Thursday, November 14, 2019

Divorce Among Retirees

How might divorce in your Golden Years impact your retirement?

Divorce rates nationally are on the decline, with the exception of one group—Americans over the age of 50. Research conducted by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research reveals that the divorce rate among retirees has doubled over the past 20 years. While divorce is life changing for any age group, it can inflict financial ruin for retirees. Retired couples who were prepared for retirement will now find themselves with half the capital that they once had. Given the immense potential repercussions of a so-called gray divorce, it is essential for older Americans who are contemplating divorce to Read more . . .

Monday, November 11, 2019

Uncovering Hidden Assets During Divorce

Is your spouse concealing assets?

Texas law requires that divorcing spouses disclose all relevant information regarding their assets, which includes any financial accounts, retirement assets, property, and the like. Assets that a spouse attempts to purposely conceal or transfer in order for the other spouse to be unable to claim them are called hidden assets. Spouses who suspect their soon to be ex may be concealing assets will need to take action to uncover these assets so that they receive the property to which they are legally entitled. OurRead more . . .

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Divorce Based on Abandonment in Texas

Why might I choose to file for divorce based on a fault ground?

Forty years ago, the first no-fault divorce was granted in California. Prior to this time, couples seeking a divorce were required to list a valid ground for divorce, which often included adultery, abandonment, and cruelty. If one of these grounds did not exist in the marriage, but the spouses nonetheless wanted a divorce, they were forced to fabricate a grounds for divorce. Recognizing a need for more honest and efficient divorces, California, and soon after every state in the union except for New York, adopted a version of no-fault divorce.

Most couples in Texas looking to file for divorce today will file for a no-fault divorce, in which the parties will list that the marriage cannot continue because the spouses can no longer get along in the marriage and there is no chance of reconciliation.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Protecting Your Finances During a Divorce

How can creating a budget help me survive a divorce?

A divorce will impact nearly every aspect of your life, including your finances. During a divorce, your marital assets will be split and the joint income level you once shared will decrease to a single income. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take that will help you to preserve your assets during and after a divorce. Our Read more . . .

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Social Media as a Trigger for Divorce

How has social media altered relationships across the country?

Social media has significantly altered the ways in which we interact with others.  Those who use social media now have their own set of “friends” online. Users post pictures, share pages, and comment on posts all as a means of getting “likes.”  While some praise social media as allowing them a way of staying in touch with friends and loved ones that may live far away, others question whether social media has harmfully influenced our sense of self-worth and ability to communicate face-to-face with others. 

One aspect of social media that has been largely overlooked is its impact on marriages.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Divorce and Immigration Status

Will I Lose My Right to Remain in the United States If I Divorce My Spouse?

Divorce can create much stress for any family. Couples going through a divorce may worry about finances, who will remain in the family home, custody matters, alimony, division of assets and much more.  For some couples, there is the added stress of a potential immigration issue. If you are in the United States on a visa that was granted based upon your spouse’s application, you could potentially lose your legal ability to stay in the U.S.
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Divorcing a Verbally and Emotionally Abusive Spouse

Is verbal abuse a form of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a serious and sadly common problem in marriages and relationships across the nation.  Across the United States, it is believed that over 10 million people are subjected to a form of domestic violence each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Domestic violence is a factor in a number of divorces in Texas. Domestic violence is traditionally thought of as physical abuse, but it can also encompass verbal and emotional abuse. Our Read more . . .

Monday, July 22, 2019

Collaborative Divorce Requires Setting Egos Aside

What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?

Divorcing spouses will often carry around feelings of hurt and confusion. It can be easy to be swept away by these feelings, fueling a desire for revenge or the need to defeat the other spouse in the divorce.  Before you commit to the litigious route, it is important to consider what litigating your case might cost you, both financially and emotionally. If you are able to set aside the hurt and ego involved in divorce, you may find that you and your ex-spouse can go down the path towards a collaborative divorce.  Our Read more . . .

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Parental Alienation

Divorce can bring out the worst in people. There are hurt feelings and big life changes happening all at once. The consequences of unleashing all of those tough emotions in the wrong way can be devastating, especially when children are involved.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?

Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?

With a divorce looming, it can be tense to remain living in the marital home with your spouse.  Understandably, one of the spouses will often want to leave the home before the divorce is finalized.  However, moving out of the marital home before the divorce is complete could potentially have implications for your legal rights to the home in the long run.  OurRead more . . .

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Divorce Mediation

Going through a marital break-up is never easy, and the highly charged emotions associated with divorce can cloud a person’s judgment. This can make resolving the key issues in a divorce (e.g. property division, child custody, child support), more complicated and add to the tension. One way to avoid a contentious, protracted legal battle, however, is an alternative to litigation known as
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