Couples in the state of Texas going through a separation can experience a roller coaster of stress and emotions. When children are involved in divorce, they may feel guilty and even blame themselves. It's no secret that the break-up of a family can be a very trying time for the adults involved, but to children, it often feels as if their entire world is being turned upside down. What can be done to make this experience less stressful and easier on the children caught in the middle?
The end of a marriage can be a significantly difficult period in your life. If you and your spouse have a considerable amount of assets, the process can often be extremely complex and daunting. If you own a business together, it may account for a great deal of your wealth, and can often be difficult to divide. You may find that there are various important aspects to consider before proceeding into the divorce process in order to secure the future of your family business.
Due to the ever-increasing number of people becoming addicted to drugs such as heroin and prescription opiates, millions of grandparents in America are becoming the parents of their grandchildren. It was recently estimated by PBS that 2.9 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren through foster care and adoption. In Texas, grandparents are becoming licensed foster parents in order to be granted custody of their grandchildren.
Divorce will bring radical changes to a Texas family, and these changes may continue to impact your family long after the process is final. When these changes begin to complicate your life or affect your financial health, you may consider the legal options available. You may have valid grounds to seek a modification to your child support or spousal maintenance order.
One of the most important aspects of the end of a marriage is the division of marital wealth. The outcome of property division will have a lasting impact on the financial stability of both parties as they move forward into single life. Unfortunately, not every Texas spouse is willing to behave in an ethical manner when it comes to property division and divorce. Some will take active steps to reduce the amount of available wealth.
Sometimes people make emotional decisions without considering the legal consequences. Adoption may be one of those decisions. Texas parents who want to adopt a child, as well as parents who decide to give a child up for adoption, may benefit from careful consideration and even the input of experienced family law attorneys.
Putting certain legal protections in place before a marriage is not dooming a relationship to fail, but is smart, practical and appropriate for almost every Texas couple that is planning to marry. Prenuptial agreements are often associated with the rich and famous, but they can be quite useful and beneficial for couples of varying income levels. In case of a divorce, a prenup can shield a person from disastrous financial loss and protect certain valuable assets. Marrying someone without the benefit of a prenup is in effect betting half your assets that the marriage will last until "death do you part".
If you are considering a divorce or are in the midst of a custody or parenting time battle, chances are that you will be advised by family and friends to get an attorney. After all, going to court by yourself without knowing the rules and nuances of how things work could be harmful to your case. Also, the advice you get about the process may be limited because it may based only on their past (yet painful) experiences.
Prenuptial agreements are not exclusively for celebrities, especially considering how they are used and the "interesting" clauses that have trickled down to everyday couples. For instance, so-called "lifestyle clauses" which can regulate how often a spouse's in-laws may visit, which spouse is responsible for certain chores, or even weight-limit clauses are being used in prenuptial agreements.
Grandparents can seek custody of grandchildren. As we noted in a post April 8, certain conditions have to apply in order for such action to happen under Texas law. One of the biggest challenges that has to be addressed in mounting such a case is the inherent presumption that a grandparent's right of access to grandchildren is not a given. The parents have a lot to say about it.