It’s one thing to receive notice of mandatory attendance at an upcoming judicial hearing if you live a few blocks from the courthouse.
Some – candidly, many – divorcing Texas couples view marital dissolution in terms akin to a drawn-out sporting contest, perhaps a marathon. Many divorces have multiple and sometimes contested issues to sort through, and it is understandable why some impending exes don’t look beyond execution of a divorce decree when they assign finality to their decoupling. They simply want the process to end.
Texas divorces are sometimes comparatively simple affairs, of course. Some couples are wed for only a short time and do not envision any problematic or otherwise challenging issues arising in their divorce or following a marital dissolution.
The same, yet different.
As this blog has discussed before, in the event of a divorce, a married couple's property will have to be divided according to the community property laws in force in Texas.
Like other states, Texas takes domestic violence seriously on multiple levels. For instance, in addition to criminal charges, Texas family law judges have the authority to restrict custody, that is conservatorship, and visitation upon hearing credible evidence that domestic violence has occurred. This is true even if there has been no criminal charge against the suspect.
As is the case in other states, when a couple in Killeen or Fort Hood spit up either through a divorce or otherwise, property will often have to be divided between them.
Unlike several other states, Texas uses what is called a net income approach to figuring child support. What this means is that a Killeen parent's income, and only that income, will be what determines the support obligation of that parent.
Many residents of Killeen and Fort Hood, even those not affiliated with the military, find themselves needing to make a move to another state. Of course, with Texas being so large, even certain moves in state can have the same effect as moving to another state.
Many residents of Killeen and Fort Hood may have heard the term joint custody and may have even heard family law experts and those who work with children sing its praises as a great way of helping children deal with the fact that their parents do not live together. However, many Texans might not know exactly what this term entails.