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Spouses with hidden spending more likely to divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Secrets within a Texas marriage are never a good thing. When one spouse is secretly spending money that the other is unaware of, the matter can lead to serious marital trouble, including divorce. A recent poll found that among those who hide purchases, nearly a third do so in order to prevent their partner from becoming angry. An additional third lied because they knew that their partner...

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How to minimize the cost of a Texas divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

When a Texas couple makes the decision to end their marriage, their next concern is often the cost of moving through a divorce. Virtually everyone knows at least one couple who went through a nasty and expensive divorce, and who emerged in shaky financial standing when the dust settled. However, it is important to know that this does not have to be the path taken as a marriage comes to an end....

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Best parenting approach following a Texas divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Friday, October 4, 2013.

One way to ensure that one's children are not adversely affected by the end of their parents' marriage is to take a proactive stance toward parenting choices. This means taking the time to make thoughtful and informed parenting decision, rather than simply reacting to the situation at hand. This often requires a shift in perspective, placing the needs of the child above one's own emotional...

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Dad gets child custody after Texas mom charged with threats

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

In the United States, residents enjoy a sense of freedom, and that includes the innate freedom to oppose the viewpoints of any elected government official. But that freedom does not give someone license to send those officials threatening and/or poison-laced letters, which is what a Texas mom has allegedly done and which has cost her child custody. Though the child custody aspect of the case is...

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Prenup to determine property division in Eastwood’s divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, September 20, 2013.

The aging movie star, Clint Eastwood, is undergoing divorce proceedings. He and his wife are splitting up after 17 years of marriage. They have a 16-year-old daughter and Eastwood's estate is estimated at a value of $375 million. Property division involving such a highly valued estate could result in a very expensive divorce; however, when a prenuptial agreement is in place, this risk is...

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Mother faces off against large company for child support payments

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Many Texas residents who have been through a divorce know that raising a child alone can be a difficult endeavor. For this reason, there are child support laws put in place that attempt to prevent a sudden a significant decline in the standard of living for children of divorced...

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Prolonged division of assets during divorce leads to high risk

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Many people in Texas that have been through a divorce know that it can be one of the most difficult ordeals an individual can go through. Often, such a process is intensely emotional for all parties directly involved, and the stress can very easily promote intense bitterness and turmoil between the two that are splitting. One of the most important things couples going through divorce worry...

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Methods to ease the Texas property division process

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

When a Texas marriage ends in divorce, one of the top areas of concern for all parties is the division of marital property. The outcome of this process will have financial ramifications for all involved, and those outcomes can be viewed as either positive or negative, depending on which side of the fence one stands. For couples who have not yet begun the divorce process, however, there are...

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Child custody dispute may lead to arrest for one father

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Among all legal matters, issues concerning the care and custody of a child are among the most contentious and heavily litigated. This is not surprising, as there is little in life more important than the relationship between a parent and child. Faced with losing access to one's child or children, many Texas parents will vigorously fight for their rights. Such is the case for one father...

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Understanding your rights in regard to property division

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Once a couple has made the decision to divorce, communications between the parties can become tense or highly charged. In many cases, the spouse who is the primary earner or who has historically controlled the family's finances will make an effort to lead the other party to believe that he or she is not entitled to certain assets. For this reason, it is imperative that Texas spouses fully...

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How to preserve visitation rights in a child’s divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Grandparents’ Rights on Monday, August 5, 2013.

When a child is going through a divorce, it can be difficult for his or her parents to know how to respond. This is especially true in cases in which parents have established a positive relationship with their child's spouse, or when the marriage is coming to an end based on poor choices on the part of the child. The manner in which Texas parents react to the news of a divorce can have...

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Divorce woes: Ric Flair faces arrest for skipping alimony

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Most people look at professional wrestlers as bigger than life because of the personas they portray in the ring as well as on television. However, Ric Flair, who is considered to be a professional wrestling legend by many in Texas, was recently brought back to reality by law enforcement officials. An arrest order was recently issued for the former wrestler and entertainer for failure to...

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Child custody travesty ends in lawsuit, settlement

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, July 26, 2013.

