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March 2018 Archives

Will alimony be a part of your divorce settlement?

When you get a divorce, you may need to settle several financial matters with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You may be able to decide on how to split up the major assets like the house and cars, and if you have children, you will probably face several custody and child support issues. Another matter that commonly arises during the divorce process is the question of alimony, or spousal maintenance.

Child support collection mechanisms improved

Unpaid child support can be a major burden for many single Texas parents who struggle to pay rent, bills and other expenses. In many cases, collecting child support has been eased by the payroll withholding process. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement reported that nearly $33 billion in support payments were passed through their system in the fiscal year of 2016. Of those, 75 percent were processed through payroll withholding.

Splitting retirement funds during a divorce

People in Texas may discover that there are expensive consequences for not using the proper procedures to divide their retirement funds. In addition to giving an ex-spouse more of the retirement funds than was originally intended, there may also be hefty taxes and withdrawal penalties that may have to be paid. It is important that divorcing individuals are aware that each of the different kinds of retirement accounts is governed by their own set of rules.

Legal options for grandparents denied access to grandchildren

In general, parents welcome the chance for their children to form relationships with their grandparents. When parents object to contact, however, a grandparent will likely need a court order to obtain the legal right to visit grandchildren. Texas state law does not grant grandparents an automatic right to see grandchildren. Federal law affirms this view because of a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States that established parents as the parties who decide who has contact with their children.

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