Texas fans of the hit television show “The View” will recognize the name of co-host Sherri Shepherd. The talk show personality is currently in the beginning stages of what will likely be an unusual and highly contentious child custody battle. Shepherd has filed for divorce from her husband, and the two have begun a legal struggle over rights to their unborn child. That child is being carried by a surrogate mother.
When a couple decides to get a divorce in Texas, the division of assets is typically one of each person's top concerns. However, many types of assets -- such as stock options and restricted stock -- could slip through the cracks when making these decisions. These types of assets should always be considered within the divorce proceedings to ensure that the assets are fairly divided between each party.
Many Texas readers are familiar with the recently released documentary called Divorce Corp. The film claims to give viewers an inside view of the "divorce industry" and the "truth" about divorce in America. However, the vision of divorce presented in the film is a far cry from the experience that many Texas couples have when ending their marriage and making child custody decisions.
Texas spouses who are considering filing for divorce often focus on the tangible matters surrounding the end of a marriage. Child custody, property division and other details often dominate the process. It can be easy to forget that divorce involves an emotional component, as well. This is especially true for individuals who are not accustomed to acknowledging or showing their emotions. Recent research suggest that men are particularly vulnerable to negative health consequences that come from divorce, which could be tied to their lack of emotional coping skills.
Many people here in Texas were surprised to hear the news that Google cofounder Sergey Brin and his wife were separating after six years of marriage. As with all high-profile splits, the main concern on a lot of people’s minds was how a pending divorce could affect not only the couple’s lives but the businesses they had stake in as well.
Many residents here in Texas may have already heard the news by now that the 35-year-old woman allegedly responsible for sending ricin-laced letters to political figures across the nation has prematurely given birth this month to a baby boy. According to reports, the baby was born four months premature and may face serious medical issues while hospitalized.
A chilling story out of Michigan this month has many residents here in Texas rethinking how they view the divorce process now. Often considered to be the bane of the marriage world, divorce carries with it a negative stigma of being drawn out and riddled with difficulties. But ss this story demonstrates, perhaps there are far worse things than having to go through a lengthy divorce.
As nearly all of our blog readers can tell you, family law can sometimes be a complicated thing. But through in other legal areas, such as criminal law, and this creates a whole new set of problems. Two Texas residents know this all too well this month as their first-of-its-kind case makes its way through the state courts in hopes of finding a resolution both sides can agree on.
Most people here in Texas probably associate child custody battles with divorce, but many of those same people would be surprised to find out that some cases actually arise from the sudden deaths of a child's parents who may not have taken the appropriate estate planning measures necessary to award custody to a living family member. Voids such as this can create complicated custody battles that leave children in guardianship limbo.
By the time many couples reach the final stage of their divorce, most are simply ready to be done with it all. Reading the fine print goes out the window and the urge to 'get out now' tends to take over. But according to some family law experts, an often overlooked clause in divorce agreements in Texas could be causing some problems to same-sex couples in the state.