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Husbands who work are less likely to get divorced

Changes in attitudes toward marriage since the 1970s have made it easier for women in Texas and elsewhere to split from their husbands. Economic independence has also made it easier for women to leave a marriage that does not meet their needs. However, a study from a Harvard professor published in American Sociological Review suggests that the success or failure of a marriage may hinge on whether a husband is employed.

Divorce mediation helps protect your children

Like many other things, divorce in Texas is a bit different than in other states. One of the most obvious differences is that Texas is one of the few remaining community property states, so property division during divorce does not proceed as it would in Tennessee, for instance.

When a parent wants to block virtual visitation

Texas parents who are dealing with custody and visitation after a divorce might want to find out about virtual visitation. Virtual visitation refers to communication between a non-custodial parent and a child through texting, calling or video-conferencing. In fact, as the technology is available, courts have begun to award virtual visitation to parents that live too far away for physical contact.

Preparing a pre- or postnuptial agreement

Since Texas is a community property state, a married person might be held responsible for debts incurred during the marriage even if they are in the name of the other spouse. Therefore, the couple may want to consider creating a pre- or postnuptial agreement. Both types of documents may also specify how assets and liabilities will be divided in the event of divorce. These can be particularly useful to protect one spouse if the other one is bringing debts into a relationship or is prone to running up debts. However, these agreements need to be prepared carefully so that their legitimacy is not questioned in court. Postnups may be the focus of particular scrutiny since there could be more coercion around signing one.