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March 2015 Archives

Collecting back child support from Social Security

When someone fails to meet their child support obligations, the individual with custody of their children has the option of having their wages garnished. However, if someone is no longer working, this is not possible. If they are collecting Social Security benefits, those benefits may be garnished. Social Security benefits for survivor, disability or retirement benefits may be eligible because they are paid into over someone's lifetime. Since Supplemental Security Income is considered welfare, people may not garnish these benefits.

The role of illness in a divorce

A recently-published study based upon surveys of divorced couples in Texas and elsewhere has revealed that a marital breakdown is more likely in a situation where the wife becomes seriously ill than in the case of the illness of the husband. The disparity between the two statistics is significant, and it is necessary for all parties to be aware of this unpleasant possibility, both in an attempt to prepared for it and for the possibility of somehow ameliorating the situation.

Divorce is down among doctors

Texas residents may be interested in learning more about a study that suggests physicians are less likely to divorce than the average American. The recent study refutes the conventional notion that doctors are more likely to divorce due to how demanding the hours and stress can be. This is the first large-scale case study to investigate whether the assumption was based more on fact or fabrication. Researchers discovered that doctors actually had divorce rates that were lower than several other healthcare professions examined in the study.

Marital property in Texas

Texas is considered a community property state, meaning that all property that is acquired during the length of the marriage is considered to belong to both the husband and the wife. In addition, this means that any debt incurred during the marriage by either party is also presumed to be responsibility shared by both parties.