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Do you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team?

As someone currently involved in a Texas divorce, you may be working through the process of separating your assets from your spouse’s so you can begin to plan for life on your own. If you are also a high-income earner, or if you have reason to believe your spouse may not be upfront with you when it comes to his or her income and assets, you may want to consider adding a forensic accountant to your divorce team.

Can you modify your child custody arrangement?

Divorces involving children can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to creating a parenting plan that meets the best interests of the child. It can be overwhelming to schedule parenting time that benefits your child, as well as everyone else that is involved. Once your parenting plan is customized in the final divorce settlement, you may feel as though it is set in stone. Yet, certain life circumstances may constitute a change in your child custody arrangement. Parenting plans may change several times throughout a child’s life. As a child grows, their needs and interests change, and parenting plans must also change to adapt to this new schedule.

Spending time with both parents may be best for kids

With more than half of all marriages ending in divorce, it is not uncommon for children to be in split families and forced into different parenting arrangements. While some children spend equal amounts of time with both parents, others live in the sole-custody of one primary parent. In many cases, mothers are put in the position of primary caretakers and are awarded sole physical custody of the children in divorce cases. However, many studies show the importance of both fathers and mothers and the critical roles they play in children’s lives.

Dads often get the short end of the parenting stick

By now, most divorced dads in Texas understand that single parenting can be a challenge. Depending on the divorce agreement, you might only get to see your kids on the weekends, or you might have 50/50 custody but your ex is sabotaging every moment of time you have with your children. At the Law Office of Brian Turner, we know that there is a term for the latter – it’s called parental alienation syndrome, and it’s far from uncommon.

How divorce mediation works in Texas

If you are beginning the divorce process in Texas, chances are that, at some stage, you will participate in mediation or another form of collaborative law. Though Texas law does not technically require divorce mediation, many county courts and/or individual judges have a policy of sending litigants to mediation, especially if the case involves children.

Understanding the 2018 alimony deduction

At the Law Office of Brian Turner in Texas, one of the most frequent questions we hear at this time of the year from people paying spousal support is whether or not they can deduct these payments on their federal income tax returns. Conversely, one of the most frequent questions we hear from people receiving spousal support is whether or not they must declare these payments as income on their federal income tax returns.

What are the major factors in a Texas property settlement?

As you contemplate getting a Texas divorce, you would do well to familiarize yourself with Texas law pertaining to property settlement agreements. As you probably already know, Texas is a community property state, meaning that in general, Texas considers all property you and your spouse have accumulated during your marriage to be marital property owned jointly by the two of you. What you may not realize, however, but as FindLaw points out, is that this does not mean that you and your spouse must divide your marital property, i.e., your community property, exactly half and half when you divorce.

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