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This divorce will not require child support negotiations

Most divorces are the conclusion of a union that has failed to enrich the lives of both parties. It's important to understand, however, that not every divorce occurs due to a lack of love. In this Texas example, divorce is a possible means of reducing financial strain. For these spouses, child support won't be an area of contention in their divorce process. 

The parties are parents to a 6-year-old daughter, a little girl with a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. She suffers from vision and hearing impairment, seizures, and kidney issues. Around-the-clock care is necessary, and she'll never be able to live independently. The couple pays nearly $15,000 per year for health insurance, but that doesn't cover all of her medical needs. 

Proper planning can avoid child custody fight over embryos

For some Texas spouses, fertility issues, health problems or personal preferences can make surrogacy a very appealing prospect. Once embryos are created and stored, however, there is a risk of a child custody case if the parties decide to go their separate ways. That is made clear in the ongoing high profile child custody battle between actress Sophia Vergara and her former partner Nick Loeb. 

The couple created two frozen embryos in 2013 with the intent to use a surrogate to bring them to term. By 2014, however, the pair had parted, and Loeb asked a court to grant him the right to use the embryos to have a child. He dropped that case, but then moved the matter to a state with more "pro-life" support. 

A military divorce is not always a negative outcome

Most Texas spouses only think of divorce in negative ways. Many fear or dread the end of a marriage, even when divorce is clearly the best path forward for everyone involved. It seems as though the nation is slowly changing the way divorce is viewed, which could truly make a positive difference for many spouses going through a military divorce

People go through many different changes as they mature and live through new experienced. Some couples are able to weather those changes well, and grow at a similar pace and in a similar direction. Others diverge a bit on two individual paths, but that is not necessarily a negative thing. Deciding to end a marriage because it is simply not working is actually a very reasonable and mature decision. 

A military divorce can cause serious health problems

Recent research suggests that men and women who go through divorce are more likely to encounter serious health issues than those who remain married. For Texas spouses preparing for a military divorce, this information can help prevent a decline in health and wellness. As with so many things in life, being fully informed is the best way to chart out a course for success.

Researchers found that people who've gone through divorce have higher rates of smoking and sedentary lifestyle. Both of those things can cause numerous health problems and should be avoided at all costs. Researchers believe that marriage provides important social controls that help both spouses regulate behavior and embrace healthier choices. When those social controls vanish, some individuals will turn to negative habits as they adjust to single life.

Is linking child support to food stamps a good idea?

In the near future,the U.S. Congress will consider proposed legislation that would change the way that needy parents in Texas and elsewhere access food assistance. The proposed change would require parents to engage in child support enforcement efforts supervised by the federal government in order to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP. Many people oppose this proposed change, arguing that it places additional barriers between needy families and assistance.

States already have the ability to require child support enforcement as a condition of receiving SNAP benefits. However, only six states currently require such efforts. One reason why participation is so low is due to the fact that enforcing the policy is expensive. It's also important to note that the requirement does not seem to increase child support collections in any significant manner.

Could Trump Jr.'s wife's inheritance affect her child support?

Many Texas readers are aware that Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa are headed for divorce. Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in March, and the couple are now working through negotiations. The fact that Vanessa received a significant inheritance just prior to filing may play a role in their eventual settlement. While her inheritance is not likely to be up for grabs during property division, the windfall could impact her child support expectations. 

The couple share five children. The parties are reportedly not in agreement over how to divide custody of their kids. There is also some debate about their prenuptial agreement. Because Trump Jr.'s father is well-versed in prenups, it's expected that the agreement put in place is solid. 

Family could face child custody battle over wandering child

Every so often a disturbing case involving suspected child abuse or neglect makes the news. Very often, however, there is more to the story than what is initially reported. Even when Texas authorities remove a child from his or her home, the family is often able to regain child custody after a thorough investigation is completed. A recent example from another state has led to a child being held in protective custody after he was found wandering on the side of a busy road. 

A motorist saw the boy, who is believed to be between the ages of 3 and 4, and stopped her car to help. She called police, and they arrives and began searching the local area to try and find the child's family. They were unable to connect with anyone claiming a lost child, and resorted to releasing a photo of the child to local media. 

Jury sides with father in Texas child custody situation

A 4-year-old girl has been at the center of a court battle between her parents in Texas. The girl's mother formally accused her father of child abuse. However, certain events recently unfolded that led a jury to vote that managing child custody should be granted to the child's father.  

The young girl's mother told various court officials that the child's father had committed inappropriate physical contact with his daughter. The father adamantly denied these allegations. He further asserted that the woman was merely trying to turn the child against him.  

Child custody dispute pits tribal courts against parents

From time to time, a custody battle arises that involves a Native American tribal court. Very often, these cases receive a great deal of media attention in Texas and elsewhere due to issues of jurisdiction and authority of tribal courts outside of established reservation land. An example is currently in the news, and centers on a couple who lost child custody of their infant daughter just days after her birth. 

The maternal grandmother did not want the child's father, a white man, to have any involvement in the child's life. To ensure that outcome, she went to a tribal court and gained custody of the child, without the knowledge or participation of the parents. Once she had a court order giving her custody, she had state and tribal authorities remove the baby from the hospital. 

Parents lose child custody over living arrangements

An unusual child custody case has gone before a West Coast court after a family was found living in extreme poverty. Three children were removed from the home, and the parents placed in jail. While the parents have now been released from custody, their children still remain in the custody of the county. The court is now faced with determining whether the family's living arrangements constitute neglect, which has stirred debate in Texas and across the nation.

Police came to the family's plot of desert land to investigate an unrelated matter. When they arrived, they found two parents and three children living in what was described as a small shack. A trailer on the land had been given over to the family's cats, estimated to number in the dozens. The property has no running water or electricity, and officers reported the presence of piles of trash and human feces located throughout the property.

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