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How can I use tax returns to look for hidden assets?

When some couples choose to get divorced, the process is not terribly complicated. They may meet with legal counsel a few times, draw up documents and call it a day (more or less). However, when a marriage involves significant assets, the likelihood of a straightforward, simple divorce is exponentially less likely.

Although this is not a hard and fast rule, human nature often gets the better of one spouse or the other, and he or she chooses to hide assets to avoid splitting them in the divorce settlement negotiation.

What happens to retirement funds during a Texas divorce?

The two most difficult topics for divorcing couples to agree on are generally asset division and child custody. The more assets you have accumulated, the more difficult the division process can become. More assets and debts just means that there are more things for you and your former spouse to fight about. Certain assets, like retirement accounts, can create complicated issues during asset division.

Did only one spouse have a retirement account? Did the other spouse make any deposits into the account? When was it opened? How much got deposited during the course of the marriage?

You can’t save your marriage, but you can save the business

Not all divorce proceedings involve courtroom battles where spouses fight over every little thing. Some couples understand that things change, they have grown apart, or are no longer compatible and they amicably agree that they have a chance at a better long-term relationship if they end the marriage. This is ideal if the couple owns a business together.

If you and your wife have decided that the marriage is not working, but you are both committed to the business the two of you built together, you may be able to save the company from your divorce. Even if your divorce turns contentious, there are steps you can take to ensure the business survives. An experienced divorce attorney in the Arlington area can help you develop a strategy that not only protects the family business, but also helps you avoid an economic hardship due to the divorce. Read further to find out more about how you can protect your company.

Could you benefit from virtual visitation with your child?

If you are going through a divorce and concerned about how this will impact your relationship with your child, you should learn as much as you can about your legal rights.

Matters of child custody are never easy to deal with. Although you may not have physical custody of your child in the future, here's something you need to remember: This doesn't mean you are unable to spend time with him or her.

What you should know about pretrial diversion programs

You've been accused of a crime, and you know that your entire life will change if you're convicted. Do you have any other options than to go to court? Fortunately, there could be another path open to you.

With certain types of offenses, you may be able to pursue deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion, which would result in your case being dismissed upon completion of the requirements.

3 reasons a breathalyzer isn't always accurate

You had a drink or two before getting into the car, but you never expected your blood alcohol concentration to come back higher than .08. Despite this, the officer tells you you're over the limit. How can that be?

There's a chance that the test is incorrect. When an officer uses a breathalyzer test on you, there are a few things that can go wrong. Here are three things that could make the test come back incorrect.

Texas car accidents: 2 killed by suspected drunk driver

Thousands of people drive to airports in Texas and throughout the nation every day. Many travel for business, while others embark on trips to exotic or romantic locales. Unfortunately, car accidents can occur as travelers drive to or from the airport. While most accidents may cause only a delay or damage to a vehicle, a recent accident near the Dallas airport claimed two lives.

A 23-year-old woman and her 26-year-old boyfriend were headed to the Dallas International Airport to start on a trip to Paris. According to police, the driver of another car ran a red light and hit the couple's car. The impact caused their vehicle to hit a pole. Both the man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The man who ran the red light was allegedly speeding and was suspected of driving under the influence.

Prenups are vital in divorce property division

Many millennials in Texas and around the nation are now developing prenuptial agreements before they get married. Other generations may have attached a stigma of sorts to this type of agreement. In other words, discussing how property division would be handled in the event of a divorce may appear that there is an expectation that the marriage will end. However, the increase in prenups signals a trend that people are approaching marriage in a more practical manner.

Surveys show that millennials are now waiting until later in life to get married. Typically, they are bringing more assets into the marriage they want to protect. In other situations, prenuptial agreements are suggested when there is a blended family or a second marriage. They are also recommended for individuals who want to safeguard an inheritance or business.

Do you want sole custody of your kids?

If you want sole custody of your kids, it’s time to learn more about this arrangement and what it will mean to all parties involved.

As a loving parent, you have one thing on your mind: Ensuring that your children receive the proper care and attention now and into the future. If you have reason to believe that sole custody is the best way for this to happen, it’s important to better understand the legal definition of sole custody and the evidence necessary to convince a court to grant it.

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