is that half of all marriages ultimately end in divorce. It is important to recognize this because the process of a divorce, as we all have heard could be painful.

3 important facts about boating under the influence

Do you know about the dangers of boating under the influence, or BUI? If not, you will now. Operation Dry Water, a campaign launched by the United States Coast Guard, is partnering with local law enforcement to raise awareness about the risks of BUI from June 30 to July 2. With warm weather and boating season in full gear, it is crucial for you to know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while operating a boat

Can I allocate my property with my spouse after we are married?

Many people have touted the benefits of signing a prenuptial agreement while also highlighting the difficulties of signing such an important document at an emotionally charged time. Many times couples take it as a sign that one spouse is already looking for a way out of the marriage, rather than recognizing it as a way to avoid a drawn out legal dispute in case the marriage ends. This may be why there has been a recent rise in postnuptial agreements-agreements signed by spouses after they get married.

Property division laws in Texas

Divorce in Texas can bring with it many unexpected issues and complications. Every soon-to-be divorced spouse has different goals when it comes to how they wish a divorce to play out. Some may desire certain child support and child custody outcomes to fall in place, while others may seek spousal support in order to continue to maintain the same quality of life they enjoyed before the divorce. Having specific goals can help when planning to undergo the divorce proceedings.

When to consider signing a prenuptial agreement

Texas residents who are entering into a marriage likely have a lot on their minds. It is undoubtedly an exciting time for many -- but it can also be a stressful time. There is often much to consider and a lot of planning to be done. Many of those entering a marriage want to make sure to protect their assets and ensure that their interests will be carried out in the unfortunate event of divorce.

A look at child support modification

Every Texas family has unique needs and goals. When it comes to family law disputes, these needs and goals can vary widely. Of course, everyone has different wishes when it comes to how they want family law issues to play out, and this can result in disputes and feuds. Sometimes, too, a decision that was made by the courts years back may not be still a viable solution years later. In such cases, it may be desirable to obtain an agreement modification.

How is child custody determined?

There is no doubt that things can be very difficult for all parties involved when it comes to a divorce. The former promise of a lifetime of love and happiness did not turn out as everyone had hoped, and a couple may feel like a failure. But if there are children involved from the marriage, it was never a total failure.

What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?

Sometimes, despite the best intentions a couple has when they get married, their life circumstances can change throughout the course of their marriage and they may decide it is necessary to end their union. While getting a divorce is a very personal decision, it needs to be based on some sort of legal reason. Texas law lists a number of grounds on which a married couple may divorce.

When can a spouse in Texas seek alimony?

One issue that can come up in a divorce that can cause a lot of consternation is that of alimony, also known in Texas as "spousal maintenance" or "spousal support." After all, one spouse may be reluctant to pay any amount of money to an ex-spouse, while the other spouse may feel the need for financial support following a divorce, particularly if that spouse earned significantly less than the other, or stayed out of the workforce altogether to care for the family while married. In Texas, it is possible for a divorcing spouse to seek alimony, but only under certain circumstances.

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