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Dealing with child support after divorce

Dealing with a divorce in El Paso can be time consuming and stressful. Divorce is never a simple experience, and when children are involved in the marital separation, emotions can be tricky to deal with. While the parents may have come to terms with the separation prior to it happening, many children struggle with understanding why their family dynamics are changing. This can add an element of frustration, anxiety and sadness to any divorce.

About child support cases

Child support payments can be a confusing topic for many parents in Texas because of the different categories of child support cases. However, the different child support cases aid the government in maintaining track of children and families who need the additional financial assistance. All parents who receive or pay child support should be aware of what type of child support case they have.

The link between child support and voluntary impoverishment

A parent awarded custody of their minor children or alimony in El Paso may find it difficult to obtain the support they are owed if voluntary impoverishment is a factor. The Office of Child Support takes the practice seriously and goes through cases to identify the accuracy of earnings to address the voluntary impoverishment practice.

Checking the facts about child support

Child support payments can be critical for single parents and their families in El Paso struggling to pay the bills. These payments may be a major contribution to the significant expenses that come with raising children, including education, healthcare and other expenses. While many people expect that support payments are large and generous, the reality is often quite different for many single parents. The U.S. Census Bureau tracks facts about child support in the United States, including the amounts owed and paid and the number of people in the country with child support orders.

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.


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