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High rate of domestic violence may influence military divorce

While it may often appear as though the divorce rate for military members is somewhat higher than their civilian counterparts, the reasons behind their divorces might not be as clear. As the overall rate for domestic violence has decreased in America, military families are at an elevated risk for domestic violence. In Texas, this may play a role in military divorce.

Twenty-one percent of incidents of domestic violence in the United States can be contributed to veterans who have been involved in combat. There has been a demonstrated link between post-traumatic stress disorder in a veteran returning from a deployment, and the high incidence of military members embroiled in domestic violence disputes. The link between PTSD and domestic violence was supported by recent research. It demonstrated that veterans who experienced PTSD were far more likely to behave violently toward a partner.

Texas parents arrested for failure to make child support payments

For some children, child support doesn't just provide "extras," such as the ability to participate in school sport teams or extracurricular activities. It provides the financial means to keep a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. In the absence of this support, life can become difficult and unpredictable for both the child and the custodial parent. Texas police recently arrested 15 individuals who reportedly failed to make timely child support payments.

Concerning the arrests that were made, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot pointed out that parents are legally obligated to financially provide for their children. Apparently, those that were arrested weren't just a little behind. They were actually held in contempt of court and had warrants out for their arrest. It took an initiative of multiple police officers to locate the parents involved.

Military divorce more likely for female service members

Due to the stress of the job and constant separation, military members may seem to have a higher rate of divorce than civilians do. Female military members, in particular, tend to divorce at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. In fact, those in Texas might be shocked to learn that military divorce is three times higher for women than it is for men.

For the most part, local military spouses groups can be a tremendous help to new or incoming spouses to a base. However, it has been pointed out that these groups are generally intended for women. This can potentially ostracize male spouses who are married to female service members, which only adds on to the load that most military marriages already struggle with.

Collaborative divorce may benefit Texas divorcees

The history of divorce is generally seen as a combative ordeal. Some may think of divorce in Texas as a wife and husband pitted against each other, embroiled in a fight over who gets the house or the dog. Recently, a movement inside of the state has enacted a shift to change that image. Instead, more and more Texas divorcees are being encouraged to engage in what some call a collaborative divorce.

There are multiple reasons that collaborative divorces may benefit divorcing couples. In particular, if children are involved in the dissolving marriage, excessive fighting over aspects can tear time and attention away from their well-being. One counselor points out that it is highly beneficial if two divorcing parents can still speak to each other for the benefit of their children.

Child custody disputes finally receive court time in Texas

Following up on a story that was posted on this blog on Feb. 17, 2014, those who have experienced interference with child custody agreements may finally be getting the help they need. On that post, we discussed how some Texas parents were having difficulty getting authorities to take action when the other parent ignored the rules outlined in a custody agreement. Those child custody disputes may finally be dealt with.

One father reported that police never seemed to be able to help him when it was his time to have his children, but his wife refused to hand them over. Authorities insisted that it was a civil matter, which is something that they can't deal with. During the course of a two-year period, he filed over a dozen reports to the police, but they never took action.

Pop star Beyonce's father received reduction for child support

While child support is often an integral building block for a child's life, payments also hinge upon the parent's financial ability. If payments are higher than a Texas parent can afford, that doesn't generally benefit either party. In some instances, going back to court for a reduction in child support payments may be the best course of action for some parents.

Recently, pop star Beyonce Knowle's father, Matthew Knowles, has been in the spotlight because of his back child support payment that he owes for his son. He was responsible for $12,000 a month for the son that he fathered outside of his first marriage. However, this amount was based off of his income while he was acting as his daughter's manager. He was fired from that position in 2011.

Fathers' rights on the rise when it comes to child custody

Increasingly, fathers are spending much more time with their children than they have in the past. While this is generally viewed to be a positive movement, some fathers are still treated as secondary parents when it comes to child custody. Fathers' rights in Texas and elsewhere across the United States seem to be at the forefront of many child custody disputes during a divorce.

Recent research has indicated that children tend to perform better in a myriad of situations when they are able to see both of their parents regularly. This research does not reflect real-life custody agreements in which physical custody is normally awarded to the mother, with the father receiving mostly minimal time. There are some who believe that, by automatically granting sole custody to the mother, courts are actually harming the children involved.

Texas women can protect assets during divorce with a prenuptial

Certain holidays throughout the year tend to yield a higher rate of marriage proposals. Christmas and Valentine's Day are both busy times for jewelers and those about to pop the big question. For the recently engaged in Texas, divorce is normally a far cry from their mind. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, women may wish to give a little more thought to the potential of divorce.

The CDC reports that marriages in America occur at a rate of 6.8 per 1,000 people. On the other hand, they rate divorce as 3.6 per 1,000. While this does not account for the difference between first, second and even third marriages, it does mean that over half of all marriages are likely to end in divorce. With statistics such as these, prenuptial agreements make a lot of sense, especially for women.

Child custody agreements in Texas may be easy to break

Time spent with a child can form invaluable memories for most parents. But there are some Texas parents who say that they're being robbed of those precious moments with their children, and they claim that law enforcement isn't doing much to help. Instead, their child custody incidents are being turned back over to the already overwhelmed family court.

Under Texas state law, knowingly interfering with a child custody order is a felony and can result in a maximum of a two-year prison sentence. With this knowledge, some might be surprised to know that many parents are still unable to actually spend their court-ordered visitation with their children. Often, local police departments refuse to get too involved in child custody matters and instead refer the parent back to the family court.

Texas still has long way to go with child support

When a marriage involving children ends in divorce, two issues are generally at the top of most parents to-do lists. Child custody and child support may be the biggest obstacles that some Texas couples tackle over the course of their divorce proceedings. One city has recently aimed to improve wait times for child support hearings by hiring a second judge. Although wait times have indeed gone down, residents still claim that not much else has changed.

A Texas mother whose son still lives with her full time has been ordered to pay her ex child support. She claims that after the court required that his child support payments be increased, her ex fought for custody of their teenage son so that she would be the one to foot the bill instead. In addition to child support, the ex has also requested that she pay for insurance. The problem is that while the father has been granted legal custody, the son still resides with his mother, which seemingly has created a situation beyond repair.

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