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Texas divorce--it's a choice

Marital dissolution and divorce is becoming more and more and no one is necessarily immune from the impact of divorce. Filing for marital dissolution is not an easy decision, especially in high net worth divorce where both parties may have acquired a wide array of properties and assets over a number of years together. Divorce also opens a series of issues for divorcing couples such as alimony, child support and child custody.

Readers in the Houston area who are divorcing need all the support they can get from friends, family and relatives in order to endure the issues that may surface during the process. The stigma associated with being divorced is lessening but there is still some negativity that surrounds divorce. The perception is certainly not helpful to divorcing individuals.

Some divorced parties frequently hear people being sympathetic to their new situation and lending support for what is perceived as a failure in their lives. Divorced people and others should understand that divorce doesn't mean failure. Divorce is often a brave and difficult decision for people who want to move on with their lives and start anew rather than stay in a relationship that, for whatever reason, is not working.

Divorce is also a way of learning about what makes the divorced person feel happy. It can also be a chance for renewal of opportunities.

For people who want to legally end their marriage, divorce is a difficult option that involves many complex issues, including asset division. Texas is a community property state, meaning that most marital assets are split equally but complications can still arise and there may be disagreements as to what is martial versus separate property. Consulting with a legal professional and understanding the issues will help divorcing individuals receive the fairest outcome possible as they face this life-altering event.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce ≠ Failure," Jennifer Nagy, Feb. 5, 2013

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