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Protecting your finances during a divorce

There are over 800,000 people who undergo a divorce proceeding in the United States each year. If you are considering ending your marriage, it is important that you know what will make it possible for you to protect your financial assets and investments.

One useful tool is the Qualified Domestic Relations Order. A QDRO is a document used by the courts to divide qualified retirement plans such as pensions or 401(k) plans. You need to be sure that it is approved by your retirement plan. Atlanta-based BT Wealth Management wealth adviser Terri Munro said one problem a person can encounter with the QDRO is when it is “unclear or delayed.” Munro says to “ensure the QDRO outlines a specific date of division, and if the division includes gains or losses since that date, income benefits such as pensions may have to be recalculated based on the receiving spouse’s life expectancy”.

Contact Alexander & Associates today if you need a legal representative who will fight for your rights and future when you are embroiled in a family legal matter. Our attorneys have years of experience dedicated to helping you through difficult divorces and spousal agreements. Call our North Texas offices today at (972) 420-6560 to speak with a member of our legal team today.


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator divorcing her husband

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator Suzii Paynter recently filed for divorce from her husband of 44 years, Austin-based First Baptist Church former pastor Roger Paynter.

The CBF governing board affirmed her move, saying in a statement: “While divorce is regrettable, unexpected, and painful, the Bible does identify circumstances under which such a step is permissible. She has met the highest standard of biblical conduct in response to it. She has done nothing that would adversely affect her ability to fulfill her responsibilities as executive coordinator, among which is to provide ‘spiritual leadership in keeping CBF focused to its purpose’ and expressing ‘exemplary Christian character.’” Suzii Paynter became the CBF executive coordinator in 2013, a post she took on after being the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission’s director.

It is important that you make informed decisions regarding how to proceed if you are currently embroiled in a family legal matter. Get in touch with the attorneys at Alexander & Associates if you are in this situation and you live in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, or another area of Texas. Call our offices today at (972) 420-6560 to learn more about your options.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin divorce finalized

A judge in Los Angeles signed the divorce petition between 43-year-old American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and 39-year-old British singer-songwriter Chris Martin on Thursday, July 14 ending their 13-year marriage.

According to the judgment, neither Paltrow nor the Coldplay front man are required to pay spousal support. The divorce of the former couple was finalized two years after they announced in March 2014 that they were undergoing a process called “conscious uncoupling.” Paltrow and Martin tied the knot in December 2003 and share two children together, 12-year-old Apple and 10-year-old Moses. The couple claims to remain good friends despite the fact that they have both entertained various love interests since separating.

If you are looking to obtain aggressive legal representation for your family law case, get in touch with our attorneys at Alexander & Associates. Contact our offices at Lewisville, Denton, or Frisco by calling (972) 420-6560 to get the family law attorneys that you deserve during these trying times.


New measure: no child support, no vehicle registration

The Texas Attorney General has crafted a new measure saying that parents who have not paid child support for six months will not be able to renew their vehicle registration.

Lubbock resident and family law attorney Christina Woods said the new measure could create more problems than it solves. Woods recognizes the fact that a lot of parents want to establish a relationship with their children even after a divorce, but sometimes personal problems make it impossible for them to pay child support on time. She noted, “You can lose a really good job and then end up behind the ball.” Another criticism of the new measure is that parents who are behind on their payments can enter into a payment plan with the agency, which could make the entire court order pointless, Woods said.

The attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide family law services for our clients in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas of Texas. We have the legal skills, technical knowledge, and resources to fight on your behalf. Call our offices at (972) 420-6560 to discuss your legal options.


Amber Heard retracts temporary spousal support request

Thirty-year-old Texas-born actress Amber Heard has decided that she wants her court date on Friday, June 17 to focus on the restraining order she filed against 53-year-old actor Johnny Depp. In order to keep the focus on the restraining order, she has retracted her earlier request for temporary spousal support.

Heard was earlier granted a temporary restraining order against Depp, saying he physically and verbally abused her throughout the course of their 15-month marriage. Heard reportedly made a 911 call last Monday, June 13, after members of Depp’s entourage went to the ex-couple’s apartment, where Heard is currently living, and “ransacked it.”

If you are currently undergoing a divorce, you deserve an aggressive legal representative by your side. Employ the legal services of the attorneys at Alexander & Associates if your divorce has gotten messy. We handle family law cases in Texas, so call our offices at (972) 420-6560 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team today.


