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How a divorce may impact your taxes

A divorce can impact almost every part of a person’s life. Any Houston resident who has directly experienced a divorce knows this all too well. Some of the changes may be positive while others are frequently not so positive. Each divorce process is unique and has its own associated set of pros and cons to involved parties.

Changes to Utah Adoption Act may limit fraudulent adoptions

Texas residents who either adopt children or put children up for adoption know how complex the laws surrounding these situations can be. Both an adoptive parent and biological parent have specific wishes and rights while certainly the best interests of the child should always be the primary concern. An adoption can be contested or uncontested, greatly changing the level of complexity in the process.

Man forced to pay child support for 20-something children

For many Houston residents, the requirement to pay child support for some period of time is part of their post-divorce world. Even if child custody is shared, child support payments may be ordered from one parent to the other. The amount of money or duration of payments varies based upon income and other factors and is intended to provide a life that is in the best interests of the child or children involved.

Helping children through a divorce

Houston area residents who are contemplating or going through a divorce with minor children at home have a wealth of things to be concerned about. Even an uncontested divorce is difficult and can require decisions to be made about child custody, visitation plans, potential parental relocation and more. Tending to the emotions of children as well as to one’s own emotions during the process is yet another task that parents must undertake.

Olympic athlete in midst of child support and custody dispute

For Houston couples going through a divorce with minor children still at home, the issues surrounding child custody and support can be some of the most difficult upon which to agree. These child custody issues can even arise in situations where parents have not been married but have a child together and need to determine logistics for where the child will live, when he or she will see either parent and who is financially responsible for what.

Advice for people contemplating a divorce

For some couples in Houston, a divorce process is initiated rather abruptly. For others, the end of a marriage has been considered and even planned before formal action is taken. The divorce process includes a complex mix of emotional, financial, legal and logistical matters. Even an uncontested divorce can require agreements concerning alimony, child support, parenting time and more.

International adoption rate continues to drop

For Texas couples wishing to become parents, the ability to adopt can provide the means to fulfilling their dreams. Some people may even be able to biologically have their own children but wish to provide a good life for another child who may not have such an opportunity. Either way, adoption can be a beautiful gift to both adoptive parents and adopted children. Even biological parents may be grateful to know their offspring will enjoy good homes.

Caution with social media during divorce is urged

Houston spouses who face the unfortunate prospect of a divorce commonly have a challenging road to travel. The emotional toll on people when navigating the end of a marriage and its related dreams is hard. When the legal and logistical issues are added to that, it is no wonder that divorce is commonly considered one of the hardest things a person can experience in life.

Options for claiming children as tax deductions in divorce

Issues relating to a divorce in Texas are many. These include how to split retirement accounts, whether or not to keep or sell a house and whether or not the parents will share joint custody of children or one parent will have sole custody with the other receiving stated parenting time and visitation rights only. Couples must navigate these and other decisions not just during a divorce but often after the divorce is over as well.

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