When a Texas couple is expecting, there are a multitude of worries that come into play. Will the pregnancy go smoothly? Will the baby be healthy...are we really ready for this? All are valid concerns, and it is perfectly normal to worry as the due date nears. For one family, the child custody disaster that followed the birth of their baby could never have been anticipated, and would...

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Divorce in Texas does have its pitfalls

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Divorce is never easy. However, there are some common pitfalls many people face when navigating the divorce process in Texas. On the list of pitfalls are 10 specific things every divorcing couples should avoid. First of all, both parties to a divorce should not portray themselves as victims. For that matter, a divorcing person should not consider themselves a victim. It is recommended...

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Child support issues can be problematic in Texas

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Any parent in Texas who has struggled with getting child support payments from the other parent would agree that sometimes the system doesn't seem to work. Whether a child support order is issued as part of a divorce or on its own, the presumption is that the parent ordered to pay support will do so and that the court will order an amount of child support that will ensure that the children...

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Property division and divorce, billionaire-style

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, June 21, 2013.

The recently announced divorce between 82-year-old media king Rupert Murdoch and his 44-year-old wife have many in both the entertainment and financial worlds eager to speculate about the outcome. There is no word on whether a prenuptial agreement is in place within the marriage. This is Murdoch's third marriage, however, so many in Texas would assume that he has adequately protected his assets...

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Fathers face unique child custody challenges

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

When a Texas marriage ends in divorce, many fathers fear losing regular access to their children. For dads who are used to interacting with their kids on a daily basis, the risk of transitioning into the role of an every-other-weekend visitor is frightening. Many unhappy spouses put off filing for divorce for fear of losing access to their kids, and spend years in an unhappy and unfulfilling...

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The dangers of self-soothing after a Texas divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

The act of self-soothing is a common human reaction to a stressful or troubling experience. Babies self-sooth by way of a pacifier or blankie. College students rely on a lucky shirt to get through exam week. While the urge to rely on soothing behaviors to get through periods of stress is understandable, there are instances in which self-soothing can actually bring more harm than good. Texas...

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Woman who fled child support enforcement is found and arrested

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Friday, May 31, 2013.

People who try to flee from child support orders don't realize that it's like trying to get away from death or taxes. They will catch up with you sooner or later. Texas is part of a national network of state governments and child support offices that cooperate in assisting each other to enforce the child support laws. In the reported case, a woman fled from her state five years ago to...

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Texas: helping parents that are behind on child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Non-payment of child support is a problem throughout the nation. The debate as to whether the nonpaying parent should be punished or helped is one that is trending right now. Texas has recently taken the help approach, and it seems to be working for all parties involved. All most noncustodial parents need is a job in order to pay their child support in order to help provide the basic...

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Child custody conference could spark discussion, reform in Texas

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Child custody cases generally play out quietly in a courtroom. Unless it is a celebrity couple arguing over who their children will live with, these cases appear daily in a court with little, if any, media attention -- except in cases of exceptional circumstances. Some people feel that, although the lack of attention protects the rights of children, the lack of a spotlight hides some...

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Jessica Simpson’s parents settle divorce and divide assets

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The press has made a somewhat big hullabaloo over a life insurance policy purchased by Joe Simpson on the life of his daughter Jessica. Joe is now finalizing a Texas divorce with his soon-to-be former spouse, Tina Simpson. The divorce action was filed by Tina in a Texas court in Sept. 2012. The latest headlines regarding the life insurance policy are that Joe will split ownership equally...

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Parents may use 529 account for college savings during divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, May 3, 2013.

Saving money for children's college tuition and expenses is a common goal for many parents. This can be simple enough while the parents are married in Texas or anywhere else. However once a couple decides to divorce, new arrangements may have to be made in order to continue saving for children's college education. These arrangements can be made as a part of the divorce settlement. One...

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Methods to ease the Texas property division process

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

When a Texas marriage ends in divorce, one of the top areas of concern for all parties is the division of marital property. The outcome of this process will have financial ramifications for all involved, and those outcomes can be viewed as either positive or negative, depending on which side of the fence one stands. For couples who have not yet begun the divorce process, however, there are...

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Child custody decision leads to kidnapping arrests

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Monday, April 15, 2013.

