Many people who attempt to battle through an unsuccessful marriage will ultimately choose to end it in hopes for a better future. During a divorce, individuals can formally end the partnership and close out the shared business of the marriage. A divorce can help individuals settle many marital matters, but it still can't quite solve every problem associated with ending a marriage.
When you get a divorce, you may need to settle several financial matters with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You may be able to decide on how to split up the major assets like the house and cars, and if you have children, you will probably face several custody and child support issues. Another matter that commonly arises during the divorce process is the question of alimony, or spousal maintenance.
Assets, assets, assets. When going through the divorce process, the fight over assets can get pretty intense. The goal, for most individuals, is to walk away from the marriage with a 50/50 split, but that does not always happen. Texas is a community property state, which means the 50/50 split is possible, but a number of factors must be considered, which can alter the final property division settlement.
Have you decided to end your marriage? For individuals approaching the end of a marriage, there are options in how to proceed. Some individuals choose separation, some may seek a litigated divorce in court, and others may choose to utilize mediation. How do you know which option is right for you? The best route will depend on your circumstances, and each has its pros and cons. Many people are choosing to use divorce mediation for its ability to reduce the length and cost of ending a marriage.
If your first marriage ended in divorce, you may have had high hopes that your second marriage would remain strong, maybe for the rest of your life. It seemed right at the start. Perhaps you made each other laugh, shared similar interests and just felt comfortable together. Your respective children got along well enough, and things seemed promising.
No person goes into a marriage thinking that they will someday be ending it, but for a certain percentage of people, this is the case. When two people decide to end a marriage, and they have children together, sometimes they learn to compromise so that they can support the children and allow them to thrive.
The old adage, "when it's over, it's over," could even be applicable to marriages that are decades old. With changing societal values, the United States is seeing a lot more "gray divorces," or marriages splitting up after many years -- often when the children have left the nest and a couple has simply grown apart.
As a parent, you certainly want to do what is best for your children as often as you can. If you have gone through divorce, you may sometimes feel as if taking care of your children goes outside your control due to the child custody arrangements created at the time your marriage ended. Though you likely would not want to interfere with the other parent's rights without cause when it comes to custody, certain factors may lead you to feel concerned.
If you're like many Texas parents, you may spend many weeks during spring and summer running back and forth to baseball games, soccer events and/or other special activities in which your children participate. In fact, some days, just getting away from work, through heavy traffic and to the field on time may prove as challenging (or so it may seem) as putting a man on the moon, but hey -- they're your kids and they're worth it, right?
As a parent, you probably want what is best for your child. Perhaps you and the other parent were unable to continue in a relationship. Although you might not want to fund the other parent's personal endeavors, supporting your kids financially could be a top priority. Unfortunately, certain life changes can create monetary issues that challenge a person's ability to maintain the current standard of living.