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Published Fri, 07/06/2018

How to calculate child support in Texas for a 50/50 possession schedule (equal actual parenting time) can be very different from Texas guideline child support with the Texas Standard Possession Order.  Alimony (spousal maintenance) can also affect child support.

Published Thu, 05/10/2018

IMPORTANT FEDERAL ALIMONY/SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE TAX CHANGES:  For divorces finalized on or after January 1, 2019, the 2017 tax reforms eliminate the tax deduction for the payer of alimony/spousal maintenance and the requirement of the receiver to report these payments as income.  Any divorces finalized before the end of 2018 will continue to be governed by the old law and the deduction and income reporting will still apply.  The deduction for alimony/spousal maintenance is a very important and valuable benefit, especially for the receiving spouse. 

Published Wed, 04/25/2018

by

Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., Attorney-Mediator

If you are thinking about divorce and you are a parent with a child who will be in school in the fall, you owe it to your kids to call Detente now for our exclusive “May to August” divorce. And if you intend to ask for spousal support, it is imperative to start your divorce immediately so you can finalize it in 2018 before the new tax reforms come into effect on January 1, 2019 when alimony/spousal support will no longer be tax deductible. 

Published Sun, 04/01/2018
How do you protect yourself when your soon-to-be-ex will keep your share of a community property asset and pay you for it after divorce?
Published Sat, 01/28/2017
All too often a parent will vow to fight for “full custody” with a scare tactic of threatening to take the children away if the other parent does not agree to do whatever he or she wants.  It is very rare for a court in Texas to terminate a parent’s rights entirely, meaning only one parent would have the right to make all the decisions for the child (legal custody or “conservatorship”) and have the right to all the parenting time (physical custody or “possession”) of the child to the absolute exclusion of the other parent.

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