The Houston Family Law Blog

October 2012 Archives

Tina and Joe Simpson File For Divorce in Texas

Listen up Texans! Here's a bigshot Texas couple that you've likely all heard of. And they're headed to divorce court, from what sources are saying.

These sources, namely The National Enquirer, as reported by Fox News, claim that the Simpsons are getting a divorce.

No, not the yellow-bellied, four fingered cartoon couple with the funny hair. We're talking Tina and Joe Simpson, a.k.a. the parents of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.

Divorcing? There's an App For That.

Going through a divorce is tricky. There are many complications, from child custody to financial issues.

Here's the good news. There are apps out there to help with the process.

For example, did you know that you could use an app to help you figure out how much a California divorce was going to cost you? There's actually a calculator that helps you figure out a ballpark range for monthly spousal support and child support, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Talia Nichelle Lumpkin Charged, Leaves Baby on Road

You've heard of parents who leave their children unattended in parked cars.

But here's a Houston woman who left her thirteen-month old in a parking lot.

Yeah, a parking lot. Not a parked car.

The poor munchkin was found lying on the road with multiple abrasions on her arms, back and legs, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Lamar Odom Visits Lawyer, but Khloe Kardashian Says No Divorce Looms

Are Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian headed for divorce?

Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but that’s what sources tell Hollywood Life. According to these sources, Lamar Odom was spotted leaving the offices of a divorce attorney.

Is a divorce looming? Not so fast, as sources close to the Kardashian clan are telling Hollywood Life that these rumors are untrue and that the couple “couldn’t be happier.”

Elizabeth Escalona Gets 99 Years for Gluing Child to Wall

Last week, we talked about the sad case of Elizabeth Escalona, who was facing a sentencing hearing after being convicted on counts of child abuse in Dallas.

She has now been sentenced to 99 years in prison for the attack on her two-year old daughter.

Escalona pleaded guilty in July to the charges of child abuse. The details of her case are grim and not for the faint of heart. In September 2011, she beat her two year old daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, to the brink of death. The child was kicked in the stomach and hit with a milk jug, writes The Dallas News.

Celeb Divorce Lesson No. 78: Plan Your Finances Out in Advance

Let's cap the week off with some celebrity gossip. Well, let's not call it "celebrity gossip" but rather, "mistakes celebrities make when going through a divorce."

Earlier this week on the New York Estate Planning News Blog, we talked about the sad case of Gary Coleman and his estate battle, which incidentally stems from his odd marriage (which lasted for only a year).

Ashton and Demi: Feuding Over Money in Divorce Settlement

Ashton Kutcher is cheap. At least that's what the bastion of journalism OK Magazine is reporting.  Despite Kutcher's $700,000 per episode paycheck on Two and a Half Men, he is reportedly dragging his feet in his divorce from Demi Moore.

The reason for the delay? Money.

The couple still has not reached a financial settlement in their divorce.

Texas Mom Faces Life After Gluing Toddler's Hands to Wall

This week, Dallas courts are hearing testimony in the sentencing hearing of a woman who pleaded guilty to a horrific case of child abuse against her two year old child, reports The Associated Press.

Elizabeth Escalona pleaded guilty in July to child abuse. She was accused of beating her daughter and gluing her hands to the wall, after the toddler was having trouble potty training.

Money and Divorce: 4 Financial Points to Ponder

Going through a divorce can be draining. Not only can it drain you emotionally, but it can also be financially draining.

In a divorce, there will be many financial issues, as Chicago Parent recently explained. Some of these include support and maintenance. Others include tax issues. It's important to think about these things when negotiating a settlement agreement.

Here are some financial points to ponder when going through a divorce:

TomKat Settlement Details: Katie Holmes Is Happy

The TomKat marriage actually ended six months before their divorce came into the public eye, reports The Huffington Post.

But it looks like it's ending well for Katie Holmes. According to HuffPo, Holmes is very happy with the settlement reached between herself and ex-hubby Tom Cruise, despite the fact that the prenup locked her out of her ex-husband's massive fortune.

Deadbeat Parents in Texas: Half Are Late on Child Support

Texans lag on child support payments. According to the Houston Chronicle, about 460,000 Texas parents are deadbeats.

Well, perhaps the term "deadbeat" is extreme, but these parents were delinquent on their child support payments last year by at least a month, the Chron reports.