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Fights over household workload can cause divorce

Many couples in Texas have disagreements over how to split the household chores. Even if they can agree on what the split should look like, each person may have a different idea as to what is clean or how to fold the laundry. While disputes over housework can actually get so heated that they lead to divorce, there are ways to handle such problems.

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.

Behavioral patterns that predict divorce

Contempt, stonewalling, criticism and defensiveness have been identified by the author and marriage counselor John Gottman as negative behavioral patterns that may lead to adivorce. According to Gottman, contempt is the most dangerous because it shows a lack of respect for a partner. However, El Paso couples who engage in these behaviors might still be able to save their marriage.

Tips for successful divorce negotiations

Many former spouses in El Paso know how difficult working out a divorce settlement can be. Many arrangements must take into account issues of alimony and child custody. Some situations must also deal with a prenuptial agreement, the existence of which doesn't necessarily prevent all property division problems to be worked out between the parties. Divorce agreement negotiations deal with family law issues than unmarried couples don't necessarily face, but even then, there are tips tips that should apply to all end-of-relationship legal disputes.

Study looks at wage garnishments for child support, other debts

Some El Paso workers may be among the 7 percent nationwide whose wages were garnished in 2016. Most people whose wages are garnished are men who are behind on child support. Women whose wages are garnished tend to owe money on other types of debt such as student loans or taxes. These were some of the findings of the ADP Research Institute in a study that was released on Sept. 27.

Divorce leads to tax changes

Texas residents going through a divorce might not think about the potential tax ramifications of dissolving a marriage. However, knowing what to expect means one will not be surprised and can prepare for the tax changes that occur after divorce.

Establishing paternity with DNA testing

For some parents in El Paso, DNA testing might be necessary to establish paternity. This may be important for a mother who wants to get child support. Some high-profile paternity cases include those of Mick Jagger and of Apple founder Steve Jobs. In both cases, once paternity was established, the fathers paid support and eventually had relationships with their children as well.

Tax deductions and spousal support agreements

When El Paso couples divorce and alimony is awarded, the alimony payments are tax deductible for the one who pays. The person who receives the payments must pay tax on them. However, according to the U.S. Tax Court, the payments are only deductible if they are part of a formal separation or divorce agreement.

Negotiating an amicable child support agreement

Family law judges in Texas and around the country are often called upon to decide how much noncustodial parents should pay each month in child support, but couples can avoid having to go to court if they reach an agreement through informal negotiation or an alternative form of dispute resolution like mediation or collaborative family law. Divorcing couples are usually able to put their differences aside when the welfare of their children is at stake, and they may be able to settle issues like child custody and support amicably even when contentious matters like property division and spousal support remain unresolved.

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