When parents in Texas or elsewhere are faced with losing custody of their children, stress is at an all-time high and emotions can overcome reason. In such scenarios, individuals involved in child custody disputes often do or say things that are not in their best interests. The results can be devastating, and can result in parents being permanently separated from their children. Such may...

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Options for parents struggling to pay their child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Monday, April 8, 2013.

For many Texas parents, economic difficulties make it a challenge to make ends meet each month. For those who also have child support obligations, making these payments can be a struggle. Texas law is very clear about the fact that non-custodial parents are expected to contribute to the care and support of their children. When a parent fails to pay his or her child support, the penalties...

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He (or she) who files for divorce first may laugh last

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

When it comes to filing for divorce, there may be a number of advantages to being the first to file. While each Texas marriage (and divorce) is unique, there are certain aspects of the process that hold true for everyone. When it seems likely that divorce is on the horizon, making legal preparations can mean a world of difference in the eventual outcome of a divorce proceeding. One issue...

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Facebook could land man in jail for child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Social media has permeated virtually every aspect of many people's lives. The ability to share one's thoughts and images in an instant is simply irresistible to some in Texas, even when they're serious ramification for doing so. One recent case illustrates the dangers of posting photos online, and the valuable tool that Facebook can serve for parents who are not receiving the proper child...

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Claiming retirement benefits from an ex-spouse after divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

When negotiating one's divorce settlement, many Texas spouses make the mistake of failing to focus on the big picture. It can be easy to allow recent or current resentments and other emotions to influence the decision-making process. However, failing to adequately address one's future financial needs during divorce can be financially devastating, especially when it comes to retirement...

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How alimony and child support affect taxes

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

When a couple with children divorce, the sheer number of decisions that must be made can feel overwhelming. Matters of child custody take precedence, but once those details are worked out, Texas parents often turn their attention to the financial ramifications of the end of the marriage. The manner in which a couple approaches matters of alimony and child support can make a world of...

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Bizarre child support ruling for non-parent

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Texas readers may be aware of a recent East Coast child support ruling that has made headlines across the nation. The ruling came at the conclusion of a child support hearing involving a man who has been genetically cleared of parenting a child to whom he owes back child support. He found himself in court due to the nearly $23,000 in unpaid back child support. The case has captured the...

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Regaining financial stability following divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, March 1, 2013.

When a Texas couple goes through a divorce, the net effect can be a significant reduction in each spouse's financial standing once the divorce settlement is complete. This does not have to be the case for every divorcing couple, however, and there are a number of measures that can be taken to minimize the financial fallout of a divorce. Most people who are newly divorced want to focus on...

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Divorce can be customized to suit a couple’s needs

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, February 22, 2013.

When divorce is on the horizon, many Texas spouses feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of decisions that must be made and matters that must be handled. Making matters worse, our society is rife with media-driven examples of acrimonious and dramatic divorce. This leads many to fear that the process will be lengthy, expensive and emotionally draining. It is important to go into the...

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Child support offender ordered to stop having kids

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Texas readers may have heard of a recent family court ruling that has led to a great deal of debate across the nation. The ruling was made in a hearing concerning outstanding child support owed by a man who has fathered four children with four different women. He is behind in his child support payments to the tune of over $100,000. In a recent hearing on the matter, the father was...

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Unusual child custody case has father fighting for rights

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The majority of child custody cases involve two parents who are struggling over the care and custody of their shared children. However, a wide variety of circumstances can bring an individual before a judge to argue for the right to raise a child. One recent high-profile child custody battle has left a man fighting to establish his parental rights in the aftermath of tragedy. The eventual...

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Divorce can save you money, due to recent tax law changes

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Texas spouses who are on the path to divorce often focus on the personal reasons for their shift from married to single. While it is true that there are a number of challenges that can arise during the process, there are also a range of benefits, both emotional and financial. For example, recent changes to existing tax laws now mean that in many cases, taxpayers who are approaching divorce...

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Unusual child custody case upholds fathers’ rights

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Texas readers may have heard of a recent custody battle that has tested the bounds of the constitutional rights afforded to parents throughout the nation. The unusual child custody case involves an adoptive family and a biological father, and is a scenario in which all sides have suffered enormous levels emotional turmoil. A recent court decision has ended the most recent chapter of the...

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Texas divorce rates on the rise in January

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Monday, January 14, 2013.

