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September 2018 Archives

Protecting your retirement future during your divorce

Once you have settled on the decision to get divorced from your spouse in Texas, you are immediately faced with the often-arduous task of separating everything you have ever shared. This includes everything from financial accounts to family heirlooms. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we have helped many couples through the legal process of dividing shared assets. 

Are there factors that affect property division in Texas?

As you are negotiating property division in your divorce settlement in Texas, there are a number of things you may want to consider. Texas is a community property state, meaning that all marital property is divided equally in half between you and your spouse. Whether your divorce settlement is being created by a judge who is presiding over your case, or you are going through mediation to determine the terms of your own divorce settlement, there are some things you should be aware of.

Divorce among an aging population

People who are entering into marriage may have every intention of staying married for life. However, even after 30 years of marriage, people are filing for divorce for different various, including irreconcilable differences. For some people, the marriage bond does not become stronger with time, but rather dissipates as couples change and gradually become independent of one another. The growing trend of gray divorce is used to explain why an increased number of people over the age of 50 are divorcing, even after years of marriage.

New bill requires dental coverage for children

People who co-parent with one another to take care of their children as directed in a divorce decree usually find themselves paying child support and following a parenting plan. Often times, the parent responsible for paying child support has other added financial responsibilities, including paying half of child care expenses, educational fees and medical expenses. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a bill involving these medical financial expenses. However, it is only now that these regulations are taking effect.

Dealing with common fears about post-divorce finances

The hardships of divorce come with the hope that the future will be better. If you look forward to a better life after your divorce, you may be concerned about how to avoid financial struggles that are common after a marriage breaks up. Like many married people, you may have become accustomed to the comfort of combined incomes, and now you have to accept the fact that you must make some changes.

What are the different types of alimony in Texas?

If you are filing for divorce in Texas, you may be eligible to receive alimony as part of your divorce settlement. Alimony is designed to help you get back on track if you were financially dependent on your spouse while you were married. Whether you stayed at home to take care of the children or you put your career on hold so your spouse could further their education or career, you may receive financial help from your spouse to help you get on your feet and maintain a consistent quality of life.

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