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Dividing retirement funds can be difficult in divorce

Many couples in Texas have worked hard all of their lives to establish their retirement accounts. If divorce becomes inevitable, the potential impact to both parties' financial security and future can be massive. This is one reason why 62 percent of family law attorneys surveyed in 2016 said that retirement accounts were the most difficult issue for their clients to resolve during the divorce negotiation process.

Deadbeat parents can be held accountable

For parents in Texas going through a divorce, there can be several key points of contention, including child support assessment and the child custody plan. While divorcing parents are struggling to be close to their children in many cases, parents in other cases attempt to evade their obligations to their children. A non-custodial parent or a parent with less custodial time will usually be mandated by the court to pay child support to the custodial parent. Factors including income, outstanding expenses and time with the child are included in the calculation of the final support payment.

Avoiding revenge in a divorce

Unhappy couples in Texas may be tempted to seek revenge in the context of divorce litigation. While the urge to humiliate and embarrass a misbehaving spouse is understandable, giving in to that temptation is not recommended. The financial implications of paying lawyers to wage a proxy war are obvious, but the more subtle effects of such behavior heavily impact the emotional and mental health of everyone involved.

Myths about marriage that might lead to divorce

Some people in Texas might have heard certain myths about marriage that leave them with unrealistic expectations. For example, according to the writer and marriage counselor John Gottman, the relationship technique known as active listening does not generally lead to conflict resolution. Gottman says either it does not help at all or couples tend to relapse into old communication patterns. According to Gottman, even loud arguments do not necessarily mean that a marriage is doomed.

Contempt and other divorce danger signs

Some couples in Texas fall into certain behavioral patterns that make it more likely that they will get a divorce. One author and marriage counselor has written about patterns he has observed with his clients. He has found that criticism, contempt, stonewalling and defensiveness all contribute to the increased chance of divorce.

Divorce in January

Texas couples who file for divorce at the beginning of the new year join many others who create a sharp spike in the number of divorce filings. While researchers at the University of Washington have determined that the majority of divorces actually occur in March and August, it is during the month of January when the courts have to handle a substantial increase in filings.

How to get ready for the end of a marriage

Divorce is rarely an easy event to go through regardless of when it happens. However, a person in Texas or anywhere else in America is most likely to get divorced at the start of a new year. The first working Monday of January is actually referred to as "divorce day" because many people choose this date to begin the process of ending their marriages.

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.