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Should you have a prenuptial agreement if you aren't wealthy?

Engagement is an exciting time, and you may be excitedly looking forward to the future. Before you walk down the aisle, however, you may want to think about ways you can protect your future. This includes even thinking about what will happen if you someday file for divorce, even if that seems unlikely or unromantic during this time. 

Thinking about divorce is not pleasant, but it may be prudent to do so. No one enters a marriage assuming that it will end in divorce, but the reality is that many marriages do end, and it's smart to know ahead of time that your financial interests are secure. You can do this by drafting a prenuptial agreement. This is not something that is only necessary for the wealthy, but it can be a smart step for couples of all income levels.

Narcissism: A problematic issue that often leads to divorce

When you and your spouse got married in a Texas church or courthouse, you likely promised to love and care for each other. It's logical to assume that you believed your union would last a lifetime. If you're one of many spouses who grew frustrated and concerned when you started to suspect that your spouse was a narcissist, you may also be among those who have decided to file for divorce.

Narcissism is a personality trait wherein a person solely focuses on himself or herself. He or she generally lacks compassion or empathy toward others. In fact, a narcissist typically views relationships with others in a self-serving light. If narcissism has caused problems in your marriage, you may be interested in learning about coping skills that have helped other spouses in similar situations. It's also good to know where to seek additional support as necessary.

The value of keeping a custody journal during divorce

Court decisions about custody usually take time, especially when divorcing parents don’t agree on what should happen. The sadly familiar phrase “long drawn out custody battle” doesn’t have to apply, but it often does.

Many smart and focused parents looking for the best attainable outcome from custody proceedings establish and carefully maintain a “custody journal” or “parenting journal.”

Something like legal separation is possible in Texas

Each couple needing to separate, and both members of each couple, have their own reasons for making a change. It can be hard for marriage laws to anticipate all of those complicated needs and goals, and states have different ways of trying to tackle the problem.

Unlike many other states, Texas has no law specifically allowing for what other states call a “legal separation.” Such arrangements have some advantages of an informal “trial separation,” some advantages of a full-fledged divorce, and often the disadvantages of both.

How will divorce affect your finances?

If you’re thinking of getting a divorce, you’re likely drowning in questions. Along with the frustration, anger, guilt and stress, you face the uncertainty of life after your divorce. There are so many things it’s impossible to predict, and even if you’re not facing a custody battle, you may still be unsure what divorce will mean for your future finances.

Divorce means dividing all the assets you and your former spouse had collected. But it means more than just dividing your assets. It means dividing your debts and taking on new expenses, like a second house or apartment, and that’s why a 2010 study from the University of Ohio found that even a slight increase in a person’s risk tolerance could lead to a much larger chance that person would get divorced. Divorce is a huge financial gamble.

Domestic violence in female same-sex relationships

When many Texas residents think about domestic violence, they imagine that men are the abusers. While men do commit domestic violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, women who are in same-sex relationships are not immune to abuse.

Lesbian and bisexual women are at an increased risk of experiencing domestic violence, likely because of those assumptions: 43% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. By comparison, 35% of heterosexual women have experienced the same.  

Co-parenting can be successful despite a difficult ex-spouse

Co-parenting can present many challenges in the best circumstances, but a difficult ex-spouse can sometime make it seem impossible. You both agreed that co-parenting was the best choice for your children, but now you may feel like there is no end to the same types of arguments that contributed to your divorce.

A difficult ex can complicate your co-parenting experience. However, there are actions you can take to make the experience as successful as possible.

What financial documents do you need during a divorce?

Divorce is typically a stressful and tumultuous time as you go through a process that is going to disrupt a way of life you may have become accustomed to. Dealing with your emotions along with the relationships of family, children and friends during this time will likely be strenuous.

Managing your emotional well-being will be important. It is imperative you stay focused on your task at hand: finalizing your divorce. Early on your job will be to gather information and produce documents which can play a big part in your financial future. If anger, frustration or sadness continue to get the best of you during the divorce process, you may miss critical areas that may be regrettable later.

What to know about hiding assets in Texas

Some spouses do not want to let go of their prized collectibles or the family boat. And they are willing to risk criminal charges to protect belongings from their partner. But what implications does that have during a divorce proceeding?

Hiding assets is a massive problem across the United States, and many states use severe punishments to prevent spouses from concealing property or finances away during a separation.

Domestic violence in male same-sex relationships

When many Texas residents consider domestic violence, they may think about heterosexual couples. However, domestic violence also affects same-sex couples.

Men in same-sex relationships experience more domestic violence than people may realize. WebMD says that a recent study examined domestic violence among male same-sex relationships. The study examined the relationships of 160 couples. Incidents with emotional or physical abuse took place among 46 percent of these couples. The author of the study said that the rates of sexual or physical abuse among male couples seem to be similar to those seen among heterosexual couples.

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