In terms of the timeline of a divorce filing, January has long been the most popular month to move forward with beginning the end of a marriage. Many Texas spouses wish to get through the holiday season before a divorce, often in an attempt to minimize the impact on children or extended family members. Others find the holidays to be a stressful time, and forced togetherness can lead one...

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Child custody case may be of interest to Texas military parents

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Texas readers may have heard of a widely publicized child custody battle involving a mother who serves in the National Guard. The child custody case has made headlines across the nation due to the fact that the mother lost full custody of her children based upon her military service. She has appealed that decision, and the eventual outcome will be of great interest to military parents in...

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Women risk losing health insurance after a divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, January 4, 2013.

Texas women who are facing divorce should be aware of the risk of losing health insurance coverage. While this may seem like a minor detail in the face of child custody or property division concerns, losing one's existing health insurance coverage can create a number of substantial financial problems in the years following the divorce. As a result, the financial arrangement negotiated in...

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Child custody become complicated across international borders

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a child custody case that will be of interest to Texas residents who have a current or ex partner from another country. The case centers on the issue of when a U.S. court has the ability to hear an appeal of a child custody case. The outcome could have significant impact on many family court cases. The case involves a child born...

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Divorce alternative not likely to gain much momentum

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

Texas spouses who are considering divorce may have a previously unconsidered alternative that promises to save them stress, money and turmoil. This approach is referred to as a 'consorce,' which is a word derived from the Latin word for cohabitation. The man behind this concept asserts that couples can avoid the unpleasant aspects of a divorce by simply adjusting their expectations of what...

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Texas parents can seek child support modification

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

A man in trouble for failing to pay his child support has received a surprising court order in the case. He is not allowed to have any more children. Texas parents who aren't receiving the child support they are due know how difficult it can be to make ends meet. When this happens, they may pursue their case through the courts in order to receive what is theirs by state law. The man is...

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Federal child custody law has opponents in Texas and other states

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, December 7, 2012.

For many individuals, the issue of child custody can be best determined by who has the means and ability to best provide for the interests of a child. Although this governing principle presides in most Texas child custody cases, there may also be other relevant laws that can play a role in the court's determination. One such law, labeled the Indian Child Welfare Act, is designed to provide...

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Texas DIY divorce forms may not be so friendly after all

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

Texas residents currently going through a divorce may be interested in the passage of a law that allows indigent couples to use pro se divorce forms. While this may seem like a major win for couples with no real property or children, it can actually spell out trouble because of the likelihood of mistakes that could come with these forms. The state's Supreme Court issued and order and stated...

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As economy improves, Texas divorce rates could grow

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

While economic struggles can increase tensions on a marriage, those forces can also keep couples together longer than they would if they were in a better financial situation. A recently released study slated for publication in Applied Economics Letters takes a close look at divorce trends in American society, and how they shift along with economic factors. The results suggest that many...

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Man owes child support for at least 25 children with 15 women

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Monday, November 19, 2012.

There are many responsibilities that come with having children. These responsibilities do not end just because a parent no longer has custody of his or her children. Usually noncustodial parents are still required to pay child support to help the custodial parent care for the children. It is against the law to avoid paying court-ordered child support in Texas or elsewhere. Failing to pay...

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Is it useful to employ a vocational expert in a Texas divorce?

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, November 9, 2012.

When a divorce is filed, a number of issues involving each individual can come into play. These issues for Texas families can range from child custody to earning potential to many other factors which a judge may consider when issuing a final order. In many cases, a divorce requires the parties to be knowledgeable about their spouse's financial status and future prosperity, an understanding...

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Prenup does not solve child support issues in Sanders divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Although it may not be the most romantic thing in the world, couples who are looking to marry may want to consider discussing prenuptial agreements before they officially tie the knot. A prenuptial agreement may help a couple in Texas avoid a contentious divorce if the couple decides to call it quits. This type of contract will decide many divorce-related issues ahead of time, which can...

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Report show that Texas parents struggle with child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

In a staggering report recently released, a large percentage of Texas parents who owe child support are having difficulties in paying it. About one million parents owe child support to their children. However, 46 percent of parents owing child support were delinquent by at least a month or more on their payments in 2011. According to the report, parents owe $11 billion to their...

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