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Overview of Texas community property laws

Like a handful of other states, Texas follows what is called a "community property" system. When it comes to a divorce, this means that property gets divided a little differently than it does in other states, including some of our neighbor states. Basically, the law considers a married couple to hold what it calls community property jointly. With respect to a divorce, this means that whatever is community property will get divided 50-50. The even split is without regard to whose name the property is legally in.

Do you think your marriage is going to end in a divorce?

It is common for marriage counselors to say that there are signs that a marriage is "on the rocks." For the most part, many of these signs are quite obvious: arguing more frequently than ever before; failing to compromise on important issues; and even slacking intimacy in a relationship. However, for each marriage, the signs are different. A recent article asked the questions: Do you think your marriage is going to end in divorce? Should you expect it to?

Getting through your personal life and work during a divorce

Public perception is a major concern for many Texas residents who are contemplating a divorce. They worry about what their family and friends will think of them, as well as coworkers. Getting through your personal and professional lives during a divorce without too many bumps in the road can be tricky, but a recent article had a few tips.

Mr. Roles to Speak at Divorce Seminar Next Month

Attorney Mark Roles will be speaking in Austin on May 17, 2019 at the seminar, "Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals." Mr. Roles will be educating paralegals on financial information in divorce cases as well as child support and child custody issues. Link to seminar information below.

Can you still like and respect a soon-to-be ex-spouse?

Texas residents probably expect divorce cases to involve quite a bit of emotions and perhaps even ill-will directed between the soon-to-be ex-spouses. After all, these cases are the end of relationships that have, in many instances, lasted for many years and could also involve children from the relationship. Quite a bit of "hard feelings" is expected. But, can you still maintain a good relationship and like and respect the other person during and even after the divorce case?

Can you get through your divorce case peacefully?

"Peace" and "divorce" are two words that most Texas residents don't associate together too often. When many people think about the divorce process, they likely imagine courtroom battles with bitter statements and allegations flowing back and forth between two soon-to-be ex-spouses. However, the reality can be much different, if the individuals involved are open to thinking about their long-term future as well as their immediate legal needs.

An overview of the timeline of a divorce case

Most of our readers in Texas probably have a pretty good understanding of the basics of a divorce case. In general, most divorce cases will involve the same issues: property division, alimony, child support and child custody, among others. But, the facts of each case can vary quite a bit. In addition to the common issues that need to be addressed, there is also a common timeline of how a divorce case unfolds.

Will you experience unexpected changes after a divorce?

Many Austin residents considering divorce do so only as a last resort. Typically, married couples experiencing troubling times will do their best to work through their issues. However, sometimes even the best efforts aren't enough to save a relationship. Life after a divorce can be a mystery to many people - they don't know what to expect, especially if they have been married for many years.

What do you need to know about property division and divorce?

Although there are many issues for couples in Texas to address when they are going through a divorce, perhaps no issue is as contentious as property division. After all, married couples can accumulate quite a bit in valuable assets over the course of a marriage, sometimes more than they realize. Pensions, retirement accounts, investment accounts, artwork - these are all assets that will likely be subject to the property division process. So, what do our readers need to know about property division and divorce?

What factors will affect your divorce case?

No two divorce cases are the same. Each individual case will have its own set of facts, and a couple coming into the situation from various walks of life. There are a variety of assets at stake, and differences in relationships between parents and children. However, many divorce cases have the same types of issues that need to be addressed: child custody and support, property division and alimony, among others. What factors will affect these issues in divorce cases?

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