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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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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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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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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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Texans can revisit child support agreement in economic woes

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sometimes, times get tough and it's hard to pay for child support payments. Many Texas parents find that they cannot pay both child support and the living expenses that they need to survive, especially in the current economy. For this reason, some may choose to revisit their child support agreement to see if they can alter the terms. Such...

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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 property division: Which spouse gets the house?

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

// One of the most common questions in property division is the question of who gets the house. Unfortunately, as many Texas divorcing couples are keenly aware of, this is also one of the most difficult questions to face. While some spouses are more than happy to leave their houses that they shared with their spouse, many times,...

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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 child custody: Parents can help with the adjustment

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Often, Texas parents with child custody expect that the majority of the problems that they may have to face with their children are over after the final divorce proceedings. After all, some of the most tumultuous times that the parents encounter are during the actual proceedings, in which a child can often be quiet. Unfortunately, as parents...

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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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Parents with child custody often face insecurity from children

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

As many divorced Texas parents can tell you, coming to an agreement on a child custody arrangement is often only half the battle. Afterwards, many times the children are confused about where they stand with the parents, and they can often feel insecure about their place in the world. Fortunately for parents with child custody, there are some...

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Child custody communications may need to be adapted with time

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 22, 2012

One of the hardest things for Texas parents to get used to after a divorce is sharing child custody with their ex-spouse. When the children are with your ex, the house may feel quiet or lonely. Parents who once were able to see their children every morning might have to wait until their child custody arrangement dictates that can be with their...

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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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Landmark Texas case may change the rules of divorce mediation

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 8, 2012

Child custody can always be a challenging decision for all parents facing divorce. This is especially true since many times the child custody arrangements that parents agree on in court is considered legally binding, and there are very few circumstances that can change this agreement if both parents are not on board for this change. However, a...

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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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Deion Sanders and his wife come to child custody agreement

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, May 25, 2012

A bitter, high-profile child support and custody case has finally made some progress with the help of a Texas judge. Deion Sanders, an NFL Hall of Famer who played for the Dallas Cowboys, and his wife, Pilar, had filed for divorce, but they faced many challenges along the way. For one, Pilar wanted $14,000 in spousal support, which was denied...

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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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Potential bigamy charges make divorce sound like better option

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 3, 2012

// For most people, a divorce is a really stressful time that can cause a lot of disagreement between couples. However, in some cases, a divorce may be especially needed. For one Texas woman who may soon be facing bigamy charges for allegedly being simultaneously married to four different men, she may be wishing that she had...

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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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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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Texas international child custody dispute comes to close

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 24, 2012

When a couple divorces, many issues need to be resolved. If children are involved, child custody can be one of the most complicated and emotionally charged decisions the divorcing couple faces. Most parents feel a deep love and concern for their children, and they are sometimes willing to go to extreme lengths to retain custody. Sometimes...

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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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