Texas is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce. Many believe this means that their bad behavior will not affect the outcome of the divorce settlement, particularly concerning dividing assets, support or custody. However, there are specific examples of marital misconduct that can affect the outcome.
The most challenging part of announcing one’s divorce maybe breaking the news to the children. It will take patience, understanding and empathy as they process the news. Conversely, the soon-to-be-divorced husband or wife should ideally get some of that patience, understanding and empathy from friends, adult loved ones or co-workers and bosses. Unfortunately, this will sometimes not be forthcoming.
Some who go through the JOY of Divorce find the experience of negotiating a fair and equitable settlement to be unsatisfying. Claiming he had been "destroyed legally" in divorce court, David Ostrom of Iowa came up with a solution to divorce negotiations that seems more apt for medieval times or Game of Thrones.
The wedding and engagement rings are symbols for two people in love. After the couple has eventually filed for the JOY of Divorce, however, the rings can be more like a glaring reminders of bad choices and an unsuccessful union. Unless they are family heirlooms passed to one of the children, it is often in the best interests of the wife (or husband) to get a reasonable price if they plan to sell the rings, and it can also provide some much-needed closure.
It is often not in the best interests of couples to argue needlessly during the legal emancipation process ending in the JOY of Divorce. But regardless of how positive one spouse’s attitude is, the other may consciously or unconsciously make the process more stressful and complicated than it needs to be.
Couples choosing to file for legal emancipation through the JOY of Divorce face many difficult decisions during this process. Few will be more challenging than determining priorities that are worth fighting for when drafting an agreement or litigating in court.
There are many benefits to a collaborative divorce. However, some divorces will have sticking points like disputes over custody of the children, division of assets or spousal maintenance. There may be other mitigating factors involved that make litigation the best option.
We recently discussed some of how women cheat. Now we turn the tables to highlight common clues to recognize in men. As we said before, there are common signs that are non-gender specific guilty behavior – including longer hours at work, changing passwords or new techniques in bed – but the clues below tend to be linked more closely to male behaviors.
The petition for divorce filed in 2018 in San Antonio by former FBI director William Sessions and Alice Sessions, his wife of 67 years, made news around the state earlier this year at the discovery of their secret filing (initials were used).
The holidays are often a major test for families with newly divorced parents. The custody details may have been worked out during the divorce with the help of an attorney, but seeing the schedule for the holidays on paper is different than working out the logistics and then executing them.