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“Gray” divorce is a term referring to the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate for older (gray-haired) couples in long-lasting marriages. Since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans over age 50 has doubled, and has more than doubled for those over age 65.  Today, 1 in 4 people going through a divorce in the U.S. is age 50 or older, and nearly 1 in 10 is over 65.  More than half of all “gray” divorces are to couples in first marriages, and 55% of “gray” divorces are between couples who have been married for 20+ years.   Couples divorcing after age...

Under Federal HIPAA law, once you turn 18 your parents can no longer discuss your health and medical care with your doctor, or with campus health services, unless you give consent. The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act prevents your parents from discussing your grades, even if they pay your tuition. Finally, privacy laws prevent your parents from being able to discuss or gain information about your bank accounts and credit cards.   And now, our last tip about turning 18 and the law. No discussion on the subject is complete without mentioning sex laws. In the state of Texas, the legal age...

Once you turn 18, you can serve on a jury.  You are now responsible for paying taxes. If you are an 18-year old male, you must register for the Selective Service. Failure to register could mean a $250,000 fine or jail time, plus the loss of student loans and any federal or state employment.   At 18, driving restrictions are lifted, so you can now drive at night and carry passengers. Remember - DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE.    ...

An 18-year old can enter into biding contracts, buy and sell real estate, inherit property and buy a car.  On the flip side, an 18-year old can also be sued.   At age 18, you can buy lottery tickets and tobacco products.  Now, tobacco is gross and is bad for your health, so don't buy that.  The lottery tickets? Why not -- but if you win, earmark the money for your college education!  :)...

This week is Spring Break for many students and their families, so what better time to go over what changes when your son or daughter turns 18? Stayed tuned for 10 tips on Turning 18 and the Law, beginning with tip #1:   Turning 18 is a major milestone and with it comes new rights and responsibilities. The most important - especially in this year, an election year - is your right to vote! Register, learn about the different candidates running for office and be ready to cast your vote!...

Today we complete our series on Guardianship.   Differing from a full legal guardianship, the court may appoint to a child a Guardian Ad Litem, (GAL) sometimes called a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A GAL is an officer of the court who volunteers to act as the voice of the minor, representing the minor's best interests and advising the court.  Many judges will abide by any recommendation given by a GAL.   A GAL or CASA volunteer is often appointed in cases where allegations of abuse, neglect, or juvenile delinquency could lead to the removal of the child from his or her home. In...

More information about the subject of Guardianship:   Guardianship is not always necessary. If you are caring for a child that is not yours for a few weeks or months, you probably won't need legal guardianship. If the child needs medical attention, to be enrolled in school or if you need to obtain the child's legal records, legal guardianship may become necessary.   Guardianship is different from adoption. Guardianship creates a legal relationship between the adult and the child but does not erase the legal relationship with the biological parents. If the child is adopted the legal relationship of the biological parents is given...

Part 2 of our series on Guardianship:   To seek the appointment of guardian to an individual you must file a petition with the probate court where the person lives. This is usually accompanied by a sworn statement and medical affidavits to support the claim that the individual is unable to care for himself.   To be sure that an individual appointed a guardian is having his/her needs met, the court supervises the guardian's choices. An initial review is conducted after the appointment of a guardian, as well as annual reports afterward.   A guardianship typically ends when a child reaches adult age (18), when a...

Do you have a child with special needs?  Perhaps you are the child of a parent suffering from dementia or a debilitating illness?  It is important to take care of our loved ones when they cannot take care of themselves.  In these situations, legal guardianship may be necessary.  This week, we bring you tips and advice on the subject of Guardianship.   Guardianship is when a person is given the legal right to be responsible for the welfare of an individual who is either partially or fully unable to provide care for themselves. These responsibilities include food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities.   A...