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Are you among those in Texas who are contemplating divorce?

When you got married in a Texas courthouse or church, you no doubt assumed you were going to spend the rest of your life with the person at your side. Fast forward 10, 20 or more years and things may not have turned out the way you'd hoped. Marriage can be difficult, and while some spouses are able to resolve their differences, others choose to go their separate ways rather than remain in an unhappy relationship.

Divorce can impact your long-term finances

Older generations often describe younger people as impulsive, self-interested and less likely to commit to a long-term relationship. Even if that is true, recent data shows a rise in divorce rates among those older than age 50. People in that demographic may have a multitude of understandable reasons to end their marriage, but there is a key difference.

Can you get divorced in Texas if you got married elsewhere?

When you get married, you file the legal agreement in the state that you reside in at the time. If you then choose to get divorced, but you have moved since the marriage, does this mean that you have to return to the other state to divorce?

How accurate are paternity tests?

Children are generally automatically assumed to be their mother's biological children when they're born to them. This isn't the case with fathers though. Unmarried dads must establish their paternity before they're allowed to exercise their parental rights to visitation or custody with their child. One way that fathers can do this is by taking a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) paternity test. You may be surprised to find out just how accurate such tests are.

Prenups are becoming more and more popular

Prenuptial agreements used to be something that the average person never considered. They carried a bit of a stigma, for one thing, and some people felt that just bringing it up was offensive. They were also mostly used by the wealthy, as they had more at stake.

Child custody schedules will likely change as children grow up

When determining your child custody schedule, one thing to keep in mind is that it may not last forever. Your child's needs will change in the future, and it may become necessary to alter or update the plan to account for that. Many parents fail to do so, and it can lead to some complications.

Have co-parenting disagreements become the norm?

Even if you are confident in your ability to get along with your ex-spouse, don't assume that you'll never disagree with them when co-parenting your children. This is likely to happen at some point. When it does, it's critical that you take the right steps.