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June 2019 Archives

Lottery winnings are marital property, judge rules

Texas residents must be concerned about property settlements during a divorce. That concern is highlighted even more whenever one spouse suddenly comes into a significant amount of money. An arbitrator in Michigan recently ruled that a man must pay his wife nearly $15 million after he won more than double that while playing the lottery. The man was left with nearly $39 million after taxes and deductions, leaving his wife with slightly less than half of his landfall.

Understanding stepparent adoption in Texas

Stepparents can be an important part of a child's life in Texas. In some circumstances, particularly when the other biological parent is not a part of the child's life, a stepparent may want to adopt a child. This is the most typical kind of adoption in the United States. It should be used when a stepparent wants to take on the legal and financial responsibility for the stepchildren. In some cases, there is only one living biological parent. The consent process for adoption is easier in such instances.

Realism in the court: divorce and job loss

In Texas and elsewhere around the country, no one wants to lose his or her job while in the midst of a divorce. Getting divorced is hard enough on the emotions without suddenly losing the prospect of earning a living. Plus, there is the question of how a family court will look at the fact that the husband or wife recently lost his or her job. The court will question the person to find out why he or she is no longer working.

USDA wants states to implement SNAP child support provisions

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps almost 40 million people in Texas and around the country to meet their food bills. The rules outlining how the program is administered can be found in the Food and Nutrition Act and SNAP regulations, and they allow states to deny food stamps to noncustodial and custodial parents who are not willing to cooperate with state agencies that oversee child support. However, few states have chosen to implement the child support cooperation provisions.

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