Getting married is an overwhelming and emotional time for couples in Texas and elsewhere. The excitement of the process, along with the costs associated with it, can be a lot to take in. Thus, it is often not an ideal time to bring up the possibility of a future divorce. It is certainly not romantic to discuss divorce before a marriage has begun. However, the reality remains that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce.
For each couple, the best part of marriage is something different. Each marriage is unique to the spouses involved, and much like the good parts often shape the marriage, so do the bad parts. In some cases, the bad can outweigh the good, causing spouses in Texas and elsewhere to consider the longevity of their union. While they may have a lot of good to fight for, ultimately, if ending the marriage is in their best interest, divorce will likely be the best step for them to take.
Few things can spoil a romantic mood quite as thoroughly as suddenly bringing up finances. However, that does not mean this is a conversation you should avoid having. When protecting yourself and your property, seeking for a prenuptial agreement can be one of the best decisions you ever make.
When a couple in Texas gets a divorce, it is common for one spouse to pay maintenance, also referred to as alimony, to the other spouse. This can lead to disputes between the parties. The paying spouse might not want to support the other spouse indefinitely. The supported spouse could want the payments for an extended period of time. There could be disagreements as to how much the payments will be. There are many issues that could be part of the case when it is decided and even after the case is completed. Understanding state law regarding the duration of spousal maintenance is imperative to a case for both sides.
When it comes to ending a marriage, spouses in Texas and elsewhere are often focused just on that, dissolving the marriage and moving forward. However, that is simpler said than done. In today's era, divorce can get messy, hostile and very costly. There are often many things to argue over, and when it is a toxic environment and emotions are running high, the process can be extended. But much like no two marriages are alike, there are no two divorces that are alike. In contrast, divorcing couples do have the same choices and resources.
For unmarried parents, there are some hurdles to overcome in the event that the relationship does not work. For the presumed father, he may need to take steps to establish paternity. Once paternity is established, an order for custody can take place. In addition to obtaining placement or visitation time with a child, a child support order can also be established.