Family and Criminal Law Blog

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Strategizing Alimony Under the New Tax Laws

How will the new tax code change divorce negotiations?

Starting on January 1st, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will take effect and the law could result in big changes when it comes to alimony. Under the old tax laws, alimony payers were able to deduct the amount outlaid in alimony from their federal income taxes. For many divorcing spouses, the deduction became a central negotiation point, making the payment of alimony less onerous to the paying spouse.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

Will I benefit more from filing for divorce before the new tax code takes effect?

The new tax code will take full effect on January 1st, and several of its provision are anticipated to have a significant effect on divorce. With just months to go before the tax code replaces previous laws, potential divorce filers need to consider whether it is best to wait and plan their divorce to take place after January 1st, or to file quick before the deadline. Which move will be more beneficial depends on several factors unique to your own circumstances.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Information for Birth Mothers

Will I be able to choose the adoptive couple for my baby?

Electing to put your baby up for adoption is a brave and love filled decision, requiring that you put the interests of your child above your own. If you are pregnant and weighing the thought of placing your child up for adoption, you will naturally have many questions and concerns. Our Midland, Texas adoption lawyers answer some questions that you may have as a mother weighing the option of adoption.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Violence During a Divorce

How can an order of protection keep me safe during my divorce?

A Texas man recently shot his estranged wife while the couple was going through divorce proceedings. Kenneth Martin and his wife Linda had been married for 20 years when Linda filed for divorce. The couple continued to live together as they attempted to work out the details of the divorce, but the situation became tense. Following a mediation session during which Linda asserted her rights to several critical assets, Kenny shot Linda in the face as she sat waiting at a red light. Linda tragically died as a result of her injuries.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Retirement Plans and Divorce

How are retirement plans divided in a divorce?

Retirement accounts can be a valuable asset, so understandably many divorcing spouses have concerns about what will happen to their retirement accounts in a divorce. Under Texas law, your individual retirement account may, in fact, be community property, and thus subject to division upon your divorce. Our Midland, Texas divorce lawyers discuss some facts you should know about the potential handling of your retirement assets post-divorce.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Expenses Covered by Child Support

Will child support cover private school expenses?

Child support was created in order to protect children nationwide from the economic impact of separation or divorce. There is a common belief that child support should only be awarded to cover a child’s bare necessities like food and clothing. In fact, Texas law permits the award of child support to cover a wide array of kid related expenses.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Divorce Mediation Benefits

How long does it take to get a divorce with a mediator?

A traditional divorce can be lengthy, messy, and costly. Many couples seeking an alternative to divorce turn to divorce mediation. Mediation has become one of the most common methods of achieving a divorce settlement.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

How Men and Women Deal With Divorce Differently

Do women or men move on more easily after a divorce?

It has been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and these differences in personality extend to the realm of divorce. An article by Kathleen O’Connell Corcoran explores the differences in how men and women are impacted by divorce. Knowing how your gender tends to cope with divorce can help you to move past divorce or assist a friend going through a divorce. Our

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Look At the Most Expensive Divorce Settlements Of All Time

What factors should high net worth individuals consider a divorce?

When ultra-wealthy couples divorce, it often makes headline news. Mega celebrities like Tiger Woods, Madonna, and President Trump have all been hit with costly divorce settlements. These massive divorce settlements are nothing compared to the top divorce settlements of all time. Our

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rushing to File for Divorce

Does it matter who files for divorce first?

Deciding to file for divorce is never easy. Divorce is a major step that will have an impact on your life. Once you have determined that divorce is your best course of action, you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney right away.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Texas’ Paternity Registry Explained

How can I preserve my paternal rights in Texas?

Several cases of abandoned newborns have made headline news in Texas in recent months. These cases, in which the child is placed into foster care, beg the question as to what steps a biological father can take to protect their legal rights. In Texas, a paternity registry exists that allows registered fathers to be notified in the event their offspring is placed for adoption or the paternal rights are contested in court.

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