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How to financially prepare for divorce

If you count yourself among the many people across Texas who believe a divorce is imminent, you may find yourself consumed with emotions and a need to make some major decisions. Given how emotional the divorce process can be, you may find yourself struggling with everything it entails. However, taking several key steps now with regard to your finances can streamline the process and help you get back on your feet sooner. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we understand how preparing financially for your divorce can help you in the long run, and we have helped many state residents get their finances in order and receive their fair share during divorce proceedings.

How drug abuse impacts custody, visitation and parental rights

If you live in Texas and recently divorced a drug-abusing former spouse, you may have valid concerns about whether your former partner will continue to maintain a presence in your son or daughter’s life. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we have a firm understanding of how parental substance abuse can impact custody, visitation and parental rights, and we have helped many clients who feared for their child’s safety find solutions and peace of mind.

What does Texas consider when awarding spousal support?

If you live in Texas and your marriage is nearing its end, you may have concerns about how you are going to provide for yourself once your divorce finalizes. Maybe you have been out of the workforce for quite some time so that you could raise a family, or perhaps you sacrificed your own career growth so that your spouse could pursue his or her professional dreams. Regardless, you may have questions about whether you will be eligible for spousal support or maintenance, and if so, for how long.

How can I protect my estate during a divorce?

If you are going to be ending your marriage, there are many different questions that you might have, such as how splitting up with your spouse will affect your kids or what will happen to the family home. However, bringing your marriage to an end may have a wide range of financial effects on your life, whether you need to pay spousal support or child support, are worried about how the courts will split up marital property, or are worried about how relocation will affect your ability to work. Moreover, you could have concerns about your estate and it is vital to understand the importance of asset protection during the divorce process.

What should you do if you are not married to your child's dad?

If you are a Texas mother who is not married to your child's dad, there are some important steps for you to take to guarantee he has the legal rights of a father. You likely want to secure his right to spend time with your son or daughter. Giving him the opportunity to be there for the child can increase the emotional stability of the little one as he or she grows. 

Divorce and the distribution of debt

When it comes to property division, many people have questions about how their assets will be split up, such as who will get the home. However, there are other legal topics related to the end of marriage that should not be overlooked, such as marital debt. For example, debts which a spouse takes on during the course of his or her marriage may be considered community property debts. In Houston, Texas, it is paramount for anyone who is thinking about divorce or already working through one to understand how these issues may affect them from a financial standpoint.

Preparing to resolve a high-conflict divorce

It is not reasonable to expect a Texas divorce to follow any prescribed path, especially when child custody is involved. However, it is possible for spouses and attorneys to prepare for any type of conflict— even when the case involves complicated issues and intense emotional investment.

Child custody and same-sex divorce

Divorce can be tricky for any couple, but there are some particularly difficult legal matters that same-sex couples often have to work through. As with opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples may struggle with spousal support, the interpretation of a prenuptial agreement, and other divorce-related legal matters. However, some are particularly prevalent among same-sex couples and can be highly emotional. For example, disputes and uncertainty related to the custody of children can be very worrisome for same-sex couples who have adopted a child or have a child that was conceived via a sperm donation. For same-sex couples thinking about divorce in Houston, reviewing the laws in Texas is paramount.

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