James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff end marriage of ten years

Thirty-seven-year-old Scottish actor James McAvoy and 45-year-old English actress Anne-Marie Duff announced in a joint statement that they will be separating after 10 years of marriage.

McAvoy and Duff said that “it is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce” and that even though they are separating, they will still continue to have “friendship, love, and respect for one another.” They highlighted their main objective, which is to continue with the “shared focus of caring for our [five-year-old] son”, who was born in 2010. McAvoy gained international recognition when he starred as Professor X in the latest X-Men trilogy. He met Duff and started a relationship with her when they were co-stars on the television show Shameless.

If you need legal representation for your impending divorce case, and you live in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, or another area of Texas, seek legal assistance from the attorneys at Alexander & Associates. We treat every case with the care and diligence it deserves. Find out what we can do to help you through your divorce by calling our offices at (972) 420-6560.


‘Gray Divorce’ on the Rise

According to a recent study titled Gray Divorce: A Growing Risk Regardless of Class or Education, which was done by the Council of Contemporary Families at the University of Texas at Austin, baby boomers, or people who were born after World War II between the years 1946 and 1964, are getting divorced more frequently. This practice of divorcing in later years has been labeled “gray divorce” by researchers.

Studies have shown that these baby boomers are bucking traditional trends by ending their marriages after many years together. Previously, it was believed that the majority of divorces occurred while the couples were relatively young, leaving time for remarriage. It seems that more and more older couples are finding that they have little in common with each other, and evidence suggests that this becomes apparent once distractions such as careers and child rearing are no longer a factor.

Our legal team at Alexander & Associates provides representation to clients in Lewisville, Denton, and Frisco who are seeking to end their marriages. We can offer compassionate advice and legal strategies to help you get through this difficult time in your life. To learn more, call us at (972) 420-6560 today.


When your ex wants to move your kids out of state

One of the major concerns of any divorced parent is that his or her ex-spouse will decide to move out of state and take the children with them. This obviously threatens your relationship with your children, as you won’t be able to get to them as quickly as your once were. In this situation, your best option will be to seek our a family law attorney to help you take steps to prevent your children from being moved away from you.

Before a divorced parent can do anything that may violate a court-ordered parenting plan, he or she must prepare and submit a written notice to the other parent as well as the court. This notice must be delivered at least 60 days prior to enacting the violation, meaning you should get this notice at least two months before your ex moves away. The notice should include the following information:

  • Address and phone number of the new residence
  • Reason for the move
  • Proposed parenting schedule

Usually, a judge will make determinations in these situations based on which parent has primary custody. If custody is split, a judge will look at other factors before ruling.

At Alexander & Associates, we make it our priority to fight for what is best for you and your family. We want you to know that we can represent you in a variety of cases, and we will devote our experience and skill to protecting your interests. Call us today at (972) 420-6560 to discuss your case.


Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez announce divorce

Forty-nine-year-old Hollywood actress and former fashion model Halle Berry and 49-year-old French film actor Olivier Martinez have announced that they are divorcing after two years of marriage. This marks the third divorce for the actress. Berry and Martinez share a two-year-old son, Maceo Robert.

In a joint statement released to CNN on Tuesday, October 27, the former couple said: “We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus of what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life and we hope that you respect our and, most importantly, our children’s privacy as we go through this difficult period.”

Going through a divorce can be exceptionally difficult, even if you aren’t dealing with it in the public eye. At Alexander & Associates our family law attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we can help you address the issues you are likely to face in your divorce process. Call our Texas office at (972) 420-6560 to learn how we can help you today.


Texas man camps outside home to protest divorce

Sixty-nine-year-old Texas resident Sharafat Khan has taken to living outside in the yard of the million-dollar Seabrook home he once shared with his former spouse, Zain Khan, after she divorced him due to his emotionally and physically abusive tendencies.

According to Sharafat, his goal in camping beneath the palm trees is to protest the divorce. He told reporters that he hoped to shame his wife into letting him come home. He also stated that he hoped his neighbors would take up his cause and help him in shaming her, saying, “Everybody will ask her, put her down, let her know what [she’s] doing to her husband.”

Sharafat apparently has a history of abuse, both verbal and physical, and records show his former wife has made attempts over the years to seek protection from him.

If you are currently embroiled in family legal issues such as divorce or domestic violence, and you reside in or near Denton, contact the legal team at Alexander & Associates by calling (972) 420-6560 today.