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Financial Disclosures needed in Divorce Process

In the course of a divorce proceeding, almost every state requires the disclosure of financial statements that could help in the settlement process.

A uniform financial disclosure is generally required of both parties, including an income statement, a list of all expenses, and a list of all assets and liabilities.

Supporting documents are also required, including copies of mortgages titles, personal and business tax returns, copies of credit/debit cards, and bank statements.

After the initial financial disclosure, some states require a final divorce hearing before the divorce is granted. Parties may be asked to submit updated statements of assets and liabilities, updated tax returns, and recent income statements.

Filing for divorce can be a complicated process, but the attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can assist with the process. Contact us today and set up a consultation at (713) 802-1777.


Katharine McPhee files for divorce

After six years of marriage, 30-year old American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee decided to pull the plug on her relationship with her husband, producer Nick Cokas, a report by the Daily Mail stated on May 22.

An interview with McPhee’s publicist confirmed a year-long separation preceded the divorce filing from her husband, who is 19 years her senior. The publicist added that the duo will remain friendly, and the couple asks for privacy during this difficult time.

Last October, Katharine was spotted kissing her Smash director Michael Morris. Now with full details available confirming her separation, it is clear that she did not cheat on Cokas.

Divorce is a legally intricate process and can be difficult to manage without the help of an experienced family law attorney who is dedicated to looking after your interests. Consult with our legal team at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler if you are planning to file for a divorce in Houston. You can reach us at (713) 802-1777.


Joe and Tina Simpson file for divorce in Texas

Joe and Tina Simpson, parents to Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, announced that they are ending their 34-year marriage when they officially filed divorce papers in late September.

As with many high-profile divorce cases, a variety of rumors have been spread regarding the Simpsons’ marriage. Although it was rumored that  Joe has been having an extramarital affair, the divorce papers filed by Tina Simpson claim that “discord or conflict of personalities” is the reason for the split.

Representation for the couple has stated that it is a friendly separation and that the rumors about a third party’s involvement are not true. The former couple has been in the news throughout this year, first when Joe was arrested for a DWI and  also when the couple put their Los Angeles home on the market.

When going through a divorce, you need knowledgeable representation on your side that is dedicated to helping your family through this potentially complicated legal process. Contact the divorce attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today.


Divorce in Texas

Divorce is an enormous issue in Texas and throughout the rest of the country, with some statistics indicating that nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce in the long term. While the process of divorce is primarily a personal and emotional concern, the practical issues involved in divorce should never be disregarded, lest you do damage to your rights involving your family, children, and shared assets.

Texas has in place a wealth of family law legislation that is designed to guide the divorce process and provide guidelines for the fair divisions of assets and property in the event of a divorce. A clear understanding of these laws is necessary to ensure that you receive equitable treatment from the court. If you are one of the over 150,000 people who seek a divorce in Texas each year, you will want to ensure that your rights and interests are adequately represented.

Common Issues Contended in Divorce

Each divorce presents its own unique challenges, but the most contentious issues in a divorce tend to revolve around the following topics:

Child Custody
Child Support
Spousal Support
Property Division

Mediation is a popular method for settling such issues when you are able to work amicably with your spouse to come to resolutions, but even in a mediated divorce it is important that you have a lawyer oversee the legal documentation that will become enforceable court orders governing your family life following the divorce.

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By retaining the services of a skilled Houston divorce attorney, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your interests are being represented by an experienced professional throughout the divorce proceedings. To learn more about your legal options and rights as a spouse and parent, call Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today at 713-802-1777.


Study: Divorce rates higher for couples who share household duties

A new study has been released that shows that married couples who divide household chores equally have a higher rate of divorce.

These findings come from research involving thousands of Norwegian adults that took place from 2007 to 2008. The study looked into household chores, marriage, and happiness. It was found that divorce rates were actually higher for the couples that shared household chores equally (roughly 25%) than for the 71% of couples in which women did more of the chores than men.

“The main point is that there is little to indicate that gender equality at home protects against divorce, as many people think and as is typically maintained by scholars in the field,” Thomas Hansen, a researcher with a Norwegian social research institute and one of the co-authors of the study, told TODAY in an e-mail.

If you’re wishing to pursue divorce or are facing divorce proceedings, you can learn more about your rights in a divorce case here.


Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes finalize divorce

Court records in New York City state that the divorce between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has now been finalized, closing the divorce case as of Monday.

The popular couple made headlines when their separation was announced and were able to reach a divorce agreement only two weeks later.  The couple was married in Italy in 2006 and have one child together. Details of their divorce agreement have not been released.

If you or a loved one has been considering a divorce, you need a legal representative on your side to help make this process as simple as possible for you and your family. Contact the Houston divorce attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler by calling 713-802-1777 today.

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