Typically, spouses enter marriage with the best of intentions. They aim to be happy and united for the rest of their days. However, the reality is that many marriages just don’t make it.
In an ideal world, spouses would realize when the marriage has stopped working and mutually part ways. In some cases, this is exactly what happens. Nonetheless, most divorces are a bit more complex than this. The following factors all have the potential to complicate your divorce.
A family-run business
If you had your own business established before the marriage and your spouse had nothing to do with it, then you may be able to run this as normal post-divorce. However, if your business was family-run or your spouse contributed either in terms of capital or day-to-day management, then the business will likely be subject to the community property division rules of Texas.
If this is the case, then you’re going to have some big decisions to make. Do you want to sell your share of the company, buy your spouse out or is there a way that you can continue running the company together?
If you have children together
The dynamic of divorce becomes much different when children are involved. You and your spouse will not only have to manage your own emotions but think about how the separation is impacting the kids. If you and your spouse get it right, then your children can continue to thrive post-divorce. If you make errors, then these could have lasting impacts on the children.
The two of you are going to have to decide on custody and access, maintenance and much more. Your priority should be the best interests of the children, and if you and your spouse cannot agree on key issues, then this is the basis on which the court will come to their rulings.
Facing divorce on your own can make it seem much more complex. Having legal guidance behind you will help to clarify contested issues and ensure that your rights are protected.