As more and more women in Texas and across the U.S. move into higher-level careers they seem to be coming closer to breaking the proverbial glass ceiling. Data from the Digest of Education Statistics show that an equal number of men and women in the U.S. are receiving medical degrees. In 1980 women made up only about a third of those receiving medical degrees.
Gay federal employees in Texas and across the nation currently do not receive the same benefits afforded to heterosexual federal employees and their spouses. In many situations, the same-sex partner of a federal employee is forced to pay for expensive insurance through private plans or must forgo health insurance entirely. There is great financial risk to the latter option, as a serious illness could cause severe financial problems for an individual.
Child custody issues can be highly contentious. A custody battle currently in the news is no exception. The case is particularly complicated because four-and-a-half years have passed since the court battle began and the child in question has now been living with his current parent for six years.
The divorce process is never easy. When couples living in community property states, like Texas, decide to divorce the process can become even more difficult. In common law property states assets that are shared are by choice, and each spouse is able to retain separate ownership of their respective property. Community property states require that couples split assets down the middle and can sometimes lead to acrimonious battles, especially if the split is adversarial.
The process of dividing up possessions can be a difficult aspect in any divorce. Items that couples have shared for years can become a point of contention resulting in disagreements. Texas residents who have been through the divorce process may understand that deciding who gets what items can turn into a lengthy battle that some feel isn't worth the effort. For this reason some couples are choosing to auction off their belongings and splitting the proceeds.