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Can you catch a divorce from your friends?

Can you catch the "divorce bug" from a friend or relative?

A study from the Pew Research Center indicates that your odds of getting divorced drastically increase -- by 75% -- whenever a friend or close relative splits with their spouse. Perhaps even more surprising is that you can even "catch a divorce" secondhand. When a friend of a friend is getting divorced, the odds that you will too increase by a whopping 33%.

Custody and the transgender child

Gender issues are at the forefront of much of the collective American consciousness as transgender activists continually push for understanding and equal rights under the law. Unfortunately, the parents of transgender minors are now facing new threats in the legal system -- often in the form of accusations of child abuse simply because they affirm and support their child's gender identity.

As this issue has become intertwined with a number of political battles, the situation for supportive parents of transgender kids has gotten worse. Many of them face accusations of child abuse and unfair investigation into their parenting based on narrow or restrictive beliefs surrounding gender identity.

The many ways to split holiday parenting time in a Texas divorce

If you will be in the process of getting a divorce or separated by the time the holidays come around, you will surely want to do everything you can to keep things as stable and positive as possible for your children.

Trying to find a reasonable and fair way to split parenting time during the holidays can help you and your ex avoid the acrimonious fighting over parenting time so often associated with a divorce. Your parenting plan can include all kinds of rules for shared parenting authority and time.

How can you terminate a parent's parental rights?

Asking the court to terminate someone's parental rights isn't easy -- and it shouldn't be. The parent-child bond is incredibly important. For the most part, the courts always hope to preserve that bond whenever possible.

However, Texas law does allow for the termination of someone's parental rights for a number of different reasons, only some of which include:

  • The use of controlled substances or alcohol during pregnancy that leaves the baby "born addicted"
  • Abandoning the child to another relative with no intention of returning
  • Abandoning the child to another relative without adequate support
  • Knowingly endangering the child's physical or emotional well-being or allowing the child to stay in a situation that would likely do so
  • Abandoning the child's mother during the pregnancy and staying away after the birth while also failing to provide financial support
  • Being convicted of a crime involving the sexual assault, physical injury or death of another child
  • Failing to follow a court order that outlines the steps needed to regain custody rights or visitation rights with a child when there is involvement by the Department of Family and Protective Services

Knowing the worth of your company is vital in the divorce

Whether your company is a family business, a sole proprietorship or a partnership, you must have a clear understanding of its value if you and your spouse have decided to divorce.

Your legal team should include a professional appraiser who can perform the necessary valuation.

Suspect your spouse is cheating? Keep an eye out for these signs

Few things can end a marriage as quickly as infidelity. If you have ever suspected your spouse of seeing someone on the side, you probably understand all too well just how devastating this can be. Often, spouses who have suspicions about their significant others have reason to feel the way they do. In many cases, unfaithful spouses exercise some of the same signs.

Thus, if you believe your spouse of committing adultery, know that the following signs may indicate that he or she is doing so.

Why it's okay to celebrate a same-sex divorce

Same-sex couples fought so long for the right to be legally married in the United States that many people both within and without the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community treat a same-sex divorce as something akin to a tragedy of epic proportions.

It's really not. In fact, some same-sex couples have found that they have as much reason to celebrate their same-sex divorce as they did their marriage.

Texan faces charges over divorce fraud

A 51-year-old Texan apparently thought he'd found a convenient way to get a no-hassle divorce -- one that didn't require him to discuss the issue with his wife. To that end, he quietly forged his wife's signature on some forms for the court and lied under oath.

Then, his wife found out. After a bitter argument with his wife over some extravagant purchases he had made, the man informed her that they were no longer married. When she looked into the issue and found the divorce papers with her forged signature, she called the police with a complaint. The divorce was voided, and the husband in this case now faces up to a decade in prison for aggravated perjury.

4 tips for a smooth child custody handoff

If you share custody of your children with a former spouse or someone else, you likely cherish the time you have with your kids. Eventually, though, you must handoff the young ones in your family to their other parent. If you are not careful, a simple custody exchange can turn into a nightmare. 

When creating your co-parenting arrangement, you likely had the opportunity to negotiate a custody agreement or parenting plan. While adding details about the custody handoff in either agreement is a good idea, you can also do a few things to ensure a smooth exchange. Here are four suggestions: 

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