At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway in Texas, we know that if you and your spouse are a high-asset couple, you may need extra legal protection to preserve your financial rights during your divorce. This is especially true if you suspect that your spouse is hiding marital assets from you.
Like most custodial parents in Texas, you rely on child support to help you take care of your children’s needs and make ends meet each month. You might worry whether someone officially keeps tabs on how you spend the child support you receive, especially if your ex often questions where the money goes.
Most married Texas couples were married in a wedding ceremony and have a marriage license. Other Texas couples, however, had no wedding, have no marriage license, but still are legally married. These couples are in what is known as a common law marriage. Texas calls these marriages a “marriage without formalities” or an “informal marriage.”
If you are a married Texan contemplating divorce, you probably are very sad. All the hopes and dreams you had on your wedding day have come crashing down and you now are faced with the realization that you and your spouse are about to become just one more statistic to add to America’s 50 percent divorce rate. But is that rate really valid?
Texas is one of the few states that legally recognizes common-law marriage, which may impact you if you are splitting up with your significant other. There are many myths surrounding common-law unions, perhaps the most pervasive being that anyone can be considered married by common law if they are living together for at least seven years.
If you are a Texas parent whose children’s other parent is from and/or has family ties to another country, you may worry that (s)he will take your children overseas for a visit and refuse to return them. In the event this should happen, you may be able to avail yourself of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This treaty among 98 countries gives parents like you an expeditious method for getting your children back.