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November 2016 Archives

Child support for children with disabilities

Supporting a child in San Antonio following a divorce can place a severe financial burden upon you. Many of those that we here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza work with who are in similar situations may find that burden to be even heavier if their children suffer from disabilities. Child support payments from your ex-spouse may serve to ease some of the monetary strain you may be feeling, yet the unique nature of your child’s condition may require an additional obligation from your ex and possibly even you.

Appellate court upholds ruling naming embryos marital property

For San Antonio couples struggling with fertility issues, new advances in reproductive science may now offer them the hope that having children is possible. One such method that has helped couples in such a situation succeed in getting pregnant is implanting embryos through in-vitro fertilization. Couples seeking this treatment may often have to store multiple embryos. If a couple with stored embryos chooses to separate, the question may arise as to whether those embryos are considered human beings or marital property.

What is a marital estate?

When considering the issue of asset and property division in San Antonio, one term that may repeatedly come up is “marital estate.” Like most, you may think of wills, trusts and other estate planning articles when applying the word “estate” to a situation, and while those instruments can have meaning in this context, the marital estate refers specifically to the property of you and your ex-spouse. All community property owned by you and your ex-spouse is considered to be your community marital estate, while separate property owned by each of you individually makes up the separate marital estates.

Understanding the Continued Health Care Benefit Program

The stresses involved with being in a military marriage in San Antonio can exact quite a toll on the civilian spouse. While the benefits that he or she might enjoy through his or her service member may be beneficial, having to deal with issues such as the potential for deployment may outweigh those advantages. Indeed, information shared by shows that prior to 2001, military divorce rates were only at 2.6 percent. That number climbed to 3.7 percent in 2011, and was still at 3 percent as of 2015. Yet for those civilian spouses who do choose to end their military marriages, the question of how they will deal with the loss of their benefits looms large.

Three orphaned girls at the center of tribal custody battle

For young parents in San Antonio, the thrill that their new families bring to them may cause them to overlook certain matters, such as the potential guardianship of their children. While getting people in their 20s and 30s to begin to confront their own mortality may be difficult, pointing out the potential legal problems their inactions could cause may help. Without documentation stating who parents would like to see made their the guardians of their children in the event of their demise, it may be left to the courts to decide in whose custody the kids’ interests would best be served. When multiple parties claim to be able to do just that, things may be complicated.