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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Texan farmers and ranchers face difficulties in property division

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

// Negotiating the division of assets in a divorce can be a difficult task for anyone. However, property division can be especially complicated for Texas farmers and ranchers. Because Texas is a community property state, all the wealth that a couple has accumulated together must be split evenly between the couple. This can lead...

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Many in Texas surprised by property division in community state

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

One of the things that many people are surprised about is how property division differs in Texas compared to most states. After all, Texas is one of states in the minority that splits assets that the couple has earned evenly among the couple. Sometimes such property division can have many scratching their heads, since the money that was clearly...

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Texas couples may have to revisit property division in petition

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

// Property division in Texas can be a complicated process for any divorcing couple. But it can be really difficult when one party believes that the property division may have been unequal -- just after the divorce settlement has been decided. This has been the case for one couple who, after figuring out a property division...

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Texas spouses should take active role in finances during divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Monday, August 6, 2012.

// One of the most common mistakes that Texas couples make while finalizing a divorce is letting one spouse exclusively handle all the financial responsibility. Even if the spouses trust each other with financial matters, it is important to double-check and make sure that all the financial matters have been handled properly. By...

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Texas divorce: Know when to argue, when to settle

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

// When Texas couples begin divorce proceedings, they can be emotionally overwhelmed by their circumstances, so much so that they are not acting in a clear-headed manner. Because of this, they risk making financial mistakes in their divorce that they later learn to regret. However, these potential errors can be easily avoided using...

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Texas couple with tumultuous past finalizes divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, July 13, 2012.

// While most couples don't originally marry with the thought of divorce in mind, it's no secret that not all marriages work in the long run. This may be especially true for one Texas couple, in which the husband is accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Fortunately, the couple has been able to set these initial difficulties...

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Man sues ex for failing to size-up her shoe collection in divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, July 6, 2012.

// Even in the most straightforward Texas divorces, property division can often prove challenging. It can be a struggle to divide property equitably among couples, especially since what they might be dividing may be of a different personal value to each spouse. Furthermore, often during or after a divorce, couples sometimes uncover...

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Using QDROs to divide pension plans in divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

// A few weeks ago, we discussed the fact that retirement accounts are often up for grabs in a divorce. This week, we'll take a more in-depth look at what that means and how they can be divided. As divorces have become more common for Texas spouses who are about to retire, one of the central issues that divorcing couples must face...

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Retirement accounts up for grabs in long-time marriage divorces

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

// For many who have been married for a long time in Texas, a divorce can be very challenging. This is often due to the fact that a couple that has been married for a long time has often acquired significant assets together. In addition, in many divorce cases for older adults, a retirement settlement is of particular...

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Telling children about a divorce requires gentleness and love

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

// Texas parents going through a divorce experience many tough times, but one of the toughest moments is when it comes time to talk to your children about it. Many times, the children may feel overwhelmed by the decision. Later, they may feel as though they are being pressured to like one parent more than the other, which can make...

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Divorce can stir up resentment when finances are on the line

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

// Many times, divorce proceedings create an enormous amount of stress for the people involved. This can be especially true for high-profile cases. Although many Texas residents are able to work through the issues of a divorce, not everyone is able to come to agreements easily. This seems to be the case in a recent high-profile...

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Texas CEO claims worth of negative $50 million in divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

// Property division can always be complicated. However, property division can be especially tricky for couples who are very wealthy. Though prenuptial agreements often help, in some cases they can serve as yet another point of contention between couples facing divorce. In one Texas divorce, a CEO has claimed a negative net worth...

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Woman with stolen identity gets hit with divorce from stranger

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

// When people seek a divorce, it is typically because the marriage is simply not working out. However, Texas residents may be interested to hear about a unique case in which one woman was served divorce papers from a man from another country that she had never met. The reason behind this mishap was simple: a stolen identity. Her...

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Property division more complicated for military spouses

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

// Property division is never easy when couples divorce, but it can get even more complicated when one spouse is in the military. When dividing up assets in divorce proceedings, a military pension can be one of the largest assets in the marriage. Even though the divorce court may decide the appropriate property division, if the...

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Pet custody property division divorce cases increasing

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, March 16, 2012.

// When one thinks of property division in divorce proceedings, one tends to think of furniture, large electronics equipment, the family home and miscellaneous household appliances. However, one of the most complicated trends today is pets. Pets, under Texas law, are considered to be property, as is the case across the country. But...

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Facebook, marriage and divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, March 2, 2012.

// Social networking has changed the way a lot of people communicate, and now it may be changing marriage and divorce as well in Texas and elsewhere. More and more, evidence gathered from Facebook is being used by splitting spouses in the courtroom. Indeed, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial...

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Underwater mortgages complicate divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

// Plummeting housing prices have been in the news for years in Texas and elsewhere. Some markets crashed earlier and deeper, but the depressed housing market has affected almost every state. As a result, many homeowners now owe more money than their homes are worth. Divorce is often complex, and this new trend is making property...

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Texas cop might be married to 2 women, faces bigamy charges

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

// A Texas police officer has been placed on leave pending the results of an administrative investigation as well as a criminal probe. A staff attorney with the Houston Police Officer's Union has confirmed the inquiries concern allegations of bigamy. The 34-year-old homicide investigator was married in Texas for less than a year,...

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Alimony in Texas

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

// Alimony is one of the most misunderstood elements of Texas divorce law. Under the Texas Family Code, alimony is generally only available in marriages that are at least a decade long and a spouse seeking alimony must be generally unemployable due to lack of job skills, disability, or the need to care for a disabled child....

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She without him: Zooey Deschanel files for divorce

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Friday, January 13, 2012.

One of the most recent celebrity divorces which may involve a complicated property division process is that of Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard. Zooey Deschanel is the front woman of the indie pop band She & Him as well as a Golden Globe nominated actress that stars in the TV series New Girl. Ben Gibbard is the front man of the...

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Katy Perry rumored not to have a prenuptial agreement

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

// Pop music fans in Dallas and around the world were shocked to hear about the divorce of Katy Perry and Russell Brand. What shocked many legal professionals are the current reports that the pop singer failed to sign a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement, also called a premarital agreement is like a business contract...

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Mediation can be a good alternative to court

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

// On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. When a divorce seems inevitable, many people cringe at the idea that their divorce could take months or years to complete, and they might have to wait for a court date to have a judge decide who gets what. Luckily, if you...

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