A father's dream of seeing his little daughter again almost came true this past week. Texas parents may be aware of the case of the father in another state, whose mental impairment and low IQ caused his daughter to be put in the care of foster parents after the mother's parental rights were also severed. The appeals court ruled that his parental rights were violated when they were wrongfully terminated.
When couples in Texas consider divorce, they will probably be aware that Texas is one of the so-called community property states. It is, however, a myth that all assets of the couple will be immediately subject to a straight 50/50 division. Neither spouse will automatically be entitled to 50 percent of the combined assets of the couple, even in a community property state.
It is not uncommon for the divorce proceedings of high-profile couples to attract the attention of the public. The complex divorce of the lobbyist couple, Heather and Tony Podesta, is being widely reported currently, and the biggest bone of contention seems to be the 1,300 artworks in their possession. With Texas being a community property state, each party is trying to protect their own interests and to claim their fair share, rather than settling for the prescribed 50/50 division of assets.
Most Texas parents who are going through a divorce remain concerned about the well-being of their children and regard their relationship and continued communication as very important. No matter what the ages are of children when their parents split up, they usually become extremely vulnerable, especially when there is conflict over child custody. Regardless of who will have child custody, there are certain sensitivities that both parents may want to handle with care and understanding. There are sources of advice and assistance available through mediation to minimize the trauma.
The decision to file for divorce is never an easy one. Even when couples have all intentions to part amicably, some contentious matters are bound to make an appearance. This is especially applicable to high net worth divorce filings. Both parties need protection of their own interests, while at the same time they try to minimize the potential harmful effect of divorce on any children. Texas residents may be aware of the looming divorce of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin.