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August 2019 Archives

Is your ex too emotional to co-parent?

It is understandable if your spouse is feeling some anger and bitterness in the wake of your breakup, especially if he or she was caught off guard by your request for a divorce. Commonly, spouses who are going through a contentious breakup have high emotions to deal with and often direct their unhappiness at each other. You may see this in your spouse, so try to have patience as he or she works through this difficult time.

Is an uncontested divorce better financially?

Like many Texas residents who are getting a divorce, you may have financial concerns. How expensive will my divorce be? What if there is a dispute about property division? Is it going to take forever for my divorce to be finalized? These concerns are legitimate and may have you thinking about whether an uncontested divorce is right for you.

Can you maintain control over your finances during a divorce?

As soon as you recognize that your marriage is headed down the path of a divorce in Texas, it is imperative that you begin immediately to make strategic and wise financial decisions. Procrastinating the process of analyzing your finances and making needed changes can contribute to years of ongoing financial insecurity related to your divorce. 

Can I get alimony if we were not formally married?

Like many other Texas residents, you may have had a long-term relationship with someone without having been formally married. Some states recognize common law marriage, which can give couples certain legal protections during their relationship and after they split up. In common law marriage states, property division and other matters are treated much the same way as divorce among legally married people.

Questions same-sex couples should ask before divorcing

Every couple who gets married in Texas intends to make a commitment that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, circumstances often arise that make the relationship untenable. Same-sex couples are no more immune to these forces than heterosexual couples, and divorce is no easier to contemplate for same-sex couples than their traditionally married heterosexual counterparts. As a matter of fact, at Laura Dale & Associates we have observed that divorce can actually be more difficult for same-sex couples because of unique legal circumstances that apply. 

What should same-sex couples know about domestic violence?

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of social or financial status, race, gender and sexual orientation. You and other Texas residents should know that those in same-sex marriages are also vulnerable to intimate partner violence. In fact, some studies have shown that those in the LGBTQ community may be more prone to experiencing domestic violence and less likely to seek or get help than heterosexuals.

Dealing with an ex who denies visitation

The tension between you and your ex is still strong, but at least the court-ordered visitation schedule allows you a fair amount of time with your child. However, on your day for visitation, your ex messages to say the child will not be available because of some other obligation. Perhaps you never get a message, but when you arrive at your ex's house to pick up the child, no one is home.

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