Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “My husband and I have not had a great marriage, but now that it’s ending, we do agree on one thing: we do not want to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees to litigate our divorce case in court. I was wondering what other options we have? We have been married for ten years, we have two kids, and we have hundreds of thousands of dollars of assets.”
Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “I was married for fifteen years. I was a full-time stay at home mom for the duration of the marriage. I supported my husband and three kids while my husband went to medical school, completed his residency, and became a full-time medical professional. Fifteen months on the job he fell in love with a nurse and told me he was leaving me. I have not worked in over a decade and still have several young children at home. I am not going to lie; I am scared about how I will take care of myself. Will I be entitled to California spousal support?”
Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “I have been married for thirty-two years. My husband is a cardiac surgeon in Texas. I have supported him throughout our marriage. I stayed at home, tended to the children, cooked and cleaned, and did everything I could to help him become successful. He came home last night and told me he has had an affair with an internist at the hospital and wants a divorce. I am devastated. I have no job experience, and I am not sure what I am going to do. I am wondering whether I am entitled to spousal support in a Texas divorce?”
Recently on our divorce forum a user asked, “I was married to a man for two years. He cheated on me numerous times. I have attempted reconciliation, but he has said he will not go to counseling and is ready to abandon our marriage. Since we both think divorce is the only option and we are willing to agree on most issues, what is the best way to get divorced and how long will it take in the State of Texas?”
Couples who cannot afford to hire a divorce lawyer, who have no children, who have no assets, and who have an uncontested divorce have the legal right to file a pro se divorce, which is a divorce without legal help from a divorce lawyer. Couples who decide to file a divorce without a divorce lawyer, however, will have the same responsibilities as the divorce lawyer, which means they are responsible for accurately filing and completing all legal forms.
Child support is a monthly payment paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to contribute to the cost of rearing a child following a separation, divorce, or birth of a child. If you have a child the state believes it is your legal duty to support that child. Child support should provide compensation for the basic needs of the child. To obtain child support the custodial parent may have to petition for support in the state court where they live. If there is a question about the paternity of a child the majority of states require a blood test to confirm the identity of the father.
Most parents love their child and want what is best for them. So if you have lost your job or face a severe medical crisis and you find you can no longer meet your child support obligations, it’s important to take the right steps for your child. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are millions of custodial parents who are due child support, and many of these cases involve a parent who cannot pay. If you cannot pay your child support obligations, you may be able to modify your child support order.
If you have been ordered to pay child support it may have been easy if you were employed and getting a pay check every couple of weeks, but what if you have disabled and you are now unable to work? What if you have been approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) but your income has been substantially lowered? You may be wondering if you can get the child support order modified.
CNN reports that the nation’s “Most Wanted Deadbeat Parent” has pleaded guilty to evading $1.2 million in child support payments. Robert Sand, 50, has evaded his responsibilities as a father to his three children and his two former wives for more than 12 years. He even fled the country after two attempts to move to Florida and New York were not enough to avoid arrest.