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Getting through a divorce with pets

For Texas couples who are going through a divorce, dealing with child custody may be extremely stressful. Similarly, going through a divorce in which animals are loved by one or both members of the couple can be challenging. While some people view animals as a part of the family, animals are still considered property under the law and are divided as such. While some judges will allow hearings to determine which member of the couple is most bonded to the animal and would serve as a better owner, it isn't always guaranteed that an animal will be assigned to the person who is most attached.

Woman says former husband lied during divorce

A woman in Texas has filed a complaint against her husband of more than three years alleging that he fraudulently withheld assets during their divorce. The complaint was filed in the Galveston County District Court on June 2. According to the complaint, the division of property conducted during the divorce was not complete or accurate because the woman's former husband failed to include the value of their marital home. At the time, she says that he claimed the property was in foreclosure and therefore not subject to division. However, she claims to have found him still living in the home as of 2013, and she now believes the home was never in foreclosure in the first place.

Director Michael Moore's contentious divorce set to go to trial

Dallas residents who are seeking to end their marriage may be interested in one Hollywood director's legal issues. After a 23-year marriage, Michael Moore and his wife, Kathleen Glynn, have entered a divorce after reported dispute regarding the use of marital funds.

Basic divorce considerations

Even when divorcing Texas couples have no minor children to consider in their separation proceedings, there are still many factors to take into account with respect to property and asset division. Texas is a community property state, meaning that all assets acquired during marriage are divided 50-50 between divorcing spouses. There may be exceptions to the community property assumption for inherited property and gifts to one spouse.

Deciding whether to litigate a divorce

Texas couples who are facing contentious divorces may be trying to decide whether to enter litigation or settle for less than they believe they are due. However, there still may be a compromise between these two extremes. Only about 5 percent of divorces actually end up in litigation, so it is possible that many other couples come to this conclusion as well. There are a few ways to assess whether it is worthwhile to press all the way to a court case or try to continue negotiations without the help of a judge.

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