All divorcing Texas couples hope the process of ending their marriage runs a quick, smooth course. Unfortunately, the reality can be much different for some. Spouses may disagree on many issues: fair division of assets, custody arrangements, child/spousal support details, etc., and sometime during the divorce process, everyone involved may decide going to court and trusting a judge's decision is in everyone's best interest. Divorcing partners should keep in mind a few points before deciding whether to go to trial or to reach a settlement between them.
Much like there are many emotions at the start of a marriage, there are a wide range of emotions to navigate throughout the end of a marriage. While no one gets married with the intention to get divorced, the unfortunate reality is that the divorce rate still remains around 50 percent. Thus, those intending to get married and those currently married need to consider the possibility of divorce in their future. With this consideration, many partners will take the steps to develop a prenuptial agreement. While this document can be very beneficial in the event of the divorce, it is important to understand that this marital agreement does not address all divorce issues.
Many people, including those who work in the world of family law, say that there is a lot of truth to January being "Divorce Month," that is, the time during which it seems many people in the Austin area choose to pursue, or get involved in, a divorce.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
"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.
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.