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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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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,...

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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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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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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...

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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 family law gets tested with groundbreaking case

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

// In what may be a groundbreaking case for Texas family law, the courts may have to redefine what a mother is. The family law issue comes with the problems that IVF can create, as well as issues concerning surrogacy. The problem began when one woman, in order to fulfill her dream of being a mother, supposedly asked one of friends...

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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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New bill may make child custody harder for Texas grandparents

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Texas Grandparent Law was never intended to become a means by which grandparents could get child custody of their grandchildren. Instead, it was meant as a way that grandparents could have an active role in their grandchildren's life, even through such a tumultuous time as divorce. However, some critics of the law believe that this law...

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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 grandparents seeking visitation rights may get more

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Grandparents’ Rights on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

// Often when visitation rights are being finalized in the Texas courts between the parents, a noticeable absence is felt with the grandparents. Typically, grandparents are forgotten about, or it is expected that the parents will bring their children to their grandparents, which isn't necessarily the case. However, some...

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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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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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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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Texas parents behind on child support payments can face jail time

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Friday, May 18, 2012

// In Texas, as has been mentioned before, child support is a big deal. Those who are ordered to pay child support are expected to make the monthly payments, no questions asked. If they do not pay child support, they can be arrested and spend up to six months to jail. Furthermore, police officers are more than willing to round up...

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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 conducts sweep to arrest child support violators

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

// Multiple sheriffs' departments throughout Texas have made it clear that they are pursuing those who have unpaid child support. Not long ago, a roundup of those found to be in contempt of court for failure to pay child support occurred in several counties. In total, 24 people were arrested from three different counties. As...

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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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Electronic benefits could impoverish those owing child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Thursday, March 8, 2012

A new change in federal benefits policy could pose problems for those living in Texas who also owe child support. Before this policy change, states could only take 65 percent of whatever federal benefits a parent might receive in order to pay for back child support that the parent owed. However, because benefits payments are set to go...

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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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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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