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December 2017 Archives

The impact of divorce on family size

According to research, one side effect of divorce is larger families. People in Texas and the rest of the country who get divorced and then live with with or marry another person are likely to be a part of a complex family structure that may include half-siblings, stepchildren and various other extended relationships.

Social Security payments on an ex-spouse's earnings

Even if a Texas couple gets a divorce, one spouse might be able to draw Social Security payments on the other's earnings if they were married for at least 10 years. A person cannot begin drawing these benefits until at least two years after the divorce, and both people must be at least 62 years old. However, it's possible to draw a larger payment by waiting until the full retirement age of 67 and even more by waiting until the age of 70.

How to handle parental alienation syndrome

One unfortunate side effect of getting a divorce is parental alienation syndrome. This is the name for a situation in which one parent attempts to turn a child against the other. There are a number of indicators of parental alienation syndrome that Texas residents should understand.

Holidays during divorce

Divorce and separation are always painful for families in Texas, and things can get even tougher around the winter holidays. In many cases, this is the first time that the spouses will not be spending this time together. Change of this type often raises questions as to where the children will be during the festivities.

Mediation can be a positive divorce process for many

Marriages can come to an end for couples in Texas for many reasons and in a wide variety of circumstances. In many cases, divorcing spouses may place a priority on maintaining a positive, helpful relationship during and after the divorce. For others, intensive involvement with the legal system is something they wish to avoid. For these and other reasons, divorce mediation may be a preferred option for a variety of couples.