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Divorce should not be blamed on Facebook usage

There are many reasons for divorce, including but not limited to arguments pertaining to financial troubles, cheating, and family issues. However, many people are now blaming the power of the Internet, more specifically divorce, for their breakup.

Many of our Texas readers, just the same as millions of other people throughout the world, use Facebook on a regular basis. A recent study suggests that there is a relationship between divorce and Facebook use. Even though this study shares some interesting information, it does not mean you should delete your Facebook account just yet.

Alimony: Two types exist in Texas

Living in Texas, you may have thought that alimony was pretty standard as part of a divorce decree. The term "alimony" is used to describe any post-divorce payments from one spouse to another, but there are actually two different types of payments you could receive through your divorce.

One type of payment is called contractual alimony, which is an agreed obligation, and the other is court-ordered spousal maintenance. Court-order maintenance was first enacted in 1995, according to the news, and now to qualify, a person must fall within a number of specific parameters. Rewards from court-ordered spousal maintenance typically apply when there has been domestic violence, when a spouse is disabled, if one spouse needs the money more than the other, the duration of the marriage, and other in several other situations.

Life lessons that follow the divorce process

Going through divorce, regardless if you are one of our Texas readers or not, is one of the most difficult times of your life. There are many steps you will take along the way, all while dealing with your emotions.

While some people dwell on their divorce, others take the time to realize that they can learn valuable life lessons as they move forward. There is nothing wrong with being emotional and thinking about the past, but at some point you have to look towards the future to ensure that you are on the right path to bigger and better things.

Rapper in more trouble after missing child support hearing

Any of our Texas readers who follow rap music are likely familiar with Chief Keef and the success he has had as of late. Although he has been able to achieve great success in the music industry, it does not mean he can disobey the law when it comes to making child support payments.

After failing to appear in a Cook County court to discuss his child support case, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was expected in court for a hearing regarding back child support for his 17-month-old child.

Beyonce's father hit with another child support lawsuit

The father of rhythm and blues superstar, Beyonce, has again made the news in a child support dispute. A woman is claiming that the world famous music executive, Mathew Knowles, fathered her 4-year-old girl. This latest suit follows a previous paternity child support suit that was filed against the man over his 4-year-old boy.

The lawsuit was filed by a 30-year-old real estate agent on May 30. The woman says that she gave birth to Knowles’ daughter four years ago. She has asked Knowles to undergo DNA testing in order to prove that the girl is his child. She also wants him to pay child support, in addition to the court costs she has incurred in pursuing the paternity suit.

Divorce can throw wrench into retirement plans

Some of our Texas readers have gone through divorce in the past, others are considering this now, and some simply know of others who have split from their partner.

Regardless of your situation, if you are facing divorce as you approach retirement or after you have hung up your work boots, you have to consider how your plans are going to be impacted.

Man faces prison for child support he already paid in Texas

A man who paid too much child support has been sent to prison for a failure to pay. How does that work, you may ask? A clerical error allegedly made payments late or nonexistent.

So, why should a clerical error result in someone's prison sentence? That's the question being asked now, as the man has just reported to prison for a whopping six months. At this point, the 43-year-old man has exhausted all his options in the Texas court system, and he now has no choice but to spend his sentence in jail for delinquent child support payments.

Tips for avoiding the divorce process

Nobody goes into a marriage believing that he or she will one day run into marital trouble. However, every Texas couple faces rough patches at some point along the way. Some are able to be resolved. Other couples reach a decision to go their separate ways, even after many years of marriage.

For many, a loss of connection is the primary reason behind the split of a marriage. Couples who have been married for a long time may realize that their children are gone and their day to day life is no longer based around parenting.

Texas couple faced with adoption challenges

Even when everything goes smoothly, the adoption process is full of many twists and turns, some of which require legal assistance. A gay Texas couple is in the midst of experiencing the world of parenthood for the first time; however, there are a few roadblocks standing between them and a happier life.

The two fathers are both biological parents to a child born to the same surrogate. Now, each father wants to adopt the other's child, allowing the state to recognize the four of them as a family.

Divorce to be amicable, according to Banderas, Griffith

Even in divorces where neither person contests assets or custody rulings, the entire situation can be time-consuming and stressful. It's important to know that with the right help, you can potentially make the divorce move quickly, so you can get back to your life.

In Texas, you might have heard about two celebrities calling it quits after close to 20 years of marriage. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have allegedly decided to end their marriage, although the divorce is allegedly uncontested and amicable.

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