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Fault and No-Fault Divorce in Texas IMAGEThere are seven grounds, or reasons, for divorce available by Texas state law, and six of them require that there be a fault assigned to one party or the other. Only on the grounds of insupportability, "that the marriage can no longer continue because of disagreements or differences that cannot be resolved," can there be a no-fault ruling, according to WomensLaw.org. Any other reason for divorce requires that one spouse blame the other for the divorce. These reasons include cruelty, adultery, conviction of a felony, abandonment, living apart, and confinement in a mental hospital.

An at-fault divorce reason is used to determine the equitable distribution of property. "For that reason," according to Divorcenet.com, "you may want to include fault grounds in your petition for a divorce." That is to say, if you're shying away from an at-fault divorce in the interest of keeping things less messy, you could actually be harming your post-divorce life. Equitable property distribution assumes that any property or material items owned during the marriage is owned equally between the two parties. If you have separate property, according to Divorcenet.com, you "have to prove it by tracing it with clear and convincing evidence."

Bear in mind that in Texas you can receive temporary spousal support while a case is pending, but there are no regulated guidelines to determine whether or not you deserve it. This will have to be determined with the assistance of a qualified family law attorney. Reasons that spousal support could be warranted include (but are not limited to): a family violence conviction, if one party has been married for 10 or more years and does not have the ability to re-enter the workforce, or if one party cannot make enough money to support minimal needs due to a mental or physical disability.


Perkins and BelcherA tragedy occurred in Kansas City on December 1st, when the arguments of a couple left a 2 year old without parents.  Javon Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, argued with his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins before a team meeting.  Perkins was the mother of his daughter, 4 year old Zoey Michelle Belcher.

The argument about the previous night was punctuated by gunshots; Belcher shot Perkins multiple times, kissed his daughter and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium.  He asked to see his head coach, Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.  After thanking them for trying to help and asking them to protect his daughter, he turned the gun on himself.

Authorities turned custody of Zoey Michelle to Cheryl Shepherd.  Shepherd, the mother of Belcher, was staying at her sons for two weeks prior to the devastating shooting.  Two weeks had passed when Shepherd filed to be Zoey's guardian and conservator of Zoey's estate in Jackson County probate court in Missouri.  Unfortunately, at this time, Shepherd no longer has custody of her granddaughter.


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Charleston Williams, one of the adults who was arrested in relation to the case surrounding the boy's death. Charleston Williams, one of the adults who was arrested in relation to the case surrounding the boy's death.[/caption]

The father and stepmother of a San Antonio five-year-old boy were recently arrested in connection to his death. Recent details stated that the boy had only been in the couple's custody for six months.

Crystal Williams, 27, and Charleston Williams, 25, took Josiah Williams into custody after his biological mother was sent to prison. The couple now faces charges of felony injury to a child and it is unknown whether or not either of them has a lawyer.

Josiah was found unresponsive in his family's home on Thursday, December 27 with two black eyes, bruises, and cuts all over his body, according the arrest warrant affidavit. He also had gashes inside his lips and he showed signs of "prolonged malnutrition," which was proven later when it was found that the five-year-old boy weighed only 38 pounds.

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