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October 2018 Archives

Avoid taking your old arguments with you into court

You probably knew before you got married that your relationship would not always be like it was during the honeymoon. Of course, that foreknowledge does not make it any easier to accept when it becomes too much to handle. However, there could be an upside to this situation. If you were able to realize that your arguments with your spouse had become a toxic influence in your life, you could avoid letting animosity further trouble you by ruining your chances of an advantageous divorce agreement.

Divorce: How do children feel about it?

Like all good parents, you spend a lot of time thinking about your children, being strategic about decisions that you know will affect their well-being. It's understandable that when you decided to divorce, you may have felt nervous about telling your kids. The good news is that children are highly adaptable and resilient by nature. With a strong support system in place, your kids should be fine.  

If you aren't careful, your prenup could fail you in a divorce

Perhaps you had to work up the courage to ask your future spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement. Now that you have, the two of you may be engaged in negotiations. You fully disclosed your financial affairs, identified separate property and made agreements regarding how you would divide marital property in a divorce.

What is the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

If your foreign-born ex-spouse wants to take your child(ren) to his or her country of origin for a visit, you may fear that (s)he will not return them to you in Texas at the end of the visit. Unfortunately, parental abduction is a far too frequent occurrence and can pose a significant problem when parents abduct their child(ren) to a foreign country.

Ending alimony in cases of cohabitation

Of all of the issues that divorced couples in Houston have to deal with, alimony may be the most contentious. Perhaps the reason for this is the perception that an obligation to pay alimony is often punitive. While the contribution that one may have had in ending their marriage may be something considered when rewarding alimony, its general purpose is simply to support a financially disadvantaged divorcee until they are able to secure gainful employment. 

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