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Resolving a divorce dispute with mediation

When emotions run high during a Texas divorce, one or both parties may threaten to take the other to court so that the matter can be resolved by a judge. However, there are other alternative dispute resolution options that could allow a couple to get through the divorce process more quickly, saving time and money.

Realistic divorce expectations

Divorce is a frightening prospect for many Texas couples. In addition to the challenging and painful emotions that emerge, many who face divorce are also facing an uncertain future. It can be helpful to have a good understanding of what divorce is meant to accomplish and keep reasonable expectations of what will happen.

Misconceptions can lead to poor decisions in divorce cases

Texas couples who are ending their marriages often need to make a number of important decisions, and making a poor choice can sometimes cast a long shadow. Spouses in need of direction often turn to close friends or family members or acquaintances who have been through a divorce themselves, but the advice they are given is often based on poor information, misunderstandings or misconceptions.

Changing perceptions of fatherhood

Some Texas fathers may be among the 52 percent who say they struggle in balancing their family life with their work life. In 2015, Pew Research Center conducted a survey that looked at fathers' attitudes about being a parent and found that while there are fewer fathers who are also the sole breadwinners compared to previous generations, fathers spend more time with their children. In 1970, in nearly half of couples with children, fathers were the main breadwinners. By 2015, that percentage had dropped to just over one-quarter. In 2015, fathers also spent almost three times as much time caring for their children weekly compared to 1965.